Posts Tagged ‘E&T’

#EarthHour2014 is at 8.30pm this Saturday night – lights off for wildlife – an annotated infographic

March 28, 2014

Earth Hour is this Saturday, March 29.

Our infographic today charts the growth of the Earth Hour concept since it began in 2007. Once again, this year on Saturday night at 8:30pm GMT, millions of people around the world will be turning off their lights for one hour as direct action against climate change.

Visit the E&T home page to see the full infographic, with all the details and information about how Earth Hour is celebrated around the world. You’ll need to scroll down the page a bit… a bit more… little bit more… that’s it, there it is! Click to embiggen and see the graphic in full.

Props to WWF for the graphic.

WWF Earth Hour 2014

WWF Earth Hour 2014

Malaysia Airlines flight #MH370 – what we know so far – an annotated infographic

March 27, 2014

With the focus of the flight MH370 search mission now centred around the floating debris in the southern Indian Ocean, a consensus of opinion about the events leading up to the plane’s mysterious disappaerance is coalescing around known facts.

The plane took off. Its transponder was disabled. Military radars show the aircraft turning sharply to the west, then north. Satellite data indicates the plane was still flying seven hours after losing contact with air traffic control. No response was received at the next scheduled contact time.

The big question begged by all these facts is: why? We are still waiting to learn exactly what happened.

New satellite images have revealed more than 100 objects in the southern Indian Ocean that could be debris from the missing plane. However, for the second day running, the search has been called off due to bad weather over the ocean area under scrutiny.

You may be interested to know that E&T has gathered the series of flight MH370 infographics on to one web page, which documents the mystery as it has unfolded. Future infographics about flight MH370 will be added to the page, as well as posted here on WordPress.

Click on the graphic for an expanded view.

Flight MH370: the known facts

Flight MH370: the known facts

#Facebook buys Oculus Rift – #Minecraft creator abandons VR plans immediately – an annotated infographic

March 26, 2014

While Facebook’s acquisition of virtual reality (VR) headset developers Oculus has been hailed as a significant win for the tyrannical social networking behemoth, an equally significant PR besmirching of this coup was landed on it by the developer of the popular construction game Minecraft.

On hearing the news from Big Blue HQ, Markus ‘Notch’ Persson announced he was immediately cancelling his plans to develop an Oculus Rift version of Minecraft. The simple reason? One that may be familiar to millions of social networking followers: “Facebook creeps me out”, Persson tweeted.

Genius.

It’s not only Persson that Facebook’s news has disappointed. Early Kickstarter backers for the Oculus project have taken to Twitter to give voice to their ire in typically economical, satirical terms.

We’re sure Facebook can roll with the punches like the best of them, but if so many people hate it, how long can it persevere? Does everyone use it just because everyone else is using it? Do you know anyone that actually _likes_ Facebook? And by like, we mean to find agreeable, enjoyable or satisfactory, not that stupid thumbs-up Like badge now routinely plastered all over the internet.

Click on the graphic for an expanded view.

Facebook goes VR with Oculus Rift

Facebook goes VR with Oculus Rift

 

Malaysia Airlines flight #MH370 – US Navy pinger hunts for black boxes – an annotated infographic

March 24, 2014

Tecnological conjecture, floating debris, rumour, conspiracy theory – until the mysterious whereabouts of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 are determined, all bets are off and all opinion is valid.

The latest development in the search and rescue mission is the US Navy deploying a “towed pinger locator”, shipped to Australia to begin trawling the ocean where the floating debris was spotted last week.

This state-of-the-art pinger locator device is being used as a black box finder, capable of picking up a signal from a submerged black box pinger down to a depth of 6,000 metres.

You may be interested to know that E&T has gathered the series of flight MH370 infographics on to one web page, which documents the mystery as it has unfolded. Future infographics about flight MH370 will be added to the page, as well as posted here on WordPress.

Click on the graphic for an expanded view.

Flight MH370: ping

Flight MH370: ping

Malaysia Airlines flight #MH370 – US Navy sub-hunting Poseidon plane searches for debris – an annotated infographic

March 21, 2014

The search for missing Malaysia Airlines plane flight MH370 continues, with attention currently focussed on the debris spotted floating in the southern Indian Ocean. In light of this discovery, the US Navy has deployed its newest patrol aircraft – the P-8A Poseidon – in order to use its high-tech sub-hunting equipment to search below the surface of the ocean.

The Poseidon is a surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft, which can drop sonobuoys in to the sea in order to listen for pingbacks coming from the missing plane’s black boxes.

You may be interested to know that E&T has gathered the series of flight MH370 infographics on to one web page, which documents the mystery as it has unfolded. Future infographics about flight MH370 will be added to the page, as well as posted here on WordPress.

Click on the graphic for an expanded view.

Flight MH370: Poseidon plane joins the hunt

Flight MH370: Poseidon plane joins the hunt

Malaysia Airlines flight #MH370 – debris discovered at sea – an annotated infographic

March 20, 2014

The first credible lead has surfaced in solving the mysterious disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

Australian investigators spotted what could possibly be plane debris floating in the southern Indian Ocean, 2,500km south-west of Perth.

An international task force of aircraft and ships has been sent to the area to determine if the objects spotted by satellite are in fact debris from flight MH370. The satellites spotted two objects on the ocean surface, one of which is approximately 24 metres long.

Large pieces of debris are often found floating in the world’s oceans. However, this discovery is being considered the first sighting of potential wreckage from the missing plane. The area now under scrutiny is close to 10,000km south, and in the opposite direction, of the original flight path’s intended final destination, Beijing.

Click on the graphic for an expanded view.

Flight MH370 crash debris

Flight MH370 crash debris

Malaysia airlines flight #MH370 – one-tenth of the planet now being searched – an annotated infographic

March 18, 2014

Almost unbelievably, the search for missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 now extends to covering one-tenth of the planet’s surface.

Taking in two vast air corridors, crossing Thailand, Laos and Kazakhstan to the north and from Indonesia way out in to the Indian Ocean to the south, 26 countries are now involved in the search. Australia leads the search in the southern areas.

Given that the plane could possibly have disappeared anywhere along either of the red lines indicated in the infographic below, we can appreciate the scale of the task in locating one small plane across such a vast expanse of the planet.

To compound the problem, of course, it is still entirely possible that the plane isn’t located anywhere along these air corridors.

We have previously posted several flight MH370 infographics that you may also be interested in:

Possible causes for its disappearance.

The search and rescue mission widens.

Black box recorders hold the key to understanding what happened.

Plane may have flown for an additional four hours.

Click on the graphic for an expanded view.

Flight MH370: where is it?

Flight MH370: where is it?

Malaysia airlines flight #MH370 – plane may have flown extra four hours and 4,000km – an annotated infographic

March 13, 2014

In the continued absence of any hard, physical evidence as to what happened to Malaysian Airlines flight MH370, the latest speculation from US security officials is that the plane may have flown on for four hours after its last known contact.

This supposition is based on data automatically transmitted from the plane’s engines as part of the ACARS (Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System) programme, which monitors and transmits data including performance, location, altitude and air speed every 30 minutes. If ACARS transmissions continued as claimed, the plane could have flown up to 4,000km.

We have previously posted several flight MH370 infographics that you may also be interested in:

Possible causes for its disappearance.

The search and rescue mission widens.

Black box recorders hold the key to understanding what happened.

Click on the graphic for an expanded view.

Flight MH370: possibly further than expected

Flight MH370: possibly further than expected

Malaysia Airlines flight #MH370 – black box recorders crucial to understanding final moments – an annotated infographic

March 12, 2014

With still no sign of missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, the authorities’ understanding of exactly what happened in the final moments before the plane’s disappearance ultimately rests on recovery of the black box data recorders on board.

Commercial aircraft carry two black boxes. While they do nothing to help the plane in flight, they are vitally important to accident investigators in the aftermath of a plane crash. Our infographic today shows the detail inside and outside of the Honeywell ED-55 Flight Data Recording System, which was installed on flight MH370.

As the graphic shows, the boxes are designed to withstand an extreme impact and will send out a location signal for weeks after a crash.

A compelling example of the kind of information black box recorders can provide, months and even years after a plane crash, is detailed in this Popular Mechanics article. It relates to Air France flight 447, the sudden disappearance of which in 2009 has uncomfortable parallels with flight MH370.

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Flight MH370: black boxes hold the key to understanding

Flight MH370: black boxes hold the key to understanding

Malaysia Airlines flight #MH370 – the search and rescue mission widens – an annotated infographic

March 11, 2014

The search and rescue operation continues for flight MH370, with Malaysian aviation authorities widening their hunt for the missing jet.

The search area has been expanded from 50 nautical miles from where the plane is believed to have disappeared – somewhere over water between Malaysia and Vietnam – to 100 nautical miles. At least 40 ships and 34 aircraft are taking part in the search, with teams from Australia, China, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam, Philippines, New Zealand and the USA.

The latest intelligence from the Malaysian aviation authorities, based on military radar data, is that flight MH370 turned west, away from its planned route, immediately before vanishing.

The search is being conducted on both sides of the Malay Peninsula.

E&T news reported today how Chinese satellites are to be used to shed light on the missing jet mystery. A fleet of Chinese military satellites will assist the efforts to locate the Malaysian aircraft that disappeared without a trace on Friday in the South China Sea. The satellites will be used to capture high-resolution images of the area of the presumed crash, which experts will analyse in search for any hints about what happened to the MH370 flight from Kuala Lumpur with 239 people aboard.

Click on the graphic for an expanded view.

Flight MH370: the search widens

Flight MH370: the search widens


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