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Friday, April 18, 2014

Heartbreaking texts from students on sinking S. Korea ferry

Heart-wrenching messages of fear, love and despair, sent by high school students from a sinking South Korean ferry, added extra emotional weight Thursday to a tragedy that has stunned the nation.

Nearly 300 people -- most of them students on a high school trip to a holiday island -- are still missing after the ferry capsized and sank on Wednesday morning.

South Korean relatives of passengers on board a capsized ferry cry as they wait for news about their loved ones, at a gym in Jindo on April 17, 2014

"Sending this in case I may not be able to say this again. Mom, I love you," student Shin Young-Jin said in a text to his mother that was widely circulated in the South Korean media.

"Oh, I love you too son," texted back his mother -- unaware at the time that her boy was caught in a life and death struggle to escape the rapidly sinking vessel.

Graphic on the South Korean ferry accident, including the known sequence of events that has left nearly 300 people missing
Unlike many others, the exchange had a happy ending as Shin was one of only 179 survivors rescued before the ferry capsized and went under the water.

Divers prepare to search for passengers near a South Korean ferry that capsized on its way to Jeju island from Incheon, at sea some 20 kilometres off the island of Byungpoong in Jindo on April 17, 2014
Others were not so fortunate.

Another student, 16-year-old Kim Woong-Ki, sent a desperate text for help to his elder brother as the ship listed violently over to one side.

Friday, April 11, 2014

I Couldn’t Possibly Be More Freaked Out Than I Am By This… Unless I Came Face To Face With It.

If your anything like me then you think fish are a bit creepy looking. Well the average fish has got nothing on these two below when it comes to creepyness.

Pacu is a South American freshwater fish found in most rivers and streams in the Amazon and Orinoco river basins of lowland Amazonia, but they have also been reported as far as Papua New Guinea.
The Pacu and the Sheepshead fish are both highly unusual in that their teeth look a bit like human teeth. These guys are the stuff of nightmares. 

Pacu is related to the meat-eating piranha, both sharing the same subfamily Serrasalminae, although they have different food habits.


Wednesday, March 5, 2014

The iPod: A History of a game-changing device

At the end of January, Apple announced its Q1 figures, offering a breakdown in revenue, iPhone and iPad sales - as well as revealing a big drop in iPod sales.

The company sold 6 million iPod units in Q4 2013, which was down over 50% compared to the same quarter last year. That's not surprising given that the Cupertino-based company hasn't announced a new iPod model since September 2012. And then there's the competition that a humble MP3 player faces in a world dominated by ever-connected digital devices such as smartphones and tablets.

Even so, it's a device that changed the way people buy, consume and share music and it's one of the bestselling consumer tech products of all time. So we're sad to see it's on its last legs.

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