netZoom #3 – Playing With Wieners, Artificial Leaves, and Real 3D


to netZoom numéro trois, the third article in the series where I share interesting discoveries and news from the series of tubes we call the Internets.

Today’s netZoom is special in that it’s coming to you from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where I spent a few days back in March. With the sun out and the temperatures reaching into the 30s (in celcius), I took a few minutes to write up this article, but haven’t had the chance to review and post it until now.

So its a little late, but still well worth the read.  Enjoy!

Playing With Wieners

Wiener Playing -

Do you have a cell phone? If so, have you ever taken the time to send a friend of yours a text message?

If you’ve answered yes to both questions, then chances are that you’ve encountered the dreaded auto-correct feature. This feature, created to help you write your message with as few errors as possible, has earned itself a reputation among cell phone owners as a somewhat anoying feature at times.

Erroneous corrections like the one to the right happen all the time, and the really funny ones have a way of finding themselves on, a website where people can submit amusing auto-correct mishaps.

In February, the site gathered its 15 most popular auto-corrections and put them all into one post.  As it stands, everyone I’ve shared this post with has burst out laughing to the point of having tears in their eyes.  So I figured it only made sense to share it as part of a netZoom article.

I warn you, what you are about to read may be hilarious!

Read the 15 most popular auto-corections of February 2011 here.

Artificial Leaves

Sending shockwaves around the world, scientists finally found a way to mimic nature’s ability to capture energy from the sun through photosynthesis.  The artificial leaf uses sunlight to turn water into oxygen and hydrogen, allowing for the gases to be collected and burnt as clean, renewable fuel.

The technology has existed for a while now, but the leaf itself was very expensive to produce. With the discovery of some new cheap catalysts, this new leaf’s cost is very low, and Scientists expect that such a leaf could transform a household into its own power station. This would allow people in poor or developing countries to have access to cheap, renewable energy without the need of connecting to a power grid and paying large sums to energy companies.

This is a truly amazing feat, and I invite you to learn more about artificial leaves here (you’ll find a video that explains the process fairly well midway down the page).

In Other News…

And On This Day In…

  • 1570 – The first modern atlas is published
  • 1920 – The first regularly scheduled radio program begins broadcasting from Montreal, Canada
  • Charles Lindbergh (in 1927) and Amelia Earhart (in 1932) pilot the first solo, non-stop flights across the Atlantic for male and female pilots respectively
  • 1956 – The first US airborne hydrogen bomb is dropped
  • And a lot more…

Video: yellowBird’s True 3D Experience – No Glasses Required!

Today’s video is nothing short of amazing. Using a set of five cameras, these guys have built technology that allows the recording of an environment in 360 degrees. Viewers of these recordings (ie: you) can then play the video and use the mouse to look around and see everything that is happening around you while the video is playing.

Take a moment and view the video for an incredible experience. Unfortunately I’m having problems embedding the video on the site, but you can view it by visiting yellowBird’s site.

And that’s pretty much it…

for this third netZoom article. Thanks for reading, and if you have any discoveries of your own, feel free to share in the comments below!

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