“Rolls-Royce, best known in aviation for its jet engines, has taken an all-electric airplane on its maiden voyage. The “Spirit of Innovation” completed a 15 minute flight, marking “the beginning of an intensive flight-testing phase in which we will be collecting valuable performance data on the aircraft’s electrical power and propulsion system,” the company announced.”[More]
The Hubble Legacy Field image is the greatest photographic image mankind has ever produced because it is the culmination of human and scientific pursuits since the beginning of our existence. Everything we have ever done has got us to the point of producing this image.
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The Hubble Legacy Field combines observations taken by several Hubble deep-field surveys. In 1995, the Hubble Deep Field captured several thousand previously unseen galaxies. The subsequent Hubble Ultra Deep Field from 2004 revealed nearly 10,000 galaxies in a single image. The 2012 Hubble eXtreme Deep Field, or XDF, was assembled by combining ten years of NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope observations taken of a patch of sky within the original Hubble Ultra Deep Field.
Why bother to make even lighter models? The firm points out that over half of wheelchair users end up with upper body damage over the years. Aside from the materials, “in order to ease these chances the wheels have been positioned in closer proximity to the user which helps to increase propelling efficiency.”Reported by Kurt Kohlstedt
I follow Formula 1 auto racing because, unlike all other sports, it is singularly focused on advancing the capabilities of human and machine. Formula 1 racing is a money-no-object pursuit of the latest technological advances in applied material science, aerodynamics, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, chemistry, physics, and human health and kinesiology.
Working with Formula 1 race car manufacturers and employing aerospace materials, a Swiss firm has developed what they claim is the world’s lightest wheelchair, with a frame weighing in at just 3.3 pounds.
Take this wheel chair for example. Formula 1 racing is a sport that gives back to society. I think it’s fair to say that other sports contribute through the pursuit of traditional sports medicine. But I think there is a limit in terms of how much of that feeds back into every day normal people. Auto racing is the stress test that produces innovation.