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Archive of entries posted on March 2011

SmartBird Robot Design That Flies Like a Bird

The SmartBird is designed by leading-edge German company Festo. SmartBird is a remarkable and amazing marriage between Biology and Machine. One of the most enduring of engineering challenges, a call that once inspired the genius of Leonardo Da Vinci, has been met: the quest to create a machine to successfully mimic the complex wing movements […]

South African Sunset Painted By The Master Scientist

This photo was taken just after sunset with a Canon Powershot A460. If you painted this incredibly beautiful sky just this way . . well, it would look as if you changed your mind somewhere, wouldn’t it? The Bot River Estuary lies against the foothills of the Kogelberg mountains in the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve and […]

Dame Elizabeth Taylor (1932 — 2011)

Dame Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor, DBE (27 February 1932 – 23 March 2011) died yesterday morning at the age of 79. “I never planned to acquire a lot of jewels or a lot of husbands. For me, life happened, just as it does for anyone else.” Oscar-winning actress and super-star, Elizabeth Taylor, starred in over 50 […]

Marilyn Monroe American Icon

Born Norma Jean Baker (1926 – 1962), Marilyn Monroe began her career as a model and landed her first film contract in 1946. She made her first appearance on the cover of Life magazine in April 1952, where she was described as “The Talk of Hollywood”. Marilyn was catapulted to fame after her picture appeared […]

Nuclear Problems Loom As Japanese Tsunami Cleanup Continues

May God in his mercy visit the Japanese people and give strength and comfort to those in need. You are in our prayers and our hearts are with you. At right people queue for buses at a station to get out of the city of Yamagata, in Yamagata prefecture. Explosions and a fire at Japan’s […]

Smoke and Fire in the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve – Day 2

Well, the fire didn’t go away. This short Video clip shows Day 2 of the fire in the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve The Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve is in the heart of the Overberg about 16 kilometers (10 miles) from Hermanus in the Western Cape, South Africa At right, the aftermath of Wednesday’s fire is visible in […]

Smoke and Fire in the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve

Within minutes, yesterday afternoon, this fire had blossomed from a wisp to a towering column of smoke. The vegetation of Fynbos contains plant matter with eucalyptus-type oils that burn very quickly. After sunset the fire continued to burn as it marched over the peaks of the mountains in the distance at left casting a bright […]

Japanese Tsunami and the Amazing Resilience of Japanese People

Day five and utter devastation and mounting problems face the deeply shocked survivors of the worst Japanese seismic event in history. The Japanese people, in the first moments realised that something was different from the intensity and duration of the movement of the ground. The one-meter drop in sea level which occurred immediately after the […]

Avatar Movies Trilogy in the Works

Avatar, like the Star Wars classic, looks set to become a ‘Trilogy’ with Avatar 2 and 3 in progress on the directors canvas. Just as the Star Wars franchise moved into the Star Wars Expanded Universe, as it is known, it seems that Avatar will follow suit. In this earlier post we explored Cameron’s plans […]

Is This Bike The Ultimate Ultrabike?

The world’s most powerful production road bike is the Icon Sheene. It was designed and developed over a five-year period as a tribute to the motorcycling legend Barry Sheene. The handcrafted bike is also the worlds most expensive production bike at R1.2M (£107 000). The turbocharged 1400cc four-cylinder engine puts out 250bhp and is capable […]