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America’s New Fastest Road

I thought I liked driving fast but a speed limit set at 85mph? What are you crazy? This new toll road in Texas links Austin to San Antonio. A private company has shelled out the cash personally for the road, they get to maintain and operate the road for the next 50 years and in [...]

World War I Centennial: Even Bigger Battleships, Part III

The First World War was an unprecedented catastrophe that killed millions and set the continent of Europe on the path to further calamity two decades later. But it didn’t come out of nowhere. With the centennial of the outbreak of hostilities coming up in 2014, Erik Sass will be looking back at the lead-up to the [...]

This Is What It Looks Like When You Fire a Gun Underwater

Andrew Tuohy of Vuurwapen Blog captured this high speed shot of a .45 caliber M1911 handgun being fired underwater. Did he have to modify it to fire underwater? “Nope,” he writes. John Moses Browning knew what he was doing when he invented that gun. Link -via Say Uncle

Military conducts hypersonic jet test flight

The Waverider jet project aims to fly the aircraft at a speed of 4,300mph, six times the speed of sound. At that speed the plane would be able to trav…

Cheetah breaks running speed record

A cheetah at Cincinnati Zoo was timed running 100m in 5.95 seconds at an astonishing speed of 61mph. The blistering pace of the animal far exceeds the…

Land Speed Record Vehicles, Part 2: Jet Propulsion 1960s-1980s

“QUANTUM SHOT” #786 Link – article by Simon Rose and Avi Abrams Need for Speed: The Fastest Men On Earth & Their “Rocket” Vehicles, 1960s-1980s In Part One of our look at land speed record vehicles here at Dark Roasted Blend, we featured the pioneers who steadily pushed top speeds [...]

“Weed Dating”

The rural equivalent of “speed dating,” this activity was developed to allow single people with at least a modicum of interest in gardening to meet others interested in outdoor activities. The women were given a crash course in how to identify a weed versus a vegetable or fruit, and then instructed to pass that information along [...]

Fart Kontrol

This makes perfect sense to those who drive in Denmark, where fart means speed. Which has English-speaking people expressing interest in watching a certain Sandra Bullock/Keanu Reeves film in Danish. Link

All Thoroughbred Racehorses Share A Single Ancestor

From Secretariat to Seabiscuit, it turns out that all thoroughbred race horses were all related. They shared a single ancestor in the mid 17th century, whose "speed gene" was a genetic aberration: Emmeline Hill of [...]

China tests 500 kilometers per hour train

China have tested a new high speed train over the weekend that blows all competition out of the water. The super fast train built by Sifang Locomotive…