Daily Archives: February 18, 2012

Fastest Cars in the World


1. Bugatti Veyron Super Sport: 267 mph, 0-60 in 2.4 secs. Aluminum, Narrow Angle 8 Litre W16 Engine with 1200 hp, price is $2,400,000. Although the Bugatti Veyron lost the title to SSC Ultimate Aero on March 2007, Bugatti challenged the record in 2010 with the SuperSport Version and again claims  the fastest car in the world. 2. Hennessey Venom GT: 260 mph, 0-60 in 2.5 seconds, has a 6.2-litre LS9 Turbocharged V8 Twin Turbo V8 Engine producing 1200 hp, has a price tag of $950,000. The … Continue reading

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The Karman Vortex

Theodore von Karman, a Hungarian physicist, spent much of the first decade of the 1900s trying to figure out why certain things — airplane wings, bridge supports, buildings, and submarines — would suddenly and Karman Vortex spontaneously begin to vibrate. The vibration, once started, would often amp up and up until the entire structure would spin out of control or fall apart. This, understandably, was a major problem. This was subsequently dubbed the Karman Vortex Karman’s first insight was that the closer to cylindrical … Continue reading

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Welcome to Earth

If you are a Deskaratian (deskarati subsciber) or just a regular reader you will probably have noticed that we are big fans of the timelapse video. So when we came across this excellent mash up of some of the best we thought you might like a look. – Deskarati

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Driverless Cars Coming To Nevada

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The Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles released a statement Wednesday saying that its Legislative Commission gave thumbs-up for regulations allowing for operation of self-driving cars on the state’s highways and byways. “Nevada is the first state to embrace what is surely the future of automobiles,” Department of Motor Vehicles director Bruce Breslow said in a statement. “These regulations establish requirements companies must meet to test their vehicles on Nevada’s public roadways as well as requirements for residents to legally operate … Continue reading

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Digital Dictionaries Help Save Vanishing Languages


There are some 7,000 languages spoken in the world, and half of them could be gone by 2100. To rescue these languages, two linguists decided to use a combination of digital recording technology and the Internet. K. David Harrison and Gregory Anderson are compiling what they call “talking dictionaries.” Some of the languages they recorded have never been documented before. In 2010, they made the first recordings of Koro, for example, a language spoken by only a few hundred people in … Continue reading

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