The huge space graveyard underneath the South Pacific

263 spatial objects have ended their lives in a vast zone of open sea located between Polynesia and Antarctica over the last four decades. This cemetery received spacecrafts from Russia, the USA, the European Union, and will continue to host many of the machines Man sends to space. In a few years, even the International Space Station and her 420 tons of metal will end … Continue reading The huge space graveyard underneath the South Pacific

Is a solar panel worth it for you? Just ask this app!

The World Bank has released a really practical web based tool Global Solar Atlas, back in January 2017. It uses a global map of solar exposure to calculate how much electricity you can expect a photovoltaic (PV) installation to produce every year in any location on the planet. The app will even share with you actual outputs from existing PV panels near, when it has the … Continue reading Is a solar panel worth it for you? Just ask this app!

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The Pacific is converting to solar… and it’s happening fast!

(A solar farm in Samoa. Credit for the picture: © DANIEL LIN – National Geographics) There is a rising focus on green energy technologies in several countries around the Pacific Ocean area. These are potentially game changers, promising a quick adaptation to the challenges we are facing in our modern era, particularly climate change and its present consequences, such as a higher frequency of natural disasters … Continue reading The Pacific is converting to solar… and it’s happening fast!

Game of Thrones auditions: The haka that got Khal Drogo his role

We’ve all seen it. Winter has come to Westeros, and record-breaking numbers of viewers have tuned in to watch the first episode of Game of Thrones season 7 last Sunday. This obsession will last seven more weeks until the finale. To get in the mood and wait patiently until next weekend, I leave you with this video of Jason Momoa’s audition for the role of Khal Drogo, … Continue reading Game of Thrones auditions: The haka that got Khal Drogo his role

Visit Uluru on Google Street View

You can now visit Uluru, or Ayers Rock in central Australia, on Google Street View. The tech giant opened the trails last month, after two years of filming with backpack-mounted 3D cameras and recording stories and songs from the traditional owners of the sacred place: the Anangu of the central desert. The Indigenous Australians went a step further and  accepted to guide the Google team, and … Continue reading Visit Uluru on Google Street View

An app to identify fishes from the Pacific

The mobile app PacFishID lets you identify fish species from the Pacific. It was developed and is maintained by the Coastal Fisheries Programme of the Pacific Community, with money from Australia and the EU. The Pacific Community, a club of Pacific countries, created it for its fish inspectors. They use it to control the catch of fishermen for protected species or specific regulation. PacFishID is not … Continue reading An app to identify fishes from the Pacific

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Mobile networks: The Pacific leads the way to 4.5G

The first countries in the world to try out the new standard for ultra high speed mobile internet are all in the Pacific. Queenstown in New Zealand just entered the very small club of cities with maximal mobile speed, joining Vancouver in Canada and Sydney in Australia. 4.5G is also named “LTE Advanced Pro” or 4GX in Australia. With theoretical speeds of up to 1Gbs … Continue reading Mobile networks: The Pacific leads the way to 4.5G

Japan’s Earliest Anime Online

The Film Center section of  Tokyo’s National Museum of Modern Art has posted more than sixty early animes on a Japanese Animated Film Classics website. The 64 animes are dated from 1917 to 1941. As you can imagine, as we get nearer to WWII, some of the animated films are war propaganda oriented. As for the earliest ones, the collection includes The Dull Sword from 1917, … Continue reading Japan’s Earliest Anime Online