Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Large Hadron Collider (LHC) wallpapers and photos

Globe of Science and Innovation wallpaper The Globe of Science and Innovation at night. The wooden globe is a structure originally built for Switzerland's national exhibition, Expo'02, and is 40 meters wide, 27 meters tall. This wooden building was given to CERN in 2004 as a gift from the Swiss Confederation to mark 50 years since the Organization's foundation.

Large Hadron Collider CMS Tracker Outer Barrel wallpaper

View of the CMS (Compact Muon Solenoid) experiment Tracker Outer Barrel (TOB) in the cleaning room. The Compact Muon Solenoid is one of two general-purpose Large Hadron Collider experiments designed to explore the physics of the Terascale, the energy region where physicists believe they will find answers to the central questions at the heart of 21st-century particle physics.

ATLAS Inner Detector wallpaper

The first ATLAS Inner Detector End-Cap after complete insertion within the Liquid Argon Cryostat.



ATLAS Hadronic endcap Liquid Argon CalorimeterAssembly and installation of the ATLAS Hadronic endcap Liquid Argon Calorimeter. The ATLAS detector contains a series of ever-larger concentric cylinders around the central interaction point where the LHC's proton beams collide.


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CERN-Geneva Large Hadron Collider (LHC) wallpapers and photos

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More Large Hadron Collider (LHC) wallpapers and photos at CERN Document Server

Monday, September 29, 2008

How to make homemade weapons (video)

How to make 2 home made weapons with easy to find stuff

Worlds Simplist & Most Powerful homemade Skewer Gun

homemade Alcohol Gun

homemade weapons - crossbow

home made rocket launcher

Easily Make A Taser From An Electronic Fly Swater!

cool and easy to make homemade dart gun with easy to find items around your house.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

10 Youngest Professionals of The World


Arfa Karim Randhawa

Born: 1995

Current Age: 13

Arfa Karim Randhawa is the youngest person ever to become a Microsoft certified professional at the ripe old age of 9 years, 9 months and 6 hours to be precise. Her interest in computers began early when she passed by a computer lab in her school in Pakistan. From that point on she possessed an amazing curiosity and aptitude in using and creating Microsoft programs. At the age of 10 she travelled to the United States with her father to meet Microsoft founder, Bill Gates and also had the privilege of meeting Pakistan’s President Pervez Musharraf.

500-suhas_gopinath Suhas Gopinath, CEO of Globals Inc.

Born: 1986

Current Age: 22

Most of us worry about finishing class assignments on time or who to take to the latest Abhishek Bachchan flick. Suhas Gopinath has bigger things on his mind. Although he wasn’t old enough to drive in some countries or sign legal documents, he took over as CEO of his own multi-national corporation at age 17. Gopinath dreamed of becoming a vet as a kid, but at 14 he became fascinated by the Internet. His interest started with the creation of his own Web page but soon turned to the development of a new company. In 2000, Gopinath started Globals Inc., an IT service company that now boasts 11 offices worldwide, more than 400 employees and profits of more than $1 million a year.

Gopinath’s talents gave him global recognition because he is not only the youngest CEO in the world but also one of the most innovative. He often speaks at conferences to people twice his age (or older!) offering tips on how to run their businesses. Recently, he initiated a programme for other young people interested in business called “Building Entrepreneurship Skills in Youngsters”, which was applauded by the Hon’able President Dr APJ Abdul Kalam. Gopinath did all this while working on his BE in information science at the MS Ramaiah Institute of Information Technology!

Not only forward-thinking in business, Gopinath has a lot to say about social issues as well. He spoke at a young leaders’ conference last year about the importance of viewing the world as a global community without political borders. Gopinath is just as passionate about animal rights. He recently sat down with petaDishoom to discuss his views on business, animal rights and what young people can do to revolutionise both.

fuse4Victor M. De Leon III, Professional Gamer

Born: May 6, 1998

Current Age: 10

LiL Poison is the Youngest Pro Gamer in the World!.
He started video gaming at the age of two years old! LiL Poison started competing at the age of 4 years old at a local New York Halo Tournament.
At the age of six MLG recruiters signed LiL Poison as a Pro Gamer and officially made LiL Poison the youngest signed professional gamer in the world. At 7 years old LiL Poison proved to the world that his title of, professional gamer wasn’t just a fluke. At the LilPoisonlargest free-for-all competition ever held, he placed 2nd out of 550 other contestants.
At the age of 9 years old LiL Poison competed in a 1vs1 Boost Mobile Challenge and qualified for the Championships in Las Vegas. He entered the event seated 1st place out of over 3500 gamers. He placed 3rd place overall. Besides the Boost Challenge LiL Poison has participated in three one verses one challenges in 2007 and was unbeaten at every event in which over 200 challengers participated.

071005_CB_KidPaintEX Marla Olmstead

Born: 1999

Current Age: 8

Marla Olmstead made her first abstract painting while still in diapers, crouching on her parents' dining-room table. She was not yet 2. Her big break came when she was 3, and a family friend hung her paintings in a coffee shop in her hometown of Binghamton, N.Y. By the time she was 4, she was scarfing down cookies at the packed opening of her first solo gallery show. A local reporter covered the story, and the New York Times picked it up. Soon, news crews from all over were rushing to report on the adorable blond moppet and her colorful canvases, calling her sm_marlaolmstead a "budding Picasso," a "pint-sized Pollock." Within a few months, she sold more than $300,000 worth of paintings. And then, just short of her 5th birthday, the bubble burst. In February 2005, 60 Minutes aired a report by Charlie Rose implying that Marla's father, a night-shift manager at a Frito-Lay plant and an amateur painter himself, was guiding her compositions. Sales of the paintings quickly dried up, the family was barraged with hate mail, and the New York Post gleefully piled on the puns, reporting that "the juvenile Jackson Pollock may actually be a full-fledged Willem de Frauding."

_38600373_ruthl238 Ruth Lawrence

Born: 1972

Current Age: 36

Child prodigy Ruth Lawrence has achieved a starred first in Mathematics at Oxford University.

The 13-year-old is the youngest British person ever to earn a first-class degree and the youngest known graduate of Oxford University.

As well as being the only student to attain that grade this year she is also one of two students to be awarded a prize and special commendation for the degree she has completed in two years instead of the usual three.

The teenager - who never went to school and was tutored by her father Harry Lawrence - said that the result was much as she had expected.

Mr Lawrence has been his daughter's constant companion and attended all of her lectures and tutorials at university.

They arrived at the Examination School together on a tandem bicycle to see her results posted on a board.

Impressive figures

Ruth, from Huddersfield, told Sue Cook on Breakfast Time that she intends to stay in Oxford for the next three years doing some sort of research.

She does not yet know which branch of mathematics she will specialise in or what she would ultimately like to achieve, but because of the broad range of options she has taken - including pure and applied maths - says she "can go off in virtually any direction".

By the age of nine Ruth had already entered the record books by achieving a grade A in her Pure Mathematics A-level.

Ruth intends to spend the Ј100 prize she won from Oxford University on new maths books for her 14th birthday next month.


In 1981 Ruth Lawrence became the youngest person ever to pass the Oxford entrance exam.

She gained her PhD in 1989 and went to work at Harvard in the US. Her father went with her.

From 1993, in her mid-twenties, Ruth was an assistant professor, then professor, at the University of Michigan studying knot theory.

image550396x Gregory Robert Smith

Born: June 9, 1989

Current Age: 19

Gregory Robert Smith was born in Reading Pennsylvania, and is the founder of International Youth Advocates. Gregory graduated from high school at the age of 10, and later graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and minors in history and biology from Randolph- Macron College.

truongson2-037 Nguyen Ngoc Truong

Born: February 23, 1990

Current Age: 18

At 14, Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son became the second-youngest player in the world to earn an international chess grandmaster title, giving Vietnam a name in the international chess arena.
Born in Feb. 23, 1990, Son was dubbed Vietnam’s child prodigy by international media after becoming the country’s youngest international grandmaster - the highest-level title achieved in chess. Before Son, no other Vietnamese chess player had gained such quick success.

With his inborn ability and early training, Son quickly developed his skills and diverse playing styles. Soon he was able to beat any other global player his age, including the most talented from powerhouse chess countries.

Son won a gold medal at the International U-10 Chess Championship as well as several other medals.

He also inspired a chess movement in his hometown of Mekong Delta’s Kien Giang province.

But, Son probably wouldn’t have gotten to where he is today without the help of the leaders in Kien Giang’s Sport Department. The department carried out a special program to develop young talented chess players by sending them to a two-year training program at the renowned Hungarian Chesscom Center.

After 20 months at Chesscom, Son improved significantly and impressed the chess circle in Hungary.

According to Hoang Minh Chuong, founder of Chesscom, Son now needs to compete at more major international competitions to gain experience and become a professional player. This means Son needs to sacrifice winning medals at smaller tournaments with players his age, said Mr. Chuong.

In addition, the chess star needs more financial support and training to enter bigger chess playgrounds, he said.

In a talk with Thanh Nien, Trinh Hoang Cuong, a chess coach from Kien Giang said the province, which manages finances for Son’s training, currently faced difficulties finding an appropriate training school for Son.

But, he said that many people and leaders in the province believed in Son’s talent and would do everything to help him develop his gift. In return, the province hopes Son will be one of the top 20 world chess players in the next few years, he said.

Meanwhile as the Lunar New Year approaches, Son said he wanted to become a world famous player and would do his best to fulfill his dream

gse_multipart18676Ethan Ong

Born: 1999

Current Age: 8

Ethan Ong, born in the United States of America, raised in Singapore and currently staying in China, was attracting huge crowds of admirers when at the tender of age of 5 years old he became Singapore's Youngest Busker, receiving high TV, Radio and newspaper attention, which led to a special 30 minute TV documentary "Superkid - Singapore's Drum Prodigy" and then later a Cable TV documentary entitled "Child Extraordinaire." Ethan also participated in the Singapore Drum Festival Competition last year and clinched the championship honors DSCN1843 in the Junior Category. He was recognized as the "undisputed winner" by the judges in this inaugural drum event held in Asia Pacific.
Ethan has received open recognition and compliments from Chris Brien and his favourite Artist Akira Jimbo:
Ethan says "I think it's super cool to be a Zildjian Artist, just like my all-time favourite Drum Maestro Akira Jimbo. It is encouraging and exciting to be able to represent Zildjian at 9 years old! I simply love the sound of Zildjian cymbals!"

CV_pic Abigail Sin

Born: 1992

Current Age: 16

Since her debut solo recital at the age of 9, Abigail Sin has appeared in concerts across the globe, including major venues in London, Manchester, Hamburg, Bucharest, Kivrograd, Kaunas, Baltimore, Denver, Richmond, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong and Singapore. These performances included a seven-concert tour of Ukraine, Lithuania and Germany in 2006. Ms Sin’s performances have also been recorded and broadcast over national radio and television in Romania, the United States, Hong Kong and Singapore.

Ms Sin has performed with various orchestras including the London Soloists Chamber Orchestra, Lamont Symphony Orchestra, Kaunas Symphony Orchestra, Dnipropetrovsk Philharmonic Orchestra, Singapore Festival Orchestra and Singapore Symphony Orchestra. Last year she gave the Singapore premiere of Rodion Shchedrin’s Piano Concerto No. 1 at the Singapore Arts Festival.

One month after the Shchedrin premiere, Ms Sin met Rodion Shchedrin himself in Verbier, Switzerland, where she was the youngest pianist selected to take part in the Verbier Festival and Academy. During the festival she studied with eminent artists such as Claude Frank, Emile Naoumoff and Gabor Takacs-Nagy, and gave numerous solo and chamber music performances.

Ms Sin has also attended the Bowdoin International Music Festival, Gold Country Piano Institute and the International Festival of Young Musicians in Lithuania. She has participated in master classes with Earl Wild, Julian Martin, Yong Hi Moon, Jerome Lowenthal and Dmitri Alexeev. For the Fall 2007 semester, she was an exchange student at the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

In September Abigail won 1st prize at the Viardo International Piano Competition in Dallas. She has also won 1st prizes at the Virginia Waring (USA), Ibiza (Spain) and Independent Music Competition (Ukraine), as well as 2nd prizes at the Schimmel (USA), Krainev (Ukraine) and ASEAN Chopin (Kuala Lumpur) International Piano Competitions. In Europe she was awarded “Most Outstanding Performer” at the International Festival of Young Musicians (Lithuania). Earlier in her studies Abigail was also awarded the HSBC Youth Excellence Award for Musical Excellence (Singapore).

Ms Sin, 16, began studying under the direction of Dr. Thomas Hecht at the age of eleven and is currently a 3rd year piano performance major at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, National University of Singapore.

se15-3_ Sho Timothy Yano

Born: October 22, 1989

Current Age: 19

Yano reportedly played Chopin on the piano at age 3. He went to the Mirman School as a child. After scoring 1500 out of 1600 on the SAT at age 8, he entered Loyola University Chicago at age 9, graduating summa cum laude at age 12, and now attends the Pritzker School of Medicine at the University of Chicago in the MSTP (Medical Scientist Training Program), which is designed for those seeking to earn an MD and PhD. According to him, he owes much of his success to his mother, who noticed his superior intellectual capabilities at an early age and helped encourage and motivate him through rigorous academic enrichment. He also attributes his educational and intellectual accomplishments to his inheritance of superior genes which, combined with his strenuous effort and training, resulted in superior intelligence. His mom also homeschooled him through the 12th grade, saying she felt other students his age wouldn't be as interested in their studies. .

Sources 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Photo sources 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Foldaway Rooms

No room at home to work? No room for a kitchen? No room for mother-in-law to stay?

foldaway_3designsNo problem, thanks to the slightly odd, very Japanese and super space efficient creations of Architect Toshihiko Suzuki and his ‘Architectural Furniture’.

His three designs, a foldaway guest room, mobile kitchen and office offer a neat solution to limited space, or as the website suggests in charming Engrish: “We positions the infill as an immediate adaptive method to fit changes”. But of course. Confused? Watch the video:

source Treehugger

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Strange and unusual armoured vehicles and tanks

1915 Sizaire-Berwick "Wind Wagon"

The "Wind Wagon" was a 1915 Admiralty experiment. R.N.A.S. squadrons were being withdrawn from the Western Front and sent to Africa and the Near East, where the terrain wasn't suited to conventional cars. Only one was made, and it was only tested in England.


Armored Quadricycle

Armed with Maxim Machine Gun and powered by a small motor. The vehicle is demonstrated here in June 1899 by a Mr. F.R.Simms

Bison 1, Bison 2

The Bison's armor was interesting, a mix of steel reinforced concrete forming a type of mobile pillbox. Bison 2's chassis is unknown, but it is also of steel reinforced concrete. These vehicles were most likely constructed at Concrete Limited's Stourton works in Staffordshire.


NSU Kettenkrad

The Kettenkrad was designed as a small tractor (prime mover) to tow a trailer or a small gun (20 mm AA or 3,7 cm AT).
It carries a crew of three soldiers. The driver and two passengers. The passengers are facing backwards.




The Sturmtiger was armed with a short-barreled 38cm Raketenwerfer 61 L/5.4, breech-loading rocket launcher/mortar. The RW 61 launcher fired short-range (4,600 to 6,000 meters, or 2,850 to 3,720 yards) high-explosive rocket-propelled projectiles. The launcher was fitted with a PaK Zielfernrohr 3 x 8 telescopic sight. Each projec-tile was almost 1.5m (five feet) long and weighed 345 to 351kg (759 to 772 pounds). Two types of ammunition were available-high-explosive Raketen Sprenggranate 4581 (with a 125kg, or 275 pound, explosive charge) and shaped-charge Raketen Hohladungsgranate 4582 for use against fortifications. The shaped-charge round could penetrate up 2.5m (8 feet) of reinforced concrete. The Sturmtiger main arma-ment was originally developed by Rheinmetall-Borsig in Dusseldorf from an anti-submarine depth charge launcher developed for the Kriegsmarine.

33149_sttig_ld_122_560lo The main armament could be traversed by hand 10 degrees to the left and right and elevated from 0 to a maximum of 85 degrees. The launcher produced a recoil force of 30 to 40 tons. Perhaps the most unique feature of the launcher was the way rocket exhaust gasses were vented. These gasses could not be allowed to enter the fighting compartment, and the breech was not strong enough to resist them until the rocket left the barrel, so they were channeled through ventilation shafts around the barrel with numerous exit holes surrounding the muzzle. The result was a spectacular flash when the weapon was fired. Because of this, the Sturmtiger had to move after each shot because its position was revealed to the enemy. The launcher barrel was later fitted with a steel ring as a counterweight to improve elevation and aiming.

Sturmtiger could demolish any building or other target with a single shot, but it could carry only 14 rocket projectiles inside the superstructure. Twelve projectiles were stored in two stowage racks, one more in the launcher and another on the load-ing tray. Most vehicles carried only 13 rounds, without the one on the loading tray. The vehicle was equipped with a hand-operated lifting crane mounted on the right rear of the superstructure. This was used to load projectiles into the vehicle and needed the entire crew of five to operate. The crane could be dismantled and stored when not in use. A two-piece rectangular loading hatch was located in the superstruc-ture roof with guide rails below it and a winch to assist in moving rounds into and out of the storage racks and onto the loading tray. The rear section of the loading hatch was hinged at the rear and incorporated a 90mm NbK 39 Nahverteidigungswaffe, which was a breech-loading grenade launcher for close-in defense. This weapon had a 360-degree traverse and was intended for use in all late-war tanks, replacing exter-nally-mounted smoke dischargers and grenade launchers. The round hatch in the rear wall of the superstructure provided crew entry and exit.

Marvin Heemeyer and the Killdozer

heemeyer-sm After years of enmity with the city council over the construction of a concrete plant near his store, Marvin Heemeyer drove an armored Komatsu D335A bulldozer through downtown Granby, Colorado, pulverizing several buildings before turning a gun on himself. After lobbying unsuccessfully against the construction of the plant, Heemeyer found his muffler shop cut off from the rest of town, his business curtailed.

Image9 Heemeyer purchased a bulldozer with the intention of building a road connecting his store to the main road, but city council members rejected his proposal. Over the next two years, he proceeded to fortify the bulldozer, armoring it with concrete sandwiched between half-inch thick steel plates. Thus enclosed, he wired an ingenious network of cameras so  he could see outside on a pair of old televisions. Inside, he mounted powerful fans to blow away dust from the air slits and gun portals, MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA         and kept a stock of beverages in a cooler.

On the afternoon of 4 June 2004, Heemeyer decided to put his plan into action, and took the finished killdozer on a long, lumbering joyride through the concrete plant, the town hall, and several businesses and homes before becoming stuck in the rubble of a collapsed warehouse. By that time, the killdozer was surrounded, and a swat team was firing bullet after bullet at the hull of the beast, only to see the shots ricochet off pitifully while Heemeyer, armed with a rifle, returned fire. After a ten minute standoff, the bulldozer went silent.

Police used a series of explosive charges to pierce the killdozer's armor, to no avail. By six o'clock the next morning, workers had finally cut open a hole in the using a torch; inside, they found Heemeyer's lifeless body, dead of a single gunshot to the head. Incredibly, no one else was injured in the rampage.

s640x480 Type 2 Ka-Mi

As early as 1928, the Imperial Japanese Army had been developing and testing amphibious tanks. They created several experimental amphibious tanks such as the SR-II, the Type 1 Mi-Sha, and the Type 92 A-I-Go. In 1940, the Navy took over development of amphibious vehicles and two years later came up with the Type 2 Ka-Mi. The Type 2 was designed for the navy's Japanese Special Naval Landing Forces for the invasion of Pacific Islands that were bereft of port facilities.

 Amph_tank The Type 2 was based on the Type 95 Ha-Go light tank and was a capable armoured fighting vehicle both on land and at sea. It was capable of attaining speeds of 10km/h in the water with a range of 150km by utulizing two propellers at the rear of the hull which were powered by the tank's main engine. Steering was handled by the commander, who controlled the tank's pair of rudders with cables from the turret. The tank was generally water-tight because of the Type 2's welded armor and rubber seals in the hull. Large hollow pontoons made from steel plates were placed on the glacis plate and rear decking was used to float the tank. The front pontoon was divided into 8 compartments to minimize flood and shell-fire damage. These floatation devices could be jettisoned from inside the tank with pincer-clamps. The Type 2 could also be launched from the deck of submarines.

The Type 2's high-velocity Type 1 37mm gun was able to rotate 360° and a Type 97 machine gun was located in the tank's bow and another co-axially in the turret. Occasionally Type 2's were armed with a pair of naval torpedoes on each side of its hull. The Type 2 had a large crew including a crewman to handle the tank's innovative radio and telephone intercom and an onboard mechanic. Late in the war, the Type 2 was used in a more stationary role as fixed defenses and entrenched pillboxes on various Pacific islands.

From 1942 onward, only 184 Type 2 Ka-Mi's were built due to the tank's complex design. Furthermore, it had to be completely hand-built, which further slowed down the production process.

guardiumnr9 Guardium UGV (Autonomous Unmanned Ground Vehicle)

Guardium autonomous observation and target intercept system was developed by G-NIUS Autonomous Unmanned Ground Vehicles joint venture company established by Israel Aerospace Industries and Elbit Systems. The Guardium system employs autonomous unmanned ground vehicles (UGV) which can be operated from a command center, carry out routine patrols and quickly respond to evolving emergencies. They can suppress suspicious elements close to the perimeter, and hold them back until manned security forces arrive, or use various forceful means to eliminate the threat, if applicable.

The Guardium UGV uses the TomCar chassis. The vehicle is equipped with an automated tactical positioning system and can operate autonomously on and off road, at speeds up to 80 km/h. The vehicle can carry a payload of up to 300 kg, including light armor shield to protect vital systems. The UGV can carry a wide variety of sensors, including video and thermal cameras, with auto-target acquisition and capture, sensitive microphone, powerful loudspeakers and two way radio. The vehicle can also be equipped with lethal or less than lethal weapons which can be directed and operated from the Main Control Center (MCC). A fleet of Guardium vehicles can be used as sentries, controlled from the MCC, from where they are launched on routine patrols, ambushes or operating in response to events received from an early warning or perimeter defense system. The MCC is also provided with automatic tactical area definition, by terrain, doctrine and intelligence, which assist in preparation of the operational planning and programming for USVs. Each USV can also be manually controlled by remote control.

guardium_bengurion Following a successful evaluation in 2005 Guardium was selected by the Israel Defense Forces to operate as part of the border security operations. By May 2008 the IDF received the first batch of Guardium UGVs scheduled to enter fully operational service along the countrie's borders by the year's end. In 2008 Israel's Airport Authority conducted an evaluation of the system as part of possible integration of an autonomous UGV as part of its airport security system.

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Thursday, September 18, 2008

Then and now. Color photos taken more then 100 years ago and now.

Then and now. Color photos of Wells, Venice and Plitvice Lakes in Croatia taken more then 100 years ago and now.

Wells, England






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Plitvice Lakes, Croatia

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Plaza St-Hubert,  Montreal, Quebec, Canada

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