Sunday, November 14, 2010

World’s fastest production car

What you see above is the world’s fastest production car. Called the SSC Ultimate Aero II, the vehicle has a 1350 H.P. engine that can help reach a top speed of 275 mph. Since this bad boy will go on sale soon, the price has been decided to be $970,000. Pretty steep, but hey…you get to be the fastest dude on the planet while driving this, and that has to count for something!
The car includes wheels that are made from carbon-fibers, a first of its kind.

A humanoid that can naturally sing

Robots can do some really weird stuff, but only a few intelligent ones can do something sensible. Meet HRP-4C from Japan, the humanoid that can sing, for real. “In this year’s demo, the robot utilized a system for singing using a human singer as a model. This enables it to sing with a more natural voice and expression.

The amazing Paik Nam June Media bridge in South Korea

The amazing bridge you see above is the Paik Nam June Media bridge in South Korea, that has been planned to re-define what a bridge is all about. Other than its futuristic looks, this man-made structure will have museums, shopping malls, libraries and of course a full-service bridge across the Han river.

Underwater Robot Gavia to scan Antarctic waters

Previously we have seen how fish robots were specially built to detect ocean pollution. Well, here’s another robot, called Gavia which also has responsibilities as important as the previous one. Designed by researchers of the University of British Columbia, the robot is to move and scan through unreachable waters of Antarctica to record data that highlight the grave scenario of global warming.
The autonomous robot is equipped with “mapping sonar, a digital camera, current meters, and a slew of sensors” and is scheduled to collect data “below the 330-foot Erebus Glacier Tongue“.

Friday, November 12, 2010

China now has the world’s fastest supercomputer, USA falls behind

China has recently overtaken the US in making the world’s fastest super computer. The Tianhe-1A is stationed at the National Supercomputer Center in Tianjin and can perform a mind-boggling 2.507 petaflops, when measured by the LINPACK benchmark. The computer is using 14,336 Intel Xeon CPUs and 7,168 NVIDIA GPUs.
In contrast to that the previous record holder USA’s Cray Jaguar can perform 2.3 petaflops.