The steepest roller coaster in the world. Debuting in mid-July in Japan's Fuji-Q Highland Amusement Park, the Takabisha rollercoaster features a 130 foot drop at 121 degrees. Including seven major twists over 1000 metres of track, and a nerve-jangling drop of 43 metres.
ThinkGeek has teamed up with Minecraft developer Mojang for some cool gear to decorate your home or office. The Minecraft Foam Pickaxe is a full-size replica of the stone pickaxe from within the game. While fans won’t be using the pickaxe to mine actual cobblestone, the durable EVA foam is a perfect companion to the Minecraft Sticky Note Cube. It is a pixilated cube of sticky notes for your desk. The axe will sell for $19.99 and the note cube sells for $9.99.
Nintendo has unveiled it's new console, dubbed the Wii U, a new video game system that will use a new touch-screen controller to play games both on and off the TV screen. The Wii U is tablet-like controller, features a 6.2-inch touch-screen display, motion control, two analog sticks, a stylus, a front-facing camera, a full complement of buttons, an accelerometer and gyroscope, rumble capabilities, a microphone, and stereo speakers and HD graphics. The controller will be able to be used as a secondary screen for the Wii U in a number of ways. You'll be able to use the controller's screen to augment the action on your TV, or you can also use it for supplementary materials such as maps or inventory screens...and for less graphically games, you will be able to play a full game right on the controller or on the TV, your choice. Scheduled to release in 2012 sometime between April and December.
The injection is called RISUG, which stands for "reversible inhibition of sperm under guidance." Let's just get the uncomfortable bit out of the way first: you can't just be injected anywhere, the doctor has to stick a needle into your scrotum. Twice. Yeah, bad times, but you'll deal, and here's why: after two tiny injections taking all of 15 minutes, study after study has shown that the injection is 100% effective at preventing pregnancy. You won't suffer any side effects at all, it lasts a minimum of 10 years, and it's completely reversible with another few injections. Here's how it works: a non-toxic, positively charged polymer gets injected into the little tube that your sperm pass through on their way from your testicles to, you know, out. The polymer doesn't actually block the tube, but it stays there, and when sperm (which have a negative charge) pass by, the charge differential from the polymer zaps them. All of them. Every time.
From the U.K.'s Vodafone comes this colossal phone charger (or a rather standard-sized 18-wheeler). It weighs 44 tons, has a retractable staircase and also a secure bank of lockers that can charge 2,000 cellphones of different makes all at once. Check out the video after more.
The Hüttenpalast in Berlin is a new hotel concept, created by Silke Lorenzen and Sarah Vollmer. Situated in a former vacuum-cleaner factory are a cluster of renovated old campsite caravans, each available to stay in for the night. Bookings and enquiries, here.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have released a report on how to prepare for the zombie apocalypse. In a blog post, Rear Admiral Ali S Khan, assistant surgeon general and director of the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response, drops a lot of practical knowledge on the zombie-fearing masses, knowledge that — suspiciously — would also help during, say, a hurricane or disease outbreak...So what do you need to do before zombies, a kit filled with water, food, meds and the like... [ link ]
Apple finally announced it will release the white iPhone 4 tomorrow around the world. Here in the US it'll come in both AT&T and Verizon flavors. The pricing remains the same: $199 on contract for the 16GB model, $299 for 32GB. Of course, you could have some patience and wait until September for the iPhone 5.
Saudi Arabia, head of Kingdom Holding Company recently, is planning on building the “Kingdom Tower” in Jeddah which will be 5280 feet high when completed. Designed by Adrian Smith, The tower will stretch one mile up into heavens and include 12 million cubic feet of space, several stories of office space, several stories for a hotel and four tiers of residential space, with the upper most tier reserved for "alternative energy generation" solutions (perhaps including a pendulum to keep the entire tower from collapsing).
China's GEVEY have released the turbo sim for iPhone 4 unlock. GEVEY claims that their turbo sims can unlock 4.1(baseband 02.10.04) and 4.2.1 (baseband 03.10.01), and it also supports 3G network. Check out the video, we don't know whether it is true? on sale, here1, here2, here3, (Chinese, we search from taobao.com)
The February 24, 2011 issue of The Economist features the maps above and below, comparing Chinese provinces with countries in terms of GDP, population and exports. From the captions: "China is now the world’s second-biggest economy, but some of its provinces by themselves would rank fairly high in the global league. Our map shows the nearest equivalent country. For example, Guangdong’s GDP (at market exchange rates) is almost as big as Indonesia's; the output of both Jiangsu and Shandong exceeds Switzerland's." "What about other economic yardsticks? Guangdong exports abroad as much as South Korea, Jiangsu as much as Taiwan. Shanghai’s GDP per person is as high as Saudi Arabia's (at purchasing-power parity, or PPP), though still well below that in China's special regions of Hong Kong and Macau. At the other extreme, poor Guizhou has an income per head close to that of India. Note that these figures use the same PPP conversion rate for the whole of China, yet prices are likely to be lower in poorer provinces than they are in richer ones, thus slightly reducing regional inequality." Most interesting. Interactive version here.