kevan + air   53

Secret Cameras Record Baltimore’s Every Move From Above
"Individual recognition, however, wasn’t the point; any dot could be followed backward or forward in time, which opened up all sorts of investigative possibilities."
surveillance  police  air  secrets  time 
october 2017 by kevan
Exclusive: How Google Will Use Balloons to Deliver Internet to the Hinterlands
"When balloons would go down, the payload would separate and glide earthward by parachute. Civilians stumbling on the scary-looking package would see a non-branded message reading HARMLESS SCIENCE EXPERIMENT, and a promise of a reward for those who called a number to return it."
air  internet  science 
june 2013 by kevan
Charles A. A. Dellschau Dreams of Flying: The Amazing Story of an Airship Club That Might Never Have Existed - Rebecca J. Rosen - The Atlantic
"The whole idea that during the Gold Rush, a group of men would have gathered weekly to drink while concocting designs for balloons, dirigibles, and other flight craft is 'totally plausible,' according to Baker-White. It's more the specifics than the notion of the Sonora Aero Club that are historically suspect."
transport  air  mysteries  history 
march 2013 by kevan
Short Sharp Science: Wind shear makes amazing waves in Alabama's skies
"Called a Kelvin-Helmholtz instability, the bizarre effect results in what looks like slow-moving waves traversing the skies. It's caused when the wind is moving at very different speeds at different altitudes - so-called velocity shear."
weather  air  via:viv 
december 2011 by kevan
FAA Looks Into News Corp’s Daily Drone, Raising Questions About Who Gets To Fly Drones in The U.S. - Kashmir Hill - The Not-So Private Parts - Forbes
"[Ryan Calo] has voiced concerns [about] paparazzi drones that could be used to fly around using facial recognition technology to find and obsessively photograph Brad Pitt. [...] After [News Corp's] The Daily broadcast some incredible footage of Alabama after it was devastated by storms, UAS Vision reported that The Daily owns a MicroDrone MD4-1000."
robots  surveillance  air  law  news  via:amuchmoreexotic 
august 2011 by kevan
Zeppelin Sub-Cloud or Spy Basket: The Ultimate Secret | Invisible Themepark
"A sub-cloud was an aerodynamic 'car' that was lowered on a cable below the zeppelin for purposes of spying or simply 'spying' the conditions below the clouds. [...] Often, the sub-cloud hung up to 500 feet below the zeppelin."
transport  air  surveillance 
november 2009 by kevan
Monster Solar Powered Hot Air Balloon - Video
How to build a lighter-than-air sunlight-fuelled balloon from four bin liners and some sellotape.
plastic  air  todo  via:jref 
february 2009 by kevan
New Zealand town is in the dark — and proud of it - Yahoo! News
Lights out for darker skies. "The idea faces significant challenges - UNESCO's conventions do not mention the space above and around heritage sites, and there's still the question of how to define a piece of open sky for conservation purposes."
light  air  pollution  space 
february 2009 by kevan
An Effort by Deep-Sea Divers to Repair a New York Water Tunnel -
"The city has enlisted six deep-sea divers who are living for more than a month in a sealed 24-foot tubular pressurized tank complete with showers, a television and a Nerf basketball hoop, breathing air that is 97.5 percent helium and 2.5 percent oxygen."
underground  water  air 
december 2008 by kevan
London from above, at night - The Big Picture -
"Shooting aerial photography during the daytime had its own difficulties, you are strapped tightly into a harness leaning out of the helicopter, shouting directions through the headsets to the pilot."
london  photos  air  via:mcios 
september 2008 by kevan
BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Fly's brain 'senses swat threat'
"Within 100 milliseconds of spotting the swatter they can position their centre of mass in the right way so that a simple extension of their legs propels them away from any threat. "
insects  death  brains  air  limbs 
september 2008 by kevan
"PigeonBlog enlists homing pigeons to participate in a grassroots scientific data gathering initiative designed to collect and distribute information about air quality conditions to the general public."
pigeons  air  pollution  technology  gps 
august 2008 by kevan
Stolen Balloons
"With no less than 14 envelopes (in many cases complete rigs) stolen in the UK alone and not recovered in the past seven years, it is felt one must surface one day, possibly indicating what has happened to other examples."
air  transport  crime 
july 2008 by kevan
dezeen » Blog Archive » Manned Cloud by Jean-Marie Massaud
"Manned Cloud is a hotel with a capacity of 40 passengers and staffed with 15 persons, that on a 3-day cruise in 170 km/h permits man to explore the world without a trace."
air  travel  transport  via:jones 
january 2008 by kevan
Paleo-Future: Flying Machines (circa 1885)
"No. 23 is the design for a glider balloon as described in 'Reflections on the aerostatic sphere,' 1783 (September); no. 24 depicts Jean-Charles (l'avocat) Thilorier's plan for transporting troops across the English Channel to invade England, ca. 1800."
air  transport  history  design 
august 2007 by kevan
Air guitarists hide a new trick up their sleeves - National -
"It was inspired by the intelligent knee sleeve [which] through a series of audio beeps, could tell wearers whether they were landing correctly. [His] response to the knee sleeve was pretty instantaneous. 'I thought, 'Let's make a guitar out of that'.'"
music  technology  air 
november 2006 by kevan
At the Water's Edge - Carl Zimmer
How life made it from the water onto land, and how a few species decided to go back; great evolutionary weirdness. A history of both the creatures and the people who've studied them in the past 150 years.
booklog  evolution  water  fish  mammals  history  bones  air 
november 2006 by kevan
qLab» Blog Archive » the blimps are alive
"I've spent the last three months (off and on) hand tweaking the blimps to try to avoid these dangers. Well I just realized I've been being silly. There is a much better way. Natural selection."
simulation  evolution  air  via:found 
october 2006 by kevan
Fear of flying | Welcome aboard |
"In the event of a landing on water, an unprecedented miracle will have occurred, because in the history of aviation the number of wide-bodied aircraft that have made successful landings on water is zero."
travel  air  humour 
september 2006 by kevan
Goggles :: The Google Maps flight sim
Another thing directly using Google Map images - explore aerial photos by sedately flying a pinwheeling cartoon aeroplane over a selection of cities. Or sticking to the roads and playing it as old-school GTA.
games  maps  air  world  cities 
august 2006 by kevan
Times Online - Chutes will take rubbish from under your feet
"An underground waste collection system which sucks rubbish bags away at 70mph is to be introduced as part of the redevelopment of Wembley."
litter  air  underground  via:wmmna 
june 2006 by kevan
plusminus design: flashbag
Design for a USB storage device that inflates to illustrate the amount of data it holds.
design  computers  air  via:waxy 
april 2006 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited | Pakistan bans 'killer kites' from ancient spring festival
"To gain the upper hand enthusiasts have spurned cotton strings for glass-coated versions, often strengthened with chemicals. The upgraded strings can be as sharp as a knife and have deadly consequences."
air  glass  death  sport 
march 2006 by kevan
Science Project: Antigravity "Boulder" Levitates in your Room
"Cover the whole thing with duct tape so the counterweight is distributed completely evenly. There would be no single weight at the bottom. That way it would behave like a boulder in free fall: it would remain in whatever orientation I put it in."
stone  air  science  via:leonard 
february 2006 by kevan Helicopter crewman died in ''Supermanning'' stunt
"A Texas-based helicopter crewman who fell to his death in October was performing a stunt called 'Supermanning.' The stunt involved hanging from an open cargo door and letting the rushing wind 'fly' his body, attached only by a safety belt."
air  death  transport 
december 2005 by kevan
Popular Science: The 11-Year Quest to Create Disappearing Colored Bubbles
On the market next year. "Once he tried nitric acid, a toxic chemical that gives off red fumes at room temperature. 'I got it making a really cool bubble, but it could've killed somebody,' he recalls. 'It ate through clothes.'"
air  water  science  pollution 
november 2005 by kevan
Starstore - Inflatable Daleks
"Yes Dr Who Dalek fans, you know Who you are, can finally have your very own four foot tall Dalek! In a choice of colours these are just what the Doctor ordered!"
daleks  toys  air 
november 2005 by kevan
[ SAILS ] Self-Assembling Intelligent Lighter-Than-Air Structures
Autonomous helium-filled polythene cubes, fitted with tiny fans. "The final result will see a flock of 12 to 20 Mascarillons evolving within a spherical inflatable dome equipped with panoscopic projectors."
art  air  technology  robots  emergence  via:wmmna 
november 2005 by kevan
Flight Club - an interactive glider game
"Fly as far as you can. When the sun begins to set the last cumulus clouds will evaporate. So fly fast to maximise your distance whilst the sky is working."
air  transport  games  weather  via:boynton 
november 2005 by kevan
Dressman - the ironing robot
"On placing a damp shirt on the ironing figure, this dummy inflates with hot air in its interior, and thus puffs the shirt up, removing creases drying the garment."
clothes  robots  air  via:arbroath 
november 2005 by kevan
Portland Mercury - Buried Alive
Journalist buries himself alive, a bit facetiously. "Hour two was largely marked by a resignation that as it stood, being buried alive was less about confronting my fears and more about contending with the sheer boredom of near absolute solitude."
underground  air  via:webb 
november 2005 by kevan
New Insight Into How Flies Fly
"Flies and other dipterans (insects within the family that includes houseflies, hoverflies, and fruit flies), are capable of making rapid 90-degree turns, called saccades, at 'extraordinary' speeds, says Dickinson, less than 50-thousandths of a second."
air  insects 
october 2005 by kevan
Animal Flight Dynamics - One rule fits all, U=3fA, from Bumblebee to Blue Whale
"Because flapping frequency varies so little, peak aerodynamic efficiency is only achieved over a narrow range of speeds, so animals sensibly tune their wingbeat frequency for peak efficiency when cruising."
air  bees  birds 
october 2005 by kevan
RPS - 15
Roshambo with fifteen elements, and a nice diagram. "Rock pounds out fire, crushes scissors, snake, human, wolf, sponge, blocks (growth of) tree."
games  paper  stone  fire  air  water  electricity 
september 2005 by kevan
Times Online: Who would spend £24 on a bottle of air? Not the Welsh
"There could scarcely be anything more un-Welsh than being prepared to spend £24 on a bottle of air. This is, after all, the country [that] invented the Cardiff cappuccino - a cup of instant coffee with squirty cream and hundreds and thousands on top."
air  scams  business  drinks  wales 
september 2005 by kevan
Wikipedia: Soap bubble
Didn't realise they did this, until last night: "Finally, when the bubble's wall becomes much thinner than the wavelength of visible light, all the waves in the visible region cancel each other out and no reflection is visible at all."
light  water  air  science 
august 2005 by kevan
ScienceDirect - Why revelations have occurred on mountains?
"The fundamental revelations to the founders of the three monotheistic religions, among many other revelation experiences, had occurred on a mountain. [...] Similar experiences have been reported by non-mystic contemporary mountaineers."
brains  religion  delusions  air  via:mindhacks 
august 2005 by kevan
Photo in the News: Gas Thief Escapes on Tricycle
"Speeding from the scene of the crime, a Chinese boy tows a floating plastic bag of stolen natural gas last week. Flouting a government ban, farmers around the central Chinese town of Pucheng frequently filch gas from the local oil field."
air  crime  china  via:quin 
august 2005 by kevan
Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004)
Wonderfully stylised homage, played just the right side of parody, but then stomped a bit too much by giant CGI robots. Most of the film does feel like watching someone else play a computer game, cut-scenes and all.
filmlog  2stars  future  transport  air  robots 
june 2005 by kevan
An Introduction to Cluster Ballooning
"The pilot takes off with more balloons than needed to lift his or her weight, and carries ballast (water or sand) to balance out most of this excess lift. To level out or descend, the pilot releases or bursts balloons."
air  transport  lunacy  via:quin 
may 2005 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited Books | The Spectacle of Flight, reviewed by J G Ballard
"Cabin crew perform a strange folkloric rite that involves synchronised arm movements and warnings of fire and our possible immersion in water, all presumably part of an appeasement ritual whose origins lie back in the pre-history of the propeller age."
ballard  books  transport  fire  water  air  history 
may 2005 by kevan
Binishells in NSW Schools
Brochure from a school using Binishell domes for its classrooms - concrete domes built by covering a canvas balloon with wet concrete, and inflating it, before cutting doors and windows out.
construction  education  air 
april 2005 by kevan | Sexy yawns
Strong evolutionary pressure: "The yawn and the associated stretch of the 'stretch-yawn syndrome' have been linked to desire and even of being in love, figuring in the courtship process both in the West and in passages in ancient Indian literature."
air  love  sex  evolution 
march 2005 by kevan
Humming is Good For You
"Humming also facilitated the exchange of air from sinuses into nasal passages, which essentially ventilates the sinuses and protects them from infection."
air  medicine  music 
november 2004 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited | Heston Blumenthal: The appliance of science
"A few years back, Professor Nicholas Kurti, one of the founders of molecular gastronomy, used a 'desiccator' - a kind of vacuum - to demonstrate the effect that a vacuum has on a meringue."
air  food  science 
october 2004 by kevan
lovesetpixel: I Love Snow
Observer-interactive virtual snowstorm. "I am in my room and I would like it to snow. To do this I will create an artistic representation/simulation of snow via computation, and interact with the snow through my body." Impressive video.
air  ice  simulation  videos  weather 
october 2004 by kevan
NASA - Clouds Caused By Aircraft Exhaust May Warm The U.S. Climate
"This study demonstrates that human activity has a visible and significant impact on cloud cover and, therefore, on climate. It indicates that contrails should be included in climate change scenarios."
air  pollution  transport  travel 
october 2004 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited | Agency Tests Security Blimp in Washington
"The 178-foot-long device, which is expected to remain in the skies until Thursday, is conducting a mission for the Defense Department."
air  surveillance  transport 
october 2004 by kevan
Quantum - Bee Chopper
Using bee-vision optic-flow techniques to control autonomous robot helicopters. "The end result is we can fly from point A to Point B in this unknown terrain without running into objects while staying as low as possible."
air  bees  eyes  technology 
september 2004 by kevan
Fizzy fruit sizzles with kids -- but is it necessary?
"Researchers said they're still working out the kinks, such as creating packaging to sell it in grocery stores and finding a way to extend the fizziness beyond 20 minutes." - home Soda-Stream compression pods?
air  children  food 
august 2004 by kevan
Collapsible inflatable speakers.
air  sound  technology 
august 2004 by kevan
De Selby on the nature of darkness (a footnote from the Third Policeman)
"...'black air' is highly combustible, enormous masses of it being instantly consumed by the smallest flame, even an electrical luminance isolated in a vacuum."
air  books  lunacy  science 
may 2004 by kevan

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