The US Snowfall Captured Through a Lense

The recent US snowfall has absolutely hammered the East Coast of America in terms of size and ferocity which has led to the cancellations of thousands of flights as well as leaving tens of thousands without power, below is a selection of stats which conveys the extent of this force of nature.

  • 40 inches of snow – Has been recorded in Glengary, West Virginia; 39 inches fell in Philomont, Virginia; and Redhouse, Maryland, received 38 inches.
  • 11 states declared states of emergency – Georgia, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Kentucky, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Delaware, Virginia and West Virginia. Washington, D.C., has declared a “snow emergency.
  • 8,569 flights – Have been cancelled for Saturday and Sunday
  • More than 74,000 people – Without power.

Below is a selection of beautiful, fantastic yet thought-provoking images that conveys just how disruptive this storm has been for residents as well as the country as a whole.

Below is the first image of “Henry Street in the Chinatown neighbourhood of New York”, as you can see, this bustling street has rather ground to a halt.

Next Image below is of a “snowball fight at Dupont Circle in Washington, DC”, this image has been captured in pretty good detail.

The next image below conveys a gentleman by the name of “John Mexner who tries to make headway by shoveling  his vehicle out in Washington”. The morning commute looks rather in vain after the size of disruption from the storm.  

The next image below certainly conveys the amount of snow that has been dumped on the US, the gentleman within the photo is “Ben Osborn who walks with a shovel past a line of snowed-in cars in northeast Washington”, each car looks similar to a giant snowball.

The next image below is beautifully shot and conveys an individual who is producing a “snow angel in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C”, the blueness of the sky is a striking contrast to both the memorial and also the snow.

The last image is certainly thought-provoking and shows “Gravestones at Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia”  being almost completely hidden from snow.

The last image may not be relevant to the US, but it is certainly stunning, it conveys a frozen mast within Fujian Jiuxian China, wow.

Image courtesy of BBC

Injectable Sponges Approved For Public Use

Two years ago we reported on the injectable sponge, a concept that was designed to help save lives on the battlefield. The concept is a simple one. Upon receiving a gunshot wound, you can use the syringe to inject the tiny sponges into the wound. Once in the wound, the XSTAT 30’s sponges will expand and absorb in total around a pint of blood, in the process blocking the wound and reducing the blood loss from the wound. While authorised for military use the XSTAT was not authorised for use outside of the battlefield, that was until now.

Originally designed to help combat wounds such as shrapnel or bullets in areas of the body where traditional approaches may not be viable, such as in the groin or the armpit, the XSTAT can treat any wound in a similar fashion.

With the XSTAT’s dressing usable for up to four hours it can be used as a quick reaction to a potentially fatal wound while the victim seeks further medical help. As a result, the XSTAT 30 has been cleared for “high risk for immediate, life-threatening, and severe hemorrhagic shock and non-compressible junctional wounds”, with the condition that emergency care for the wound can’t be retrieved immediately.

From the FDA’s ruling, the XSTAT 30 has not been approved for areas where traditional methods can be used, such as the chest, abdomen or tissue above the collarbone. The XSTAT could save hundreds of lives and for such a small device, I’m sure people will be grateful to the creators and the ones who can now use it.

Guy Pulls off a ‘One-in-a-Million’ Snipe in Halo

A Halo player by the name of Lawrencce 1 apparently made the most ridiculously amazing shot in Halo, and probably even in the history of gaming. You can watch the footage below.

And this is what he had to comment about it:

“Of course the kill was intentional!! I accurately predicted the spawn of the player after I killed him for the first time, knew exactly where he was positioned when he shot at me and therefore deliberately ricocheted the bullet of three surfaces to take him out, it was very simple really!

…That was a joke of course, I am well aware that this kill was probably the luckiest I’ve ever seen on Halo. I got the kill and initially thought that it was nothing more than a decent no-scope, but when I later reviewed the footage in theatre mode, it turns out that the bullet ricocheted THREE times before landing in the head of the opposition player. I know that I was incredibly fortunate and the only purpose of this video is to entertain, I am not professing to be anything more than a slightly-less-than-averagely skilled Halo player, I play the game for fun and for moments such as this one! Thanks very much for watching, hope you enjoyed! “

Judging by his comment, he does indeed agree this was one of those epic moments when a shot is fired at the exact spot and time. Even so, the shot is truly amazing!

Thank you Kotaku for providing us with this information

It Doesn’t Get Much More Ridiculous than the Belfie Stick

Just when you thought that it couldn’t get much more ridiculous, someone went ahead and invented the Belfie Stick. We all know, and most of hate, the Selfies and all that it brings along. The Belfie is the cousin to the Selfie, but instead of taking a photo of your face, you take one of your butt.

No, this isn’t a joke. The product is a reality and it’s even patent-pending at the moment. Pre-orders can be placed for the crazy price of $80 on the official website. The stick can be extended and adjusted to get just the right angle before you press the Bluetooth button at the end of the stick to snap that butt shot.

One of the funny things about this, the photos they’re using on the site to advertise it have clearly been taken without the Belfie stick.

Thanks to TechRadar for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of BelfieStick

Bitcoin ATM’s Pop Up Around Melbourne, Australia

A few months ago, there was one currency on everyone’s lips – Bitcoin. People were scrambling to make their own Bitcoin mining machines, Reddit users developed their own currency called Dogecoin and our parents and grandparents become more technology-confused than  ever before.

Since the hype has died down, I’ve just received reports from a friend of mine that Bitcoin ATM’s have just started popping up in the Central CBD of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. The image you’re looking at above is taken from the famous “Melbourne Central” shopping center and train station, allowing users to exchange, buy and sell Bitcoin all from a handy kiosk located in the middle of the hustle-and-bustle. Unfortunately a higher resolution image became impossible when Facebook Messenger was utilized as the method of communication.

We’ve seen more Bitcoin payment options pop up around the globe, with SpendBitcoins.com being developed solely to support new-age business’ supporting this advancement in technology. Some of the companies notable from this list include that of NewEgg and Expedia.

Will we see this type of currency make it into the ‘mainstream’ market? It’s really hard to say. But it’s certainly nice to see a ‘global currency’ give it a red hot go. Exchange rates are the bane of any well-traveled business person or backpacker.

Have you seen a Bitcoin ATM around your area? Let us know, we’d love to start tracking them!

Source: TweakTown.