Tom Cruise test drives Red Bull Racing F1 car

Alright Cruise:

Engines:

For a decade F1 cars had run with 3.0 litre naturally aspirated V10 engines; however, development had led to these engines producing between 980 and 1,000 hp and reaching dangerous top speeds of 370 km/h (230 mph) on the Monza circuit. Teams started using exotic alloys in the late 1990s, leading to the FIA banning the use of exotic materials in engine construction, and only aluminium and iron alloys were allowed for the pistons, cylinders, connecting rods, and crankshafts. The FIA has continually enforced material and design restrictions to limit power, otherwise the 3.0 L V10 engines would easily have exceeded 22,000 rpm and well over 1,000 hp (745 kW). Even with the restrictions the V10s in the 2005 season were reputed to develop 980 hp and 18,000 rpm, which were reaching power levels not seen since the ban on turbo-charged engines in 1989.

Top speeds:

Top speeds are in practice limited by the longest straight at the track and by the need to balance the car’s aerodynamic configuration between high straight line speed (low aerodynamic drag) and high cornering speed (high downforce) to achieve the fastest lap time. During the 2006 season, the top speeds of Formula 1 cars were a little over 300 km/h (185 mph) at high-downforce tracks such as Albert Park, Australia and Sepang, Malaysia. These speeds were down by some 10 km/h (6 mph) from the 2005 speeds, and 15 km/h (9 mph) from the 2004 speeds, due to the recent performance restrictions (see below). On low-downforce circuits greater top speeds were registered: at Gilles-Villeneuve (Canada) 325 km/h (203 mph), at Indianapolis (USA) 335 km/h (210 mph), and at Monza (Italy) 360 km/h (225 mph). In the Italian Grand Prix 2004, Antônio Pizzonia of the BMW WilliamsF1 team recorded a top speed of 369.9 km/h (229.8 mph).

Away from the track, the BAR Honda team used a modified BAR 007 car, which they claim complied with FIA Formula One regulations, to set an unofficial speed record of 413 km/h (257 mph) on a one way straight line run on 6 November 2005 during a shakedown ahead of their Bonneville 400 record attempt. The car was optimised for top speed with only enough downforce to prevent it from leaving the ground. The car, badged as a Honda following their takeover of BAR at the end of 2005, set an FIA ratified record of 400 km/h (249 mph) on a one way run on 21 July 2006 at Bonneville Salt Flats. On this occasion the car did not fully meet FIA Formula One regulations, as it used a moveable aerodynamic rudder for stability control, breaching article 3.15 of the 2006 Formula One technical regulations which states that any specific part of the car influencing its aerodynamic performance must be rigidly secured.

F1 1908 to 2012 is this NASA on Wheels?

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The Art of FLIGHT- Snowboarding

More Rush more Flight: From Wikipedia

History:

Modern snowboarding began in 1965 when Sherman Poppen, an engineer in Muskegon, Michigan, invented a toy for his daughter by fastening two skis together and attaching a rope to one end so she would have some control as she stood on the board and glided downhill. Dubbed the snurfer (combining snow and surfer), the toy proved so popular among his daughter’s friends that Poppen licensed the idea to a manufacturer that sold about a million snurfers over the next decade. And, in 1966 alone over half a million snurfers were sold.

In the early 1970s, Poppen organized snurfing competitions at a Michigan ski resort that attracted enthusiasts from all over the country. One of those early pioneers was Tom Sims, a devotee of skateboarding (a sport born in the 1950s when kids attached roller skate wheels to small boards that they steered by shifting their weight). As an eighth grader in Haddonfield, New Jersey, in the 1960s, Sims crafted a snowboard in his school shop class by gluing carpet to the top of a piece of wood and attaching aluminum sheeting to the bottom. He produced commercial snowboards in the mid 70’s. During this same time, Dimitrije Milovich—an American surfing enthusiast who had also enjoyed sliding down snowy hills on cafeteria trays during his college years in upstate New York—constructed a snowboard called “Winterstick,” inspired by the design and feel of a surfboard. Articles about his invention in such mainstream magazines as Newsweek helped publicize the young sport.

Big Mountain/Free-ride:

A big mountain contest is one that takes place in open terrain, and challenges riders to find their way down the mountain with the most style and difficulty. Big mountain events usually take place in powder snow conditions in closed off areas of resorts or in the back-country. There are a number of big mountain events in Europe, the United States and in New Zealand and this aspect of snowboarding competition is quickly rising in popularity.Snowboarders consider Alaska the pinnacle of this style of riding, being featured in some of the most popular snowboarding videos and has given rise to one of the sport’s most popular events, Tailgate Alaska, a yearly gathering of riders on Alaska’s infamous Thompson Pass.

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Tool – Stinkfist

What is the limit here:

Man this video Stinkfist by Tool is out there and that’s why I chose it, how much are you going to take?

I was going through a list of scientist, professors,  scholars, theorist, authors and people like you and me to come to an answer and or conclusion to what the hell is going on in society.  Life is speeding ever faster are you keeping up? are you happy?  From the first cell creature that swam the oceans to our very existence time is now weighing in on society and it is running right up the anal sphincter.

I hear this from all sides every day see it in the news on the web in the hood and that’s why I choose to do business different to where it is affordable where you count, meaning if you don’t grow I don’t grow.  A wise man once said it will not be the majority that prevails it will be a tireless irate minority that is keen to set  brush fires in the minds of men that will prevail.   I’ll add to this, anyone got a match?

The world herself is nearing its carrying limits that can support life as the population grows so does the demand for resources to the point it will bring war for what is left just look at oil.  Time is going to be the test for all of us and time we got together to work it out,  there is going to be a limit to what you can take.

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Flying with NASA through Earl

Flying on NASA’s DC 8 through Hurricane Earl:

The next 3 videos you are going to ride with NOAA and The Hurricane Hunters but right now you’re in NASA’s DC 8 punching through the Eye of hurricane Earl.

Once reorganized, Earl reached its peak intensity on September 2 with maximum sustained winds of 145 mph (230 km/h) and a barometric pressure of 927 mbar. Executing a gradual curve to the northeast, the hurricane slowly weakened over decreasing sea surface temperatures; the storm’s center passed roughly 85 mi (140 km) east of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina on September 3. Accelerating northeastward, Earl briefly weakened to a tropical storm before retaining hurricane strength as it made landfall near Western Head, Nova Scotia. After traversing the island, the hurricane transitioned into an extratropical cyclone before being absorbed by a larger low pressure area on September 6, north of Newfoundland.

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Katrina eyewall penetration

Great footage:

The eye is a region of mostly calm weather found at the center of strong tropical cyclones. The eye of a storm is a roughly circular area and typically 30–65 km (20–40 miles) in diameter. It is surrounded by the eyewall, a ring of towering thunderstorms where the most severe weather of a cyclone occurs. The cyclone’s lowest barometric pressure occurs in the eye, and can be as much as 15% lower than the atmospheric pressure outside the storm.

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Air Force Hurricane Hunters

Watch the AF and see how they Roll:
The 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, known as the Hurricane Hunters of the Air Force Reserve, is one-of-a-kind: the only Department of Defense organization still flying into tropical storms and hurricanes–since 1944.

 Hurricane Hunting started on a dare in the middle of World War II, when Lt Col Joe Duckworth took an AT-6 Texan training aircraft into the eye of a hurricane. Our squadron traces its heritage back over 50 years, to the 3rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, Air Route, Medium on August 7, 1944. From the very beginning, the squadron began a globe-trotting tradition, with aircraft spread from Canada to Florida to the Azores.

Go out and see the site Hurricane Hunters

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Hurricane Hunters

The eye here looks like a clip from the movie Day After Tomorrow:

The 53rd finally succumbed to budget cuts in 1991, and the Air Force Reserve picked up the entire hurricane hunting mission. The 815th temporarily became a dual-hatted squadron, and flew both storm and tactical airlift (cargo) missions. By 1993, however, the unit split into two squadrons, at which time the tactical airlift squadron reverted to the 815th TAS Flying Jennies. The weather squadron resurrected the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, and now proudly carries on the tradition as the Hurricane Hunters.

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NASA Vision is 20/20 for the Future

Can’t keep good men down:  from NASA.gov

NuSTAR Mission:

NuSTAR will be the first focusing high energy X-ray mission, opening the hard X-ray sky for sensitive study for the first time. NuSTAR will search for black holes, map supernova explosions, and study the most extreme active galaxies.

Deployed Mast:

Essential to the NuSTAR design is a deployable mast which extends to 10 meters (30 feet) after launch. This mast will separate the NuSTAR X-ray optics from the detectors, a necessity to achieve the long focal length required by the optics design. Using a deployable structure allows NuSTAR to launch on a Pegasus XL rocket, one of the smaller launch vehicles available. Previous focusing X-ray missions such as Chandra and XMM-Newton launched fully deployed on larger rockets.

This extendable mast is being built by ATK Goleta, which specialize in space-based deployable structures. They have built structures that have flown on the International Space Station, on Mars landers, and a mast similar in design albeit much larger in scale that flew on the Space Shuttle Endeavor in February 2000. The NuSTAR flight mast has been built and is currently undergoing testing at ATK Goleta. These images are from a full deployment test in August 2009.

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230 miles above the Earth Hurricane Irene

Look at the size of this monster:

Article from our Amazing Planet 

The first hurricane to threaten the United States this year brings the potential of gale-force winds, soaking rains and flooding to a broad swath of the U.S. Eastern Seaboard.

Last Saturday evening, an Air Force reserve hurricane hunter aircraft investigating a large tropical wave east of the Lesser Antilles in the North Atlantic Ocean found a small low-level circulation center sporting sustained (steady) winds of 50 mph (80 kph).  These wind speeds took it above the threshold for a tropical storm, making it the ninth of the season; it was christened “Irene.” Slowly strengthening as it moved to the north of Puerto Rico, Irene’s winds increased to 75 mph (121 kph) early on Monday, making it the season’s first hurricane.

Update 8/24/11

  • We’ve expanded the “HIGH” threat level category from eastern North Carolina northward to New England.
  • Computer models are currently trending toward a forecast solution of rare potency for portions of the Northeast.
  • Irene has the potential to be a serious and multi-hazard threat for the major metropolitan areas of the Northeast along and east of the I-95 corridor. This includes New York City. This hurricane has the potential to produce flooding rains, high winds, downed trees (on houses, cars, power lines) and widespread power outages. Significant impacts along the immediate coast include high waves, surge and beach erosion. The severity of the impacts will be determined by Irene’s exact path and intensity, which remain uncertain at this time.
  • For North Carolina, odds are increasing that the main impact will be confined to the Outer Banks and elsewhere in extreme eastern NC

Update 8/25/11 Her She Comes: From TWC

Hurricane Irene is threatening hundreds of miles of highly populated areas along the U.S. coast. Millions of Americans could potentially feel the storm’s impacts in the next week. Emergency managers from the Carolinas to the Northeast are taking precautions. President Obama has also started receiving briefings on the storm status.

  • Dare County: Mandatory evacuation order is in effect for the county
  • Currituck County: Tourists ordered to evacuate coast on Thursday
  • NC Ferry System: First-come, first-serve basis for all vehicles pending road conditions
  • State Dept. of Transportation: Workers are positioning heavy equipment on Hatteras Island to keep N.C. 12 open as long as possible The highway is highly vulnerable to flooding during storms
  • Ocracoke/Hyde County: Evacuations began Wednesday morning
    Hang on east coast your tough you have proved that time and time again were all with you.

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Mark and Emmy Why Worry?

Why worry?

Worry is thoughts and images of a negative nature in which mental attempts are made to avoid anticipated potential threats.  As an emotion it is experienced as anxiety or concern about a real or imagined issue, usually personal issues such as health or finances or broader ones such social collapse of a community.  Most people experience short-lived periods of worry in their lives without incident; indeed, a moderate amount of worrying may even have positive effects, if it prompts people to take precautions.

Dr. Edward Hallowell , psychiatrist and author of Worry, argues that while “Worry serves a productive function”, “anticipatory and dangerous” worrying—which he calls “toxic worry”–can be harmful for your mental and physical health. He claims that “Toxic worry is when the worry paralyzes you,” whereas “Good worry leads to constructive action” such as taking steps to resolve the issue that is causing concern.

Now that is some great advise because when you become overwhelmed with a situation the brain will not give up until you get an answer that will correct what is wrong. Do not isolate yourself open up and confide in a friend or organisation that will listen to your troubles for help is around the corner. Like the good doctor said toxic worry will harm you which could bring you to a path of addiction or leed to suicide, why? Because you stayed alone with the problem and it eats away your strength to fight. Don’t fight the problem hunt for a resolution that cures the depress thought, like what the frick started the process  in the first place. Sometimes a problem can be so overwhelming you do not know where to look.

But try this if you look at a tree all the branches can represent what is wrong with going on in your life, instead of trying to analyze each branch look at the trunk for it is the whole of the problem and might be an answer as easily cutting it down. If that is to final look at all the leaves on the tree you can associate each leaf to a cure of  the problem where as if one does not work try another you will find an answer. As well, the good doctor urges worriers to find out more information about the issue that is troubling them, make sure it is correct.  Another step to reduce worry is to make a plan and take action and take “care of your brain.”

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