Monthly Archives: August 2011

Perseid meteor and Snows of Paranal

Perseid meteor

Recorded last week, this dawn portrait of snowy mountain and starry sky captures a very rare scenario. The view does feature a pristine sky above the 2,600 meter high mountain Cerro Paranal, but clear skies over Paranal are not at all unusual.

By | Aug 13, 2011|Categories: Astronomy|Tags: |

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|

Storm cloud over Taber

Storm cloud

A storm cloud threatens to develop into a full blown tornado

By | Aug 13, 2011|Categories: Natural phenomena|Tags: |

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: |

Enjoy Perseid Meteor shower 2011

Perseid Meteor

Friday through early Saturday, this year’s cosmic fireworks will be somewhat dampened by the glare of a full moon. But the Perseids can still offer a crowd-pleasing sight for many people worldwide.  Photographer Marco Verstraaten

By | Aug 12, 2011|Categories: Astronomy|

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: |

Container Architecture exhibition

Container Architecture

The NRW-Forum Düsseldorf, invited renowned architects, designers, and artists from around the world to submit designs for container architecture.

By | Aug 12, 2011|Categories: Modern Art|