NYC to LA in 45 minutes?? NYC to Beijing in 2 hours?!

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The ET3 Consortium is pushing for the development of Evacuated Tube Transport (ETT) technology. The technology involves sending car-sized capsules (containing people and/or cargo) through a 5-foot diameter vacuum tube on frictionless maglev tracks.

ET3 says speed in initial ET3 systems is 600km/h (370 mph) for in state trips, but they say it could be developed to 6,500 km/h (4,000 mph) for international travel. This would allow passenger or cargo to travel from New York City to Beijing in 2 hours or New York City to L.A. in 45 minutes. The ET3 consortium also says the technology is very cheap compared to other means of transportation. ET3.com has reportedly sold 60 licenses for the technology in five countries so far. Is this the future? Video below.

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Breaking Fragile Things In Slow Motion With A Slingshot

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Yes… things like this fascinate me. Anyways… video after the break.

Breaking things is seemlingly fun, but then you don’t get to watch teh details of all the boom and bang. It was when faced with this problem, that humanity invented slow motion videos, or high speed cameras, whatever term you prefer. The premise of this video is simple, a man launches a projectile from a slingshot at fragile things, records video.

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Holi in Slow Motion

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Holi, also known as the Festival of Colors, is a religious spring festival celebrated by Hindus.

The main day, Holi, also known as Dhuli in Sanskrit, or DhulhetiDhulandi or Dhulendi, is celebrated by people throwing scented powder and perfume at each other. Bonfires are lit on the eve of the festival, also known as Holika Dahan (burning of Holika) or Chhoti Holi (little Holi), after which holika dahan prayers are said and praise is offered. The bonfires are lit in memory of the miraculous escape that young Prahlad accomplished when Demoness Holika, sister ofHiranyakashipu, carried him into the fire. Holika was burnt but Prahlad, a staunch devotee of god Vishnu, escaped without any injuries due to his devotion.

Check it out (below) in slow-motion in the short film entitled “Holi” which was directed and produced by Jonathan Bregel and Khalid Mohtaseb from Variable.

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Photo of 8 Lightning Bolts Striking the San Francisco Bridge

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via dailymail. Very cool photo. If you know me, and we happen to be bored one day… ask me to tell the story of when lightning struck my car. Haha.

An incredible eight [lightning] bolts struck the Bay Bridge in San Francisco last night which was captured in this incredible shot by photographer Phil McGrew, who took the photo through the rain-soaked window of his apartment.

Mr McGrew, 49, was shocked at the striking image which shows the split-second moment of electric forks hitting the span of the bridge.

Would You Push This Button?

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To help with the launch of TNT in Belgium, a big red button was placed ‘on an average Flemish square of an average Flemish town’. A sign with the text ‘Push To Add Drama’ invited people to use the button. Would you press it? Watch the video below to see what happens…

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Remove Unwanted Objects From Any Photo

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via scalado. So, there goes my career as a professional photobomber… We’ve all been there before; you take a really great photo, but there’s that guy in the background. Scalado Remove is a new system designed to remove unwanted objects (or people) from photos, and the technology behind it will be coming to phones from OEM like Sony, Motorola, and HTC. Check out the Scalado’s fancy promotional video after the break. Let’s see how good this works. I’m still a little skeptical.

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