World's First 3D Digital Camera

The world's first camera to take 3D video and pictures without the need for special glasses is to go on sale in Britain this September.

Created by Japanese camera company Fujifilm, it will allow users to see their holiday snaps in full 3D, with bicycles and beach balls jumping out from pictures. It can also capture movies with the same special effect.

A spokesman said: 'We want our cameras to capture precious moments just as the eyes see them.'

The FinePix REAL 3D W1camera has two lenses and two sensors set apart on the facia. The third dimension is created by the integrated processor that layers together an image from the two slightly different angles.

But photographers need not wear red and green glasses to view their masterpieces. They can be viewed as they are shot on the 2.8inch LCD screen on the back of the camera.

You will also be able to share them on the FinePix REAL 3D V1 - an 8inch LCD photo frame.

Hard copies will be available on order from FujiFilm using lenticular sheets, which have a plastic layer that acts as a lens to create the effect.

The high-tech camera is a chunky device with a hardy aluminium frame to protect the lenses from vibration and impact.

It features a 3x optical zoom and 'interval shooting' that lets you take 3D shots as you are moving, such as in a car or a plane.

However, a spokesman assured tentative snappers: 'As the camera performs a series of image processing steps automatically, anyone can take 3D stills and videos with superb picture quality by just pointing the camera and pressing the shutter button.'

Should this still prove too technical the camera can also take standard 2D pictures with a 10MP camera.

The brand new technology doesn't come cheap however. The camera is expected to be priced at £570 while the viewer will cost around £400.

Still it could be a wise investment as there are signs to suggest 3D is the way the industry is moving. The technology has taken off in the cinema this year, with films such as Ice Age 3 and Harry Potter being showed in 3D format.

Panasonic released their first 3D HDTV this year while the satellite broadcaster Sky are busy testing their 3D camera technology filming rugby matches and pop concerts.

Is this the world's most crowded swimming pool?

There was barely enough room to tread water as thousands of swimmers crowded into a pool in an attempt to escape China's scorching heatwave.

But the fact there was no elbow room was not going to stop the fun in the world's most populous nation.

Families desperate to escape the heat grabbed their rubber rings to jostle for space at a local pool in Nanjing, the capital of the Jiangsu Province.

A heatwave has blasted many parts of China with temperatures reaching a sweltering 40 degrees.

China residents also resorted to jumping into the polluted Yangtze river to cool off.

The country is now bracing for extreme weather, with strong gales and soaring temperatures in recent weeks serving as harbingers of disasters to come.

Rainstorms have already wreaked havoc on southern parts of China leaving dozens people dead or missing and forcing many more to evacuate their homes.

Mid-air terror as hole opens up on packed passenger plane

A passenger jet was forced to make an emergency landing after a foot-square hole opened up in the cabin mid flight.

Southwest Airlines inspected about 200 planes overnight after the hole appeared in the passenger cabin of the Boeing 737 plane, forcing an emergency landing in West Virginia.

Passengers said they could see right through the hole as the cabin lost pressure during the flight on Monday. No one was injured on the Nashville-to-Baltimore flight which carried 126 passengers and five crew members.

Brian Cunningham told NBC's "Today" show that he had dozed off in his seat in mid cabin when he was awakened by "the loudest roar I'd ever heard."

'It took me a couple of seconds to wake up. I got the baseball cap out of my face and I look up and there's the sun coming through the ceiling. ...I saw sky where I shouldn't be seeing it,' he said.

The hole was above his seat but he added that people stayed calm and put on the oxygen masks that dropped from the ceiling.

"After we landed in Charleston, the pilot came out and looked up through the hole, and everybody applauded, shook his hand, a couple of people gave him hugs," Cunningham said.

It's not clear what caused the damage.

Southwest spokeswoman Marilee McInnis confirmed the airline inspected 200 Boeing 737-300-series jets overnight at hangars around the country and discovered no other similar problems.

"It was a walk-around visual inspection just to check for structural integrity," McInnis said.

All those planes were put into routine service this morning, while the airliner that landed in West Virginia remained on the tarmac.

Representatives from the National Transportation Safety Board and the aircraft manufacturer Boeing were helping to determine cause of the hole, McInnis said.

The hobbled airliner was placed in service during the 1990s and went through "routine maintenance" this month, according to McInnis.

The 137-seat 737-300 makes up about one-third of the carrier's fleet of about 540 jets.

Southwest was operating a normal schedule of flights - about 3,300 per day - with no cancelations or delays through midmorning, McInnis said.

Bad luck for swan who stuck her neck out and walked under a ladder

They say it is unlucky to walk them and so it proved for this hapless swan who was trapped by the neck a falling ladder.

The bird, nicknamed Lofty by rescuers, managed to bump into the ladder after wandering into a back garden, and brought it crashing to the ground.

The aluminium frame, weighing a hefty 40lb, had been propped up against a fence but as it fell it pinned the bird to the ground by her long neck.

It is thought the stranded swan was stuck for several hours under the extendable ladder before homeowner Michael Johnson went out into his garden and found her.

At first he thought it was a bag of rubbish but was stunned when he went closer.

Mr Johnson, 32, called a nearby swan sanctuary who sent an expert to the home in Wimborne, Dorset.

Rescuer Ken Merriman, of the Swan Rescue Sanctuary at Holt, said Lofty looked 'half-dead' when he got there but, despite suffering swelling to the neck and head, it is expected to make a full recovery.

Mr Johnson, who runs a website design company, said: 'Our garden backs onto a river so it must have come from there.

'The ladder was propped up against the fence at the bottom of the garden and it must have knocked it over and got stuck under one of the rungs.

'I don't know how long it was there for. I went into the garden in the morning but didn't see it then. I only found it when I went back out in the afternoon.

'It's body was sat on top of the ladder and the top of its neck and head was poking out from under one of the rungs.'

Mr Merriman said: 'Michael found the swan in the nick of time. If it had been trapped for another half-an-hour I don't think it would have made it.

'It looked half-dead when I got there. It suffered some bad swelling to its neck and was quite dehydrated but it is now about 90 per cent recovered.'

He said Lofty, a female swan, was aged about seven-years-old.

He said he plans to release the bird back to its likely herd at Christchurch Harbour once she has fully recovered.

'Ghost' of Michael Jackson caught on camera pacing the corridors of Neverland

His ghoulish hit Thriller merged music with horror and Michael Jackson certainly understood the children's thrill of being spooked silly.

So he probably would have loved to hear about the latest creepy goings-on in Neverland.

An unexplained shadow filmed inside his former home has sparked wild speculation among his fans that his spirit is haunting the halls.

The alleged supernatural sighting is the latest in a string of bizarre rumours to emerge after his death nearly two weeks ago.

These include reports the late singer will tour the world via hologram and that he will be buried without his brain.

The pop star’s apparent poltergeist was spotted during a live American TV tour of Neverland by his close friend Miko Brando for the Larry King Live show.

Neither the presenter - the son of screen legend Marlon - nor the cameraman noticed the spectre, which appeared to move like a shadow at the far end of a long hallway.

But after it was posted on YouTube fans picked up the shadow and rumours spread across the internet like wildfire.

Viewer comments and chat forums have been debating whether it could be Jackson’s spirit or simply a shadow of an unseen crew member.

Some fans have linked the shadow with Peter Pan, who Jackson was rumoured to have modelled his adult life on and why he named his fantasy land ranch Neverland.

The children’s character lost his shadow in the famous J M Barrie tale before Wendy sews it back on.

On YouTube one user said: ‘Yes, that is MJ, even the hair style silhouette everything..!! Immortal!’

Another wrote: ‘That is so weird. I have played it over five times now and I have to admit that it does resemble MJ. I can’t believe I am saying that actually. It’s his image.’

But others were not so convinced.

‘It is the shadow of a TV crew person in the room, idiot people. Get a grip… that’s not genuine ghost footage!’ wrote tubs1000.

Life without limb-its: The astonishing story of the man born without arms or legs... who plays golf, surfs, and swims

Nick Vujicic was born with no arms or legs - but he doesn't let the details stop him.

The brave 26-year-old - who is mainly torso - plays football and golf, swims, and surfs, despite having no limbs.

Nick has a small foot on his left hip which helps him balance and enables him to kick.

He uses his one foot to type, write with a pen and pick things up between his toes.

'I call it my chicken drumstick,' joked Nick, who was born in Melbourne, Australia, but now lives in Los Angeles. 'I'd be lost without it.

'When I get in the water I float because 80 per cent of my body is lungs and my drumstick acts as a propeller.'

Due to his faith as an Evangelical Christian, Nick has chosen to remain a virgin until marriage although he has had long-term girlfriends in the past.

'He's very modest but he gets marriage proposals from women all the time,' said Nick's friend and publicist Steve Appel, from Los Angeles.

'He would love to get married and start a family but he's waiting for the right girl to come along.'

When Nick was born his father was so shocked he left the hospital room to vomit. His distraught mother couldn't bring herself to hold him until he was four months old.

His disability came without any medical explanation - a rare occurrence called Phocomelia - and Nick and his parents spent many years asking why this cruel trick would happen to them.

'My mother was a nurse and she did everything right during pregnancy but she still blamed herself,' he said.

'It was so hard for them but right from the start they did their best to make me independent.

'My dad put me in the water at 18 months and gave the courage to learn how to swim.

'I also got really into football and skateboarding. I totally love the English Premier League.'

Nick's father was a computer programmer and accountant and he taught his little son how to type with his toe at just 6 years old.

His mum invented a special plastic device that meant he could hold a pen and pencil.

Despite the risk of bullying, his parents insisted Nick attended mainstream school.

'It was the best decision they could have made for me,' adds Nick, who later achieved a degree in Financial Planning and Real Estate. 'It was very hard but it gave me independence.'

Nick, who was teased and bullied, had an electric wheelchair for mobility, and a team of carers to help him.

'I was deeply depressed when I was eight years old,' he said. 'I went to my mum crying and told her I wanted to kill myself.

'I felt cold and bitter. I hated God for doing this to me and was terrified of what would happen when my parents weren't there to look after me.

'I could brush my own teeth with a wall mounted brush and wash my own hair with pump action soap, but there was so much that was impossible for me.'

At age ten Nick, tried to drown himself in the bath but luckily the attempt was unsuccessful.

'I felt there was no purpose when you lack purpose and strength it is hard to hold on,' he said.

But with the help of his religion, friends and family, Nick managed to pull through to become an international symbol of triumph over adversity.

The football fan is now a motivational speaker and has travelled to over 24 countries speaking to groups of up to 110,000 people.

'When I was 13 I read a newspaper article about a disabled man who had managed to achieve great things and help others,' said Nick, who also plays golf with the club tucked under his chin.

'I realised why God had made us like this - to give hope to others. It was so inspirational to me that I decided to use my life to encourage other people and give them the courage that the article had given me.
'I decided to be thankful for what I do have, not get angry about what I don't.

'I looked at myself in the mirror and said: 'You know what the world is right that I have no arms or legs, but they'll never take away the beauty of my eyes.' I wanted to concentrate on something good that I had.'

In 1990 Nick won the Australian Young Citizen of the Year award for his bravery and perseverance.

'When kids run up to me and ask 'what happened?' I just lean over and whisper 'cigarettes', he laughed.

'And once I was in a car and this girl at traffic lights was giving me the eye. She could only see my head so I decided to do a 360 in the car seat to freak her out.

'Her face was like woooooooah what is going on? She sped off really quickly.'

Nick began travelling the world and in 2008 he went to Hawaii and met surfing master Bethany Hamilton, who had her arm bitten off by a shark when she was 12.

'She was amazing, said Nick. 'She taught me how to surf and I was terrified at first, but once I got up there it felt absolutely fantastic and I caught some waves pretty well.'

Nick quickly learned how to do three 360 degree spins on his board - a feat that got him on the cover of Surfer magazine within 48 hours.

'No one has ever done that in the history of surfing,' he said.

'But I have a very low centre of gravity so I've got pretty good balance.'

He moved to Los Angeles two years ago and plans to continue to travel the world - this year he will visit South America and the Middle East.

'I tell people to keep on getting up when they fall and to always love themselves,' he said.

'If I can encourage just one person then my job in this life is done.'