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.
So, New Rising Media’s new profile picture looks a bit jazzy! But, there’s a deeper story behind the design beyond it simply just being cool and colourful.
The UK government’s goal to build the first spaceport in Europe (and my dream to see a rocket launch in person) took one step closer to being a reality.
Suddenly, a team of researchers from the Stanford University is under the focus of imaging the world over. The team, which includes Matthew O'Toole, David B. Lindell, and Gordon Wetzstein, have presented a breakthrough technology to reveal objects hidden around corners. They call it “confocal non-line-of-sight imaging.”
A first for New Rising Media, proud to announce I’ll be heading out to cover Insomnia Gaming Festival - a bustling Mecca of gaming and geek culture.
At the age of 76, Stephen Hawking - cosmology’s brightest start and one of the most important physicists in human history - has died at his home in Cambridge. Here is an obituary by the creator of New Rising Media.
What does the future of wearable tech look like? I will be finding out at this year’s Wearable Technology Show, as New Rising Media returns for the forth year in a row!
The Dark Web is a well-known hacker haven and an online market for compromised personal data. But how much is your online information really worth to online fraudsters?
Is Vero the future of social media, or just a flash in the pan? As a social media marketer with 10+ years experience, I think I’m up to the task of reviewing this…
On this episode of Learn Something - amidst the UK’s worst snowstorm in 50 years and Mobile World Congress - I’m sharing weird & wonderful facts about snow & smartphones that you’ve (probably) never heard before…
My childhood was nothing but PlayStation 2 gaming, the sweet sounds of 00s Emo music and petting every dog I see. And I have the pleasure of going back to this wonderful time on my Twitch channel - Emotion Engineer.
You may think you’ve seen the biggest news from Mobile World Congress, but you haven’t… Ignore the headlines of Nokia’s revamped Matrix phone and Samsung’s Galaxy S9 - here are 5 stories you need to know about.
Mobile World Congress is just around the corner and if the recent leaks are to be believed, companies have done absolutely nothing to make smartphones remotely interesting.
On this episode of Learn Something, it's a geek week and I'm covering a whole bunch of nerdy questions you've never thought about..
Time for a new game on Emotion Engineer - my Twitch channel dedicated to the PS2. And I have chosen what was probably the console’s most ambitious - Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.
A Kentucky Governor has blamed the Florida school shooting on violent video games, not guns - bringing up a debate that was settled years ago. Allow me to respond…
No common cold is going to stop me recording Learn Something, so fair warning about my horrible voice! On today's episode - space, sex and the history of Valentine's Day.
From being a finalist in the UK Blog Awards to my podcast crashing its way into the top 10 list, I have a lot to love each and every single one of you for this Valentine’s Day.
Artificial Intelligence can be trained to do a lot of things, but it turns out it’s not so great in the art of romance - creating such love-inducing candy heart messages like “SWEAT POO.”
Viral Facebook pages are regularly sharing still images as videos - much to the confusion and annoyance of users everywhere. Here is why they do this…
To celebrate the successful launch of a SpaceX rocket that could one day take us to Mars, this week’s episode of the Learn Something podcast is all about space.
Another Wednesday, another Twitch instalment of Emotion Engineer – the only channel dedicated to the PlayStation 2. On this episode, I will be showing just why the original Shadow of the Colossus is better than the remake.
Struggling to keep to your monthly data limit? Expect things to get a little tougher, as new research shows we will be consuming a whopping 98 GB of data every month by 2025.
Recent research shows that all social media users can be placed into one of four categories – the Geek, the Lurker, the Victim or the Internet Celebrity. Which one are you?
After what seemed like 25 years, January is finally over. So in this week's episode of Learn Something, we're kicking off February with a bunch of weirdly random facts - including the Cookie Monster's real name...
Emotion Engineer returns tonight at 5pm GMT – playing Bully (Canis Canem Edit) on PlayStation 2, as passive revenge against my old school bullies.
UK Government have been forced to change their controversial mass digital surveillance regime, as Appeal court judges have ruled the snooper’s charter unlawful.
It’s an experience many can relate to: you’re simply talking about a topic, like an item you need for your home, when an ad for that very item shows up in your Facebook feed moments later.
In this week's episode of Learn Something, I go in-depth about my favourite games console of all time (I have a weekly Twitch stream dedicated to it) - the PlayStation 2.
In a complete flip-flop from saying they had “no impact” on the 2016 election, Facebook has finally admitted that social media is bad for democracy - surprising absolutely nobody.
KODAKCoin got me thinking - have many other companies pivoted to the blockchain business? Turns out, there are a lot of them from iced tea to burgers, and you could be unknowingly living a cryptocurrency life.
I am the Founder and Editor-in-chief of New Rising Media. You can follow me on Twitter @MrJasonEngland.