Monthly Archives: March 2009

Hiking the Appalachian Trail Takes Freedom to New Heights – washingtonpost.com

Hiking the Appalachian Trail Takes Freedom to New Heights – washingtonpost.com.

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Worth a Thousand Words

Yes, please.

From Happy Catholic:

“Worth a Thousand Words

Beach Read by Karen Hollingsworth

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Terrafugia Transmission completes successful first flight

It doesn’t look like a Ferrari, but it sure can fly…

From Autoblog:

“Terrafugia Transmission completes successful first flight

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Terrafugia Transmission first flight – Click above for image gallery

While only the passing of time will tell if today’s first registered flight of the Terrafugia Transmission measures up to such important milestones of aviation as the Wright brothers’ maiden voyage at Kitty Hawk in 1903, it was most definitely a significant marker in the development of the flying car. While there have been many attempts to develop a flying car in the past, the Terrafugia Transmission might be the most promising in the modern era. Autoblog first reported on it back in early 2006 when the prototype debuted, and the project spearheaded by five pilots, all of whom graduated from MIT, has come a long way since.

The Transmission transforms between road use and flight by folding down its wings, which takes just 30 seconds. With its wings retracted, the Transmission is compact enough to fit in a normal-sized garage, which means owners won’t have to rent hangar space at their local airport. Indeed, they can just drive the Transmission home, as it uses the same gas engine (of unknown displacement) to power its front wheels on the road as it does its propellor when in flight.

Today’s test flight at the Plattsburgh International Airport in New York went well with Phil Meteer, Colonel, USAFR, at the controls. Terrafugia claims the Transmission can fly up to 450 miles at over 115 mph, and since it is categorized as a Light Sport Aircraft by the FAA, a Sport Pilot license will be required to fly one. Check out the gallery below for images from today’s flight, as well as videos of Terrafugia’s own maiden voyage after the jump.

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meteotek08’s photosets on Flickr

Very cool! A couple of kids attached a camera to a balloon. Simple idea. Magnificent photographs!

meteotek08’s photosets on Flickr.

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Popular Wakefulness Drug May Be Addictive

Yeah. I remember hearing about the initial marketing of amphetamines, whereby “no side effects or addictive potential” were big selling points. Such seems to be true for most subsequent “uppers”.

From Wired News: Top Stories:

“Popular Wakefulness Drug May Be Addictive

A drug used to increase alertness and boost mental acuity may be addictive, according to a study that undercuts the idea that modafinil is a safer alternative to Ritalin or amphetamines.

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On The Nature and Causes of Navel Lint

Speechless.

From Medgadget:

“On The Nature and Causes of Navel Lint

lintman.jpgGeorg Steinhauser, a researcher at Vienna University of Technology has tackled a great mystery many of us encounter on a daily basis: navel lint. After three years of research and over 500 pieces of lint studied, Steinhauser believes that abdominal hair guides clothing fibers into the navel

The article abstract in journal Medical Hypotheses:

Hard facts on a soft matter! In their popular scientific book (Leyner M, Goldberg B. Why do men have nipples – hundreds of questions you’d only ask a doctor after your third martini. New York: Three Rivers Press; 2005), Leyner and Goldberg raised the question why “some belly buttons collect so much lint”. They were, however, not able to come up with a satisfactory answer. The hypothesis presented herein says that abdominal hair is mainly responsible for the accumulation of navel lint, which, therefore, this is a typically male phenomenon. The abdominal hair collects fibers from cotton shirts and directs them into the navel where they are compacted to a felt-like matter. The most abundant individual mass of a piece of lint was found to be between 1.20 and 1.29 mg (n = 503). However, due to several much larger pieces, the average mass was 1.82 mg in this three year study. When the abdominal hair is shaved, no more lint is collected. Old T-shirts or dress shirts produce less navel fuzz than brand new T-shirts. Using elemental analysis, it could be shown that cotton lint contains a certain amount of foreign material, supposedly cutaneous scales, fat or proteins. Incidentally, lint might thus fulfill a cleaning function for the navel.

Abstract in Medical Hypotheses

Image: Nathan T.

(hat tip: Chicago Tribune)

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Mr. Polar Bear

Over the past few months, Molly’s had several favorite toys. Mr. Polar Bear caused her to simply shiver with excitement, especially when he sang and danced for her!

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