Thursday, May 28, 2009

Digital Sky Technologies invests $200 Million in FB

By siliconindia news bureau

Bangalore: Facebook has announced that a Russian Internet-investment group, Digital Sky Technologies has invested $200 million in the company. This will give Digital Sky Technologies a 1.96 percent equity stake at a $10 billion valuation. Digital Sky is run by Russian businessman and Internet investor Yuri Milner. It has stakes in a number of Russian Internet properties like, and a Polish social-networking site.

Wall Street Journal on Friday had correctly reported that Digital Sky had offered to invest $200 million in Facebook at a $10 billion valuation. The report also claimed that Digital Sky might offer to buy between $100 million and $150 million in Facebook common stock at a $6.5 billion valuation. In the press release, Facebook informed that Digital Sky is planning to purchase at least $100 million of Facebook common stock from existing stockholders. Even though Digital Sky will get $100 million worth of share but they will not get a board seat.

Since Digital Sky already has some experience in social networking site, it was easy for Facebook to accept the offer. "One of the things that's most interesting about Digital Sky is in their portfolio they have a large number of social networks. Each is able to monetize in different ways but all are effective," said Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook CEO at a press conference.

Warid brings green technology to Pakistan

Lahore—The green technology has finally landed in Pakistan – another first by Warid Telecom. To protect environment by introducing the environment friendly or green energy for mobile in Pakistan, Warid is in lead to introduce/deploy solar powered Macro Base Stations (BTS).

The non-hybrid site is 100% powered on solar energy thereby reducing carbon dioxide emissions and noise pollution, both of which are unfriendly to the environment. The solution also reduces pressure on Pakistan’s overall energy supply which further benefits the environment.

Environment-friendly Solar Powered Macro BTS allows Warid to extend its network reach to the rural areas of the country where there is no commercial power or frequent electric failures. Solar power system integrated with energy storage can also provide backup power during the worst power outages. Every residential PV system reduces greenhouse gas emissions as much as removing one car from the road.

In four year of operations Warid has covered 450 cities and having further ambition to aggressively expand its network coverage especially in small and medium sized cities, suburban areas, countryside, as well as in mountainous areas with poor transportation links.

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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Web service Twitter proposes TV competition series

The social-networking service said that it has teamed with Reveille productions and Brillstein Entertainment Partners to develop an unscripted series based on the site, which invites 140-character postings from members around the world.

The show would harness Twitter to put players on the trail of celebrities in an interactive, competitive format.

The producers call their proposed series the first to bring the immediacy of Twitter to the TV screen.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Scientists test superjet technology in Australia

An Australian Department of Defence handout of the launch of a test vehicle as part of a hypersonics trial in Woomera, South Australia. Australian and US scientists have successfully tested hypersonic aircraft technology which could revolutionise international flight, officials said
Australian and US scientists have successfully tested hypersonic aircraft technology which could revolutionise international flight, officials said.

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Web 2.0 application developed to recommend television programmes

A group of researchers from the University of Vigo, Spain, has developed a Web 2.0 application that filters the programming schedules of hundreds of television channels to recommend programmes that viewers are most likely to be interested in, according to their tastes, timetables and other users' recommendations. This new social network is already being used by students and is freely available on the Internet.

The era of channel-hopping by television viewers trying to find a programme they like is almost over. The range of channels on offer has expanded spectacularly over recent years with the development of digital platforms, cable television and DTT, meaning it is now impossible for viewers to keep tabs on everything being shown and programmes they might want to watch.

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Saturday, May 23, 2009

The Largest Airplane in the World - Antonov 225

When the Wright brothers flew their first plane they were elated. They had accomplished a feat no man had ever dreamed possible. Today we have planes of varying shapes and sizes, carrying individuals, small groups of passengers, cargo and packages, or hundreds of people at a time.

Despite the advances in technology over the years, it’s still difficult to comprehend something as monstrous as the Antonov 225 staying afloat in the skies. Contrary to popular belief, an aircraft of this size does not have a very recent design history. As a matter of fact, the Antonov 225 has been trailing the skies since the late 1980’s.
The Birth of the Antonov 225
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The was not designed without purpose. In the 1980’s the Soviet space program realized there was a need for a plane large enough to transport their Buran space shuttle. After it flew on December of 1988, the original plane was put on display at the Paris Air Show.

currently has a maximum gross weight of 1.323 million pounds and can carry either internal cargo weighting up to 550,000 pounds or external cargo weighting up to 440,000 pounds.
he current has completed dozens of commercial flights as well as those involved in humanitarian efforts. The plane has delivered supplies all over the world, including Iraq, and has been contracted by the United States and Canadian governments. The An-225 even found its way into the Guinness Book of World Records.
While astounding in size, there’s no doubt that the is one of the most incredible airplanes to ever take flight. Hopefully the completion of the second plane in 2010 will serve to open the doors for additional opportunities, especially as far as humanitarian and relief efforts are concerned.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Scientists Develop Plastic That Grows on Trees

Some researchers hope to turn plants into a renewable, nonpolluting replacement for crude oil. To achieve this, scientists have to learn how to convert plant biomass into a building block for plastics and fuels cheaply and efficiently. In new research, chemists have successfully converted cellulose -- the most common plant carbohydrate -- directly into the building block called HMF in one step.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

The World’s Smallest Car

47-year-old Terry Watkins from The UK, has created the world’s smallest car ~ 39 inches tall, 26 inches wide and 51 inches long which is almost half the size of the current world record holder. The little car is powered by the engine found on lawn mower and has got the chassis from children’s toy car. Watkins has put on working headlights and tail lights, windshield wipers, signals and horn, and he got his license plate making it fully street legal. This little car can speed up to 40mph and it gets 70 miles per gallon. Video after the break.

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Palm Pre coming to US on June 6

Palm Pre has finally got an official release date. It’s now confirmed that it’ll be released by Sprint in the United States on June 6.

Starting June 6, this long-awaited smart phone will be made available nationwide in the US, not only via Sprint, it can also be obtained from others such as Best Buy, Radio Shack and selected Wal-Mart locations. You just need to pay for $199 after a $100 mail-in rebate for a Sprint’s 2-year contract that gets you either a Everything Data plan or Business Essentials with Messaging and Data plan.

This webOS-powered handset will also come with a couple of accessories such as a Touchstone charging dock ($49.99), and a Touchstone back cover ($19.99). Or they can be purchased together in the Touchstone Charging Kit that costs $69.99.

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Nokia 6600i slide 5Mpix Mobile Phone Now Available

Nokia introduces the new 6600i, the successor of the 6600 slide, which is the cellphone maker’s smallest 5 Megapixel slider. The 6600i is a 3G phone with a 2.2-inch LCD display, a 5 Megapixel camera with dual LED flash, integrated media player, Bluetooth and a microSD card slot.

The 6600i slide is based on Nokia’s Series 40. It is compatible with Ovi Store. The phone will be released in Q3 2009 for about Euro 200.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Home Remedies to Avoid Swine Flu

Swine influenza is common in pigs in the midwestern United States (and occasionally in other states), Mexico, Canada, South America, Europe (including the United Kingdom, Sweden, and Italy), Kenya, Mainland China, Taiwan, Japan and other parts of eastern Asia.

Home Remedies to Avoid Swine Flu:

  • Always cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing; ideally use something disposable like a tissue. Avoid touching your face, nose or mouth too frequently with your hands since swine flu appears to be transmitted through respiratory droplets in the same fashion as the common cold.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water since swine flu like other viruses can be contracted by touching objects contaminated by the virus. It's unsure how long the swine flu virus can survive on surrounding surfaces.
  • Though alcohol based hand sanitizers don't routinely kill viruses they probably do offer some limited protection in preventing swine flu infections.
  • If swine flu infections have been medically confirmed in your area consider avoiding large public gatherings. Individuals can be contagious with the swine flu virus for several day before demonstrating any signs or symptoms of infection. Be particularly careful about indoor gatherings where air circulates poorly.
  • If you're really paranoid and don't mind looking odd then consider wearing a respiratory mask. This barrier method does offer some basic protection against infection though not all masks are created equally. Higher quality masks capable of filtering out some respiratory infections are more expensive.
  • If you start feeling ill with cold or flu-like symptoms do not go to work. Stay home and begin the usual home remedies for colds and flu. Contact your health care provider, local health department or hospital emergency room if your symptoms worsen or fail to improve for information about where to go to be screened for possible swine flu infection.

Symptoms of Swine Flu:
Just like the regular flu, the symptoms of swine flu are similar. Some of the common indications of swine flu are cough, sore throat, fever, chills, headache, body aches and tiredness. Some people affected with the disease also report vomiting and diarrhea. Lack of any unique symptom makes it very difficult to detect the presence of the virus in the body. Thus, it is always useful toconduct proper testing if any of the said symptoms are occurring.

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Second World War Tank Found After 62 Years

WW II Russian tank with German markings uncovered after 62 years. WW II Buffs will find this interesting. Even after 62 years (and a little tinkering), they were able to fire up the diesel engine!
A Komatsu D375A-2 bulldozer pulled the abandoned tank from its tomb under the boggy bank of a lake near Johvi , Estonia . The Soviet-built T34/76A tank had been resting at the bottom of the lake for 56 years. According to its specifications, it’s a 27-ton machine with a top speed of 53km/hr.

2nd World War Tank Found After 62 Years

From February to September 1944, heavy battles were fought in the narrow, 50 km-wide, Narva front in the northeastern part of Estonia . Over 100,000 men were killed and 300,000 men were wounded there. During battles in the summer of 1944, the tank was captured from the Soviet army and used by the German army.

At that time, a local boy walking by the lake, Kurtna Matasjarv, noticed tank tracks leading into the lake but not coming out anywhere. For two months he saw air bubbles emerging from the lake. This gave him reason to believe that there must be an armored vehicle at the lake’s bottom. A few years ago, he told the story to the leader of the local war history club ‘Otsing’. Together with other club members, Mr. Igor Shedunov initiated diving expeditions to the bottom of the lake about a year ago. At the depth of 7 metres they discovered the tank resting under a 3 metre layer of peat.

The pulling operation began at 09:00 and was concluded at 15:00, with several technical breaks. The weight of the tank, combined with the travel incline, made for a pulling operation that required significant muscle. The D375A-2 handled the operation with power and style. The weight of the fully-armed tank was around 30 tons, so the active force required to retrieve it was similar. A main requirement for the 68-ton dozer was to have enough weight to prevent slippage while moving up the hill.

After the tank surfaced, it turned out to be a “trophy tank” that had been captured by the German army in the course of the battle at Sinimaed (Blue Hills) about six weeks before it was sunk in the lake. Altogether, 116 shells were found on board. Remarkably, the tank was in good condition, with NO RUST, and alll systems (except the engine) in working condition. This is a very rare machine, especially considering that it fought both on the Russian and the German sides. Plans are underway to fully restore the tank. It will be displayed at a war history museum in the Gorodenko village on the left bank of the River Narv.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Above The World Entertainment R&B Singer Kicks Down the Door of Opportunity American Idol Style

R&B performer Rodney Louis Baker is shaking up the independent music scene these days. Known for his innovative stage performances and marketing skills he has once again set what may be a huge trend among his fellow independents. With the blessing of his parent company Above The World Entertainment Baker has as he calls it "made the first official internet pitch to Simon Fuller of 19 entertainment and American Idol finalist Adam Lambert". The pitch just about cripples the notion of indie artist not being able to cut through the red tape to get a fair listen.

The simple fact that 19 entertainment and Adam Lambert are mentioned in the historical pitch Baker taps into the massive exposure that 19 entertainment, American Idol and Adam Lambert are receiving. However slim the chances are of getting Lambert or his company to record his composition "get it on" Baker also knows there is a good chance that his music will be heard by a new audience either way. The video is a basic slide show of Adam in some Idol moments, it plays a penetrating Track composed by Baker that may suit Adam quite well.

American Idol Top Three Performer
The final three contestants in American Idol 2009 performed on the show last night hoping to impress judges and the public before next week’s final.
This week’s theme was ‘Judge’s choice/ contestants choice’ meaning they each got to pick a track for the trio to sing.

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Pakistan would not provide nuclear details to any country, says Gilani

Islamabad, May 17: Amid consistent demands from the international community for sharing details of its nuclear establishments, Pakistan Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani has said that no foreign country would be handed over any details in this regard.

“We are determined to retain nuclear deterrence at all costs while ensuring foolproof security of our nuclear assets. No use of coercion, direct or indirect, will ever force Pakistan to compromise on its core security interests,” The Nation quoted Gilani, as saying.

Gilani claimed that Pakistan has world-class security arrangements for its nuclear armaments and that questions being raised over their safety were an effort to malign the country’s image internationally.

“Pakistan has developed and operationlised an immaculate nuclear weapons security regime and insinuations to the contrary are plain mischievous and designed to create doubts in the minds of the people of Pakistan,” he said.

Commenting on the Swat military operation, Gilani said the government had taken all the political parties into its confidence before launching the operation.

He said the Taliban was given maximum time to let the process of dialogue continue and peace deal work, but they (Taliban) did not abide by the accord.

“They (Taliban) wanted to make a state within state and were working on a foreign agenda,” Gilani added.

He expressed hope that the Pakistan Army would be able to achieve its target in the war which was very important for the country’s survival.

“We can’t afford to lose the war, as otherwise country’s survival is at stake,” Gilani said. (ANI)

A story line to push the economy

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Since hitting bottom in early March, the world's major stock markets have all risen dramatically. Some, notably in China and Brazil, reached lows last fall and again in March, before rebounding sharply, with Brazil's Bovespa up 75 percent in May compared to late October 2008, and the Shanghai Composite up 54 percent in roughly the same period. The stock market news just about everywhere has been very good since March.

Does this suggest that the world economic crisis is coming to an end? Could it be that everyone becomes optimistic again at the same time, bringing a quick end to all our problems?

During a boom, people considering getting into asset markets weigh the fear of regret if they don't against the pain of possible loss if they do. There is no authoritative answer about what the "right" decision is, and no consensus among experts about the proper level of exposure to these markets. Should it be 30 percent stocks and 70 percent in housing? Or the reverse? Who knows?

So the ultimate human decision must be based on the relative salience of these discordant emotional factors. In a boom environment, the emotional factors are biased toward getting into the market.

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Sunday, May 10, 2009

Amitabh launches 10th int'l Indian film awards

MACAU:The legendary Indian actor Amitabh Bachchan appeared in Macau at a press conference on Friday (08 MAY 2009) to launch the 10th International Indian Film Awards (IIFA).

The awards are set to be held in Macau, China next month after touring to South Africa, Singapore, Thailand, Holland and Great Britain.

The three day event will be held at Venetian Hotel from June 11 to 13.

Bachchan, who serves as the IIFA brand ambassador, said he was pleased the awards were spreading their wings.

"It's been a fantastic journey year after year we have been trying to build IIFA into more than just being another award ceremony coming out of the Indian film industry but adding so many more aspects to it."

The success of British director Danny Boyle's film 'Slumdog Millionaire' brought Bollywood to the attention of the global cinema.

The actor stressed the importance of a good relationship between the Indian movie industry and Hollywood:

"Yes we welcome, we welcome Hollywood. We welcome them because they bring great technology, we welcome them because they have larger funds. We hope that there are many collaborations taking place now between Indian cinema and in Hollywood where jointed films going to be produced. And hopefully this will become much larger and much bigger."

More than 600 million viewers are expected to watch the IIFA ceremony throughout the world.The event is also expected to be a good boost for Chinese tourism. AGENCIES

Deepika Padukone On Ramp picture

Deepika Padukone

Deepika Padukone, who walked the ramp for Tarun Tahiliani at the Delhi Fashion Week, was in her element. The looker was a natural on the ramp, and she felt at home on it, too. “Delhi is the hub of fashion and where I started modelling,” she said.

So, has a lot changed since her days as a model? “The scene backstage was almost the same. The only new thing was the many international faces, which is encouraging,” she says.

Deepika is now based in Mumbai, but she’s all for Delhi designers. “The clothes that they make are wearable and very creative,” she says. Maybe that’s why she’s coming back to walk the ramp again this week – at the Wills Lifestyle India fashion Week, for Ranna Gill and Rina Dhaka, and she says she’s going to catch up with friends in Delhi.

Pakistani forces drive Taliban from key town

ISLAMABAD,Pakistan(CNN),Pakistan's military intensified its drive against the Taliban in the country's restive tribal regions Wednesday, reclaiming a key town in the northwest district of Buner.

The military says it killed 50 militants in the operation, while one security officer was killed and three were wounded, Maj. Gen. Athar Abbas, a Pakistani military spokesperson told the press in Rawalpindi.

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Spam helps kill the planet

Once you read this piece of news, chances are you’ll never look at spam the same way again. Just when we thought that all spam did was to cost plenty of time and money to filter it out, in addition to providing malicious links that could cripple an entire company’s network with a cleverly installed trojan no thanks to the curiousity of some in the company who failed to adhere to rules concerning clicking unverified links, we now have word that spam will also help in the cause of global warming. How does it achieve this? Well, it becomes an environmental scourge by damaging the planet after contributing more greenhouse gas during the course of sending and weeding out spam.

McAfee, the security firm has made a study known as “Carbon Footprint of Spam”, touting a mind-blowing figure that shows the world expends 33 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity, or 33 terawatt-hours, to send, route, and filter spam messages. This is roughly the equivalent of juice required to power 2.4 million homes, where that energy use will emit an equivalent amount of greenhouse gases as 3.1 million passenger cars that drink up 2 billion gallons of gasoline. Talk about leaving not only a trail of destruction across corporate networks and home computers, but spam will also impact our environment in a negative manner! This places even more importance on spam filtering that saves both the environment and money.

Apparently, the same study by McAfee points towards savings of 135 TWh of electricity per year with spam filtering, which is equal to the removal of 13 million cars from the road. Imagine if every e-mail inbox comes with state-of-the-art spam filtering (they didn’t say this, but they would secretly hope for you to use McAfee products), spam could be reduced by up to 75% - similar to 25 TWh per year, that is a reduction comparable to the removal of 2.3 million cars off the road. Now that you know all this, what are you going to do on your part to combat spam and save the environment simultaneously?

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Scientists working on Death Star laser

The National Ignition Facility at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is working on creating a laser which can compress and heat a single fuel capsule to more than 180 million degrees in order to trigger a thermonuclear reaction. In short, they’re building a Death Star Laser. But for good, not evil. The idea is to create a kind of miniature sun on earth that would supply “limitless, safe, and carbon free energy.”

Normally, fusion – which is the bonding together of heavy atoms to create energy – takes place in hot environments like stars, but with 192 giant lasers, the NIF is attempting to create the same kind of reaction here on earth. The reaction will be accomplished by super heating the outside of a fuel capsule containing about one millionth of a pound of deuterium and tritium. This will cause the interior of the capsule to compress while the exterior explodes much like a star does. The biggest challenge? Containing the reaction as 180 million degrees will melt just about any known substance here on earth. But the reaction itself may be the key to containing it as, according to the NIF, the reaction consumes the cooler outer region faster than the capsule can release the hotter elements, thereby containing it.

Serious ignition testing is scheduled for next year. Then its’ bound to be a horse race to see if it can beat the Hadron collider in destroying the planet.

Two New Technologies that Imitate the Worm

Worms are taking over technology!The first is a cleaning robot that you see in this picture here.It is developed by Panasonic,and it is known as the Fukitorimushi.I don’t speak Japanese, but it should translate into “cleaning worm”. Like a Roomba, it can somehow sense dirty spots on the floor and clean them up.It does it in an odd way, as it moves across the floor like an inchworm. I am assuming that it does this to imitate the human motion of scrubbing the floor, and captures the dust and grit in its nanocloth sleeve.

So why is the worm being used as a model for new technology? Personally, I think someone has been watching too many episodes of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. In case you haven’t been watching it, there is a liquid metal terminator that takes the form of a wiggly worm.

With all these worm-like robots, I can’t help but wonder if we are seeing the beginning of robot evolution. It started with the nanobot, but will it end with the humanoid robot? And will that end be a terminator? Oh, the future looks so bright.

The 5 Most Expensive Addictions

Despite growing publicity about ’soft’ addictions, drinking, smoking, drug abuse, overeating and gambling still are the most costly to society.

1. Alcohol. Estimated annual cost: $166 billion. Binge drinking hits the unemployed harder on a per capita basis — 10.4%, vs. 8.4% of employed people. It is most prevalent in small metropolitan locales, rather than big cities or rural areas. The $18 billion spent on alcohol and drug treatment last year represented 1.3% of all health care spending.

2. Smoking. Estimated annual cost: $157 billion. The tab includes $75 billion in direct medical expenses, with the rest in lost productivity from ill patients missing work. Given the low-tax (or no-tax) underground cigarette economy on the Web and on Indian reservations, it’s unlikely that sales and usage have dropped much over the past decade, official government statistics notwithstanding.

3. Drugs. Estimated annual cost: $110 billion. Like alcohol, illicit drug use is more prevalent among the unemployed. Most addicts are also heavy drinkers, though only a small minority of alcoholics are drug abusers. Crystal meth has followed marijuana, cocaine and heroin as the drug of choice among the young set.

4. Overeating. Estimated annual cost: $107 billion. Overeating increases the risk of many health problems, including heart attacks. Obesity causes 14% of attacks suffered by males and 20% of those suffered by females, the National Institutes for Health says, and fewer than a third of adults get regular exercise. The bulk of the $107 billion is the direct cost to treat heart disease, osteoarthritis, hypertension, gall bladder disease and cancer.

5. Gambling. Estimated annual cost: $40 billion. Addicted gamblers often feel compelled to chase after bad bets with more money in the hope of winning back their losses. And some who catch the fever develop the need to periodically raise the betting stakes to keep the same thrill. Also, addicts often face job loss, bankruptcy and forced home sales, and they are at greater risk to commit crimes like forgery and embezzlement.

Cluster bomb technology used for seed planting

Anti War activists hate cluster bombs – mostly because they can be used to deploy anti personnel mines which don’t get picked up long after the last bullet has been fired. And when they go off, even children are victims. But can the technology be harnessed for more constructive and green purposes? Designer Hwang Jin Wook seems to think so and as such, he came up with the “Seedbomb.”

The concept is amazingly simple and represents the coolness of out of the box thinking. Instead of tiny bombs known as “bomblets” or anti personnel mines, the SeedBomb has Seed capsules aligned in a cluster configuration. Each cluster of capsules is packed into a single bomb with dozens of others and when the bomb reaches optimum altitude, the clusters are released to embed all around the impact area. Each capsule contains soil and seeds housed in a biodegradable plastic. The soil is packed with plant rich nutrients and moisture enough to allow the plant seed to germinate (the plastic canister acts as a defacto greenhouse) and grow until the plant can sustain itself. As the plant matures, the biodegradable plastic canister deteriorates until there’s nothing left.

The idea is brilliant for deploying to areas stricken by desertification or deforestation. And It’s easy to see the Forestry department using them to reseed areas that have recently fallen victim to wildfires or bark beetle infestation. But can just planting plants change an environment? Not on it’s own, but if you consider that with all the golf courses it has, that the average temperature of Palm Springs has DROPPED 20 degrees in the last 25 years, it’s worth looking at.

World’s Tallest Lego Tower

Once again, the record for the world’s largest Lego tower has fallen. Last year, the Lego bricks towered 96 feet over Toronto. This year, in celebration of Lego’s 50th anniversary, participants at Legoland in Windsor, UK built a tower resembling a Viking longboat mast that managed to hit the 96.13-feet mark.

Worlds Tallest Lego Tower

Worlds Tallest Lego Tower

Worlds Tallest Lego Tower