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Creative Bar Code Designs

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Most of the commercial products we buy now a days consists of bar codes. These bar codes hold the details about the product in which it is stuck.

Here are some of the creative bar codes designed by some experts.

 

Google launches all out social networking assault with Google+

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Social networking has long been Google's white whale. The company has done plenty of dabbling in the space, releasing Orkut, which has failed to catch on in the US, and rolling out Buzz to the relative indifference of its massive user base. Announced today after seemingly endless leaks, Google+ represents a major push for the software giant. The service began showing itself to a smattering of users last night, as a black bar across the top of various of the company's properties. A "+You" button on the far left of the bar currently brings you to the service's landing page, offering a tour of the many features that fall under the Google+ umbrella. Get to know the services better after the break.

Among the sub-services is Circles, which lets users divide up which of their friends / followers can see which content, assuring that only your "Epic Bros" and not your boss sees what you were up to at last night's bachelor party. Hangouts, meanwhile, offers up multi-person video chat with members of your Circle. Sparks is a customized feed aggregator of content you curate from across the web -- remember when RSS feeds were a thing? This is kind of like that.

There's also, not surprisingly, a mobile element to the service. Huddle offers up group messaging, largely targeted at arranging real-world meetups for those times you actually want to, you know, socialize with humans in the flesh. The Instant Upload feature makes it easy to transfer photos to private albums in the cloud.

Google+ is still in a limited trial mode and has a few "rough edges," according to the company. In the meantime, we want to know what you think. Is Google finally giving Facebook a run for its money? Is this just the latest social flop from the company? Let us know in the comments, and while you're at it, check out a whole bunch of officially sanctioned Google+ videos below.

Understanding Tsunamis with Storybooks, Videos, and Animation

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A tsunami causes major damage in north-eastern Japan, after a massive 8.8-magnitude (updated by NHK) earthquake strikes off the coast today, March 11, 2011. I cant imagine how people on land are coping with this. Phone lines are down. What would you would do if you couldn’t make a CALL for help?! Fires are sparking everywhere as well.This is really sad. Neighboring countries to Japan also have Tsunami alerts as of 7:15PM– Philippines, Indonesia, Guam, and Hawaii are just four of the 20+ countries on Tsunami alert.

Deepen your understanding of tsunamis through the following resources. Students can benefit well from these links as well.

According to Philvocs: A Tsunami is a series of sea waves commonly generated by under-the-sea earthquakes and whose heights could be greater than 5 meters. It is erroneously called tidal waves and sometimes mistakenly associated with storm surges. Tsunamis can occur when the earthquake is shallow-seated and strong enough to displace parts of the seabed and disturb the mass of water over it.

SOME NATURAL SIGNS OF AN APPROACHING LOCAL TSUNAMI

  1. A felt earthquake.
  2. Unusual sea level change: sudden sea water retreat or rise.
  3. Rumbling sound of approaching waves.

Animated Tutorial Guide to understand the nature of tsunamis:

- Image Source: BBC

Instructional Video to help you understand Tsunamis better:

Online Storybook for kids to understand the causes and effects of a tsunami.

Understanding Tsunamis with Storybooks, Videos, and Animation

- Image Source: FEMA, 2011

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