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Plumbing History thePlumber.com. Planet Plotting. Happening upon this video advert for a $330,000 watch that has all the planets rotating in real-time, I thought about older artifacts with similar purpose.

Planet Plotting

I know their names, but have difficulty remembering which is which. I mix up an orrery with an armillary with an astrolabe, and so on. To remind myself, and maybe others who suffer from the same problem, I've collected images of them, all together, to act as a memory aid. Additional information on each is available at the links provided at each heading. The Armillary Sphere Variations are spherical astrolabe, armilla, or armil. The Orrery An orrery is a mechanical model of the solar system that illustrates or predicts the relative positions and motions of the planets and moons, usually according to the heliocentric model. Vertical-Axis Wind-Turbines Might Increase Wind Power Output. The remote Alaskan village of Igiugig—home to about 50 people—will be the first to demonstrate a new approach to wind power that could boost power output and, its inventors say, just might make it more affordable.

Vertical-Axis Wind-Turbines Might Increase Wind Power Output

For decades, the trend across the wind industry has been to make wind turbines larger and larger—because it has improved efficiency and helped lower costs. John Dabiri, a professor of aeronautical and bioengineering at Caltech, has a heretical idea. Can we grow a stronger-than-steel 'wonder material' to save the world? It’s stiffer than Kevlar, thinner than paper, and in a few years, it may be mass-produced using only sunlight and water.

Can we grow a stronger-than-steel 'wonder material' to save the world?

Scientists in the US this week announced a new, and potentially groundbreaking method for producing nanocellulose — a so-called "wonder material" derived from tree fiber that could be used to create ultra-thin displays, lightweight body armor, and a wide range of other products. Their key ingredient? Algae. "one of the most important discoveries in plant biology" Tableau de bord DR400-180 interactif. On distingue désormais 2 types de tableaux de bord, les traditionnels (ci-dessous) et les “Glass Cockpits” modernes (ci-contre).

Tableau de bord DR400-180 interactif

Les seconds reprennent les principes des premiers, mais en y rajoutant toutes les possibilités d’affichage et de traitement de l’information offertes par les nouvelles technologies. Avec pour seuls inconvénients un coût (en remplacement) et une interface homme-machine qu’il faut savoir appréhender. Les Cirrus de notre flotte sont des machines récentes équipées de “Glass Cockpits” (deux photos ci-contre). Pour des raisons de coût, l’intégration de “glass cockpits” au sein de la flotte de l’ACSL va s’étaler dans le temps. Space Flight in Science Fiction. On the Taxonomy of Spaceships. Un nouveau tissu végétal fabriqué par des bactéries. Quand mode et technologie s’associent, c’est souvent pour le meilleur !

Un nouveau tissu végétal fabriqué par des bactéries

Preuve en est, l’incroyable innovation de cette créatrice britannique qui fait pousser des vêtements… Réagissez : Partagez : Du thé vert, du sucre et quelques micro-organismes… C’est bien à partir de ce cocktail (d)étonnant que Suzanne Lee, designer britannique fait pousser des vêtements ! US Military Leadership: Treasonous or just Corrupt and Incompetent? So, my take on this issue is actually more extreme than the headline of the article that inspired it, which is pretty rare for me.

US Military Leadership: Treasonous or just Corrupt and Incompetent?

The article in question is The U.S. Navy’s Big Mistake — Building Tons of Supercarriers, and the case it makes is pretty simple. 9 Facts About Computer Security That Experts Wish You Knew. Le vélo est has been. Place au "flike" ! Mi-vélo, mi-drone, cet étrange appareil permet de se déplacer en volant à dos de drone.

Ships That Sail Through the Clouds: Meet Luigi Prina, the 83-Year-Old Builder of Flying Model Ships. Photo by Gianluca Giannone courtesy Blinking City Photo by Gianluca Giannone courtesy Blinking City> When he was just 16 years old Luigi Prina entered and won a national aircraft modeling competition.

Ships That Sail Through the Clouds: Meet Luigi Prina, the 83-Year-Old Builder of Flying Model Ships

When he went to collect the prize money the organizers asked the boy why his father couldn’t come and collect it himself. Nearly fifty years later the now successful architect met a painter and boat builder named Eugenio Tomiolo and while they were talking made a bet that perhaps Prina could take one of his small model ships and make it fly like an airplane. Tomolio accepted and it wasn’t long before a small flying boat was whirring in circles around his small studio that coincidentally had clouds painted on the ceiling. The folks over at Blinking City along with photographer Gianluca Giannone recently sat down with the model building for this beatiful photo essay and video.

Windships_a_guide_to_riding_the_sky. Ships of ASOIAF. The Flying Car That Could Expedite Your Morning Commute. An artist’s rendering of the TF-X in flight.

The Flying Car That Could Expedite Your Morning Commute

Courtesy Terrafugia Flying cars have long been the unofficial signpost that will mark our entrance into The Future. Now, it appears, that key moment could be soon approaching. Flying car prototypes are nothing new. The U.S. Fully Loaded The developers are the same MIT alumni that developed the Transition car-plane, which still requires a 1,700-foot runway to take to the skies. The TF-X is designed to seat four passengers, fit inside a standard single-car garage, travel 500 miles on one trip, and reach speeds of 200 miles per hour, according to specifications listed on the Terrafugia website.

And fortunately for future airborne commuters, the TF-X would feature automatic systems that avoid mid-air collisions, detect bad weather, and automatically implement an emergency auto-land procedure if the driver becomes unresponsive. Steampunk Spy-Fi: Real-life gadgets perfect for a Victorian Era James Bond.