A Year in 12 Posts
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Politics, Science, Art, Web, Business: a curation of 2013 events (and 2012, and 2011)
Curated by Marc Rougier
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Jun 2012: Solar Impulse

Jun 2012: Solar Impulse | A Year in 12 Posts | Scoop.it
Marc Rougier's insight:

Solar Impulse, the Swiss project, completed the world first solar-powered intercontinental flight from Spain to Morocco. An important technical achievement when energy is one of the world next big challenges.


The plane was piloted by Bertrand Piccard, who was also the first to complete a non stop balloon flight around the world.


Less mediatic than a Richard Branson or Felix Baumgartner, but interesting family: his father Jacques was the first (with Don Walsh) to explore the deepest point of the oceans (Mariana Trench, - 36.000 ft) and his grand father Auguste set altitude records in balloon and invented the bathyscaphe

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gbeuvelot's comment, January 13, 2013 5:48 PM
Up to come this year 2013, researcher, skipper and adventurer Raphale Dinelli will undertake some solar flight records. Unfortunately he counld not joind the 2012 Vendée Globe Race :-( have a look on his foundation http://www.fondationoceanvital.com/
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Oct 2012: Flying Felix

Oct 2012: Flying Felix | A Year in 12 Posts | Scoop.it
Marc Rougier's insight:

Amazing feat, scientific achievement, egotistic trip? Whatever. We all watched and were thrilled. Congratulation Felix Baumgartner.

 

Records he set: first man to break the sound barrier with no engine (834 mph or Mach 1.24), highest jump ever (120.000 feet; previous record was 102,800 feet by Joe Kittinger back in 1960!). But also the most watched live video on Youtube (8 millions).


Here is a cool list of 15 speed records.


On a more dramatic note, Sandy hit on Oct 2012. Nasa has analysis and pictures. Impressive.

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Apr 2011: Indian Wins World Cup

Marc Rougier's insight:

I don't get cricket. But a sport which is the ancestor of baseball and which new master is a country four times more populated than the US (and growing to soon surpass China) should deserve our attention ;-) Congrats India!


Also in April, U2 broke the Rolling Stone's record for highest-grossing tour ever ($700m). Who's seen it?

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Jul 2012: London Olympics

Jul 2012: London Olympics | A Year in 12 Posts | Scoop.it

"WSJ Medal Count here."

Marc Rougier's insight:

Of course: Oscar PistoriusFelix Sanchez, Michael PhelpsUsan Bolt (and his TPM record: more than 80.000 Tweet per minute), but ...


My prefered stories: Dong Hyun setting a new world record in archery although he is ... blind! And Hamadou Djibo Issaka: was given a wild card and 3 months to train to rowing... that's the olympic spirit!


Also from the Olympics but much less glorious: the scandal of censorship.


But there was something bigger in July 2012: The Higgs boson has almost certainly been discovered!


The Higgs boson was a "missing particle", predicted by the standard model of physics 50 years ago, but never so far observed. A mega device, the Large Hadron Collider (cost: $1B+) has been build just for it. Electroweak interactions, symmetry-breaking scalar fields... poetry!

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Nov 2012: Barack Obama

Nov 2012: Barack Obama | A Year in 12 Posts | Scoop.it

"This page is run by Obama for America, President Obama's 2012 campaign."

Marc Rougier's insight:

On Nov 6, Barack Obama was elected to a second presidential term, defeating Republican Mitt Romney (332 - 206. Full results: here).


Web perspective: Beyond the political stake, this post links to Obama's FB page. Super classy pics of a super classy man. Also, his "four more years" tweet broke the record of most RT ever (800k+).


On Nov 18, one of my heros (this is a personal curation) died. Patrick Edlinger was a free climber and a free man. Here is a beautiful video of him climbing (dancing? levitating?) bare hands, bare feet, no rope. Music by Bach. Enjoy, dream, remember.

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