Salt Water Flow Cell Car Gets European Approval A car which uses an electrolyte flow cell power system is now certified for use on European roads. The car is called the Quant e-Sportlimousine, which made its debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. Not only can this car run on salt water, but it is claimed that the car has peak power of 920 horsepower (680 kW), 0-62 mph (100 km/h) in 2.8 seconds and a top speed of 217.5 mph (350 km/h). “We are delighted as pioneers to be able to present an automobile driven by flow cell technology on public roads, and one which achieves not only fantastic performance values but also zero emissions, a projected top speed of over 350 km/h (217.5 mph), acceleration from 0-100 in 2.8 seconds, a torque of four times 2,900 Nm (2,139 lb-ft) and a range of more than 600 km (373 mi)” said Nunzio La Vecchia, the visionary behind the development of the sports car. “We’ve got major plans, and not just within the automobile industry,” says NanoFlowcell AG Chairman of the Board Prof.
Seattle Robotics Society Encoder Recently many kind of robot contests have being opened and some interesting reports of the challenge are found on the web. Line Following is a kind of robot contests which measures running speed on the line. I built a tiny line following robot which can run on the desk-only moving the key board aside will do. Les origines de l'Internet en Europe - Institut culturel de Google Brussels, Belgium, Europe, 1895: two men shared a dream of « indexing and classifying the world’s information ». Paul Otlet and Henri La Fontaine’s work foreshadowed the network of knowledge that a century later became the Internet with its search engines! Otlet and La Fontaine aimed to preserve peace by assembling knowledge and making it accessible to the entire world. They built an international documentation center called Mundaneum. They invented the modern library Universal Decimal Classification system.
10 mind-boggling high-speed camera GIFs Some of the most interesting things you’ll ever see are happening far too fast for you to properly appreciate. Slowing down even the simplest occurrence can reveal incredible complexity. With modern high-speed photography we can get a glimpse of such things. Rules of Thumb: Ingenious Hand-Held Digital Tape Measure The history of measurement has come full circle, from body-based units to abstracted quantifiers … and now back again to the basics. From lengths and widths to volumes, this set of finger-mounted devices is designed to let the user measure anything, store that data, calculate results and more. Wooden sticks gave way to wood-and-metal rulers and measuring tapes, which in turn were replaced over time by higher-technology digital tools for fine-tuned measurements. Still, how often do you find yourself needing precision down to the very last millimeter or hundredth of an inch in daily life, as a designer or otherwise?
A Hydraulic System The basic idea behind any hydraulic system is very simple: Force that is applied at one point is transmitted to another point using an incompressible fluid. The fluid is almost always an oil of some sort. The force is almost always multiplied in the process. The picture below shows the simplest possible hydraulic system: A Simple hydraulic system consisting of two pistons and an oil-filled pipe connecting them. Click on the red arrow to see the animation.
32 Places People Have Mispronounced Their Entire Life There’s nothing more irritating to a pedant’s ear and nothing more flabbergasting than realizing you’ve been pronouncing the name of so many places wrong, your entire life! Despite the judgment we exhibit toward people who err in enunciating, we all mispronounce a word from time to time, despite our best efforts. Likewise, almost all of us would have pronounced Bangkok as it is but in real it is “Bahng-Gawk”. Well, now it’s time we can really stop mispronouncing the following places. [H/T: Distractify] Abhisek Das 10 incredible microscopic GIFs Every day, life is going about its business, but we can only see a fraction of the organisms around us with the naked eye. Bacteria, protists, and tiny multicellular creatures live in a world that is completely alien to us and only visible through the microscope. Thanks to the wonder of science, we can dive into this world and see how these wee beasties get along.
Inside a Jet Engine - Animagraffs At takeoff, a jetliner engine can move 1.25 tons of air per second. That’s enough power to suck all the air out of the largest American football stadium in less than a minute! Here’s a basic look at incredible jet engine technology with the turbofan engine. Let's make Animagraffs together!
Understanding the Quantum delusions To put in simple words, classical mechanics is the physics of the macroscopic world AND quantum mechanics is the physics of the microscopic subatomic world, otherwise called as the quantum world. So while classical mechanics describes motion of objects and various phenomena/events at a much larger scale, quantum mechanics describes motion of particles and various phenomena/ events at the subatomic level. In 1901, Max Planck from his work on black body radiation first suggested the idea that energy at the most fundamental level exists in discrete lumps (or quanta) and not as a continuous variable unlike what we think of it in our everyday world. While this is without doubt one of the greatest discoveries in science, the idea of ‘quantisation’ of energy had caused so much confusion amongst the scientific crowd that it paved way to an entirely new branch of science with weird assumptions and stupid rules.
The Ultimate Guide to Font Pairing Great fonts are essential to great design. But picking great fonts can seem like an impossible dark art for most people. In the article below I’ll explain the basics of choosing great fonts and then give you my favorite combinations that you can use in your own designs.