In History, Technology on July 8, 2009 at 2:56 pm
It turns out that the Nazis had the same technology used in the B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber more than 30 years before the Americans started developing it. The Horten Ho 2-29 has been recently reconstructed using blueprints and the only remaining prototype from 1944- one of only 3 prototypes. The replica can’t fly but the technology works.
The plane, back in 1944, had working radar-invisible technology. It’s also quite a bit smaller than the B-2.
Stories like this are interesting, because if you put things in perspective: Hitler could have very well ruled the world with his superior technology. During World War II, Germany had some of the most advanced weaponry- a lot of which is used today, and if Hitler had sought out economic domination instead of declaring war, he may have been ruling the world today… or his successor would have; he’d probably be dead by now, either way.
EDIT: This site has a load of great pictures of the Horten Ho 2-29 from when it was still in development and of the new replica.
In The Planet, World News on March 27, 2009 at 5:09 pm
California is getting rid of dark coloured cars. It’s because their air conditioning has to work harder to cool down the passengers. It makes sense, of course. It’s a basic rule of science: dark colours=keeps in heat, light colours=reflects heat.
For the sake of the planet or not, it does seem to be a restraint on free will, sorta. But then again, why would you buy a dark coloured car if you lived in California, God’s Metropolitan Furnace?
In World News on March 26, 2009 at 11:16 pm
They’ve blocked YouTube. Because there is footage of Chinese security forces beating Tibetians.
This is not the first time China’s done something like this- the words ‘Tank Man’ and ‘1989’ hold no meaning to university students in Beijing. 1989 is just another year, and they don’t know who ‘Tank Man’ is. If you type the words ‘Tiananmen Square’ into Google in China, you won’t see the iconic photograph taken by Jeff Widener (like you would in America or the U.K. or most other places in the world), you’ll get about three pages of photographs of the Tiana’nmen.
It’s funny because there was a survey I read about, months ago, where China was, like, the third country with a happy population who thought that things were getting better.
Ignorance really is bliss for some people.