Daily Archives: December 1, 2012
The walls come tumbling down
There’s an update today on my previous post “Life in the fast lane“.
The elderly Chinese couple who were refusing to relocate while authorities built a giant road around their home have finally admitted defeat. In front of a crowd of onlookers, bulldozers and diggers moved in to tear the isolated house to the ground.
Luo Baogen and his wife had previously insisted on staying in the half-demolished building in the city of Wenling, Zhejiang province, because they believed that the relocation compensation offered by the government was not enough – they have now apparently accepted an increased amount from the Chinese Government.
That might well be the case but I think they probably just decided that a good night’s sleep would be found in a quieter neighbourhood!
Often there is a simpler solution
When NASA started sending astronauts into space, they quickly discovered that ballpoint pens would not work at zero gravity. To combat the problem, NASA scientists spent a decade and $12 billion developing a pen that wrote at zero gravity, upside down, underwater, on almost any surface including glass and at temperatures ranging from below freezing to 300C.
The Russians used a pencil. BOOM!!!