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Wingsuits October 14, 2007

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More Crazy Japanese Inventions July 26, 2007

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personal rain saver


360 degree panoramic camera


cockroach swatting slippers


hay fever hat

fresh air mask


portable office tie


ten-in-one gardening tool


umbrella head band


vertigo soothing glasses

Caspian Sea Monster: Ekranoplan July 10, 2007

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An ekranoplan (Russian: экранопла́н, literally “screen plane”) is a vehicle resembling an aircraft but that operates solely on the principle of ground effect (in Russian эффект экрана effekt ekrana – from which the name derived). Ground effect vehicles (GEV) fly above any flat surface, with the height above ground dependent upon the size of the vehicle. Ekranoplan design was conceived by revolutionary Soviet engineer Rostislav Alexeev.

During the Cold War, ekranoplans were sighted for years on the Caspian Sea as huge, fast-moving objects. The name Caspian Sea Monster was given by US intelligence operatives who had spotted the huge vehicle, which looked like an airplane with the outer halves of the wings removed. After the end of the Cold War, the “monster” was revealed to be one of several Soviet military designs meant to fly only a few meters above water, saving energy and staying below enemy radar.

The ekranoplan has a lifting power of 1,000 tonnes, among the largest ever achieved. The KM, as the Caspian Sea Monster was known in the top secret Soviet military development program, was over 100 m long (330 ft), weighed 540 tonnes fully loaded, and could travel over 400 km/h (250 mi/h), mere meters above the surface of the water. Another model was the Lun-class, entering service with the Black Sea Fleet in 1987.

Israel developing killer bionic hornet November 17, 2006

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Israel is using nanotechnology to try to create a robot no bigger than a hornet that would be able to chase, photograph and kill its targets, an Israeli newspaper reported.

The flying robot, nicknamed the “bionic hornet”, would be able to navigate its way down narrow alleyways to target otherwise unreachable enemies such as rocket launchers, the daily Yedioth Ahronoth said.

It is one of several weapons being developed by scientists to combat militants, it said. Others include super gloves that would give the user the strength of a “bionic man” and miniature sensors to detect suicide bombers.

“HOW TO BUILD A NUKE” November 10, 2006

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Scientists Research Brain Implant Chip November 9, 2006

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An implantable electronic chip may help establish new nerve connections in the part of the brain that controls movement
Researchers at the University of Washington are working on an implantable electronic chip that may help establish new nerve connections in the part of the brain that controls movement. Their most recent study showed such a device can induce brain changes in monkeys lasting more than a week.

Strengthening of weak connections through this mechanism may have potential in the rehabilitation of patients with brain injuries, stroke, or paralysis.

The authors of study were Dr. Andrew Jackson, senior research fellow in physiology and biophysics, Dr. Jaideep Mavoori, who recently earned a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the UW, and Dr. Eberhard Fetz, professor of physiology and biophysics. For many years Fetz and his colleagues have studied how the brains of monkeys control their limb muscles.

‘Silent jet’ could ease airport noise November 8, 2006

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A radically redesigned passenger jet could alleviate a major complaint of people who live near major airports — the deafening sound of planes taking off and landing.

A team of 40 researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Cambridge University spent three years working on the wide, streamlined jet, which they plan to unveil in London on Monday.

The “silent jet,” which from outside an airport would sound about as noisy as a washing machine or other household appliance, would carry 215 passengers and could be in the air by 2030.


Mysterious “Spider Boat” November 6, 2006

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These pictures were taken in the Port of Ilwaco on the Washington State coast. The crew wore civilian clothes but guarded the boat closely and would not answer any questions. It was suggested it may be something Boeing is working on. The pontoons appear to be made of very thick rubber and may be fuel cells. Note that each of the steel spider-like legs are jointed in three places. Perhaps the boat can be lowered in calm seas and raised when it is rough. The boat had no name or number…









The World’s 1st Astronaut November 1, 2006

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All of us know that the US had made the first successful space mission to the moon. Some people may say that it’s only a hoax. Whatever they say or believe, here’s an article which strucked me most. I was searching for the word “cosmonaut” or “astronaut” in the internet and found an article in wikipedia. When I was reading through the article, I was surprised that the 1st attempt of man to travel into space was on the 16th century?? And that man is not a Yank, nor a Russian, but a Chinese! 🙂 His name is Wan Hu (dated 16th Century).


Wàn Hǔ or Wàn Hù (萬虎 or 萬戶) (c. 1500) was a minor Chinese official of the Ming dynasty and perhaps the world’s first astronaut.

According to legend, early in the 16th century, Wan decided to take advantage of China’s advanced rocket and fireworks technology to launch himself into outer space.


He had a chair built with forty-seven rockets attached. On the day of lift-off, Wan, splendidly attired, climbed into his rocket chair and forty seven servants lit the fuses and then hastily ran for cover. There was a huge explosion. When the smoke cleared, Wan and the chair were gone. He was never seen again. Another legend describes a sled like vehicle with kites attached.

3D Display Cubes October 10, 2006

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The 3D Display Cube uses a cube grid of LED lights to display 3D animations of light, “Each 3D Display Cube is a true spatial display unit that utilizes 1000 individually controllable LEDs to create 3D forms and animations.