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Krulwich Wonders NPR: What It’s Like to Drop 150,000 Feet

Krulwich Wonders – NPR: What It’s Like to Drop 150,000 Feet Straight Down

If I say “meet me 28 miles from here,” that doesn’t seem very far, right? You could take a taxi, a bus; if pushed you might even make it on a bike.

But what if the 28 miles is not on a road or a highway, but straight up, 150,000 feet — that’s high. So high, we’re out of the life zone. Up in the silence.

This video, created by NASA and sound designed by the amazing folks at Skywalker Sound, lets you rise those 150,000 feet on a solid rocket booster, and then, after helping the space shuttle shoot into orbit, you (and the booster) tumble straight back to Earth.

It’s about two minutes up, then four minutes down, starting in lazy loops through the empty (except for the metal groaning) upper atmosphere; then the Earth’s surface swings with the arc of our fall, the atmosphere thickens, you hear wind, see inky, smoky moments, bursts of flame, winds start whistling by, groaning gets louder, clouds appear below like distant pillows, which we swoosh through and, after ejecting something, there’s a snap, parachutes suddenly appear and we drop, then splash into, under and out of the sea, only to watch something else toppling out of the sky nearby.

I’ve seen rocket launchings before, but this is special. It’s the sound, I guess. Everything is so much more vivid. Clearly, the best way to fall from the sky is to do it with ears wide open.

Source: Krulwich Wonders – NPR

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World’s Biggest Data Breaches and Hacks

World’s Biggest Data Breaches and Hacks in Recent History

People store some of their most private information on the Internet, trusting that the company holding on to it can keep it all safe. But unfortunately that’s not always the case –  hacks, viruses, lost computers, inside jobs, accidental publishing, and more have all been sources of major leaks over the last 8 years.

Information is Beautiful has created an infographic titled “World’s Biggest Data Breaches & Hacks – selected losses greater than 30,000 records.” You can see all of the data that was collected and used for the infographic here in an Information is Beautiful public Google doc.

One of the largest data breaches in 2012 involved Living Social. Online criminals gained access to user names, e-mail addresses, dates of birth and encrypted passwords for 50 million people. Some of the many companies that experienced data breaches in 2012 include Apple, Facebook, Yahoo! Japan, Twitter, and Nintendo.

The infographic goes back to 2005 with AOL when a former AOL employee stole 92 million screen names and e-mail addresses. The stolen information was sold to spammers who then sent up to 7 billion unsolicited emails.

Information is Beautiful’s infographic turned typically boring data into something interesting and interactive. You can filter by organization, method of leak, year, number of records stolen and data sensitivity. Because the data breaches are broken down by year you can see how the Internet has changed over the last 8 years.

The image below is just a preview of what you’ll see when you visit Information is Beautiful.


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What Happens in 60 Seconds on the Internet?

You’ll be amazed at what happens in 60 seconds on the Internet

Certain measurements of time seem to bend reality – the microwave minute for example, or the one-more-minute in bed. And now the internet minute has been revealed, with an infographic detailing some of the activities that happen in 60 seconds of web time.

Produced for Qmee, the graphic does have certain glaring omissions (the pornography for one) and a decidedly US-centric bent (‘Chinese Twitter’ Weibo would almost certainly blow it US cousin out of the water in terms of use). Still, there are some interesting stats.

72 hours of video uploaded to YouTube a minute is pretty staggering, as is 2 million Google searches. THe website creation ‘rate’ (571/minute) is also good, though you do wonder how many sites go ‘down’ (or simply out of use) in the same time.

Also interesting to see how quickly Snapchat has gained on ‘rival’ (of sorts), Instagram. The former apparently has 104,000 photos shared each minute, with the latter clearing 108,000 in the same time.



Source: The Independent

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