Researchers Set New Record for Data Transfer Using a Single Laser: 26 Terabytes-per-second

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The technology could make its way into commercial use and be integrated into silicon chips.

Researchers at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany haven’t hit 100Tbps yet, but they were able push 26Tbps using just one, lonely laser. The new single-laser fiber-optic speed record was set using a technique called fast Fourier transform that pulses light at an incredibly high rate with data encoded in 325 distinct colors across the spectrum. Can the age of the terabyter be far off?

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The Longest Film Of All-Time Screening In Helsinki, Finland

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Screening the longest film of all time.

Superflex, a group of Danish artists, have created a 240-hour film titled Modern Times Forever (Stora Enso Building, Helsinki) and will screen it in Helsinki for the festival IHME Project 2011.

The film shows ‘ravages of time marking a box-like office block, Helsinki’s Stora Enso building,’ and they are in fact projecting the film on that same building. In the film, ‘centuries of decay are apparently compressed into the span’ of the 10-day runtime…

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Life Expectancy in the U.S. Sets New Record, Surpasses 78 Years

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Life expectancy at birth rose for babies born in 2009.

U.S. life expectancy has hit another all-time high, rising above 78 years. The estimate of 78 years and 2 months is for a baby born in 2009, and comes from a preliminary report released Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

 

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Microsoft Kinect Sales Top 10 Million, Set New Guinness World Record

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Microsoft has sold more than 10 million Kinect systems for the Xbox 360 to retailers, the company announced Wednesday.

Kinect, a controller-free gaming system that competes with the Nintendo Wii and Playstation 3 Move, has been selling at animpressive rate since it launched in November.

During the first three months after its launch, this rate was fast enough to earn Kinect the title of “fastest-selling consumer device.” According to Guinness World Records, whichofficially confirmed the record today, Microsoft sold an average of 133,333 units per day between November 4 and January 3…

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Chinese Man Buried In Snow Breaks Guinness World Record

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A 54-year-old man from Northeast China’s Heilongjiang Province has broken the Guinness World Record of spending more time buried in the snow than anyone else in the world.

Jin Songhao was buried in the snow for a total of 46 minutes and ten seconds, wearing only a pair of swimming trucks. News reports declared 36-degree temperatures on this day and yet Jin showed no indications of shivering or discomfort during the entire time he was submerged in the snow…

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World’s Hairiest Girl Celebrates Newfound Fame

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Supatra Sasuphan, an 11-year-old from Bangkok, Thailand, has been named
“Hairiest Girl in the World” by Guinness World Records

Supatra Sasuphan doesn’t mind being called the “World’s Hairiest Girl.” She and her family even sought the title from Guinness World Records.

The 11-year-old from Bangkok is likely to become a future Guinness star. She has a condition known as hypertrichosis, otherwise known as “Werewolf Syndrome.”

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