Russia’s aviation safety record – an annotated infographic

The crash of a Russian Antonov An-148 plane near Moscow earlier this month, which killed all 71 people aboard, is one of the country’s worst-ever aviation disasters. Russia has suffered 11 air disasters since 2008, claiming 893 lives, according to Airsafe.com. The chronology of tragedy among Russian carriers contains a number of recurrent themes. The leading cause of fatal accidents appears to be a combination of severe weather and poor pilot decision-making. Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Advertisements Continue reading Russia’s aviation safety record – an annotated infographic

F1 rule changes 2018 – an annotated infographic

It wouldn’t be a new F1 season without a new set of rules and amendments. New rules introduced for the 2018 Formula 1 season are relatively few in number, but of some significance, such as a new driver ‘halo’ protection system and softer, faster tyres. The Formula One 2018 season takes place over 21 races with the first March 25, 2018. Shark Fins and T-wings banned. Introduction of Halo cockpit protection device. Three engines per season limit. Expanded ‘rainbow’ tyre range with new Superhard and Hypersoft tyres. Simplified grid penalties. Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Continue reading F1 rule changes 2018 – an annotated infographic

Volvo XC40 at the Geneva Motor Show – an annotated infographic

The Volvo XC40 is one of the new breed of SUVs. It is likely to be on show at the Geneva Motor Show, which runs from March 8-18, with press days March 6-7. Everybody loves SUVs now and the annual Geneva Car Show will show manufacturers like Volvo, with its new XC40, busily expanding their line-ups penetrating into smaller and cheaper sections of the market. The show will also parade the latest electric vehicles, as Europeís manufacturers race to launch the first luxury rivals to the Tesla Model S and Model X. The new all-electric Jaguar I-Pace looks like winning … Continue reading Volvo XC40 at the Geneva Motor Show – an annotated infographic

Ay caramba! Es muy caliente! 2017 was hottest non-El Niño year – an annotated infographic

Well, who knew? 2017 turned out to be among the three hottest years on record, in a new sign of man-made climate change that is aggravating “extraordinary weather” such as hurricanes, droughts and floods. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) says the average global temperature from January to September was 1.1C above the pre-industrial figure, dangerously close to the 1.5 degrees threshold to which island states feel temperatures must be kept under in order to ensure their survival. Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Continue reading Ay caramba! Es muy caliente! 2017 was hottest non-El Niño year – an annotated infographic

World War I submarine found after century-long search – an annotated infographic

A Royal Australian Navy vessel – the first Allied submarine lost in World War I – has been found after a 103-year search, lying at a depth of 300m off the Duke of York Islands in Papua New Guinea. Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Continue reading World War I submarine found after century-long search – an annotated infographic

Security design flaws revealed in new computer chips – an annotated infographic

Design flaws in processor chips (CPUs) by AMD, ARM and Intel could allow hackers to trick apps into revealing sensitive data such as passwords. The CPU “kernel” – the core of the operating system – is leaking memory. Researchers from Google’s Project Zero team, academia and cybersecurity firms found two flaws in June 2017, dubbed “Spectre” and “Meltdown,” in computer chips that affect nearly all modern computers. Some fixes, in the form of software updates, have been introduced or will be available in the next few days, said Intel, which provides chips to about 80% of desktop computers and 90% … Continue reading Security design flaws revealed in new computer chips – an annotated infographic

Worst passwords of 2017 include ‘123456’ and ‘Password’ – an annotated infographic

Despite the efforts banks, companies and even governments go to in order to educate the population at large about basic security measures to protect devices and privacy, apparently the biggest threat is not hackers and cyber criminals, per se -it’s stupidity. The most common passwords show that many people continue to put themselves at risk of hacking, despite all the many, many well-publicised data leaks. Seriously, who still uses ‘password’ as a password in 2017? And yet it still tops the list every year. From this writer’s own experience, you’d be surprised how many total strangers’ devices you can unlock … Continue reading Worst passwords of 2017 include ‘123456’ and ‘Password’ – an annotated infographic