Tag: world record

Nov 11, 2014

Rocket-Powered Bicycle Beats Ferrari, Reaches Top Speed of 207 mph

Rocket-Powered Bicycle Beats Ferrari, Reaches Top Speed of 207 mph

On 7 November 2014 at the famous Circuit Paul Ricard in Le Castellet, France, François Gissy reached a top speed of 333 km/h (207 mph) on a rocket-propelled bicycle designed by his friend Arnold Neracher. The top speed was achieved around the 250-meter mark and the bike travelled a quarter-mile in less than 7…

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Nov 5, 2014

Rosetta and Philae Prepare for Comet Landing

Rosetta and Philae Prepare for Comet Landing

After a ten-year journey Rosetta and Philae have finally reached their destination, Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. Rosetta and the ESA spent the last few weeks studying the comet to find the best place for Rosetta’s lander, Philae, to land. If all goes according to plan, Philae will land on a site named Agilkia on November 12,…

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Oct 27, 2014

Amazing Fireworks Display in Japan Includes Largest Single Firework Ever

Amazing Fireworks Display in Japan Includes Largest Single Firework Ever

Watch this amazing fireworks display over the city of Konosu on the island of Honshu, Japan, including the ‘heaviest’ single firework ever launched. The firework weighed 460 kg (1,014 lbs) and measured 120 cm (4 ft) in diameter, exploding into a ball of light measuring roughly 800 meters (2,625 ft) in diameter. The feat…

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Oct 25, 2014

Picture of the Day: Google Exec Quietly Breaks Highest Jump World Record

Picture of the Day: Google Exec Quietly Breaks Highest Jump World Record

Photograph by J. Martin Harris Photography / PSDC If you recall the fanfare surrounding Felix Baumgartner’s record-breaking jump set just two years ago, you may be surprised to learn that the record was quietly broken Friday by Google executive, Alan Eustace, 57. At dawn Alan took off in a 35,000 cubic ft. helium balloon.…

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Sep 12, 2014

Picture of the Day: Angkor Wat from Above

Picture of the Day: Angkor Wat from Above

Photograph by Charles J Sharp Angkor Wat was first a Hindu, then subsequently a Buddhist, temple complex in Cambodia and the largest religious monument in the world. The temple was built by the Khmer King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century in Yaśodharapura, the capital of the Khmer Empire, as his state temple…

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Aug 26, 2014

The Clearest Lake in the World is in New Zealand

The Clearest Lake in the World is in New Zealand

Located in Nelson Lakes National Park, Blue Lake—also known as Rotomairewhenua—holds the title of the world’s clearest lake. Scientific tests carried out in 2011 by New Zealand’s National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) showed Blue Lake to be the clearest natural body of fresh water known to man. According to the NIWA…

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Aug 10, 2014

Why London is the World’s Most Expensive City to Build In

Why London is the World’s Most Expensive City to Build In

What makes London the most expensive city in the world to build in? The reasons may surprise you (like unexploded bombs for instance). The Economist explores why in this short but informative video.

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