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Friday, March 12, 2010

BBC To Make Atlantis Movie

A New British movie is to tell the story of the ancient cataclysm that's believed to be the basis for the Atlantis legend.

The BBC has announced the TV film, to be called Atlantis and directed by Primeval's Tony Mitchell, will "tell the dramatic story of the greatest natural disaster to shake the ancient world, a disaster that triggered the downfall of a civilisation and spawned a legend."

The film will be made using the same techniques as Zack Snyder's Spartan war epic 300 and will be accompanied by a documentary looking at the historical evidence.

Around 1620 BC a gigantic volcano in the Aegean Sea stirred from its 19,000-year slumber.

The eruption tore apart the island of Thera, producing massive tsunamis that flooded the nearby island of Crete, the centre of Europe's first great civilisation - the Minoans.

This apocalyptic event, many experts now believe, provided the inspiration for the legend of Atlantis. »

- David Bentley

Thursday, March 11, 2010

World's Largest House of Cards

MACAU (Reuters Life!) - Crowds of baccarat-obsessed Chinese punters crammed inside the world's largest casino, the Venetian Macau, witnessed on Wednesday the mega-casino's latest claim to fame as the world's largest "house of cards."

Kneeling at a quiet spot not far from the cavernous gaming floors of the casino, Bryan Berg, an American architect placed the last of 218,792 playing cards onto his paper edifice -- a replica of the Venetian Macau -- to break his own Guinness World Record for the largest house of free-standing playing cards.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Robotic Hand That Senses Touch

Robotic Hand That Senses Touch (w/ Video)

(PhysOrg.com) -- Developed by researchers at Lund University in Sweden and Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna in Italy, the Smart Hand project has given patient, Robin af Ekenstam (see video) the sense of touch in his new prosthesis hand.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Korean Man Marries Anime Character

In Korea, a man a married his Japanese anime girlfriend!
The anime exists on his dakimaura, a.k.a. body pillow which he married.
They go out to dinner where he orders two dishes of pasta.
He also takes her to a theme park where they ride roller-coasters and a carousel.

Courtesy of The Toronto Sun