Over 350 of the individuals that have gone missing in the UK over the last few years have not been found, according to a UK Missing Persons list. Meanwhile, the nation's police have the opposite problem--records and photos of over 1,000 bodies that have been found, but never identified.
In hopes of returning some of these anonymous deceased to their bereaved families, the UK police have launched a searchable website with sketches, photos, and other forensic records of 1,029 men and women, as well as details of 105 babies, who lie in unmarked graves.
Things are bad in England. In addition to arresting some 1,100 people and nearly tripling the number of police officers in London, police forces have been attempting to use technology to rein in the looting and rioting in the various English cities. The thing is, the looters and rioters are much better at using technology than the authorities, often using social media--including Twitter, Facebook, and the very popular (more so than here in North America) BlackBerry Messenger--to coordinate looting and stay a few steps ahead of the police. U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron has a distinctly, well, almost Chinese response to that: shut 'em all down.
Think your car runs like crap? A sewage utility in Bristol, UK, has converted a Volkswagen Beetle to run on human waste. The Bio-Bug is the first car in the UK to run on byproducts of sewage processing, and if its trial run is successful Wessex Water, the utility company that made the car, might build a whole fleet of them.
The UK's Seed Cathedral is the best pavilion at the 2010 Expo, hands down. After getting a chance to go inside, I've decided I want to not only worship but live amongst its 60,000 fiber-optic-lit seeds. Wouldn't you?
The same subtle, random movements, bouncing shadows, and immense complexity that make plants fascinating to observe in life also make them hell to animate. Like water and fire, a rustling tree is one of the hardest things for a computer animator to realistically render. Thankfully, a new computer program can design realistic trees by watching and copying video of real ones, saving animators plenty of time and money.