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Online reactions to Philippines earthquake

Today on the net, online reactions to the earthquake in the Philippines. The "Iron man" suit for soldiers being developed by the US army. And social networks are being encouraged to talk to plants…

Online reactions to Philippines earthquake

In this surveillance camera footage which has been posted to YouTube, we see employees at a company on the island of Cebu, in the Philippines, panic and run when the first tremors hit. The tourist destination was struck by a powerful earthquake Tuesday morning, followed by severe aftershocks.

The deadly earthquake has claimed numerous victims. And whilst emergency services were quick to arrive at the scene to help those trapped in the rubble, web users have been launching and circulating appeals for help via the social network hashtag #RescuePH; a scheme set up last year, with the government’s blessing, when massive flooding brought chaos to the capital Manila.

After the initial shock started to set in, local web users began to take stock of the damage. Collapsed buildings, cracked roads and vehicles buried under the debris: the material damage is extensive, and residents are particularly saddened by the impact on historical monuments.

The Loboc church in Bohol, which was built in the 17th century during the Spanish colonial era, has been particularly badly hit. As we can see in these photos that have been widely relayed on social media platforms, the place of worship’s front section collapsed during the earthquake.

 

US Army developing "Iron Man" suit for soldiers

US army researchers are developing armour, worthy of the greatest science fiction films that will deliver superhuman strength. An incredible project and it’s got web users the world over extremely excited.

The so called TALOS project is presented in this video which has been doing the rounds online. As we can see the exo-skeleton and powerful computer that form the famous armour will protect soldiers under heavy enemy fire, with some extremely resistant bullet proofing.

And as the US army explains in this statement posted to its website, what’s even more amazing is the future armour, which would comprise layers of smart material and sensors, may also come equipped with a liquid shield. The technology, currently under development in collaboration with researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT, would give soldiers extra protection as the moment it’s hit with something, like a bullet, it transforms into a much harder shell.

Although still in its very early stages, the project has set social networks abuzz. Web users have been comparing it to the suit worn by the superhero Iron Man, saying with this technology a vision of the future is now within reach.


Now trending on social networks

The World Bank is reminding web users that over one billion people are currently living on less than 1 dollar and 25 cents a day, and is asking the question “What can you buy for a dollar?" A handful of candy in France, a bowl of noodles in Thailand, 500 grams of dates in Algeria, or one kilogram of tortillas in Mexico… Social networkers the world over have been asked to post their answer in a photo. The World Bank has launched the awareness campaign as part of its bid to end extreme poverty by 2030.

 

Talk to a plant on Twitter

The Denver Museum of Nature and Science has set up an interactive experiment to see if talking to a plant will actually help it grow. Twitter users are being asked to post messages under the #TalkToAPlant hashtag; and an automated system will then read out the tweet aloud to one plant, whilst another plant sits in silence. The plants’ growth will then analyzed and compared in real time…

 

Video of the day

The Bottle Boys musical group performs well known songs using just empty bottles as instruments. Here’s their latest performance, a Disney classic from “The Little Mermaid”. It’s a pleasing little tune, and if only for a few moments will transport web users to another world under the sea…

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