If you’ve seen the new ‘Skyfall’, I assume most of you will be wondering how they managed to create such a realistic setting for the villain’s island, played by Javier Bardem. Well, for one thing the setting itself is real, and has a chilling past.
Just off the coast of Japan, the island of Hashima was once a busy coal-mining community owned by the Mitsubishi Corporation at the beginning of the 20th Century. Well known amongst locals for its cramped conditions and it's current state as a hauntingly derelict town that was once thriving.
During the Second World War it was used as a Japanese prison camp for the Chinese and Koreans, and by 1959 it was at its highest population density (139,100 per square kilometre). Yet it all changed when the Japanese turned to petroleum instead of coal, and the island was abandoned (and remains abandoned) 38 years ago.
In 2002, a Swedish filmmaker named Thomas Nordanstad created a documentary of the island along with a former resident, named Dotokou, who grew up on the island after moving there when he was 4 years old. It marks the first time Dotokou has returned to the island as an adult and he displays his emotions clearly, reminiscing on his past life. Nordanstad filmed this experience and named it Hashima, Japan, 2002, which you can view below.
There was a time when Blackberry was relevant. Today, unfortunately, is not one of those times as CEO John Chen announced plans for the company to stop making their own phones.
The representation of politicians has always been a tricky issue, but recently we’ve seen social media become more and more important as an influence on public opinion, especially relating to the US presidential campaign and the Labour leadership row here in the UK.
Snapchat just dropped some huge news - rebranding to Snap Inc. and revealing their first piece of hardware named Spectacles. I'm struggling to understand the point of some sunglasses with a video camera attached to them, but surely it can't be just because I'm not a millennial...
For years, developed countries have accepted and almost forgotten about the privilege of Internet access – while 4 billion people across developing nations live without it.
Well, here we are... The fifth anniversary of New Rising Media. It's been a journey quite like that of a TV sitcom relationship - falling in and out of love with this place.
There have been highs and lows, as the landscape of blogging has changed. And just like any birthday celebration, I want to reminisce in the history of things around here.
Unless you've been living under a rock, Apple launched their AirPods... Turns out there's a lot wrong with them!
While a robot may never be capable of feeling emotion, artist Erica Scourti’s bot “Empathy Deck” has the potential to pretend well enough to offer comforting help.
Ignore what the more easily influenced friends are sharing on Facebook - NASA did not just change your Zodiac sign. This was all just big misunderstanding, based on a children’s education web page put out by the agency.
We all have a laugh and a joke about being so addicted to Pokemon Go that you play while driving - but unfortunately that’s not a joke to thousands of people…
YouTube Gaming channels are rapidly becoming a major part of online entertainment. Whether it be Let’s Players, Review and Analysis, News Channels, or any number of variations, more and more people are making their living either playing or discussing games – and attracting legions of fans while they do so. However, one thing this rapidly-growing medium has so far lacked is a concrete set of laws and legislation behind it, and that might be set to change, thanks to an incident in Essex.
Researchers believe they’ve developed a new way to power wearable technology - harvesting body heat for electricity.
MIT researchers have developed a camera that has the ability to read the text on pages of a book, without it having to be open.
“I’ll rip the secrets from your flesh!” Once the words of a 2004 videogame character, now soon to be the MO of a government near you. Researchers in Texas Tech University have discovered a way to use an electroencephalogram (EEG) to glean your identity just from scanning your brain waves. But more than just knowing who you are, this machine can really know just exactly WHO you are…
A beauty contest judged entirely by Artificial Intelligence has found itself in the middle of an internet uproar, as the AI mostly chose white people as the winners.
With the Playstation 4 Pro heading for a November release and Microsoft’s new Xbox, codenamed Project Scorpio, on the horizon for next year, consumers are stuck with a question – do you need or want one?
And the answer in pretty much all circumstances is a resounding “no.”
So Apple announced two new products - the Apple Watch Series 2 and the long-awaited iPhone 7. It’s fair to say that opinions are mixed…
Researchers at the University of Michigan have successfully developed a medical observation laser that uses human blood.
Heard of solar wind? It’s a constant stream of ionized gas ejecting from the sun, becoming more turbulent and destructive the further away from the sun they get. It was discovered in 1958 and we still know very little about it. Thankfully, NASA’s at it again with the Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory (STEREO) proving once and for all that silly abbreviations don’t just exist in fiction.
LG have just announced a smart fridge at IFA in Berlin – integrating Windows 10 into a touchscreen panel on the door… Seems like after 5 years, tech companies have not learnt the real lesson about innovation.
Google is teaming up with the UK’s National Health Service to put its artificial intelligence system, DeepMind Health, to the test of helping improve head and neck cancer treatment.
How democratic is the digital space? If this was to pass, the answer could be “not at all.”
To many of us, the age of nine brings back fond memories of cycling to the park or (in my case) obsessively playing video games. Nine-year-old Arnav Sharma is going through his childhood differently – creating a device that is a revolution in the field of asthma care.
In the long list of Earth-like planets we’ve discovered, we’ve found one that’s really, really, Earth-like. “Proxima B” as it is currently known orbits Proxima Centauri, the 2nd closest star to us (first closest being the sun). It has the conditions needed to support life, and it’s close enough that we could go there one day.
From Metal Gear Survive and an Asteroid-catching robot, to a new life for the Wii balance board, Episode two of 'Fast Future' is now live - covering all of last week's top stories.
It feels like it has been with us forever, our constant companion, but the internet has only been with us for 25 years. On the 6th of August, 1991, the very first public web page came into existence. 17 days later, the rest of the internet-ready world (so probably like a dozen people) got access to that page, and Internaut Day was born.
We hear it all the time - space travel will be available to us all by the mid-2020s, but what does that mean for creating new jobs? Well, you can find out and even look to apply as a Space Tour Guide by 2025, according to a report by The Future Laboratory and Microsoft.
Researchers at the University College London have developed new software that can perfectly forge anyone's handwriting. As if you needed more online hackery developments to make you feel nervous about identity protection.
Turns out Wii U’s aren’t useless after all! The Wii U Balance Board, previously a gimmicky piece of kit to help immerse you in their various sports games, has finally find its true niche: helping paraplegic patients maintain balance in their exoskeletons.
A brand new type of battery - named “lithium metal” - is about to go into commercial production. The innovative cells can hold twice the power, meaning your smartphone’s battery life could effectively be doubled.
The medical profession is a beautiful thing. Medical professionals on the other hand are as fallible, nasty and downright pathetic as any other human being can be, and don’t let them pretend otherwise. On a related note, a machine learning algorithm developed by researchers at Stanford University has absolutely thrashed epidemiologists when it comes to diagnosing cancer.