World’s largest digital photograph has 272 gigapixels and features, in every detail, part of the city of Shanghai.
The photo which is called “Shanghai 272 Gigapixel Panorama”, was constructed by Alfred Zhao in 2010, it consists of no less than 12,000 photos merged together and allows the viewer to “spy” every detail.
Usually the largest photographs are obtained by stitching dozens of smaller images. However, The Legacy Project photo made in Irvine, California is excepted from the rule because it was taken as a single exposure on a perfectly smooth piece of sensitized fabric using a jet hangar as a gigantic camera.
Shanghai 272 Megapixel Panorama is world's largest photo
Several European officials have canceled visits to Ukraine amid worries caused by the alleged abusive treatment applied by Kiev authorities to former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko who is currently serving a 7-year prison sentence. The European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso and Justice Commissioner, Viviane Reding, have decided to boycott the European Football Championship which will be hosted by Ukraine and Poland next summer.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has already hinted that she could do the same. No less than five European presidents announced that they will avoid to attend a summit scheduled to take place in Yalta next month. It is about the Presidents of Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Austria and Slovenia.
Tymoshenko shows off her bruised elbow. She is on hunger strike. Photo:realitatea.net
An increasing number of European officials and have expressed concern about the health condition of the former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko. The officials from Kiev deny any abuse. Tymoshenko entered a hunger strike, according to information released by her relatives, and on Friday she released some photos showing bruises and contusion signs on her body.
Yulia Timoshenko blames prison abuse as she serves 7-year-sentence in Ukraine
The lawyer of the former Prime Minister said that Tymoshenko was beaten in prison. On the other side, the representative of the prosecutor’s office, Vadim Goran, claimed that the bruises are actually self-inflicting injuries caused by the hitting with objects in the jail cell. Yulia Tymoshenko, 51, was convicted in October 2011 to seven years in prison for abuse of power.
Yulia Tymoshenko bad health sparks worries among European leaders. Credit:realitatea.net
The file-sharing Site The Pirate Bay should be blocked by the Internet providers, said the British Supreme Court.
The Pirate Bay, which provides pirated materials to its users will soon be unavailable for most people in Britain.
Internet providers such as Sky, Everything Everywhere, TalkTalk, O2 and Virgin Media will be required to block their customers’ access to the controversial file-sharing website. A sixth ISP, BT, demanded the court a couple of weeks in order to analyze the situation before taking a decision.
“Websites like The Pirate Bay jeopardize jobs in the UK and undermine the investments in new British artists,” said British Phonographic Industry.
File-sharing website "The Pirate Bay" will become inaccessible following decision of British Supreme Court
Brothers Matthew and Michael Clark (aged 39 and 42 respectively) are suffering from a rare age-reversing disease called leukodystrophy.
Both had jobs and normal relationships with all around until their behavior started to become increasingly childish, just like in the movie “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”.
Now, the Clark brothers have been forced to move back with their parents. Michael, a former Royal Air Force member features the mental age of a 10-year-old child.
Matthew, whose 19-year-old daughter is expecting a baby, behaves like a school boy.
Benjamin Button Syndrome: leukodystrophy rare disease: Michael and Matthew Clark play with toys, behave like kids as their mental age shows regress
Leocodistrofia is a neurological disorder affecting the brain, nervous system and spinal cord.
The parents of the two, Anthony and Christine Clark gave up their retired life just to take care now of their two sons. The couple told the Daily Mail, that their boys live again their childhood.
“Two days ago, Matthew went to buy a little train,” said his father.
The film “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”, inspired from a book by Francis Scott Fitzgerald, tells a pretty similar story. The doctors who have studied this disease said that, in the movie, the only exaggeration is the fact that the physical/facial look of the person suffering from this disease is changing. In reality, the patient ages accordingly, but his mind turns into the wrong direction.
Anthony and Christine Clark take custody of their sons Matthew and Michael who are affected by age-reversing leukodystophy
Dutch Queen Beatrix called her visit to Rhenen and Veenendaal a fantastic feast. “You have offered us a truly unforgettable Queen’s Day (Koninginnedag).” (scroll down for video and photos)
The Queen was sorry and sad that her family was not complete: “But all the warmth and good wishes that we felt and heard here will give us strength to pass over,” she said at the end of her visit to Veenendaal. Prince Friso, the second son of Queen Beatrix, is still hospitalized at the Wellington medical center in his hometown of London. He suffered a serious brain damage after being caught by an avalanche on Feb. 17, 2012.
Video: Koninginnedag: Beatrix talks to crowd in Rhenen and Veenendaal 30 April 2012
Princess Mabel did not attend the celebration because of the health situation of her husband (Friso). Also Princess Anita, the wife of Prince Pieter-Christiaan, was absent because of a pneumonia.
Pieter van Vollenhoven, 73, who celebrates today his birthday anniversary, missed a significant part of the program due to an infection on his foot and.
Approximately 65,000 people gathered in Rhenen and Veenendaal on Monday to greet the Queen Beatrix and her family. 20,000 Dutch customers visited Rhenen and in Veenendaal there were about 45,000 people along the way.
Royal Family: Prince Willem-Alexander, Princess Maxima and Queen Beatrix in Rhenen, 30 Apr. 2012. Photo: ANP
In Rhenen the Royal family walked nearly a half hour through the historic center of the city, where they met the “inhabitants” of the 80-year-old Ouwehand Zoo; children were dressing outfits featuring various animals.
The royal family left the city via the Western Gate, a former 17th-century gate, which was rebuilt as a replica.
Dutch Queen Beatrix and Royal Family welcomed in Veenendaal on Apr. 30, 2012. Credit: nos.nl
Veenendaal showed off the same enthusiasm as in Rhenen. During the trip through the city, the Orange family witnessed examples of traditional crafts such as sheep shearing and cigars making.
Veenendaal also wanted to present itself as a modern and enterprising young city. The high ranking guests walked along a green-energy playground.
Actress Lindsay Lohan was among the dozens celebrities who participated at the White House Dinner event which took place in Washington D.C. at the Hilton Hotel on Saturday.
However Lindsay was somehow slammed, as for many eyes she appeared dressing an outfit considered somehow inadequate for such celebrations (scroll down for photo).
Who else attended the dinner? Well, besides Barack and Michelle Obama, there could be seen a lot of high ranking officials such as government members as well as media reporters, TV presenters and Hollywood stars.
The Hollywood was represented at Washington’s lavish bash by famous names including Sofia Vergara (Modern Family), Dakota Fanning (War of the Worlds), Charlize Theron, Diane Keaton, Rashida Jones (Parks and Recreation), Kim Kardashian, and so on.
It looks like Lidsay Lohan, -who was invited by Greta Van Susteren-, captured particupar attention with her long bulky gown which was regarded as too racy and obviously the subsequent critics were not overdue.
Anyway, looking at the garment everything seems to be fine and decent this time compared to (if we remember) Lohan’s spicy look revealed during her court appearances.
Lindsay Lohan apparently raised eyebrows by wearing an inappropriate gown for a White House Correspondents Dinner.
Traffic slowing down? Panda replaced by Penguin!!!
All bloggers have been blurry because of the syndrome called Panda which is now turning into Penguin.
For a long time, -probably more than a year-, all SEO guys, Webmasters, etc., showed disgust for Panda and it appears that recently (last week) another animal took over the stage: Penguin.
What is Penguin? Well, it is nothing else than Google’s latest update in terms of website rankings or (better said) page rank classification which is targeted by almost everyone.
What is the new update doing? Obviously Panda was released to serve a few purposes and I list a few of them here: web spam killing, cloaking avoidance, bad links removal, etc.
What can you do? (in case your blog/site ranking decreased)
According to webpronews.com there are a couple of guidelines you should follow if you wish to retrieve your PR and get back in business. These guidelines are displayed next in a random way: 1. avoid having pages featuring irrelevant keywords; 2. do not make use of cloaking tricks to deceive users or search engines; 3. do not develop subdomains or pages with pretty similar or duplicat content; 4. get rid of hidden text or links; 5. clean your site of viruses, malware or trojans; 6. pay attention to your affiliate programs which lacks genuine content; 7. unlink from websites which belong to “bad neighborhoods”; 8. do not use programs which submit automated queries to Google; such tools are known to violate search engine’s TOS.
Carmen Bruma does not just present sport, she makes sport. The TV reporter who is well known for her impressive silhouette, will release a DVD featuring the most effective methods (not the easiest) for losing weight. Watch below video of Bruma’s “3S-Making of”.
“The book depicts a lucrative 6-week food program as well as rules that help you to modify it depending on your taste. Furthermore you can find also the most important advices supposed to be known by someone who wants to lose weight or improve the physical look (that means toning, weight loss, muscle shaping, body composition changes, cellulite layer shrinking)”, said Carmen Bruma.
“The DVD reveals also five different training programs for warming up and one for stretching. Every workout, which should take no longer than 15 minutes, aims at shaping your whole body and stimulating it to burn more fat than a traditional 40-minute cardio workout, ” revealed Bruma on Facebook.
Video: Carmen Bruma 3S – Making of (fitness, bodyshape, weight loss tutorial)
Prime Minister Viktor Orban and Hungarian government make efforts for the release of two nationals who were keidnapped in Syria on Saturday
Two Hungarian nationals were kidnapped in Syria on Saturday and Budapest authorities announced they are doing their best for their release. “The two are still alive”, a spokesman for the Conservative Prime Minister Viktor Orban said on Sunday.
“Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Hungarian consulate in Damascus and Hungarian counter-terrorism center (TEK) are currently working day and night to resolve the situation peacefully and have the kidnapped Hungarians released as soon as possible,” the spokesperson said for the news agency MTI.
The two Hungarian citizens were seized by unknown armed people during a robbery carried out on a company’s offices in south-eastern Syria, he added, refusing to reveal more details.
Since March 15, 2011 Syria is affected by an intensive turmoil which progressively militarized against the repression taken by President Bashar al-Assad regime, which claims to fight against “armed terrorist groups”. These attacks have resulted in over 11,100 deaths throughout the country, according to Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.