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Construction of an Incredible Underground Hotel in Songjiang Begins

A couple years ago, a British engineering firm Atkins proposed an extravagant design for a five-star hotel located deep within a 100-meter, abandoned and half flooded pit near the base of Tianmashan Mountain in the Songjiang District of Shanghai. Construction on the 19-story, 380-room Shimao Intercontinental Hotel finally is already underway. A few years ago, British engineering firm Atkins won the rights to design an extravagant hotel deep within a 100-metre pit in Shanghai’s Songjiang District near the base of Tianmashan Mountain. Construction on the Intercontinental Shimao Shanghai Wonderland finally commenced last month, and the hotel is scheduled to open […]

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GoldieBlox: The Engineering Toy for Girls

Boys have long had Legos, K’NEX, and Erector sets to help them learn how to build. Until last month, however, girls had no toys marketed specifically for them to encourage nascent engineering skills such as spatial reasoning. Debbie Sterling, who received an engineering degree in Product Design from Stanford in 2005, wants to change the way young girls think about engineering. She herself had thought negatively of engineering until she was a senior in high school. By introducing concepts of problem solving, logic, and spatial reasoning into a toy geared specifically for girls, Sterling hopes to encourage young girls to […]

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Self-Charging Electric Skateboard

Boosted Boards surpassed their Kickstarter fundraising goal and created the latest generation electric vehicle – what they call the “lightest electric vehicle that has ever been made.” One of the major motivations behind the project is the fact that most of our travel happens within close distance, arround a few miles. Boosted Boards provides a low cost, eco-friendly method to get people to their destination. Shipping in September 2013 is Boosted’s 2000W motor-powered longboard. It has a top speed of 20mph while cruising around town and can climb succesfully inclines of up to 15%. The Lithium ion battery is fully […]

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World’s Fastest Aircraft

We talk about NASA project called X-43, which is unmanned experimental hypersonic aircraft with multiple planned scale variations meant to test various aspects of hypersonic flight. It was part of Hyper-X program and has set several airspeed records for jet-propelled aircraft. The X-43 is the fastest aircraft on record at over 6,500 mph (10,461 Km/H). A winged booster rocket with the X-43 placed on top, called a “stack”, is launched from a larger carrier plane. After the booster rocket (a modified first stage of the Pegasus rocket) brings the stack to the targeted speed and altitude, it is discarded, and […]

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Electric Off-Road Bike

The designer of Hanebrink all-terrain vehicle, Dan Hanebrink, was six time Mountain Bike national class champion and former U.S. National Team member. You may order the bike at Big Bear Lake, California, at the Fortune Hanebrink workshop. The bike has an aircraft seamless aluminum tube frame, hydraulic disk brakes and a carbon fiber handles with the throttle and motor controller mounted on. The wide 20 x 8-inch tubeless tires connect the frame to the ground. With its wide tires, 14-speed gears and centrally-located electric motor, the Hanebrink all-terrain vehicle looks like a fun ride. But no matter how it looks, […]

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Mapping the Brain: The Human Connectome Project

Having first begun in July 2009, the Human Connectome Project (HCP) is a joint undertaking by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as well as four universities and one hospital. Their goal is to create a complete map of brain connectivity (both structural and functional), otherwise known as a connectome. The project integrates the fields of psychology, computer science, mathematics, and brain imaging. HCP is amassing a very large collection of data gathered from imaging the brains of thousands of healthy individuals.Using a variety of imaging techniques, researchers are able to create a blueprint of the different types of neural […]