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new airships

an innovative, ballast-free airship technology created by Aeros Aero­nautical Systems, based outside Los Angeles. The Aeroscraft ML866’s potentially revolutionary Control of Static Heaviness system compresses and decompresses helium in the 210-ft.-long envelope, changing this proposed sky yacht’s buoyancy during takeoff and landings, link and another…”Aeroscraft ML866 is a proposed new type of airborne vehicle that […]

inca bridges

all save one have disappeared and no wonder – all rope, grass and wood… the suspension bridges were familiar and vital links in the vast empire of the Inca, as they had been to Andean cultures for hundreds of years before the arrival of the Spanish in 1532. The people had not developed the stone […]

science visualization challenge

winners in the fifth annual Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge display images and video… Ottesen uses only a black background, a Canon ELPH 7-megapixel digital point-and-shoot camera, and natural lighting to photograph many of the plants she encounters in her work. Her winning photo shows a piece of Irish moss she collected off the coast […]

strange maps

if maps are your thing…. where on earth was middle-earth….? …..as Tolkien states in the prologue to ‘The Lord of the Rings’, it would be fruitless to look for geographical correspondences, as “Those days, the Third Age of Middle-earth, are now long past, and the shape of all lands has been changed…” And yet, that’s […]

technical drawings from WW2

In the Second World War people at home with loved ones spread far away around the world with the forces were fed a diet, often government backed, of “how it works” or “how we will win” technical information leaflets. Very often these would have contained superb cut away and sectioned diagrams, showing the “insides” or […]

grand canyon skywalk

opening March 2007, quite a view from the glass-bottom walkway 4000 ft above the canyon floor. Grand Canyon West, a destination owned and operated by the Hualapai Tribe at the Grand Canyon’s western rim, announces March 28, 2007 as the official public opening date of The Skywalk. The Skywalk will be the first-ever cantilever shaped […]

USS Macon

archaeological poking around at the site of this huge airships wreckage site The tragedy unfolded unusually slowly for an aviation catastrophe: The crew fought to control the USS Macon for more than an hour. US naval officers threw fuel canisters overboard in an attempt to reduce the weight of their vessel. The canisters imploded on […]