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China’s Xinhua News Agency Now ‘Employs’ Two AI News Anchors

I have a strong urge to tag this post with “weird” because, seeing and hearing a life-like artificial intelligence (AI) news anchors spitting out news is beyond weird. You read that right. As of today, AI anchors is a thing and China’s state-run news agency Xinhua is the first in the world to ‘employ’ not one, but two AI anchors. The anchors, officially known as “AI Synthetic Anchors,” are modeled after the agency’s human anchors, but with voices, facial expressions and lip movements animated and synthesized using deep learning techniques. Continue reading China’s Xinhua News Agency Now ‘Employs’ Two AI News Anchors

Mind Blown: Impossibly Geometric Icebergs Spotted In Antarctica

Our impression of icebergs are, they are of irregular shape, or so we thought. It turns out that nature is quite an architect herself with the ability to create impossibly geometric icebergs too, such as the one you see here. That’s right. That flat piece of white object with almost perfectly straight edges is an iceberg. It is so flat and perfectly rectangular that it looks like it has some kind human intervention, but in reality, that was the nature’s work. Continue reading Mind Blown: Impossibly Geometric Icebergs Spotted In Antarctica

Woman Had A Close Shave With Sharks When She Fell Into To Shark Tank

First off, this ‘shark tank’ is not comprised of a panel of money-minded business person armed with sarcasm, ready to fire at ridiculous business ideas; these are real sharks in an actual tank tank… suspended in Wuyue Plaza in Jiaxing, Zhejiang Province in China. Now that we have clear the air… yes, a woman apparently fell into a shark tank in the the mall while rushing to a meeting. It couldn’t be a worst time to be taking a dip with sharks because, the cover on the gangway which has a shark tank under it was opened because of feeding time. Now, that’s nasty! Continue reading Woman Had A Close Shave With Sharks When She Fell Into To Shark Tank

This Is What Happens When A 35-ton Bus Drives Over A 10-ton Rated Bridge

Weight limit warning placed before a bridge is there for a reason. If you don’t understand the possible consequence of not abiding by the limit, here’s a video that will demonstrate it. Fortunately, disaster did not strike. It was still a spine-chilling warning not to mess with the weight limit nonetheless. Also, you will be surprised it happened in the U.S., specifically in Beaver, Arkansas. Continue reading This Is What Happens When A 35-ton Bus Drives Over A 10-ton Rated Bridge

Who Is Win-Won Ching And Why We Think He Is A Brilliant Businessman

The electric bicycle industry is quite a cut-throat one. Despite so, differentiation is hardly a thing among these ebike makers. Differentiate and the willingness to back the differentiation are why 68-year-old Singaporean businessman Wai-Won Ching had our attention and our respect. Ching is the businessman behind eZee Kinetic Technology that makes eZee Electric Bikes out of a Shanghai factory. Recently he made headlines for traveling across 12 countries in an epic road trip spanning 60 days that covered nearly 6,500 kilometers (around 4,040 miles!). Continue reading Who Is Win-Won Ching And Why We Think He Is A Brilliant Businessman

It’s Official. Google Is Pulling The Plug On Google Plus

You know how doctors sometimes have to amputate patients’ limb(s) because an infection have gotten out of hand? Well, that’s what happening to Google Plus (Google+). Google’s very own social network that was meant to go head-to-head with Facebook is officially being “amputated.” It will cease to exist starting August 31, 2019. Rest in peace, Google Plus. You were as good as it lasts… if there was any good to begin with. I still recall how Google Plus was forced into blogs and websites like us, as with YouTube users. Having something you didn’t want pushed into your face was, obviously, a happy experience. TBH, I am glad it is finally over for good. Continue reading It’s Official. Google Is Pulling The Plug On Google Plus

Banksy’s Painting ‘Self Destructs’ Moments After Successful Bidding

Banksy shocked the world yet again. This time, the elusive England-based street artist’s painting, Girl With Red Balloon, got a Mission Impossible’s ‘self-destruct’ treatment moments after the hammer went down to seal the deal at a cool £1 million (that was inclusive of buyer’s premium, btw), or about US$1.3 million. This is not even a joke. The just-sold painting was destroyed by shredding, right there and then, after someone decided to shell out a million pounds for it. Continue reading Banksy’s Painting ‘Self Destructs’ Moments After Successful Bidding

Mazda Rotary Engine Will Live On… As An EV Range-Extender

Finally, Mazda is getting into the electric vehicle bandwagon… in 2020. The Hiroshima headquartered automaker will launch its first EVs in 2020 as part of the company’s ’Sustainable Zoom-Zoom 2030’ long-term technology development program. Well, I guess it’s better late than never, right? Anyways, this is not an automobile blog and usually, this kind of ‘news’ is not exactly our forfeit and it will be here taking up precious post space, but this one is different because, it involves my all-time personal favorite engine invention: the rotary engine, AKA Wankel engine. Continue reading Mazda Rotary Engine Will Live On… As An EV Range-Extender

Watch The First Video Captured By Japanese’s Rovers On An Asteroid

For everyone living under the rock deep in the Mariana Trench, NASA is not the only organization into space exploration and neither was European Space Agency the only space probe that landed on a man-made on a roaming space object. If you have not yet heard, Japan’s NASA equivalent, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency or JAXA, has not one but two space robots landed on an asteroid named Rgyugu. Nope. Fortunately, that asteroid isn’t on a colliding path with our lovely Little Blue Marble and so no, renegade pro driller Harry Stamper and crew, aren’t onboard those bots. Neither is JAXA looking at dangling a skyscraper below it. Continue reading Watch The First Video Captured By Japanese’s Rovers On An Asteroid

Elusive Transforming Eel Caught On Camera And It Is Incredibly Surreal

Here’s another find by the scientists over at E/V Nautilus. You may remember these perpetually-excited researchers from their discovery of the “googly-eyed stubby squid” we saw a couple of years ago. This time, there is nothing cute about their discovery, though. In fact, I would say this discover as ‘bizarre’. I’d say it is at the same level of bizarre as the starfish found washed ashore in southern Vietnam, but it is a whole lot less creepy. Continue reading Elusive Transforming Eel Caught On Camera And It Is Incredibly Surreal