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Artist Princess Tarinan von Anhalt is the great artistic mind behind this creative (and very expensive) way of creating art. She has used a jet engine as her paintbrush in her most recent abstract masterpieces. By coordinating with the pilot of the jet, she throws the paint into the air and lets the wind and the jet engine do the rest. In the future, she hopes to make an expensive supercar her canvas to one of her artistic masterpieces.
Engineering has been around for ages, building up amazing structures for mankind, and creating innovations that change the way that mankind lives. This cool infographic features some of the most spectacular feats of engineering that have happened recently in the past century. One great accomplishment is the Large Hadron Collider, which can cause tiny particles to collide at approximately the speed of light!
In a recent major ATM heist, thieves were able to steal $45 million dollars, making it the biggest ATM fraud case in history. The thieves hacked into the system to eliminate withdrawal limits of certain ATM cards. They then imprinted many ordinary cards with magnetic strips that the ATMs could read, and shipped them all over the world. At the exact same time, members of the heist used their card to withdraw loads of money. This elaborate heist probably could have been avoided if the 50-year-old magnetic strip technology was replaced with a more protective system.
Developed in Cambridge, Massachusetts by graduate student Francisco Aguilar, the Bounce Imaging Explorer is a smart ball used for emergency purposes. The baseball sized smart ball can be thrown in any hard-to-reach places in disaster areas, burning buildings, or combat sites. Using its six cameras, it can send images of the site to the user. The device is a low-cost alternative to the complex and expensive imaging systems that search-and-rescue teams are currently using.
The engineers at the roller coaster-design firm called Bolliger and Mabillard (B&M) have created a roller coaster that will satisfy any thrill seeker’s desires. The coaster is called the Gatekeeper, situated at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio. What makes this coaster unique is that it allows passengers to feel the thrill of
stunt flying. Their seats are placed on either side of the track so as to mimic the feeling of riding on the wing of a plane.
The Gatekeeper will take home a few extreme roller coaster titles. It has the world’s largest up-side drop at a height of 165 feet. Also, among other “wing coasters” in the world, the Gatekeeper is the longest and loopiest of them all. The ride will take passengers on an exciting ride as it is packed with many stunt flying tricks.
Data loss is a very scary thing that could happen, especially to important files. Our sensitive data is subject to data loss because of fires, stolen gadgets, and hard drive crashes. That is why engineers and other professionals should always have back up files. Shown in this infographic are many cases wherein major data loss could have occurred, but thankfully did not.
For example at Pixar, the animation giant, someone accidentally ran the wrong command, which ended up deleting the files for Toy Story 2. The data that was lost would have taken a full year for 20-30 people to recreate. Backups were unfortunately not available at the time. Thankfully, their technical director Galyn Susman had a copy of the files at her work computer at home. More amazing stories are found in this infographic.
These plants give a new definition to going “green”. Instead of using our lights and in turn using up electricity, we could light up the room with genetically engineered glowing plants.
This may be a concept of the future, but the technology is out there. The scientists behind this are starting a Kickstarter project asking for donations to try to make this a reality. They have already been able to take the genes of bioluminescent bacteria and insert them into plants. They did this by taking the glowing bioluminescent bacteria and creating a DNA that is compatible with the plant using a Genome Compiler software. With more funding for this project, the scientists could make these glowing plants commercially available, first with glowing roses.
Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones are the men behind the Sun Shot Solar Powered Plane which is planned to circumnavigate the world in the year 2015. Before that, however, they will be taking this solar powered plane on a test run this May across the United States from San Francisco to New York.
The Sun Shot is a product of expert engineering. A major obstacle that engineers had to work around was carrying the weight of the plane and the pilot through the night on solely the battery power gathered during the day. They solved this using highly efficient lithium-polymer battery packs that store 109 watt-hours per pound. The solar cells are made from monocrystalline silicon with a small thickness of only 150 microns. The plane has a wing span of 69 yards and will fly at a low speed of just 43 mph.
Ancient engineers of the past did not have the advanced tools that we have today to help them build beautifully designed massive structures. However, they were still able to accomplish creating amazing buildings without them. Listed in this infographic are the Top 5 most amazing accomplishments of the engineers of the past.
Included in this list is the Great Pyramid of Giza, which is 481 feet tall, and remained the tallest man-made structure in the world for more than 3800 years. This pyramid was 20 years in the making and was finished in the year 2561 BC. Another amazing engineering accomplishment is the Banaue Rice Terraces in the Philippines. Built in 1st century AD, it was carved out of the natural contours of hills and mountains to created pond terraces for rice and also a sophisticated irrigation system.
A Boeing 747-428 cargo plane crashed as it took off on its way to Dubai just a few days ago. This National Airlines plane took off from US-run Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan. The crash killed all seven people on board.
As shown in the video, the plane suddenly stalled in the air after gaining a height in the air. The cause of the crash has been investigated by experts. One major theory for the reason of the crash is because of a load shifting in the aft of the plane. As the plane gained a steep position in the air, a load shifted to the rear of the plane, disrupting the centre of gravity of the craft. This made it difficult for the pilot to correct the problem by bringing the nose of the plane down. Although he was able to do so, the plane was too low and there was no room to recover, resulting in the crash.
Despite the grand price tag of $1.3 million on the McLaren P1, the supercar is selling fast. McLaren has planned a production run of 375 cars for this model and already 250 have been sold. The McLaren P1 was presented at this year’s Geneva Motor Show and became the most talked about car at the show.Since then, orders have been flying in so that consumers could get their hands on this car.
The McLaren P1 is a hybrid supercar that utilizes hybrid power and Formula 1 technology. It can go from 0 to 100 km/hr in less than 3 seconds, and 0 to 200 km/hr in just 7 seconds. The first delivery of this supercar is planned to begin on August 22.
Presented in this PowerPoint are simple animations of how different mechanisms actually work. Many of these are mechanisms that help us on a regular basis. These mechanisms are found in our cars, on airplanes, and more.
If you have ever wondered how your car actually changes gears when you use your stick-shift, the Auto Change File Mechanism animation is very helpful in giving a visual representation of what goes on below the stick-shift. The Sewing Machine animation is very interesting in showing how the sewing machine actually works. Another amazing little animation is the Malta Cross Movement Second hand movement animation. This shows how the hands of a clock are controlled to make the tick-tock of every second.