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Australia’s new Super Solar Cells Double Efficiency

Graham Philips | (ABCTVCatalyst) | – “Australian scientists from the University of New South Wales have set a new world record for the efficiency of commercially-viable solar cells. Dr Graham Phillips investigates…

Joe De Sena: What It Takes to Break a World Record: The Story of Michael Wardian

Uncertainty often makes us hesitant, but when used as motivation, it can produce the most outstanding results. The most successful people I've come across have mental discipline, they harness uncertainty and embrace the possibility of failure. Show More Summary

Yahoo wants to take on Meerkat, Skype and Snapchat all at once

Yahoo may have a way to restore some of its former glory in the messaging world. Tipsters for The Information claim that the company is building a mobile app that includes text messaging, Snapchat-style recorded video and elements of live video apps like Meerkat and Skype -- think of it as a hedge that covers all the hot trends at the same time. Show More Summary

World's Oldest Stone Tools Found, Predate Homo Genus By 500,000 Years

last weekGenres / Sci Fi : io9

Researchers working in Kenya's archaeologically prolific Lake Turkana region claim to have uncovered a set of 3.3-million-year-old stone tools. That's 700,000 years older than the previous record, and predates evidence for the evolutionary origins of the genus Homo by half a million years. Read more...

Nashville comedians attempting eight-day “world record” continuous comedy show

If the show goes on, by 8:04 p.m. Central Daylight Time tonight, the comedians in Nashville, Tenn., will have broken the Guinness Book of World Records time for the longest continuous stand-up comedy show. And then it'll go on and on and on some more. The Laugh Factory in Hollywood has the record with an […]

Great Job, Internet!: Interactive website offers digital tour of Abbey Road Studios

Abbey Road Studios in London is one of the most renowned and historically important recording studios in the world. From the Beatles to Pink Floyd, Radiohead to Kanye West, the roster of acts and artists who have recorded some of the most culturally important and commercially successful records of all-time from within its walls is truly staggering. Show More Summary

Nine-Year-Old Gray Whale Named Varvara Swims 13,987 Miles, Sets New Mammal Migration Record

A western North Pacific gray whale- identified as “Varvara” has just set a new mammalian world record. According to USA Today, the nine-year-old whale made an epic journey of nearly 14,000 miles – and in the process set a new world record for mammal migration. Show More Summary

News: Jake Gyllenhaal, Gray Whale, Adam Lambert, NYC Coyote

last weekLGBT / Gay : Towleroad

Kansas files brief urging dismissal of lawsuit challenging gay marriage ban. Gray whale tracked over 14,000 mile migration from Russia to Mexico: "Varvara's journey surpassed a record listed on the Guinness Worlds Records website. It said the previous record was...

What It Takes to Break a World Record: The Story of Michael Wardian

What do the most successful people have in common? What is the force that drives excellence? In Michael Wardian's case, what did he possess that allowed him to attempt an impossible world record, not once but twice, in under 36 hours? Michael...Show More Summary

SMT: Devil Survivor 2 Record Breaker DLC/FreeLC Info

SMT: Devil Survivor 2 Record Breaker Believe it or not, the demon-ravaged landscape of Japan as it rapidly hurtles towards the end of the world can be a challenging place, so ATLUS has prepared some special DLC offerings to help players deal with some of the resources that can be crippling if they're in short supply. Show More Summary

Are You Ready For The Impact Of 'Fight For $15' On The Fast Food World?

For the record, I fully support American workers being paid a fair wage and today’s demonstrations across the globe to “Fight for $15” not only exhibits the support of the rights of workers but highlights the fact that according to the National Employment Law Project’s Growing Movement for $15 report [...]

New York's Giant Ferris Wheel Is (Finally) Breaking Ground

Images via The New York Wheel, a sky-scraping observation wheel that will stand 630' high, is set to begin construction on Staten Island tomorrow with the intent of ousting the current world record holder, Las Vegas' 550'-tall High Roller. Show More Summary

The World's First Self-Powered Video Camera Can Record Forever

It makes perfect sense. The sensors that capture images for a digital camera and the sensors that convert light into electricity for a solar cell rely on the same technology. So why not build a device with a sensor that does both, and create a self-powered video camera? Some Columbia University researchers did just that. Read more...

Record Breaking Deep Sea Dive Reveals Treasure Worth $50m

It's November 1942 and the SS City of Cairo passenger steamboat ship is sailing from Bombay to England carrying around 100 tons of silver coins belonging to the UK Treasury. It's the middle of the Second World War and the ship is torpedoed by a German submarine and sinks with its bounty on board. The silver rupees lost forever.

Morning Cup of Links: Popping Popsicle Sticks

last weekHumor / odd : mental_floss

There’s a new Guinness World Record for the largest popsicle stick chain reaction. And we get to watch all 30,000 sticks explode across the floor. The Definitive Guide to the Secret Characters of Mortal Kombat. Much easier than trying to figure them out on your own. 10 Myths About Sugar. Show More Summary

Natural Pearl Necklace Sells For World Auction Record $5.1 Million

The top lot of Christie's Magnificent Jewels sale was a 5.29-carat fancy intense purplish pink diamond that sold for more than $5.7 million. Graff and JAR pieces were also among the top lots of the sale.

World record at Bonhams: The most valuable Enigma machine sells for $269,000

last weekArts : Artdaily

As part of the Fine Books & Manuscripts sale on April 13, Bonhams sold a German Enigma machine for $269,000, a world record at auction. The 3-rotor Enigma I Enciphering Machine (aka Heeres Enigma) is in complete working condition and sold for almost 1.5 times its high estimate. Show More Summary

Newswire: Joss Whedon regrets his tweet calling Jurassic World sexist

We’re sorry that we have to admit this, internet, but Joss Whedon is not perfect. He may have a great track record in the world of nerdy TV shows and movies, but even he is occasionally makes mistakes. Like, for example, never explaining what the deal with Shepherd Book was on Firefly. Show More Summary

Austrian Domino Group Sets the Guinness World Record for Largest Stick Bomb With an Incredible 30,489 Stick Display

last weekHumor / odd : Laughing Squid

Austrian Domino Art has set the new Guinness World Record for Largest Stick Bomb with an incredible 30,489 stick display. A stick bomb is a simple mechanical device comprised of sticks woven together under tension, and when one is released a chain reaction is set off. The record-setting display starts off with a chain reaction […]

WATCH: world's largest popsicle stick bomb

last weekHumor / odd : Boing Boing

Austria's Tulln Domino Team set the Guinness World Record for the largest "stick bomb" (popsicle stick chain reaction) consisting of 30,849 sticks. (more…)

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