Chinese workers build 15-story hotel in just six days


Chinese workers build 15-story hotel in just six days

By Brett Michael Dykes


As the United States and China battle over the finer points of currency manipulation at the G-20 summit, American negotiators may want to take note of this startling testimonial to the productivity of Chinese workers: A construction crew in the south-central Chinese city of Changsha has completed a 15-story hotel in just six days. If nothing else, this remarkable achievement will stoke further complaints from American economic pundits that China’s economy is far more accomplished than ours in tending to such basics as construction.

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Meanwhile, it’s easy to imagine the disorientation of Changsha residents who’d gone away, or who just hadn’t recently ventured into the downtown neighborhood of the new Ark Hotel: “Honey, I don’t remember a hotel there, do you?”

The work crew erected the hotel — a soundproofed, thermal-insulated structure reportedly built to withstand a magnitude 9 earthquake — with all prefabricated materials. In other words, a crew of off-site factory workers built the sections, and their on-site counterparts arranged them on the foundation for the Ark project.

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Despite the frenetic pace of construction, no workers were injured — and thanks to the prefab nature of the process, the builders wasted very few construction materials. Below is a time-lapse video that shows the hotel being built from the ground up in less than a week

 

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Daad Murad Abdul Rahman Father with 88 Children


Daad Murad Abdul Rahman Father with 88 Children

Posted: 11 Nov 2010 07:30 PM PST


Daad Murad Abdul Rahman, a 64-year-old man from the United Arab Emirates, is the proud father of 88 children, but doesn’t plan on stopping until he reaches his 100th offspring. Well maybe he will get the new records as the father with the most children in the world in the next few years.

One thing is for sure, if good parenting was judged by the number of children, Daad Murad Abdul Rahman would definitely qualify for the title of world’s greatest dad. He is the father of 50 boys and 38 girls. His eldest son, Tariq, is 39 years old, while his youngest child was born just a few months ago. Over the years Daad has been married 15 times, and has had children with every one of his wives. Twelve of them have divorced him (probably tired of giving birth), but three still remain faithful.

To reach his goal of becoming the father of 100 children, this Arab superdad is planning on marrying once again, to an 18-year-old Indian girl. The Meher (money the groom pays the bride’s father) has already been paid, and the wedding is scheduled to take place in Jaipur. Naturally, the 64-year-old is thrilled about the marriage, and says he’s already applied for an Indian visa.

Believe it or not, Daad Murad Abdul Rahman is seen as a national hero in the UAE, and enjoys many benefits offered by the state. His 127 family members were offered seven free houses to live in, and Rahman himself receives pension from the military, as well as substantial financial aid.

Daad and his family first attracted the attention of international media in 2007, when he had “just” 78 mouths to feed. He’s been really busy, and managed to make 10 more babies in just three years time, so his goal doesn’t seem hard to reach at all.

 

 

Handfishes a Walking Fish Species


Handfishes a Walking Fish Species

Posted: 09 Nov 2010 06:47 AM PST

Handfish a walking fish species, there’s so many bizarre and weird rare animal in this world’s, one of them is this handfish. this kind of fish has a hands that they use for moving, unlike the other fish species this fish was not swimming but walking!

Fishes are strange enough as they are, but what about fishes with hands? Weird! The pink handfish, as it is called, is a part of the handfish family, and is last seen in 1999. It is now one of the newly named species of the handfishes, among nine others. This very odd fish doesn’t swim, and that explains why it’s located at the bottom of the ocean. It uses its “hands” that are supposed to be fins, to walk around. Tasmania, an Australian island, is the place where the nine fishes have been found, to be completely precise, around the city of Hobart. There’s another unique and rare fish species such as this fish with human like teeth. and this prosperous Golden Fish in Taiwan.

It is probably the place to be for a handfish, because all the 14 species of this kind are found nearby southeastern Australia. The little pink creature is only 4 inch large (10 cm), and the scientists don’t know that much about its behavior because it has been poorly studied. Until now i didn’t get many information about this handfish. and here’s the pictures of the handfish the walking fish species.

 

 

 

Sea Pigs World’s Ugliest Sea Creature


Sea Pigs World’s Ugliest Sea Creature

Posted: 07 Nov 2010 06:01 AM PST


Sea Pigs the ugliest sea creature ever – To the common man sea pigs may look like sea creatures produced from a cross between a pig and a slug. To some others it appears to be human fingers growing out of the creature’s mouth. But scientifically, these ugly sea pigs are scotoplanes or sea cucumbers belonging to the genus of the deep sea Holothurians.

These Holothurians are marine animals that inhabit the deep sea floor. Some other examples of deep sea marine life include Sea squirt, sea stars, sea slugs, corals, clams, sponges and sea urchins. The Sea pigs may look like slugs. Their body wall skeleton is clearly visible as spiny C shaped rods and are clear cucumbers measuring2-4 inches in length. They have tentacles and large tube feet. The tube feet may appear like two antennas, while the other tube feet are arranged in a row around the rim at the bottom.

Sea pigs thrive best on the abyssal plain of the ocean floor and behave like slugs do above sea level. The sea cucumbers feed on deep ocean mud and thrive on the organic material present there. The sea pigs feed by using their tentacles to push the food into their mouth. They tread deep sea waters using their tube feet. Other sea organisms present here are starfish, sea urchins, clams and other members of the echinodermata family.

The sea pigs feed and reproduce in the depths of the ocean and form the majority of deep sea marine population. The sea pigs are not considered as a threat to humans and they are not an endangered species

Mills and colleagues from the New Zealand’s National Institute of water and atmospheric pressure collected 30,000 deep sea animals including the sea pigs during a marine census of southern Antarctica. The sea pigs are available in abundance all over the world except the northern part of the Atlantic Ocean and eastern part of Pacific Ocean, and in central and South America.

Here’s the picture of the World’s Ugliest Sea Creature named Sea pig.

Masks From Cirebon


Topeng(Mask) Panji          Topeng Rumyang

Topeng Samba                       Topeng Tumenggung

Topeng Kelana

Dedi Sambudi (53 years old) from Gegesik – Cirebon – The Mask Maker

Aerli Rasinah: The new face of the Cirebon mask dance

| Sun, 06/29/2008 10:56 AM | Life

Mimi Rasinah's granddaughter Aerli Rasinah (right) prays at Sunan Gunung Jati's tomb with her mother. Aerli has been given the responsibility to preserve the Cirebon mask dance. (Courtesy of Kamabudaya)

Mimi Rasinah’s granddaughter Aerli Rasinah (right) prays at Sunan Gunung Jati’s tomb with her mother. Aerli has been given the responsibility to preserve the Cirebon mask dance. (Courtesy of Kamabudaya)

Wearing the red mask of Kelana, a character from the traditional Cirebon mask dance, 22-year-old Aerli Rasinah danced vigorously on stage. Stamping her foot and moving her shoulders and hands in time to the percussion, she looked like a brave warrior from a wayang story.

The granddaughter of maestro mask dancer, Mimi Rasinah, 78, had just received the mandate to continue the Cirebon mask dance tradition from Mimi herself.

On stage, in the courtyard of the 16th century Cirebon founder and Islam propagator Sunan Gunung Jati, witnessed by her pupils and hundreds in the audience, Rasinah bestowed her five masks and her blessings to Aerli.

Being born into a family of dancers, Aerli has taken on the great responsibility to preserve the tradition of dance.

“It’s a heavy task. But I’ll try my best,” she said on the back stage, wiping off her sweat after dancing.

Rasinah inherited the skill to dance from her father Lastra. In 2005, she suffered a stroke and is now paralyzed on the left side of her body. She passed on the skills to her daughter and grandchildren.

“This will be my legacy before I die,” Mimi said.

Aerli’s mother, Waci, who has also mastered the Cirebon mask dance, said the family chose Aerli to take on Mimi Rasinah’s responsibilities because Aerli was still young and had lots of time to develop the tradition in the future.

Mimi Rasinah gives her blessing to Aerli Rasinah to continue the tradition of the Cirebon mask dance. (Courtesy of Kamabudaya)

Dancing maestro Mimi Rasinah dead at 80

Nana Rukmana, The Jakarta Post, Cirebon | Sun, 08/08/2010 5:35 PM | Headlines

Mimi Rasinah (Kompas.com)

Mimi Rasinah (Kompas.com)

Cirebon mask dance maestro Mimi Rasinah died Saturday after suffering a stroke. She was 80.

Hundreds of traditional dancers and pilgrims paid their last respects to the late Mimi at her funeral at Ciweni hamlet public cemetery in Pekandangan village, Indramayu, West Java, on Sunday afternoon.

Many visitors brought to the funeral masks worn by Mimi throughout her career.

Rasinah’s granddaughter Aerli Rasinah, 24, said Mimi passed away at 2 p.m. on Saturday at Indramayu General Hospital.

“When we admitted her to the hospital, she was in a very poor condition. Mimi was treated for about five minutes before she passed away,” she added.

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foto festival tari topeng

CIREBON, 17/10 – ITS MASK FESTIVAL 2010. Dancers bring Mask Dance, Dance Single or Ngedok from Jakarta in the evening peak Mask Festival Nusantara 2010, in Cirebon, West Java, on Saturday (16/10). Mask Festival 2010 Nusantara function saw the presence and position of the archipelago in the constellation of art mask Indonesian arts and culture. AFP PHOTO / Rosa Panggabean/ed/pd/10.

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US researchers explain how cats lap liquids with elegance


US researchers explain how cats lap liquids with elegance

US researchers explain how cats lap liquids with ...

AFP/File – US researchers on Thursday unveiled the secret of how cats lap water or milk with such elegance, a phenomenon …

– Thu Nov 11, 3:25 pm ET

WASHINGTON (AFP) – US researchers on Thursday unveiled the secret of how cats lap water or milk with such elegance, a phenomenon that happens so fast it cannot be followed by human eyes.

Cats are among the many species that, unlike humans, cannot close their mouths and create suction.

With help from from high-speed video taken of a felines lapping liquid, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Princeton University found that household cats and larger felines like tigers balance gravity and inertia as they imbibe liquids.

The research will appear in the November 12 issue of the journal Science.

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Scientists already knew that when cats insert their tongue into a bowl of liquid, the top surface of the tongue touches the liquid first, then the tip curves like a letter J to form a sort of ladle.

This was first observed by an MIT engineer, who filmed a cat lapping liquid in 1940.

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However by studying the images researchers have now determined that there is no ladling effect, but instead the cat’s tongue darts in and out so quickly that the action forms a column of liquid.

“Cats, unlike dogs, aren’t dipping their tongues into the liquid like ladles after all,” read a statement from the MIT Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Instead, the smooth tip of cat’s tongue “barely brushes the surface of the liquid before the cat rapidly draws its tongue back up.

“As it does so, a column of milk forms between the moving tongue and the liquid’s surface. The cat then closes its mouth, pinching off the top of the column for a nice drink, while keeping its chin dry.”

The liquid column “is created by a delicate balance between gravity, which pulls the liquid back to the bowl, and inertia, which in physics, refers to the tendency of the liquid or any matter, to continue moving in a direction unless another force interferes.”

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The cat “instinctively knows just how quickly to lap in order to balance these two forces, and just when to close its mouth. If it waits another fraction of a second, the force of gravity will overtake inertia, causing the column to break, the liquid to fall back into the bowl, and the cat’s tongue to come up empty.”

Cats average about four laps per second, with each lap bringing in about 0.1 milliliters of liquid, the researchers said, adding that larger felines lap at a slower pace.

 

 

Updated Merapi Eruption’s Report Saturday 13, 2010


Mount Merapi, seen from Sleman, Yogyakarta, continued to spew ash on Sunday, November 6. The ash forced dozens of international flights into Indonesia to be rescheduled.

A motorcyclist rides through an ash-covered village in Dukun, Central Java, on Thursday, November 11.

A man walks across the Lamat River in Dukun on Thursday Novembefr 11, the same day that disaster officials said the worst might be over. Even so, the alert level remained at 4, the highest.

Search-and-rescue team members from Yogyakarta carry a victim in Sleman on Monday, November 8.

Houses are covered with ash in Muntilan, Magelang, on Monday.

Evacuees fill a sport stadium used as an evacuation center in Sleman district Friday.

Volcanic ash covers vehicles Friday in Muntilan.

A woman cries after receiving treatment Friday from a paramedic at a temporary evacuation center in Yogyakarta

Many who live on Merapi’s slopes raise cattle and risked their lives by staying or returning to feed cows.

Relative attend the mass burial of the victims of Mount Merapi eruption in Umbulharjo, Yogyakarta,...

Volunteers carry the bodies of victims of Mount Merapi eruption at Kinarrejo village in Sleman

Volunteers carry the bodies of victims of Mount Merapi eruption at Kinarrejo village in Sleman

The death toll from the eruptions of Indonesia’s Mount Merapi rose to 240 Saturday November 13, 2010 as the search for more victims was ongoing, a disaster official said.

Indonesia volcano still shooting ash

AFP – A motorcyclist rides through a village covered with ash from the Mount Merapi eruption in Dukun. Indonesia’s …

by Anggoro Rullyanto

YOGYAKARTA, Indonesia (AFP) – Indonesia’s most active volcano sent clouds of ash high into the sky Thursday after a series of major eruptions, with an alert status remaining in force, an official said.

“Merapi’s intensity has slowed down, but small eruptions still occur and its status is still alert,” government volcanologist Raden Sukhyar said.

“The volcano still belches ash. It shot ash up to 1,000 metres high at 6:00 am today (2300 GMT Wednesday), but the ash had no potential to reach anywhere other than the slope of Merapi,” he said.

Since Mount Merapi began erupting in late October, a total of 194 people have died, according to Thursday’s updated toll, and more than 360,000 people have been forced to live in makeshift camps outside the danger zone.

As a result of Indonesia’s disasters in recent days, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said he would curtail his attendance at two major international summits being held in East Asia this week.

Yudhoyono said he would attend only the second day of the G20 summit in Seoul, South Korea, on Friday and only the first day of APEC talks in Yokohama, Japan, on Saturday.

Indonesia has also been struck by a tsunami, which killed more than 400 people and left thousands homeless after an earthquake struck off Sumatra island on October 25, the day before Merapi erupted on central Java.

At a ninth-century Buddhist temple complex near Merapi, the site’s head of conservation said they would begin cleaning up the volcano’s fallout on Friday.

Borobudur, the country’s most popular tourist attraction, is only around 40 kilometres from Merapi and Marsis Sutopo said the site had been covered in ash from the eruptions.

“There is a layer of grey soot about two and half centimetres (one inch) thick covering Borobudur. We are worried the ash could soften the stones if we don’t clean them soon,” Sutopo said.

He said the clean-up would take about a week to complete.

The airport serving Yogyakarta, which lies around 25 kilometres (15 miles) south of the volcano, has been closed until Monday because of the ash.

Although there has been no report of volcanic ash clouding the area around Jakarta, 430 kilometres to the west, dozens of international flights to and from capital’s airport have also been cancelled for safety reasons.

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Mount Merapi spews volcanic material as seen from Argomulyo, Indonesia, Thursday, Nov 11, 2010.

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Rescuers search for victims of the eruption of Mount Merapi at Cangkringan, in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010. Indonesia’s deadly volcanospit out towering clouds of ash but with clear skies over the capital, hundreds of miles (kilometers) to the west, international airlines resumed flights Thursday.« Read less

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Rescuers search for victims of the eruption of Mount Merapi at Cangkringan, in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010
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Volcanic ash from the eruption of Mount Merapi covers the Borobudur temple in Magelang, Indonesia, Friday, Nov. 12, 2010.
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Indonesian workers clear volcanic ash from the eruption of Mount Merapi covering the Borobudur temple in Magelang, Indonesia, Friday, Nov. 12, 2010.
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Indonesian soldiers clean volcanic ash from the eruption of Mount Merapi covering Borobudur temple in Magelang, Indonesia, Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010.
Indonesian soldiers clean volcanic ash from the ...
Indonesian soldiers clean volcanic ash from the eruption of Mount Merapi covering Borobudur temple in Magelang, Indonesia, Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010.
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A man stands on a bridge overlooking a river carrying volcanic ash from the eruption of Mount Merapi in Magelang, Indonesia, Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010
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A man clean his house from volcanic ash from the eruption of Mount Merapi at Ketep village in Magelang, Indonesia, Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010.
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A man cleans the rooftop of his home from volcanic ash spewed from Mount Merapi in Magelang, Indonesia
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Volcanic ash from the eruption of Mount Merapi covers Ketep village in Magelang, Indonesia, Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010.
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Mount Merapi spews massive clouds of ash behind Prambanan temple in Klaten, Indonesia.
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Mount Merapi volcano erupts, as seen from Manisrenggo village in Klaten of Indonesia’s central Java province November 12, 2010.
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Statues of Rama and Sinta are covered volcanic ash from the eruption of Mount Merapi at Muntilan, Magelang, Indonesia, Friday Nov. 12, 2010.
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Indonesia volcano death toll rises to 240
A villager is seen walking on the volcanic debris from the Mount Merapi eruption which engulfed hamlets in Cangkringan, on November 13. Indonesia’s Mount Merapi volcano has killed 240 people since it began erupting late last month, with more than 390,000 people in makeshift camps, according to an official.
Merapi Volcano, Indonesia
On Friday ash emissions at Merapi volcano, Indonesia reached 1000 m above the summit. Moderate intensity roaring sounds were heard coming from the volcano. Small amount of ashfall was reported at Medari and Seyegan Kab. Sleman. Two pyroclastic flows were recorded. The first occurred at 12:54 with a duration of 3 minutes and a runout distance of 4 km towards K. Gendol and K. Talang. The second pyroclastic flow occurred at 17:38. Lahars down K. Boyong have reached villages 16 km from the summit Merapi. Satellite images show an ash plume extending 150 nautical miles SW of Merapi to a height of 25,000 ft.
Kali Code (Code River) – Jogyakarta critical condition because of  Materials/Lava/Sand  from Merapi eruption.