February 15th, 2013Published by:VR-Zone2
Meteorite impact in Russia,hundreds injured
Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/meteorite-impact-in-russia-hundreds-injured/18980.htmlFebruary 15th, 2013
A meteorite impact has occurred in Russia, causinghundreds of injuries, ranging from light to severe. The rock, which broke apart mid-air, scattered across the Chelyabinsk Oblast, before landing in a lake a kilometer outside of thecity of Chebarkul. At 9:15 am local time, in the Ural mountains of Russia, alight streaked across the sky blindingly bright. This light was a meteorite, which had entered the earth's atmosphereat approximately 54,000 km/h (33,500 mph, or 44 timesthe speed of sound). The rock, which was estimated to weigh 10 tons exploded (also known as an airburst) about10 kilometers from the surface and then scattered acrossthe Chelyabinsk region. The main body of the meteoriteeventually impacted in Lake Chebarkul, one kilometer fromthe city of Chebarkul.
Check out this compilation of videos from the impact.
The reports are still coming in, and depending on your newssource you can get a wide range of figures pertaining tothe damage the meteorite has caused, but several hundredpeople have been reported injured. So far, the higherestimates are around 950 injured people, including two"gravely injured" and over 150 schoolchildren who werecut by the glass of their classroom window shattering fromthe airburst. So far, around 100 have been hospitalizeddue to the incident. The majority of the damage indeedseems to have been caused by the airburst's shockwave, which shattered glass in many buildings and may have beenresponsible for the collapse of a factory roof.Russia's Prime minister Dimitri Medvedev confirmed ina public announcement that there had indeed been ameteorite impact, and that it proved that the world, as a whole, is very much exposed to this kind of disaster. Healso proclaimed the need for a system that could protect theplanet from meteorites and asteroids.The impact happened with suspicious timing, consideringthe asteroid which will be passing earth at close proximity later today, and astronomers are conflicted as to whetherthe two events are connected. However, since the meteorite was traveling in a different direction and nearly 500,000 kmaway from the asteroid, there is a distinct possibility of thetwo events being unrelated.
Tesla's CEO fires back at theNYT, says the review on their Model S is a big lie
Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/tesla-s-ceo-fires-back-at-the-nyt-says-the-review-on-their-model-s-is-a-big-lie/18974.htmlFebruary 15th, 2013
The New York Times recently wrote a very negative review of the Model S Sedan from Tesla saying it didn’t keep a charge.Tesla’s CEO fired back with data logs proving the writer liedabout the car’s ability.In case you missed the recent Tesla Model S story fromthe
New York Times,
one of their writers recently did anindependent review of the all-new Tesla Model S Sedan. Thestory was written by a John Broder and titled,“
Stalled Out on Tesla’s Electric Highway
”.To say it was a negative review would be putting it mildly. Broder began the article right off in the negative saying that the car under performed and thathe was forced to turn off devices in the car just to make it tothe charging stations.Now Tesla has fired back at Broder's review andis questioning the statements he made in his story.Furthermore, Tesla has all GPS data and other highly detailed computer logs on the car showing Broder made uphis claims about the car's inadequacies. In fact, it looks likeBroder lied about the ordeal with the car just to make it look bad in the first place.Tesla disproved Broder’s claims by showing the detailedsystem logs found in the car. In particular, they went over therecharge status alerts, cabin settings and driving style that were made by Broder.Tesla’s blog article found on their homepage debatingBroder's claims is titled,“
A Most Peculiar Test Drive”
and was written by Tesla's CEO Elon Musk. In it, Musk pointsout very clearly that Broder had it in for the Model S from themoment he was given the opportunity to drive it and took theopportunity to tell the world that it wasn’t worth the money and possibly dangerous to drivers..