Friday, May 11, 2012

Signs of the times

Just because everything is different doesn't mean anything has changed. ~ Irene Peter
• Canadians spend more than twice as much each year attending live performances in the arts than all sporting events put together.

• Over the past 30 years a man singlehandedly created a 1,360 acre forest on land where Indian government experts said trees could not be grown. It is now home to creatures big and small, including birds, deer, rhinos, tigers, and elephants.

• Speed is money. A new fiber-optic cable on the ocean floor between England and Nova Scotia shaves 5 milliseconds off a round trip for data between the London and New York securities exchanges. Shortening another cable between Chicago and New Jersey by 160 kilometres knocked off 3 milliseconds. [Source: New York Times]

• By 2013, anyone in the United States with a cellphone will be able to text to the 911 call centers.

• Apple shipped 67 million iPads in just 2 years after the product launched. It took 24 years to sell that many Macs, 5 years for that many iPods, and over 3 years for that many iPhones. [Source: Forbes]

• Jaguar engineers have found a way to cover the body of an electric car with a layer of so called piezoelectric cells that help recharge its batteries from the force of the air flowing over the body.
Looking for change? Check the sofa.

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