Monthly Archives: January 2011
It’s a game that’s free to download onto your iPhone. It’s called Bubble Ball, and the objective of the game is to guide a ball through a series of obstacle courses to a goal. Last week it had topped the iTunes worldwide free app download charts, having being downloaded 2 million times. It had even outranked apps such as Facebook and Skype. If none of this really seems too remarkable, the game was designed and made by a 14-year-old boy.
The inventor, Robert Nay, from Utah, describes Bubble Ball as a “physics puzzle game” for Apple devices. He learned how to code the game using a book from a local library.
The success and the popularity of the game has taken him by surprise. “I think it’s pretty cool because I never thought my game would do that well…When I saw that it was number one for the free apps, I was astonished,” Robert told ABC News.
Full story: BBC Newsbeat http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/12224670
Scientists working on SDSS (The Sloan Digital Sky Survey) have created the most detailed image ever of the night sky. It has taken over a decade of scanning the skies with a 138-megapixel camera to compile this image – consisting of over a trillion pixels in total.
It is an image so detailed and so massive that it would take half a million high-definition televisions to take it all in at full resolution… And this is just a map of one-third of the sky!
Full story: POPSCI Popular Science http://www.popsci.com/technology/article/2011-01/newest-digital-sky-survey-releases-most-detailed-sky-map-ever