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Bill Gates helped save Apple from bankruptcy!

In 1997, Gates and Microsoft invested $150 million in Apple. He also developed and shipped versions of Microsoft Office, Internet Explorer, and development tools for Macintosh. Gates and Jobs made the announcement via satellite link at the Macworld Trade Show in Boston, Massachusetts. 

More than 8 million customers of Mac were using Microsoft Office on their Mac computers. It was a move meant to boost Apple popularity while making Gates and Microsoft a load of cash. Additionally, the move was done to keep anti-trust lawyers off Microsoft's back.

It seems like a lot of money to give to Apple, but Microsoft spent $450 million alone that year on WebTV. The companies both agreed to work together on Java programming language and other programming language to be user friendly and consistent with both companies. 

The investment news along with Jobs stating they would be getting new board members pushed the company’s stock up more than 40%. The $150 million investment was to be used in its core markets of education and creative content. They hoped to gain a higher percentage of its revenue from software and services from these core markets. 


You could own your own robot that has a weapons system that will shoot 6000 BB bullets per minute every time you smile - if you have $1.35 million to spare!

According to a Japanese company, Suidobashi, it is every man’s dream to own a gigantic, board-able robot.

Enter Kuratas, a boarding-robot that is an art piece. Being that, they do not guarantee your safety or your comfort while piloting a Kuratas, but they say it does “make your dream of becoming a robot pilot, come true.”

The Kuratas is about four meters high, and comes in seven ‘characters.' It's also carbon-coated and bullet proof!

Kuratas runs on a next-generation Robot Operating System called V-Sido. This enables you to move the arms and the torso.

The robot can reach a not-so-dazzling top speed of 10 kilometers an hour, but what will probably make up for that is its weapons system.

There is the Lohas launcher which is promised to be safe for humans and will hit its target “from time to time.” Then there is the ‘fun’ twin Gatling guns that shoots 6000 BB bullets per minute, and is triggered by the pilot’s smile!

The company advises consumers to assume the emergency position advised for airplane emergencies if the Kuratas accidentally topples over.

What would one pay for a giant robot-artwork that can travel at 10 km per hour, shoot people with BB bullets and, on the rare occasion, might topple over? Oh, only $1.35 million—before options, of course!


In 1998, 90% of pagers were disabled because of the Solar Flare.

In 1998 there was a particularly powerful solar flare.

The flare caused auroras to be seen as far down as Boston, London and Chicago, forcing New England power companies to reconfigure their energy grids. High-frequency radio communication in Antarctica was also shut down for days as a result.

Effects of the flare were felt even after it was over. In the following weeks, many satellites failed, including the Equator-S satellite and four of Motorola's Iridium satellites, while the Polar satellite suffered blackouts.

The most famous failure was of the Galaxy IV communications satellite, handler of some 90 percent of U.S. pager transmissions and several television and radio feeds.

Galaxy IV's onboard control system and backup switch failed, proving to at least 40 million pager customers across the United States the fragility of satellite communications.

The company who owned the satellite denied that the solar flare caused the blackout, but some scientists disagreed.

One article referred to “killer electrons” that flooded the satellite and damaged its electronics. Since high-energy electron levels were far above normal for at least three weeks, the article stated, Galaxy IV slowly fried to death.


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There is an airplane engine being developed that will allow planes to be able to travel from Europe to Australia in four hours, and can be launched into space!

British aerospace company Reaction Engines Limited is working on a truly impressive and innovative machine. They’re building an engine that can get you anywhere in the world in about 4-5 hours at longest.

And that’s in a passenger plane with 300 people on board. To do this, it will hit speeds five times faster than the speed of sound!

What’s even more impressive is the non-consumer applications of this engine. When completed, this engine will be able to actually gain enough speed in the air to just launch itself into space whenever it wants.

This will prove invaluable for space agencies that need a quick fix on one of their multi-million dollar machines floating above our heads.

They can achieve this with what’s mostly an engine we would use today. They just add a little step at the beginning of the process called precooling to help make it more efficient. Before the air rushes into the engine, they rapidly cool it to very low temperatures. This allows the engine to run at higher power, and higher power means higher speed.

Just because they aren’t changing too much doesn’t mean it’s not a hard thing to do. They are currently the only company working on anything like this, and it has taken years to develop a technology that can cool air with the speed required.

It’s thought that their engine will cool air by more than a thousand degrees Celsius in a hundredth (.01) of a second.


If you want to stop an oil tanker, you need to shut off the engines 15 miles before!

An oil tanker, also known as a petroleum tanker, is a merchant ship designed for the bulk transport of oil. Oil tankers are often classified by their size as well as their occupation.

Oil tankers generally have from 8 to 12 tanks. Each tank is split into two or three independent compartments by fore-and-aft bulkheads.

It surely takes a lot of gas to move this bad boys; over 60 % of today’s gas is currently used when it comes to sea/ocean transportation methods.

Trying to make one of these stop surely takes a lot of time; the approximate time taken for a super tanker to stop largely varies depending on the speed it was in.

However, a fully loaded super tanker travelling at normal speed of 29.6 kilometres per hour needs at least 20 minutes to stop.

Captains must know when to start turning off the engines if they want to avoid a catastrophe at shore!



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