The Indian Railway (IR) system, the largest rail network in Asia and typically filled with diesel-powered trains, has just introduced its first solar-powered train, named the Diesel Electric Multiple Unit (DEMU). The DEMU, which has solar panels placed on the roof of the unit, will operate in the city of New Delhi. It will be pulled by one of IR’s diesel-powered locomotives, with the solar panels powering only the passenger comfort systems (including lights, info displays, fans, etc.). According to IR, one train with six solar-panel equipped cars will save 21,000 liters (or 5,547 gallons) of diesel fuel every year, all while saving approximately Rs12 lakh (almost $20,000) in operating costs.
Fantastic news! Announced earlier this morning from the BBC after today’s Men’s Final at Wimbledon, actress Jodie Whittaker will be the first woman in Doctor Who’s 54-year history to be cast for the show’s title role. Whittaker is best known for her recent role as Beth Latimer in crime drama Broadchurch and from Attack the Block (alongside John Boyega). More details could come in as soon as San Deigo Comic-Con begins, so stay tuned and ALLONS-Y!!
In this technology-themed episode of PractitioNERD Documented, or “Doc’D”, host Montez McCrary will be discussing the origins, technical features, and the lasting historic legacy of the very first computer from Apple, the Apple One.
Given the lack of attention that Valve gives to the Half-Life game series, it comes to a minor shock when at least ONE HUMAN BEING at the company is keeping an eye on the iconic and legendary 1998 first-person shooter. This past Tuesday, the original game got patched, and before you ask, it looks to have NOTHING to do with Half-Life 3, an announcement of Half-Life 3, or the existence of Half-Life 3. **teardrop**
In 1948, Hungarian architect Marcel Breuer designed and built — along with fellow architects Carlos Coire and Eduardo Catalano — the Parador Ariston in the La Serena neighborhood of Mar de Plata, Argentina. Formerly remembered as the well-known Ariston Restaurant, the building’s overall shape and form — designed to hold social gatherings, dances and cocktail parties — is inspired by a four-leafed clover to provide maximum glazing and natural sunlight, with its main space elevated a single level with curved walls. However, sadly the building today stands abandoned, deteriorated in ruins, neglected, and covered in graffiti. Continue reading The Parador Ariston, an Abandoned & Deteriorating Latin American Architectural Classic…→
We all knew it would be a matter of time before WWE produced and released a DVD/Blu-ray set about Kevin Owens, and comes to little-to-no surprise that since its release this past Tuesday (because Owens IS Mr. USA; by way of Canada, anyway) that its been selling out EVERYWHERE.
The “Fight Owens Fight: The Kevin Owens Story” DVD/Blu-ray set features the entire Owens documentary (with the work of the great WWE editing and video department), 13 of Owens’ WWE career highlight matches (including his debut match in NXT to his match against Chris Jericho at WrestleMania 33 this past April. Plus, because Blu-rays are Blu-rays, this version has four extra matches. This set definitely sounds like a great deal, huh?
According to PWInsider, the Owens DVD and Blu-Ray collections have been sold out EVEN for people who PRE-ORDERED it; some people who pre-ordered have received notifications stating that Amazon is out of stock and their order has been backordered for over a couple of weeks. As we speak (er, read and type), the Amazon page for the DVD still says “temporarily out of stock.” Even physical stores (i.e., Best Buy locations in New York, based on PWI’s own research) were having trouble keeping the set in stock.
So, basically, best of luck to anyone trying to find a copy…
Many consider the Macau region of China to be the gambling capital of Earth, so — according to Bloomberg — in an effort to improve bank security (while also allowing China to monitor how their money moves in and out of the country), they are upgrading all 1,200 of their ATMs with facial recognition cameras. Here’s how they’re going to work: a user wanting to make a withdrawal will need to enter their PIN, followed by staring into the facial recognition lens for six seconds for identity verification. So, cool (in terms of technology) AND creepy (in terms of privacy and liberty) at the same time, but it is THEIR money and THEY want to track it NOW!