If the pharaohs of old ever decided to build Popemobiles for themselves, I imagine they'd look something like this. What you're looking at is the Dreamcar 123, described by inventor Greg Zanis (pictured above) as a vehicle for the future that's as safe as the cars used in Nascar. Someday, he'd like to see his solar-powered pyramid travel over thousands of miles at speeds of hundreds of miles per hour, though his current prototype's speed is measured by the dozen.
Zanis is big on safety, and as such his car is stuffed with "pre-inflated airbags," a top-mounted yellow parking light for visibility, and headlights and brakelights where you'd expect them. The dream doesn't end with the car, either — to help the pyramid stay ready to roll, Zanis would like to see special garages powered by a mix of renewable energy sources, from wind to solar.
Will his car ever take over the road? Probably not — especially with plug-in hybrids right around the corner. It's got a groovy retro-futurists feel, though, and we're down with that.
Israel’s Military Censors Demand ’Prior Review’ of NYT’s Gaza Reporting 2014 08 01 Following its reporting of the latest events in the Gaza Strip on Friday, including available details about an IDF soldier captured by Hamas soldiers early in the day, the New York Times was contacted by Israel’s military censor and told that future reporting related to the capture would need to be run through its office before publication.
The Times updated their ...
Wrong time, altered images: Moscow slams Kiev’s MH17 satellite data 2014 08 01
Satellite images Kiev published as ‘proof’ it didn’t deploy anti-aircraft batteries around the MH17 crash site carry altered time-stamps and are from days after the MH17 tragedy, the Russian Defense Ministry has revealed.
The images, which Kiev claims were taken by its satellites at the same time as those taken by Russian satellites, are neither Ukrainian nor authentic, according to Moscow’s ...
World’s First Man-Made Leaves Breathe Oxygen 2014 08 01 A graduate student in innovation design engineering at the UK’s Royal College of Art has created a synthetic leaf that mimics the functions of its real counterpart.
"I have the first photosynthetic material that is working and breathing as a leaf does," said Julian Melchiorri.
The synthetic leaf uses photosynthesis to produce oxygen, by absorbing light, water and carbon dioxide. The artificial ...
The £11 billion Government plan to put ’Smart meters’ in every British home 2014 08 01
The UK government plans to put smart meters into British homes, and the costs of this program will naturally be passed on to reluctant customers. Critics of the plan suggest that this would make homes and the national grid vulnerable to terrorists, but as it’s been confirmed that government agents are most often involved in terror plots, it’s not the ...
Race to be scrapped from Swedish legislation 2014 08 01
The Swedish government announced that it plans to remove all mentions of race from Swedish legislation, saying that race is a social construct which should not be encouraged in law.
"We know that different human races actually do not exist," Swedish Integration Minister Erik Ullenhag told Sveriges Television (SVT).
"We also know that the fundamental grounds of racism are ...