Monthly Archives: August 2011

Honda Gyro bike

Gyro bike

Honda Gyro² tried to answer a challenge on how to get bikes to appeal to a mass audience by directly targeting those who don’t find them practical.

By | Aug 13, 2011|Categories: Vehicles|

Darkest known Alien World

Alien World

Astronomers have discovered the darkest known exoplanet – a distant, Jupiter-sized gas giant known as TrES-2b. Their measurements show that TrES-2b reflects less than one percent of the sunlight falling on it, making it blacker than coal or any planet or moon in our solar system.

By | Aug 12, 2011|Categories: Astronomy|Tags: , |

High Altitude Airship (HAA)

Lockheed Martin HAA

The Lockheed Martin High Altitude Airship (HAA™) – and its sub-scale demonstrator, the High Altitude Long Endurance-Demonstrator (HALE-D) – is an un-tethered, unmanned lighter-than-air vehicle that will operate above the jet stream in a geostationary position to deliver persistent station keeping as a surveillance platform, telecommunications relay, or a weather observer.

By | Aug 12, 2011|Categories: Aviation|Tags: |

Diamond-fitted contact lenses

contact lenses

A company in India is now offering contact lenses fitted with real diamonds and gold. Weighing five grams the lenses are available in four designs: white gold, 18 diamonds on white gold, yellow gold, and 18 diamonds on yellow gold.

By | Aug 12, 2011|Categories: Product Design|

Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race

World Yacht Race (2)

A fleet of hundreds of spectator boats and the Royal Navy’s helicopter carrier, HMS Illustrious, give a spectacular send-off to the crews on board the ten yachts competing in the Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race, starting in Southampton.

By | Aug 12, 2011|Categories: Boats, Sports|

Falcon HTV 2- New York to Los Angeles in 12 minutes

Falcon HTV2

DARPA’s Falcon HTV-2 unmanned aircraft has been launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, as part of a critical test flight at hypersonic speeds. The experimental aircraft is fast enough to travel from New York to Los Angeles in just 12 minutes.

update: The U.S. military said it launched the Falcon HTV-2, which reached speeds of 13,000 mph, but lost control after about nine minutes of flight and, they believe, crashed in the Pacific Ocean. Last year, the first Falcon vanished over the Pacific Ocean, leaving absolutely no trace.

By | Aug 12, 2011|Categories: Space|Tags: |