Monday, 19 June 2017

Team NZ in control of America’s

Team New Zealand is in control of the 2017 America’s Cup after an excellent weekend of racing.
After winning all four of the opening races Team New Zealand lead the series 3-nil in the race to seven.
Kiwi skipper Peter Burling has been in great form, getting the best of the starts over Australian Jimmy Spittal.
Team New Zealand’s boat speed seems slightly superior to the American syndicate at this stage as well.
The teams take a one week break now before more races next weekend

World’s longest pizza record broken

The world’s longest pizza, which ended up spanning just over 2km, was made in California, America.
The pizza was produced by a team of chefs on Saturday morning at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana.
The original plan was to create a pizza 2,100m in length, but once the cooks had safely secured the Guinness World Record for the longest pizza — surpassing the 1800m pizza made in Naples, Italy, in May 2016 — they called it quits.
The idea for this record-breaking attempt at the world’s longest pizza was initiated by a group of American chefs who had heard about the pizza created in Italy, and knew they had to try to bring the title to America

Monday, 12 June 2017

United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, has warned that by 2050 global demand for fresh water is projected to grow by more than 40 per cent. He said at least a quarter of the world’s population will live in countries with a “chronic or recurrent” lack of clean water.
“Water, peace and security are inextricably linked,” Guterres said. “Without effective management of our water resources, we risk intensified disputes between communities and sectors and increased tensions among nations.”
Since 1947, some 37 conflicts have taken place between countries related to water.
Right now more than 800 million people lack access to safe drinking water and more than 2.5 billion don’t have basic sanitation.
The United Nations has a goal that by 2030 there would be improved water security, access to drinking water and sanitation, as well as stronger management of water resources shared by countries. The world is currently not on track to meet that goal.

Faceless fish discovered

An international team of scientists on a deep sea research voyage have found some rather strange creatures, including a “faceless” fish.
They’ve been using special cameras to look deep underwater off the coast of eastern Australia, around 4,000m below the surface.
At this depth, there’s huge pressure, no light and it’s extremely cold so animals there have evolved and found different ways to survive.
Chief scientist Tim O’Hara says it’s “the most unexplored environment on Earth”.
His team say that around one-third of what they’ve found are new species.
The faceless fish doesn’t have any eyes, you can’t see its nose, and its mouth is found underneath its body.

Monday, 29 May 2017

Car vending machine

Forget soft drinks, chocolate and chips – vending machines are now in the business of dispensing cars.
A 15-storey building in Singapore is offering up luxury vehicles, including Bentleys, Ferraris and Lamborghinis, and is the largest “vending machine” in the world.
Once the customer selects the car they wish to look at, a lift-like platform brings it down to the ground floor
Used car seller Autobahn Motors recently opened the futuristic showroom, with vehicles on display in 60 slots just like you’d find your favourite chocolate bar or fizzy drink.
The dispensing concept is similar to that of a modern snack machine, too, where customers on the ground floor choose from a touchscreen display which car they wish to see.
Once selected, the car arrives within a few minutes, travelling down the middle of the building on a moving platform.
Vehicles on offer range from modern luxury sports cars to classics, including a 2014 McLaren 650s, a 2012 Lamborghini Aventador and a 1955 Morgan Plus 4, as well as a number of Ferrari, Bentley and Porsche models.
Gary Hong, general manager at Autobahn Motors, said the vending machine format was aimed at making efficient use of space in land-scarce Singapore as well as standing out from the competition.

Monday, 15 May 2017

Massive global cyber attack on computers

A massive cyber attack has infected a number of organisations around the world.
There have been reports of infections in as many as 74 countries, including several in New Zealand.
Computers in have been locked by a programme, WannaCry, that demands $300 ($NZD430) in Bitcoin currency.
Computer hacking is when someone breaks into a computer system illegally. A cyber attack is when computer systems are deliberately damaged or disrupted by people.
The UK’s National Health Service was among organisations hit by the outbreak.
Hospitals and doctors’ surgeries in parts of England have been forced to turn away patients and cancel appointments.
Internet companies in New Zealand have said they are aware of the ransomware attacks and have taken measures to protect its systems

Monday, 8 May 2017

A cheetah sanctuary in the US has seen a boom in the wild cats’ population with the birth of 10 new cubs.
The population increase is a big boost for scientists who are working to save the animal from extinction.
In the wild, cheetah numbers are quickly dwindling which has led to scientists at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in the United States to act.
Scientists put the decreasing numbers down to human intrusion into cheetah’s natural habitat.