THE FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH HAS BEEN FOUND! The adventurous among us have been hunting for the fountain of youth since the dark ages. As it turns out, it just might exist, though not in Bimini or Florida, as we once thought. It exists in our brains. Specifically, the hypothalamus, because it is there, that resides a peculiar signaling pathway — one like no other that we have discovered to date. This pathway has the power to slow down or speed up the aging process. No foolin’. It’s already been proven to do so in mice.
This telescope will peer, literally, 13 billion years back into the beginnings of time. In the works for 20 years, the controversial Mauna Kea Observatories has drawn much fire and fueled various debates. The telescope will be used to search for dark matter, black holes, individual stars in galaxies 30 million light years away, and provide information about Kuiper Belt comets that live out around Pluto. Due to break ground next April, we should see images from the dawn of time, by 2018. If you’re having trouble wrapping your mind around that, it’s okay, we are too.
Winner of the A’design in the vehicle and transportation category, the Nexpereince Multifunctional car by Riten Gojiya (India) is a striking and sleek vision of where compact transportation is headed. Battery powered, faster, lower, and more aerodynamic, the Nexperience is meant to deploy from the users primary vehicle, in style.
Cutting edge photographer Patrick Rochon teamed up with Red Bull Illume and wake-boarders Mike Dowdy, Adam and Dallas Friday. The idea was simple: grab the wakeboards, light them up with LED’s and hit the lake at night (a little like this idea too, glowing outline of night skiers. The result? Pure and stunning motion stills. Colorful snakes weaving and slicing through the night water, creating images that are simultaneously electrifying and calm, spooky and serene.
The Motorrad concept bike is powered by a 850cc Ducati engine, mounted on an Audi Ultra lightweight chassis. The design conjures up Ducati features while simultaneously bringing the bike into direct competition with BMW’s own concept-turned-reality. While the chances of Audi actually picking up the design in any official capacity seem slim, the Devauze brothers have delivered a wakeup call. One that, judging by their impressive design, we’d rather see heeded than brushed aside.
Cameron Cogburn can ride his bike way faster than you can. The MIT Cycling team member spends his weekends winning races, and his weekdays in the lab at MIT, with his spare time spent training and figuring out ways to optimize results. Last weekend, MIT Cycling hosted a race weekend, where Cameron and many other teammates worked together for a total of SEVEN first place finishes.
As of today, the Hennessey Venom GT is the fastest production car in the world, reaching a speed of 265.7 MPH on a military airfield in California. According to John Hennessey, president and founder, “Even though a Bugatti Veyron has run 267.8 mph (430.9 km/h) the company limits the top speed to 258 mph (415 km/h),” thus leaving the ambiguous award of fastest production car to Hennessey. Gentlemen, start your engines.
Engineered and built by samuel nicz, the Suntoucher is a two-passenger solar-powered aircraft, capable of flying hundreds of miles without fuel. The modern eco-aviation design features an AC engine in the middle fuselage, a main wing and a smaller up-front wing, both outfitted with photovoltaic cells. It’s sleek aerodynamic design and capabilities of 100km an hour, are a nod towards the wind blown silence of future flight.
Blue Planet Aquarium Kastrup, Copenhagen, DK.
The Danish have a special relationship with wind and water. They are surrounded by both and so naturally, reflect it back in their architecture (especially when designing an aquarium). Danish architects 3XN won the bid with their architechtonic entry, to build one of the world’s largest and most unique aquariums. The aquarium opened in March 2013, and with a 7 million liter tank-capacity, it’s quite literally a staggering work of liquid masterpiece.
Voyager One and Voyager Two have been in space for 33 years, and have collectively traveled 19 billion miles. To put that into perspective, you would have to drive 80 MPH for 9,895,833 days (or 27,000 years). So, what does that mean? We are now officially in the unknown. Interstellar space has been reached. No one really knows what’s next, and wow that’s a beautiful thing.