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University Sues Overachieving Student for Lost Income

Marcel Pohl was a student at the School of Economics and Management in Essen, Germany. But not for long -he passed 60 examinations and graduated in three semesters, when the normal course is 11 semesters. You’d think the school would be proud, but they are suing Pohl for €3,000, which is the tuition payments we [...]

The Jewish Engineer Behind Hitler’s Volkswagen

“QUANTUM SHOT” #765 Link – article by Paul Schilperoord Finally, the full story behind emergence of Volkswagen, “Hitler’s pet project” We welcome back our contributing writer Paul Schilperoord, whose book “The Extraordinary Life of Josef Ganz – The Jewish Engineer Behind Hitler’s Volkswagen” has just been released in the US and [...]

The 10 Largest Airports in the World As Seen From Above

I’ve always loved flying, especially the approach to a new airport from above – the joy of discovering the runway and terminal design for the first time, etc. Below you’ll find interesting aerial photos of the 10 largest airports in the world—largest defined by number of people passing through each year. These numbers are based [...]

Building the (Fictional) Car of the Future

Reading today about the Audi A2 concept car unveiled at the Frankfurt Auto Show provoked an invitingly distracting mid-day thought experiment about cars of the future. (At left, the Audio A2 Concept via Autoviva.com’s Flickr) The car comes equipped with a new feature called “Semi-Autonomous Drive,” which assumes driving responsibilities when motorists find themselves caught [...]

13 Medical Conditions Named After People

Having a disease named after you is a decidedly mixed bag. On the one hand, your scientific developments are forever commemorated. On the other hand, though, you’re stuck with the knowledge that no patient will ever be happy upon hearing your name. Who are the scientists and doctors behind some of our most famous diseases [...]

Fun With Flies in Frankfurt

YouTube Link How do you liven up the Frankfurt Book Fair, and simultaneously get your company’s name out there? Publisher Eichborn (with a fly as its logo) released 200 flies with lightweight banners, attached with wax. No flies were harmed, and the result was spontaneous smiles and laughter.

Stephen Wiltshire draws 18ft pic of NY

This astonishing 18ft drawing of the world’s most famous skyline was created by autistic artist Stephen Wiltshire after he spent just 20 minutes in a helicopter gazing at the panorama. The unbelievably intricate picture was drawn at Brooklyn’s prestigious Pratt Institute from Stephen’s memory, with details of every building sketched in to scale. Landmarks including the Empire [...]

Link Latte 119

#119 – Week of September 12, 2009 Vague Terrain: Platonic Solids – [wow scientific art]Fearless Giant Rats and Fanged Frogs – [just discovered!]They Tried to Survive in the Lybian Desert – [dramatic story]Habitat Machines: Hard to Describe – [kitchen appliances as residences]If You Printed the Internet… – [cool infographic]The Ultimate International Food Art, info – [wow [...]