More Humongous Models

The first batch of radio control planes is here. And below, as you have have guessed, are some more, as well as a few ship hobbyists who are about to be outdone.

Last, an actual (rc) sea battle vid. Shooting BBs, the ships can sink one another.

Related links: Birdwatching (hundreds of interesting aircraft pix), Once a Spy

The UFO in Mexico

Here's amateur video of the UFO spotted over Mexico City the other day. As you'll see, a dog barks repeatedly as the craft passes overhead. Also, as the National UFO Center is quick to point out regarding this story, there was a big earthquake in Mexico the next day. Proof of extraterrestrial life, or what?


Here's a "capture."

By the way, there are round, saucer-like unmanned aerial vehicles (a.k.a. drones). I'd source these, but it would save a lot of time if you just Google "round drone."

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This is the Navy's X-47B. For more information, see http://keiththomsonbooks.com/blog/x-47b

This is the Navy's X-47B. For more information, see http://keiththomsonbooks.com/blog/x-47b

VTOL UAV WTF?

What is this?

It's the updated version of the Thai navy's DEFENSE & SECURITY 2012 VTOL (vertical takeoff and landing) DTI (I don't know what this stands for) RTN (ditto)  KSM (don't worry, I won't be quitting my day job to become an aviation writer) 150 unmanned autonomous helicopter platform UAV unmanned aerial vehicle. Here are a couple of additional and a video with actual useful information.

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Related links: Birdwatching (aircraft and UAV photos gallery), Blackbird (SR-71 Blackbird pix)

Supermodels

This is either the world's biggest radio-control B-52, or the world's smallest B-52. It has a wingspan of 22 feet. The eight turbine engines alone cost $12,000, according to the Internet.

The B-52 has company. Lots of it. Here are more model planes that are bigger than planes…

Here's a video of the Globemaster in flight.

Here's one of the B-52…not a happy ending, as the YouTube title suggests.

For more information, see FlyingGiants.

For more photos, see Birdwatching, a warbird, rocket, UAV and other aircraft gallery.

Your Chances of being Hit by an Asteroid

Asteroid stories circulating the internet have rekindled fears that the Deep Impact plot will play out in real life. Based on NASA projections, there is indeed a chance that such an asteroid will impact Earth this year.

It is 1 in 2,518,072

This number is derived from NASA calculations of the likelihood of a strike by any one of the six substantial Near-Earth Objects (NEOs) whose current course could intersect our planet's the next year. The most likely of the bunch has a 1 in 4,000,000 chance of impacting Earth. In other words, there's a 99.999975% chance the thing will miss the planet, let along you.

What do these numbers mean? Here's some context. Based on National Safety Council data, the chances are less that you will be killed by an asteroid than by the following:

Motor vehicle accident: 1 in 6,539

Exposure to noxious substances: 1 in 12,554

Assault by firearm: 1 in 24,005

Accidental drowning: 1 in 82,777

Exposure to smoke, fire or flames: 1 in 92,745

Exposure to forces of nature (lightning, flood, storms, etc.): 1 in 136,075

Falling out of bed or off other furniture: 1 in 329,819

Choking on food: 1 in 343,179

Air and space transport accidents: 1 in 502,554

Exposure to electric current, radiation, temperature, and pressure: 1 in 705,969

Being bitten, stung or crushed by another person or animal: 1 in 1,841,659

Conclusion: There's not much reason to worry about asteroids. But be careful with your choice of space travel provider.

Related Link: 7 Grams of Lead

The Latest in Invisibilty

Invisibility cloaking technology in real life is catching up to Harry Potter. Can you tell which of the following photos are legit and which aren't? The answer is at the bottom.

Canadian company creates"'quantum stealth" fabric that bends light around person or object, creating the illusion of invisibility. DETAILS

Canadian company creates"'quantum stealth" fabric that bends light around person or object, creating the illusion of invisibility. DETAILS

Here researchers of metamaterial, a complex hybrid structure of metal and insulator that makes light move around an object like air flowing over an airplane wing. In a process called refraction, these materials interact with light in such a way that it travels faster through the metamaterial than it does through a vacuum, the famed C in Einstein´s special theory of relativity. SOURCE

Here researchers of metamaterial, a complex hybrid structure of metal and insulator that makes light move around an object like air flowing over an airplane wing. In a process called refraction, these materials interact with light in such a way that it travels faster through the metamaterial than it does through a vacuum, the famed C in Einstein´s special theory of relativity. SOURCE

A full-parameter unidirectional metamaterial cloak for microwaves. DETAILS

A full-parameter unidirectional metamaterial cloak for microwaves. DETAILS

Augmented Reality Technology: DETAILS

Augmented Reality Technology: DETAILS

Taking the principal that to see through something you need to see what's behind it, they covered the driver's side of the car in mats of LEDs, and mounted a digital SLR camera on the opposite side of the vehicle. READ MORE

Taking the principal that to see through something you need to see what's behind it, they covered the driver's side of the car in mats of LEDs, and mounted a digital SLR camera on the opposite side of the vehicle. READ MORE

Chair in a house in Alabama chosen semi-randomly.

Chair in a house in Alabama chosen semi-randomly.

Answer: All of the above photos are legitimate, although the empty chair is not a demonstration of invisibility tech. It's just an empty chair.