Friday, June 26, 2009

SR-71 Blackbird

The SR-71 Blackbird was the Ultimate Spy Plane, capable of hurtling along at more than Mach 3, about 2,280 miles per hour—faster than a rifle bullet—at 85,000 feet, or 16 miles above the earth...

On March 6, 1990, as it made its final flight, the Smithsonian plane set another record—Los Angeles to Dulles International Airport, outside Washington, D.C., in 1 hour 4 minutes 20 seconds (barely time for a snack and a snooze).

The story of how an evaluation SR-71 plane literally disintegrated in mid-air was kind of cool too.

[via kottke]

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Gain endurance in 6 min per week?

To be able to get fit within a incredibly short amount of time. Well, that sounds like a cheap infomercial. But some research on rats and humans on stationary bikes as reported by the NYTimes says this might be the case. Whether or not this is widely applicable for every person and for all sports, it's still unclear.