Phone evolutionFebruary 29, 2016 at 2:36 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
Odd news from around the world
Why cabin lights are dimmed for landing: “A PILOT has revealed why it’s important for planes to dim their lights before landing. Making the cabin darker before touch down is an important safety measure that could potentially save passengers’ lives, The Sun reports. Pilot Chris Cooke, who works for a major domestic airline, asked readers of Travel + Leisure magazine to “imagine being in an unfamiliar bright room filled with obstacles when someone turns off the lights and asks you to exit quickly.” It would be significantly more difficult for travellers’ eyes to adjust to darkness if an emergency situation broke out. Dimming cabin lights before descent subtly prepares passengers to find their way to an emergency exit, especially when the aisle is illuminated. There are also health and safety reasons behind asking passengers to leave their blinds up before landing. By allowing more natural brightness into the aircraft, if the cabin lights cut off during a crisis, it is easier for passengers to see the path towards an emergency exit”
Visitors to China frequently admire the country’s love for unusual buildings: “There’s the sky-high diamond-shaped Famen Temple near Xi’an, Beijing’s geometrically-challenging CCTV headquarters, the Starship Enterprise office building in Fujian, Wuxi’s teapot-shaped tourist center, and the snail-like Henan Art Center in Zhengzhou to name just a few. For better or worse, China has earned an international reputation as a playground for architects. Now, that could all change. According to CNN, China has taken the move to ban weird architecture. In a statement, the Chinese government said it is forbidding the construction of “bizarre architecture that is not economical, functional, aesthetically pleasing or environmentally friendly.” Instead, the government hopes to fill cities with buildings that are “economic, green, and beautiful.”
Mercedes replaces robots with PEOPLE on its assembly line: “While many car makers are replacing humans with robots, the opposite is happening at Mercedes-Benz. The German car company is laying off the machine staff and hiring people to assemble its customized luxury vehicles. With the ability to choose from a variety of different design features, it robots were unable to keep up in making the cars and the firm learned that it is actually cheaper to employ humans. ‘Robots can’t deal with the degree of individualization and the many variants that we have today,’ Markus Schaefer, the German automaker’s head of production, said at its factory in Sindelfingen, the anchor of the Daimler AG unit’s global manufacturing network. ‘We’re saving money and safeguarding our future by employing more people.’
Cars being swallowed by the sea in far north Western Australia: “There is growing concern about the environmental and financial cost of dozens of cars being swallowed by the sea each year in Australia’s north. It is an increasing problem in the northern WA town of Broome, where massive tides, inexperienced drivers, and a lack of boat-launching facilities combine to make beach driving a hazardous pastime. Veteran boat skipper Steven Tucker said frantic efforts to retrieve cars from the encroaching tides had become an all-too-common sight in Broome. “It is a regular event, quite often you’ll steam into port and you’ll see cars bogged at the entrance point … you see it all the time,” he said. “I’ve seen 200 series Land Cruisers lost, plus a lot of old bombs as well … and once the tide gets them, the salt eats the electrics and they’re no good.” Authorities say between six and 10 cars are being swallowed by the sea in Broome each year, creating the surreal sight of chunky four-wheel-drives bobbing helplessly in the waves”
Strange boat: “A former SAS trooper plans to sail 3,000 miles across the Atlantic in a 65-foot home-made whale-shaped boat called Moby. Tom McClean, 73, has spent £100,000 building the 62-tonne vessel on the shore of Loch Nevis near Lochaber in the Scottish Highlands. Mr McClean launched the project 20 years ago, and has overseen every part of the building of the boat. But despite the construction, Moby has not moved in three years and the only jaunts before that were short journeys off the west coast of Scotland. However, now, Mr McClean is gearing up for the adventure of a lifetime, and is preparing his boat for the 3,000 mile crossing of the North Atlantic.”
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