Luytla-Duymun is the smallest of the 18 Faroe Islands, located between Scotland and Iceland. This gorgeous place is 0.8 square km (0.3 square miles) with the highest point, Mount Ravan, 414 meters (1,358 feet) high. The island is uninhabited, but it’s a beautiful place to see.
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
This classy Mercedes turned into a “blingmobile” is now sold for £7 million ($10.9 million). It is owned by Swiss businessman Ueli Anliker who apparently has more money than taste.
The supercar is named “Anliker McLaren SLR 999 Red Gold Dream”. It has 24-carat gold on the wheels and headlights. The garish body has 25 layers of red paint with 5 kg of gold dust worked into it. And the car's supercharged 5.4-liter engine has had power boosted from 640 bhp to 999 bhp - giving it a top speed of more than 210 mph (340 km/h). A team of 35 workers spent a total of 30,000 man hours and more than £3.5 million ($5.5 million) working on this vehicle.
Sunday, December 11, 2011
Saturday, December 10, 2011
Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage are capable of both busting myths and causing big "busting" troubles.
Now the hosts of Discovery Channel's "MythBusters" can add a new problem to their list of experiements that found a solution. How do you think, can a 30-pound cannonball blast the wall, two homes and a minivan? Yes, it can. Though this "myth" hasn’t been planned.
A cannonball fired by a "MythBusters" crew at the Alameda County bomb to test whether other types of projectiles shot from a cannon would pick up the same speed and have the same impact as the streel ball took a few unfortunate bounces.
In this particular experiment, the projectile was intended to go through several barrels of water and a cinder block wall before striking the hills of the bomb range. However, the cannonball missed its target. Traveling at a speed of 1,000 feet (300 m) per second, the cannonball flew 700 yards (640 m) into a home where a couple was sleeping, bounced across a road, onto a roof and, finally, crashed into the window of a minivan. Luckily, people who were at home and the owner of the minivan who left his car a few minutes before the accident weren’t injured.
Thursday, December 8, 2011
A HULC exoskeleton is designed to help dismounted soldiers carry heavy combat loads for extended periods of time without increasing the stress on their body. The hydraulic-powered anthropomorphic exoskeleton helps to transfer loads up to 200 lbs (90.7 kg) to the ground through powered titanium legs without loss of mobility.
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
The Norwegian island of Spitsbergen is known for its Svalbard Global Seed Vault, located about 810 miles (1,303 km) from the North Pole. This secure seedbank preserves various plant seeds, duplicates or “spare” copies of seeds from gene banks from around the world, in an underground cavern. If the seeds are lost in gene banks, the Seed Vault will provide insurance, and in case of large-scale crises it will provide a shelter for them.
Monday, December 5, 2011
The Iguana 26 is a fast motor-boat that is capable of crossing sandbanks and climb beaches thanks to a caterpillar system and electric motor. This prototype can carry 8 passengers and reach the speed of 35 knots in the sea.
Sunday, December 4, 2011
Several days ago a harrowing windstorm blew through much of Los Angeles, especially in the city of Pasadena. The winds tore trees from the ground and toppled some buildings, leaving some streets inaccessible.