Thursday, September 14, 2006

Get your own submarine!

It looks like a luxury yacht and have a top speed of 25 knots above water and 3 knots when submerged!

The civil submarine, “Proteus” is developed in Dubai and makes it possible to dive with the boat and not from the boat. Fixed chairs on the deck, allows for up to 15 divers to sit outside the boat when diving and a pressurized cabin allows for up to 8 passengers to sit inside the vessel while diving. Like any other modern luxury yacht, the “Proteus” comes in a modern design and with all the necessary luxury.

The vessel looks like an ordinary fibreglass hull and all of the 45 ton heavy vessel can be submerged. A 1200 horsepower diesel engine, drives the boat while surfaced and a 200 KW electric engine, powers the boat when it is submerged. The boat / submarine have an effective range of 50 miles when surfaced and 4 miles when submerged.

This is the top-of-the-pop in hobby submarines, and if you are willing to pay 6 million US dollars, she can be yours.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Fish aren’t as dumb as we think.

The old story about how fish can only remember 3 seconds back, are not true according to Australian scientist Dr. Brown. The patient scientist has spent the last 10 years, studying and testing fish and their ability to remember. The results are very surprising and reveals the fish do very much remember. In one test, Dr. Brown placed a rainbowfish into a net with a hole in it. After about 5 attempts the fish escaped. A year later, the same fish was put into the same net again. This time the fish found its way in the attempt proving that the fish remembered the way.

The same behaviour has been found in fish living in the wild, a lot of things indicate the fish have special routes which they use when feeding, which then leads us to believe that the fish remembers these routes.
“My tests proves that fish has the same ability to remember routes as people do, says a very pleased Dr. Brown.”

Obesity can cause blindness.

Recent studies from the Royal National Institute of the Blind (RNIB), reveals that obesity more than doubles the risk of eye diseases that in the end can lead to blindness. According to the scientists you are considered obese if your Body Mass Index (BMI) are more than 30, and this will further more increase the risk of developing AMD which is the most common cause of blindness in western countries today.

Obesity also increase the risk of developing “wet AMD” which can lead to serious loss of sight and in some cases blindness within just a few months. If you are overweight, the risk is 11 times higher than that of ideal weight people.
Although smoking still is, the biggest causes of AMD incidents today.

Being overweight can also lead to diabetes type 2, which can also lead to serious eye diseases, according to the recent study. 90 percent of all diabetes patients are overweight. The number of obese people in the western countries continue to rise, despite massive improvements in the diets and weight loss products. The world health organization estimates the roughly 300 million people world wide are considered obese.