← Previous Story Alexander Toncourt passes away Next Story → 24 hours till Women’s EHF CL MVP decision: “Dead heat” between Bojana and Anita Cedric SorhaindoDani SarmientoSerhei Rutenka Barca lost Laszlo Nagy, but still many of the “key players” will be force of Spanish team in next few seasons. After Danijel Saric and Albert Rocas, Serhei Rutenka, Cedric Sorhaindo and Daniel Sarmiento sign new contracts with Spanish champion. One of the best World’s player on back position, Rutenka will stay in Barcelona until 2016, while playmaker Sarmiento and French NT line player, Sorhaindo willbe part of the biggest sport society a year less.photo: fcbarcelona.cat
← Previous Story Uwe Gensheimer about Kielce: Second match at home – our advantage Next Story → Lino Cervar: “The crowd will be our 8th and 9th player against KIF Kolding” After the draw for the L16 phase of the EHF Champions League, the only team from Slovenia that reached the phase – Celje Pivovarna Lasko got German Flensburg-Handewitt as their opponent. Coach Branko Tamse commented the encounter. – We got a quality opponent, but it couldn’t be otherwise today. We already know Flensburg from the past seasons. For me, they play the most beautiful handball in Germany, and have the best game system and all positions are excellent covered. They have a lot of foreigners, dominated by a good mix of Scandinavian-Balkan players. We still have some time until the first match, and when the time comes, we will give our best on the pitch. Branko TamseCelje Pivovarna LaskoFlensburg
Partille Cup is the largest international handball event in the world and one of the top-events of all kinds of youth sports. Annually there are 20.000 participants from 50 countries divided into 1.100 teams.For Partille Cup handball is more than a physical activity. It is a universal language, which excludes differences in politics, culture and religion. We believe we can make a real difference by using the sport to create understanding, respect and unity without borders.World of Handball – Partille Cup from Partille Cup on Vimeo. Partille Cup 2016 ← Previous Story Barca kid Victor Tomas stays until 2020! Next Story → EHF CL: Celje PL win in Plock – Veszprem beat Besiktas in Istanbul
Vive Tauron Kielce are finally just one a step to the heaven! The Polish champions beat PSG Handball 28:26 (16:16) at the first semi-final of the VELUX EHF FINal 4 in Cologne, breaking the „bad luck“ of losing in semi-final clashes in the first two attempts! The yellow team outplayed the „dream-team“ from Paris in the impressive battle which was undecided until 80 seconds before the final whistle, when Manuel Štrlek netted for +2 and just after it Igor Vori made foul over Reichmann for direct red card.Vive Tauron Kielce – Paris Saint-Germain HB 28:26 (16:16)Vive: Szmal, Sego – Jurecki 5, Tkaczyk, Reichmann 4, Chrapkowski, Kus, Aguinagalde 3, Bielecki 1, Jachlewski 1, Strlek 4, Lijewski 4, Paczkowski, Zorman 4, Cupić 2.PSG: Omeyer, Annonay – Melić, Mollgaard 1, Accambray, Vori 1, Kounkoud, Gunnarsson, Abalo 3, L. Karabatić 1, Hansen 10, Narcisse 1, Onufrijenko 5, Honrubia 2, N. Karabatić 2, M’tima.Despite both defenses began match with rough fouls on Karabatić from one and Jurecki from another side, they were only a symbolic help for Szmal and Omeyer between the posts in the first half of the match. The EHF CL TOP scorer Mikkel Hansen was simply unstopable for the Polish defense with nine goals in the first 30 minutes. His powerful shots were something the best which was offered for the 20.000 fans at Lanxess Arena.PSG were on 6:3 in 10th minute, what was the highest advantage of one team during the match. The Polish team managed to come back to the game with some goals of Jurecki and Zorman, but also a few saves of Slawomir Szmal which was necessary for stability of Talant Dujshebaev boys.Poles showed great energy at the start of the second half providing their fans a lot of joy with lead 19:17, but that was a sign for Thierry Omeyer to wake up. With four saves in three minutes, Titi stopped Poles and helped his team to turnover result on 20:19. That was a call for time-out of Polish bench in 43th minute.The match stayed open until the last part where few good defense by Poles became decisive for their first ever EHF CL final.PHOTO: Filip Viranovski, gol.mk EHF Final 4PSG HandballVive Tauron Kielce ← Previous Story Vote for ADRIATIC WORLD YOUNG HANDBALL PLAYER 2015/2016 Next Story → Kielce hero Manuel Strlek: No euphoria, please…
French women’s NT coach Olivier Krumbholz announced a list of 18 players for the upcoming Women’s EHF EURO 2016 in Sweden. The team lead by Allison Pineau will face Netherlands, Poland and Germany at Preliminary Round – Group B in Kristianstad.Here is the French best 18 for December 2016:Goalkeepers: Laura GLAUSER (Metz), Amandine Leynaud (Vardar), Julie FOGGEA (Fleury)Left wings: Siraba DEMBELE (Rostov), Manon HOUETTE (Thüringer)Right wings: Amanda KOLCZYNSKI (Besançon), Laura FLIPPES (Metz)Line players: Béatrice EDWIGE (Metz), Laurisa LANDRE (Craiova), Astrid N’GOUAN (Brest)Left backs: Gnonsiane NIOMBLA (Bucarest), Tamara HORACEK (Metz)Playmakers: Estelle NZE MINKO (Siofok), Allison PINEAU (Brest), Grace ZAADI (Metz)Right backs: Camille AYGLON-SAURINA (Bucarest), Marie-Paule GNABOUYOU (Viborg), Alexandra LACRABERE (Vardar)Tournament in Sweden starts on December 4. ← Previous Story EHF Challenge Cup: Sporting Lisbon against RK Pelister Bitola for 1/4 finals Next Story → No stress evening for Telekom Veszprem against RK Gorenje
He concluded that contact should be made with management immediately and that every support should be given to the workers.Read: “You could hear a pin drop” – 400 jobs at risk at Lufthansa Technik in Dublin> FOLLOWING THE ANNOUNCEMENT today that 400 jobs are at risk due to Lufthansa Technik considering closure, Fianna Fáil said it is time the government intervened.The firm has a jet engine overhaul facility at Rathcoole in Dublin which employs 400 people. Today Lufthansa said it will consult with employee representatives and begin immediate negotiations with trade unions.Aviation sectorFianna Fáil spokesperson on Jobs Dara Calleary said the Irish aviation sector cannot afford to lose 400 jobs and said the government “has a duty to intervene and explore all options for preserving the future of aircraft maintenance in Ireland”.Calleary said that just yesterday, Enda Kenny was announcing hundreds of new airline jobs with Michael O’Leary as a result of the Ryanair expansion.“At a time when the airline industry in Ireland is growing significantly, it’s difficult to understand how Dublin can be at risk of losing its position as a base for aircraft maintenance,” he said.He added:I am asking the Taoiseach and the Jobs Minister Richard Bruton to put the same energy into saving Irish jobs at Lufthansa Technik as they put into jobs announcements.This is not just about one company leaving the Irish market – it’s about the risk that Ireland could lose its aircraft maintenance sector entirely, despite the fact that we have a strong skills base here.
SPORTING A BUSHY beard and clutching a can of Coke, a castaway who says he survived more than a year adrift in the Pacific Ocean arrived in the Marshall Islands capital Majuro today.A male nurse had to help the man previously identified as Jose Ivan down the gangplank of a police patrol boat after a 22-hour trip from the remote coral atoll where he washed ashore last week after apparently setting sail from Mexico on December 24, 2012.Epic voyageAbout 1,000 curious onlookers crowded the dock for a glimpse of the long-haired fisherman, who smiled and waved briefly before he was whisked away for a medical check-up at Majuro Hospital.The castaway told US ambassador Thomas Armbruster, who was acting as an interpreter for Marshall Islands authorities, that he was originally from El Salvador but had been living in Mexico for 15 years before his epic voyage.“He said he is a shrimp and shark fisherman,” Armbruster said Monday in Majuro minutes after talking to him. “He looked better than one would expect.”And foreign ministry officials said he told them during a debriefing that he was a 37-year-old whose full name was Jose Salvador Albarengo.He said he lived in Tapachula, near the Mexican border with Guatemala, and worked for a company named Camoronera Dela Costa.Albarengo said he was on a shark-fishing expedition with a youth named Xiquel when strong winds blew them off course and they became lost.Albarengo said the boy, described as 15- to 18-years old, died a few weeks into the ordeal because he could not eat raw bird meat.DisorientatedThe surviving fisherman was found disorientated and clad only in ragged underpants last Thursday, after his 7.3-metre fibreglass boat floated onto a reef at Ebon Atoll, the southernmost cluster of coral islands in the Marshalls.Unable to speak English, he communicated to his rescuers through pictures and gestures that he had survived the 12,500 kilometre odyssey by eating turtles, birds and fish and drinking turtle blood when there was no rain.Marshall Islands immigration chief Damien Jacklick said authorities were still gathering information and the foreign affairs department planned to contact overseas officials to arrange his repatriation. With the help of the US ambassador, we were able to obtain information on his family members in El Salvador and the United States. We hope this information will help us track down his family.Medics plan to give Albarengo a thorough check before he is interviewed by detectives.He spoke briefly to a Spanish interpreter via a faltering radio link over the weekend while still at Ebon Atoll and said he was keen to return home.“I feel bad,” he said of his physical and mental state.I am so far away. I don’t know where I am or what happened.- © AFP, 2014Read: Castaway survived 16 months adrift at sea by eating turtles>
A 40-YEAR-OLD man arrested on Monday has today been charged with the murder of 31-year old Stephen Davidson in Bangor last weekend.He will appear before a special sitting of Newtownards Magistrates’ Court at 4pm this afternoon. On Monday police said they were investigating the death of the man following a “violent struggle”.Two people, a 30 female and a 40 year old male, were arrested shortly after 1pm on Monday.It is believed Davidson lived alone in the house where he was killed and police said they could not say if he let his attackers into the house and that they were not in a position to say if drugs were involved.The 40-year-old man charged with Davidson’s murder also faces charges in relation to drugs possession and a threat to commit arson last Saturday.Related: Two arrested as PSNI investigate death of man in Bangor>
Live stream courtesy of HEAnet. Click here for an iPhone/iPad-compatible version.THE DÁIL this evening debates the findings of the inter-departmental report into the State’s involvement in the Magdalene Laundries.The 1,300-page report, released two weeks ago, detailed significant State involvement in the running of the facilities, including the finding that the State was responsible for the admission of over a quarter of the 10,000 women who suffered human rights abuses in the facilities.Survivors groups expressed disappointment with Enda Kenny’s initial response to the report two weeks ago, when he stopped short of offering a full State apology for its role in admissions.The report was compiled by a seven-member committee chaired by the former independent senator Martin McAleese.The Dáil’s discussion of the report is due to begin at 6:30pm and continue until shortly after 9pm.Read: Taoiseach expected to apologise to Magdalene survivorsMore: Call for “fair and transparent” Magdalene compensation package
(Video: Epipheo/YouTube) It’s that time of year: reader James Murray of Stilpix.ie sent us in this gorgeous photo of pink blossoms covering the outside area at a pub on Haddington Road in Dublin. (Got any pics you’d like to send our way? Get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org)This heartbreaking image from the collapse of the garment factory in Bangladesh has been described by Time Magazine as the most haunting photograph taken from the scene. It’s hard to disagree.So this is both awkward and hilarious. Someone has set up this site called Textastrophe on which they publish their text message exchanges with people who have posted their phone number in a public place. Our favourite is the fairly epic exchange with a man who provides Man Caves.THINGS WE SHAREDAs a dyed-in-the-wool Dubliner I’m almost loathe to link to this, but what the hell: The Daily Edge has managed to somehow come up with 11 reasons why Cork might actually be better than Dublin. Clearly all 11 reasons are entirely bogus and the person who wrote the article is going to be fired shortly. South Korean mock victims lie on the floor as part of an annual drill preparing for a bio-chemical attack in Seoul today. More than 8,400 people participated in the drill. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)HERE ARE THE things we learned, loved and shared today as we round off the day in three easy steps.THINGS WE LEARNED#APOLOGY: The Midland Regional Hospital in Portlaoise has apologised to the parents of an 8-year-old boy who died just 18 hours after being discharged from its Emergency Department suffering from chicken pox. The HSE confirmed today that a settlement has been made with the family of Richard De Souza, who died from toxic shock after developing a secondary streptococcal infection.#FOUND: Ten years after she disappeared, Ohio kidnap victim Amanda Berry has returned to her family home, as police say they are preparing to charge the men involved in the kidnap of three women. In a brief statement, Amanda Berry’s sister requested privacy and thanked the public for its support over the decade.#DOCTORS: Taoiseach Enda Kenny has promised that the Government is still going to go ahead with plans to bring in free GP care for everyone, despite reports suggesting otherwise. The Department of Health said legislation to bring in the new scheme had proved more complex than anticipated, and that junior minister Alex White is to carry out a full appraisal of the scheme and report back to Cabinet with his findings.#GENDER GAP: Boys are more likely than girls to bunk off school and not do their homework, but still significantly out-perform girls when it comes to maths, according to a major ESRI study into children in Ireland. Boys are also far more likely than girls to say that they dislike school which, the ESRI says, raises concern over boys’ engagement with education.#RENT: A new database will reveal the actual rents being paid for houses and apartments across the country as opposed to the amount of rent being asked for the first time. The ESRI has compiled the database based on information from the Private Residential Tenancies Board.#FERGIE: Rumours abound about who will take over the position of Manchester United manager after Alex Ferguson announced today that he will bring his 27-year reign at Old Trafford to an end on 19 May. THINGS WE LOVED So given that you’re on the internet right now, odds are that you’ve spent at least a few minutes flicking through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Wikipedia, YouTube or any of the other many, many sites which you probably end up spending time on during the day. This video takes a look at what exactly the internet is doing to our brains, and how our ability to learn, concentrate and remember things is diminished by the way that we use the internet (and before you ask: don’t worry – it’s a short video, so you can get back to browsing afterwards):
A MAN THREATENED staff with a knife in a shop in Armagh yesterday afternoon.Shortly after 3:15pm the man entered the premises in the Killylea Road and demanded money from the till.He left empty handed accompanied by another man.A short time later police arrested two men aged 27 and 28.They’re currently being held in custody and are assisting police with their enquiries.Detectives in Armagh are appealing for information in relation to the incident.Read: Youths charged after threatening staff with knife and crowbar in robbery>Read: Gardaí catch armed robbers as they leave the filling station they had just held up>
Source: FeenishProductions/YouTubeAN INTEREST IN ancient history, an Irish branch of the family tree, the lure of a beautiful language and the opportunity to spend time in a picturesque location are listed as the motivations for why these American and Canadian students decided they wanted to be ‘ag caint as Gaeilge’ for much of last summer.Following an intensive course in An Cheathrú Rua in Connemara last year, the group of Fulbright scholars were able to speak on camera about their experiences…in Irish.One American student explains, “In the US, we generally just speak English and I think it is really important to understand that there are other languages in the country, languages which might be less-widely spoken, but which are very important. Truly important.”The programme was started in recent years by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht to encourage the growth of the Irish language overseas.A further 18 students will be awarded with scholarships and will take part in the intensive programme from 20 June to 11 July this summer.Hands up who feels inadequate?Column: Let’s stop the blame game about learning IrishDailyEdge.ie: 11 songs that will take you right back to your days in the GaeltachtHow many Ballyduffs are there? What about Ballymurphys?
We all saw this one coming, right? We all knew that, amongst those 80 some tablets being unveiled at this year’s ces, there was bound to be a Coby model in there. The budget consumer electronics company has a long tradition of hopping aboard the latest tech trends, and in 2011, there are few technologies more trendy than the tablet.Actually, there are three new tablets from the company–all are part of its Kyros line. They all run Android 2.2 Froyo. Inside, there’s a Samsung manufactured 1GHz Cortex A8 processor. The Kyros tablets have MicroSDHC slots (expandable to 32GB), HDMI out, a 0.3MP front-facing camera, an internal mic, and built-in speakers.The models start at $199 and go up to $320. Coby plans to have them on shelves by March.
If you want a small PC the most common options are to buy a netbook, or if you want a larger screen a nettop. But there is an even smaller option that does not require any desk space at all: it’s called a plug computer.These tiny machines form part of an over-sized plug and sit in a power outlet. Unlike a typical PC they don’t have a video card and therefore no video out. They are ideally suited for use as a web or media server that is always on and always connected. Just plug it in and forget about it. While there are a few plug computers out there, including the SheevaPlug and GuruPlug, the latest model to become available offers an update to the performance, software, and connections available. It’s called DreamPlug, and it offers up some serious computing power using an ARM processor.Here’s the basic spec:Marvell Sheeva core @ 1.2GHz speedLinux 2.6.3x Kernel512MB 16bit DDR2-800 MHz1 GB on board micros-SD for kernal and root file system2 x Gigabit Ethernet 10/100/1000 Mbps2 x USB 2.0 ports (Host)1 x eSATA 2.0 port -3Gbps SATAII1 x SD socket for user expansion/applicationWiFi 802.11 b/gBluetooth BT2.1 + EDRAudio InterfacesHeadphone (analogue) out x 1Fiber Optics (SP/DIF) out x 1 Jtag and Uart connections for external module5V3A DC power supplyThe DreamPlug has the advantage of offering an always on computing solution that takes up no space and only draws 5 watts of power. Want a home server? DreamPlug could be the perfect solution.If you want one then it’s possible to pre-order for $149 with shipments starting some time this month. There’s also an optional $30 JTAG board for debugging and programming purposes if you intend to develop applications for use with the DreamPlug.Alternatively if you don’t mind working with a bulkier plug computer, there’s also the GuruPlug Display also up for pre-order which adds a HDMI out which can drive a 720p resolution. As you’d expect it’s more expensive at $199.Read more at Globalscale Technologies and NewIT, via Thinq
Smartphone apps are great for controlling things like GPS and cameras, but what if you need to add a bit of gear that isn’t built into your handset? Enter the IOIO (pronounced “yoyo”). This little board lets Android developers interface with any number of electronics components through Java, the language used to write Android apps. Think of it like an Arduino for your cell phone: it makes it possible to control anything connected to the little board using an app on the phone. It doesn’t even require any modification to the phone’s hardware or firmware. Your warranty remains intact if you want to tinker around with homemade phone accessories.Created by how-to-er Ytai in Tel Aviv, the device is coming to the online retailer Sparkfun soon. When the board ships, Ytai has promised to open source the hardware and software behind it with a “very permissive license,” so if you decide to monetize your weekend project, it might not be out of the cards. It’ll be absolutely fascinating to see what inspired developers do with this board if it has anywhere close to the same impact as the Arduino. And hardware hackers, if you’re listening, an iCade for Android would be pretty nice.[via Make, Ytai]
The Toshiba Mobile Display division has come up with an integrated touch panel that’s only as thick as a dime. The company has developed a 7-inch LCD panel that’s just 1mm thick.The low temperature poly-silicone (LTPS) thin-film transistor (TFT) liquid crystal display (LCD) is less than half as thick as a conventional LCD touchscreen. Toshiba said the technology, compared to conventional LCDs that require an extra touch panel layer to be applied, provides a better picture, and is 57 percent less thick, 48 percent lighter at 225 grams, and has a 10 percent less surface reflection ratio.This is good news for manufacturers since they won’t have to go through the process of adding a touch panel to the LCD. Toshiba is marketing this as a technology to use for vehicle mounts, and for industrial applications.Toshiba said its smaller size “enables the design of more compact products for mobile applications.” It also reduces the impact on the environment by saving power.The LCD can be seen first at the SID 2011 International Symposium, Seminar, and Exhibition taking place in Los Angeles next month. If it lives up to the hype we don’t expect this display just to be used in vehicles or industrial settings. Thinner screens are desirable for both smartphone and tablet devices, and a 7-inch screen makes it perfect for tablets.Read more at Toshiba, via Engadget
If you’re not familiar with it, Growl is an excellent notification tool for OS X. Lots of people use it and it’s something so tightly integrated to users’ Mac experience that it feels like a native part of the operating system. Growl was a free, open source app until version 1.3 was released on the Mac App Store in early October. At that point anyone that wanted to stick with the older versions could, but if they wanted to get OS X Lion-compatible v1.3 (or beyond) they had to pay $1.99 for it.Now most people would say that’s a fair bargain (and, as a paid Growl user, I can’t disagree), but not everyone thinks so. Developer Perry Metzger decided to fork the open source project, throw in a few bug fixes, and release his own version for the low, low price of zero dollars. After all, that’s kind of how open source works (depending on the licensing, of course). And, in all fairness, Metzger only did this after he paid for Growl and find that it didn’t work satisfactorily. There was a noted bug that Growl’s developers were informed of but hadn’t fixed, and old versions were not playing nicely with Lion (especially Hardware Growler).And what did Metzger get for his work? A pat on the back and a virtual few high-fives? Maybe some donation bucks from grateful downloaders? Turns out it was a cease-and-desist and a one-month ban from the Growl mailing list. Ouch.Metzger’s forked version of Growl 1.2.x (the last version of the source code that’s public) is available. It doesn’t use the Mac App Store’s slick delivery system or Apple account integration, but it doesn’t crash when you change your WiFi card’s state either. Also, it’s free. The account clearly states that this is an unofficial fork of Growl and it’s not endorsed by the people at Growl.info. He even wrote a full “WHY DID I FORK THIS?” section explaining his actions. Seems reasonable to us…Yes, another open source software fight. This doesn’t have an entirely unhappy ending though. For $1.99 you can download the fixed version of Growl, v1.3.1, you can play around with the Growl 1.3 source code, or you can download Metzger’s fork.via Basement Coders (don’t miss the podcast link at the bottom)
At the moment, the rechargeable batteries we rely on in our gadgets don’t contain the most environmentally-friendly materials, and aren’t the type of thing anyone should be throwing away. They should be recycled at a specialist recycle center.What would be much more eco-friendly is a way to create power from waste products, but at a level where an individual could do it themselves. Sony has been working to create these so-called bio-batteries, and has just shown one off at the Eco-Products 2011 environmental products fair in Tokyo.Sony’s idea is to provide a battery where by the user adds their own fuel sourced from waste materials. In this case, the proof of concept battery uses a mixture of enzymes to break down shredded pieces of paper. The paper provides the cellulose that is broken down by a first set of enzymes to produce sugar, the second set of enzymes then uses the sugar to produce hydrogen ions and electrons. Finally, the electrons are used to produce electricity through a circuit, while the hydrogen ions form water by being exposed to oxygen in the air.If such a battery were to go commercial, it could see certain waste products such as paper reused to power batteries rather than being recycled outside of the home. In order for that to happen, the battery technology has to produce enough power to make it viable. At the moment, that’s the sticking point, and something Sony has already spent several years trying to improve. It seems at best the bio-battery will power a digital music player.This isn’t the first time we’ve seen a bio-battery in action. Early last year Sony demonstrated a fan being powered by a sugar-filled soft drink. We’ve also see a cell phone modified to run purely on Coca Cola.Read more at Yahoo! News
The wait is finally over. Three months after the iPhone 4S released, Apple’s A5-powered handset finally has an untethered jailbreak. In this guide we’ll walk through the entire procedure so you can free your iPhone 4S.The tool for this jailbreak is called absinthe (apparently iOS hackers like to party). It’s an untethered jailbreak, meaning you won’t need to connect your device to a PC whenever you reboot. We have the instructions and download links for you to have your A5 device jailbroken in no time.If you’re on an older iOS device, you can refer to our post for jailbreaking non-A5 devices.1. Download AbsintheThe first thing you’ll want to do is get the Absinthe tool. It can be downloaded from here for Mac and here for Windows.After downloading the package, unzip.2. Backup your device in iTunesThis isn’t technically necessary, but it’s probably wise to backup your device before jailbreaking.3. Run AbsintheAfter connecting your device to your PC via USB, simply open the Absinthe jailbreak tool. It should detect your device and give you the option of jailbreaking it.Press “jailbreak” to begin the process. It should take you through several steps (all of which will take some time), as seen in the screenshots below:The next stage of the process will make it appear that your device restoring from a backup:Next your device will start to reboot:After rebooting, it will “send payload data” (remember that this is all happening without any additional input from you):Finally, you’ll get this “almost done” screen:Though it says to look for a “jailbreak” icon on your device’s home screen, the icon is actually called Absinthe:Your device should then reboot, and return with a Cydia icon in its place. You’re jailbroken! You can check out our list of the best Cydia apps to help you get started.* If you get an error when opening Absinthe, it’s because the Greenp0ison servers are down. You can try turning on VPN (Settings>General>Network>VPN and selecting the “jailbreak” VPN). This shouldn’t be necessary anymore.via pod2g
By now you are probably well aware that one of America’s most beloved science fiction writers, Ray Bradbury, passed away at his Los Angeles home, at the age of 91, on June 5th. While some people think it to be a coincidence that Bradbury died during the recent transit of Venus across the sun, fans of his work find it fitting that he would pass during a notable scientific event. Bradbury had a large impact on not only the sci-fi literature genre, but also on the children and teenagers that would grow up to be the driving force towards humanity reaching out into the solar system in hope of one day traveling to planets like Mars.A testament to this impact is the fact that NASA saw fit to affix a digital version of Bradbury’s The Martian Chronicles the hull of the Phoenix Martian Rover in the form of a burned DVD. Written in 1950, The Martian Chronicles is a collection of loosely related fictional stories depicting humanities struggle to flee from the potential of nuclear war on Earth to try and find refuge on the Red Planet. Many of the ideas Bradbury put forth in the novels seemed fantastical at the time, but modern day efforts to explore Mars smack of the science fiction writer’s vision of what it would be like to visit there.What’s interesting is that this reflects the widely used term called the “butterfly effect,” which was coined from Bradbury’s novel The Sound of Thunder in which a man on safari steps on and crushes a butterfly causing drastic change on the future. It can be argued that Bradbury’s passion and vision for space travel that is communicated in the Martian Chronicles had a large role in the fact that humanity now has rovers traversing the planet’s surface.Bradbury’s penchant for predicting the future doesn’t exist solely with the his Mars writings, in fact those pale in comparison to the number of things that Bradbury talked about in his novel Fahrenheit 451. Take a look at following list of things that he successfully predicted:Earphones and Bluetooth headsets. Characters in the book walk around sporting “seashells” and “thimble radios” attached to their ears that they use to communicate with each other.Flat screen televisions. The central character in the book fears for his wife who spends all her time interacting with her “parlor walls” which indeed are large televisions. She is able to acquire scripts and act out the lines of the characters that are missing in her drama shows since she doesn’t have enough of the walls to display everything.Self driving cars. In his short story The Pedestrian (which is speculated to be loosely tied to Fahrenheit 451), Bradbury talks about the idea of an intelligent vehicle that can both drive itself and arrest people (Knight Rider anyone?). This past year we have seen Google get approval in Nevada for its autonomous vehicles to be on the road legally.ATM machines. Characters in the novel make use of automated banking machines, technology that didn’t exist in the 1950’s. They are very similar to what we use in modern times.The death of the physical newspaper and novel. The entire basis of Fahrenheit 451 is the idea that books and newspapers fall victim to television entertainment as the populations main source of information absorption. With online retailers reporting that sales of e-books are beginning to outpace printed novels and with the dropout in readership of the printed word in newspapers, Bradbury’s prediction of the dominance of electronic media is another that has come true in modern times.While Bradbury is seen primarily as an author who had a profound effect on his literary genre, in reality his reach has been much wider. While his novels may not be required reading in our schools anymore (which blows my mind), his ideas are talked about everyday with the people uttering the words usually not knowing the origins of the topics they are discussing. Ray Bradbury will certainly be missed, not just for his amazing science fiction writing, but also for his visionary foresight into cultural phenomenons.