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NASA begins Flying Car contest, but one company says the future of air travel is here now.

In 21st century, Air travel, Flying Car, NASA, News, technology, Uncategorized, World on August 8, 2007 at 4:40 pm

Who said flying saucers were not from this world?

As NASA launches a US$2 million prize contest for a viable flying car or personal air vehicle (PAVs), a competition called the PAV Challenge, one company says it’s already light years ahead.

The US company called Moller International says it is ready to put a real flying saucer onto the market, so you and I can have a piece of the action.

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Inspired by 1960’s cartoon series, The Jetsons, the California-based company has just begun production on the initial six airframes of its M200G Volantor.

Meet George Jetson!

Apparently, the personal flying pod can glide three metres off the ground and carry two passengers. It is powered by eight of the company’s rotary engines and with a maximum flying hight of just 3 meters above the ground, the flying saucer is said to act similar to a hovercraft without the restrictions of a rough surface, and can even “glide over terrain at 50 MPH.”

There are even prototype plans in the works for high-rise rescue pod configurations, and pods that can be equipped with weapons for use in the military, with reports this month that the US Department of Defence is looking at purchasing at least some of the technology.

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 In the 1997 Sci-Fi/Action movie, The 5th Element, flying cars are the only way to get around…

The prototype has completed over two hundred flights with and without a pilot on board.

For safety, air-bags surround occupants in the cockpit, while the vehicle’s on-board computer system ensures that it does not enter regulated airspace.

But is this the real deal?

The owner of Moller International, Canadian Dr Paul Moller, has been working to sell flying car style products for some 40 years, and while nobody really doubts that his vehicle is able to lift off in the air at least for a few moments, it takes up a lot of energy to get a fully stable and viable, Jetsons style pod to work for transportation.

The same man and company is, or was, behind the well documented Skycar. That made waves in the media back in 2003, but the buzz around that soon subsided when Dr Moller and his company was sued by the US Securities and Exchange commission, a lawsuit that was settled for US$50,000.

The Moller Skycar prototype. It’s noisy, unstable, and doesn’t go very far at all. Couldn’t even sell it on eBay.

As to date, the company has never bought a viable vehicle to market, but Moller insists that this flying pod is going to be different. But with a pricetag of at least US$90-$125,000, evidence of a potentially successful product is still to be seen, so I wouldn’t be holding my breath, just yet anyway.

However, NASA is optimistic about the future prospects of Jetsons style personal air travel, a future that some thought would be a reality today. A future where flying cars are as common as cars on the road.

A recent report predicts that up to 45% of all miles travelled in the future may be in PAVs.  The prediction accounts for the need to relieve the future congestion at metropolitan hub airports and the roads and freeways that surround them.

It would also reduce the need to build new highways and save much of the 6.8 billion gallons of fuel wasted in surface gridlock each year.

I’d just like to know who gets to drive these future air cars, and what traffic system is in place to stop deadly accidents. A problem you can bet a flying car future would bring, given the death and destruction the humble car has unleashed on the worlds roads in the last 100 years.

See video of the pod, should I say very dubious as there is a big crane pictured off to the side of the test field. I wonder what that could be for.

Also the video looks to have been taken some time in the 1980’s, maybe even longer ago than that.

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Amazing! Scientists awake patient from 6 years in coma like state.

In 2007, 21st century, amazing story, coma, coma patient, health, Life, Living, Medical Science, new york, News, People, science, Science & Technology, Society, surgery, technology, United States, US News, USA, World News on August 2, 2007 at 1:04 pm

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In what could be a major breakthrough, scientists from the United States have been able to wake a man from a near vegetative state, and he can now talk to his family, watch TV and chew.

The 38-year-old from Ohio had been in a coma like state for 6 years, after being mugged and bashed, but when neuroscientists from New York and News Jersey used a pacemaker and two electrodes to send impulses into a part of the brain regulating consciousness, the mans quality of life was dramatically improved.

Media reports:

Unable to chew or swallow, the Cleveland patient, who has been identified only as an artist with two brothers, was fed by tube and could communicate solely through slight movements of his eyes and fingers.

Although he still does not initiate conversation, the surgery has allowed him to respond to questions with answers of up to three words. Several weeks ago, he recited the first half of the U.S. oath of allegiance without help.

The patient has also regained some movement in his limbs.

Electrodes were inserted into his thalamus, the region believed to be key in consciousness, to boost its speech and movement signals.

His mother said: “My son, as well as the entire family, had little hope of further recovery. Now he can eat, express himself and let us know if he is in pain.

“He can cry and he can laugh and, most importantly, he can say, ‘Mommy’ and ‘Pop’ and he can say, ‘I love you Mommy’. I still cry every time I see my son but it is tears of joy.”

The story is detailed HERE in the journal of Nature.

See related story on Jan Grzebski who suddenly woke up from a 19 year coma earlier this year.

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“Vegansexual”: No sex for meat eaters!

In 2007, 21st century, adult, amazing story, animals, crazy, Crazy news, food, Life, New Zealand, Odd News, sex, Sex Partners, Society, Vegan, Vegansexual, Weird News, World News on July 31, 2007 at 6:06 pm

 

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Sex?
‘Yes please! But not with you carnivores’

Talk about taking the term ‘you are what you eat’ a little too far.

A new phenomenon among vegetarians in New Zealand takes a very extreme stance on that concept, because apparently an exchange of body fluids with meat eaters would violate the philosophies of Veganism.

Annie Potts from Canterbury University in New Zealand has coined the term “Vegansexual” to describe people, “who do not eat any meat or animal products, and who choose not to be sexually intimate with non-vegan partners whose bodies, they say, are made up of dead animals.”

In her research she quizzed 157 Kiwis on issues ranging from battery chickens to sexual preferences.

New Zealand media reports:

Many female respondents described being attracted to people who ate meat, but said they did not want to have sex with meat-eaters because their bodies were made up of animal carcasses.

“It’s a whole new thing – I have not come across it before,” said Potts.

One vegan respondent from Christchurch said: “I believe we are what we consume, so I really struggle with bodily fluids, especially sexually.”

Another Christchurch vegan said she found non-vegans attractive, but would not want to be physically close to them.

“I would not want to be intimate with someone whose body is literally made up from the bodies of others who have died for their sustenance,” she said.

Christchurch vegan Nichola Kriek has been married to her vegan husband, Hans, for nine years.

She would not describe herself as vegansexual, but said it would definitely be a preference.

She could understand people not wanting to get too close to non-vegan or non-vegetarians.

“When you are vegan or vegetarian, you are very aware that when people eat a meaty diet, they are kind of a graveyard for animals,” she said.


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European Princess claims she can “talk to angels”

In 2007, 21st century, amazing story, angels, Crazy news, EU, europe, hottie, International, Life, News, Norway, Odd News, Princess Martha Louise, Queen, Royal Family, stunt, World News on July 25, 2007 at 8:25 pm

 

I don’t know if that European heat wave is affecting parts of Scandinavia, but it sounds like the 4th in line to the Norwegian throne is going a little bit….crazy.

Media Reports:

Princess Martha Louise of Norway has claimed that she is a clairvoyant, saying that she realised as a child that she could read people’s inner feelings, and that she owes her ability to make contact with angels to her experiences with horses.

“It was while I was taking care of the horses that I got in contact with the angels,” she says.
“I have lately understood the value of this important gift and I wish to share it with other people, maybe with you.”

The 35-year-old Princess – the daughter of King Harald and Queen Sonja, is a trained physical therapist – and made the claims on a web site for her alternative education centre.

Web site here.

The Norwegian Royal Palace confirmed that the Web site accurately reflected the Princess’s views, but declined further comment.

Sounds like somebody has been spending way too much time in the Royal Palace.

  6th sense or publicity stunt?