There is a hotel in Japan, called Nisiyama Onsen Keiunkian, that has been open since 705. And that’s not a typo, not 1705, but 705, the hotel has been open for over 1300 years! There was also a Japanese construction company called Kongō Gumi that was founded in 578 and was continuously operating until 2006, until it fell on hard times and went into liquidation. During the ages they built many famous buildings, including Osaka Castle. But while these two companies might have been the longest running companies to be operating in modern times, they are not the longest running …
This week on the Pie Cubed podcast we talk about the Leap Motion, brain mapping, vaccines, hydrogen, bird flu, nuclear stuff and of course astronomy corner makes a return. Subscribe on iTunes or Subscribe to podcast feed
Take a large data set, like stock prices, electricity bills or population sizes of different countries. If you were to count how many times each digit appeared as the first digit (for 105 the first digit would be 1, for 34583 the first digit would be 3, etc.), what would be their distribution? You’d expect that each numeral would occur an equal amount of times. But you would be wrong.
Chinese authorities have closed live poultry markets in Shanghai and Hangzhou after fears of a new possible bird flu pandemic. H7N9, a flu virus, was confirmed to have infected 21 people. Six have died.
In this regular Friday post, we list some interesting facts that do not necessarily deserve their own post, enjoy! The Amazon river is 6400 km long and has the highest waterflow of any river, it discharges more water than the next 7 put together. Until 2011, there were no bridges crossing it or any of its tributaries. Now there is only 1, the Manaus Iranduba Bridge on the rio Negro, its major tributary.
You were trying to drive to Melbourne, Australia, yet you ended up in Melbourne, Florida. Apart from somehow being able to drive over water, you also probably mindlessly followed the instructions of a GPS device. Practically ubiquitous these days, the Global Positioning System (GPS) is responsible for the ever decreasing ability of people to use maps and their own orientation.
Raspberry cloud? Yes, you read that right, a raspberry-flavoured cloud. But we’re not talking about your standard cumulonimbus or cirrus, but a giant dust cloud close to the centre of the milky way called Sagittarius B2.
One moment you’re feeling fine, the next you’re expelling fluids from both ends. A typical friday night, if you are Hunter S. Thompson, but in your case, it is likely that you are a victim of the norovirus, also known as the winter vomiting bug in the UK. As someone who’s lived in Africa and has had his fair share of stomach bugs, I feel your pain. It is one thing to be vomiting or having diarrhea, but doing both at the same time is a very unpleasant experience. What is the norovirus and why do we keep hearing about …
In this episode of the Pie Cubed podcast we talk about the beginning of the universe, piracy, bluetooth blood tests, melting arctic ice, google fiber, mosh pits and much more.
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