Tuesday, October 23, 2012

World's Largest Dancing Fountain - The Dubai Fountain

The Dubai Fountain is a record-setting choreographed fountain system set on the 30-acre man-made Burj Khalifa Lake, at the center of the Downtown Dubai development in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It was designed by WET Design, the California-based company responsible for the fountains at the Bellagio Hotel Lake in Las Vegas.

The Dubai fountain can shoot 83,000 liters of water at any moment and water jets as high as 240 feet into the air. Illuminated by 6,600 lights and 25 colored projectors, the 900 feet long fountain can be seen from over 20 miles away.

When the fountain was inaugurated in 2009, it had two types of shooters - super shooters, which shoot water under more pressure up to 240 feet in the air, and extreme shooters, which can shoot water under the most pressure to 420 feet in the air.

Because it takes a lot of time to build up enough pressure and energy to shoot water that high in the air, the super shooters are used the least during each show. The extreme shooters were used only once during the opening ceremony, after which they were disabled and no longer used in the shows. Take a look at some more photo of this stunning fountain....

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10 Types of Social Media Addicts

Social media is an interactive platforms via which individuals and communities create and share user-generated content. Social media addiction is like a disease likely affecting millions, but one that’s hard to track because it comes in many forms. The afflicted may reveal themselves as serial likers. They may have push notifications set for the most minor of social media updates. They may self-identify as “mavens,” “gurus” or “ninjas.” But regardless of their appearance, they do walk among us.

Here is an infographic, which comes by way of the marketing software company Marketo, that details 10 of the most common types of social media fiends. Check out the full infographic below for more. Then let us know what you think in the comments below...

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Sunday, October 21, 2012

Stunning Photos of Camouflaged Owls - Can You Spot Them ?

Owls are fierce predators, but even they have to sleep from time to time. When they do, they are exposed to bigger predators as well as 'mobbing' by smaller prey animals. Mobbing means smaller animals band together to fight off the owl's feared attacks. Certain types of birds, when identifying an owl on their turf, might band together to harass and fight the owl and chase it off. Also, owls rely on stealth and surprise when hunting, and so a good camouflage can be the difference between dinner and going to sleep on an empty stomach. Here is a series of photos that express the camouflaged nature the owls. Well then! find the owls in these photos...

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Saturday, October 20, 2012

Top 10 Places You Are Not Allowed to See on Google Maps

Google Maps which was formerly known as Google Local is a web mapping service application and technology provided by Google, that powers many map-based services. Google Maps satellite images are not updated in real time; they are several months or years old. Though it shows all the images of place around the world, there are some place which is blocked or blurred by Google for various reasons. Here we have collected a list of 10 such places which cannot be seen using Google maps. Take a look...

1. The Royal Residence, The Netherlands

The Royal Palace of Amsterdam in the Netherlands called Koninklijk Paleis Amsterdam. It joins a long list of places blurred on Google Maps related to the Dutch royal family, including the Royal Stables and another residence called Huis ten Bosch.

2. Buffalo Niagara International Airport

The Buffalo Niagara International Airport is largely white out on Google Maps and details can’t be seen when the area is zoomed in.

3. Tantauco National Park, Chile

The Tantauco National Park in Chile can only be seen from a marker via Google Maps. The private natural reserve is home to many endangered animals.

4. Keowee Dam, South Caroline

Man-made reservoir Keowee Dam on Lake Keowee in South Carolina is also blurred on Google Maps. Shaped like a Christmas tree, the dam helps run a power utility called the Duke Energy Company.

5. Mysterious Russian Site

We’re not entirely sure why this location in Russia has been blurred out, especially since it’s in the Siberian tundra. The closest city is Egvekinot, Russia, which is a neighbor to Alaska across the Bering Strait.

6. Minami Torishima Airport, Japan

The Minami Torishima Airport, a one-runway airport serving the island of Minami Torishima, located off the east coast of Japan. It is over saturated with white. It is currently used by the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force.

7. The Michael Aaf Building, Utah

The Dugway Proving Ground in Dugway, Utah is a region occupied by the U.S. Army where the military can test biological and chemical weapon systems. The Michael Aaf building on the proving ground is white out, most likely for security reasons.

8. Cornell University Combined Heat and Power Plant, New York

The Cornell University Combined Heat and Power Plant in Ithaca, NY which was opened in 2010, is blurred on Google Maps. The high-tech, Eco-friendly facility generates electricity from natural gas as a part of the university’s effort to lower its carbon dioxide emissions.

9. Babylon, Iraq

For some security reasons, the city of Babylon, Iraq looks more like endless farmland than a bustling city.

10. Vlissingen, The Netherlands

Properties owned by the Dutch royal family aren’t the only places blurred in the Netherlands. Joining the list are the oil tanks in Vlissingen, as well as several army bases and air force bases. The land area to the left also appears to be pixilated and adjusted.

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