topgear:

Someone has built a real-life Transformer… and it is incredible.

No really for real this time. via TopGear.com:

Someone has built a real radio-controlled Transformer. And Great Odin’s beard, it’s impressive.

This is the modeler’s eighth attempt at putting together an RC Autobot, and he seems to have refined the recipe: 22 servo motors allow it to change from car to buxom robot, do a bit of a dance, throw a punch and waddle like a befuddled penguin.

So, who wants one?

(Reblogged from topgear)

There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth: 1.) not going all the way; and 2.) not starting.

theatlantic:

In Focus: Decommissioning the Space Shuttles

Starting next month, NASA will begin delivering its four Space Shuttle orbiters to their final destinations. After an extensive decommissioning process, the fleet — which includes three former working spacecraft and one test orbiter — is nearly ready for public display. On April 17, the shuttle Discovery will be attached to a modified 747 Jumbo Jet for transport to the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Virginia. Endeavour will go to Los Angeles in mid-September, and in early 2013, Atlantis will take its place on permanent display at Florida’s Kennedy Space Center. Test orbiter Enterprise will fly to New York City next month. Gathered here are images of NASA’s final days spent processing the Space Shuttle fleet.

See more. [Images: NASA]

(Reblogged from engineeringisawesome)

nerdology:

Decommissioning the Space Shuttle

Sadface. You can see 30 more pictures over at The Atlantic.  Try not to cry.

[The Atlantic via Major Nelson]

(Reblogged from nerdology)

topgear:

Finally! A future car that looks like it’s from The Future! The BMW i8 Spyder

We’ve seen the concept and if you’ve seen Mission Impossible 4, you’ve seen the coupe. Now, here’s the BMW i8 Spyder:

It’ll be unveiled at this year’s Beijing auto show later this month and is, as you’d imagine, a pretty good sign that Munich’s going to give us a drop-top to join the i8 coupe. For those hard of memory, that’s the 155mph, 100mpg sportster due to land in showrooms come 2014.

BMW has kept the swan doors, which swivel up like the wings of a, umm, swan… They’re retained thanks to the amount of carbon that’s used in the i8’s super-stiff passenger ‘Life’ cell, which is made from carbonfibre reinforced plastic (CFRP).

Underneath, there’s an aluminium chassis with a lithium-ion battery buttered along its length, keeping the centre of gravity nice and low and achieving a 50:50 weight distribution. It’s got the same plug-in powertrain as the coupe, too; a petro-electro melange of 129bhp electric motor driving the front wheels and three-cylinder turbo petrol engine sending 220bhp to the rears (that’s 349bhp in all).

All together, it makes 406lb ft of torque, which gets it from 0-62mph in 5.0 seconds and a tethered top speed of 155mph. And it’s claimed it can do 20 miles of FWD on the battery alone.

(Reblogged from topgear)

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