Tata Motors has unveiled the world’s cheapest motor car on Jan 10 at India’s biggest car show in the capital, Delhi. The vehicle, called the Tata Nano, will sell for 100,000 rupees or US$2,500 and enable those in developing countries to move to four wheels. [BBC]

Tata Nano the cheapest car in the world
Why is Tata Nano so cheap?

Environmental critics (as expected) have said that the car will lead to mounting air pollution problems on India’s already clogged roads. Sounds true, but who are us to deny others the leisure to own their cars when we are driving one of our own? I bet that those environment critics are car owners too.

Mitsubishi Electric builds world tallest elevation tower

Japan’s Mitsubishi Electric Corporation has announced that it will start operation of the world’s highest elevator testing tower, named SOLAÉ, on Jan 25, 2008.

The 173 metre high structure is located at Japan’s Inazawa City; the construction of the tower and related facilities cost 5 billion Yen (~USD46 million).

The company says it will use the tower to conduct research into high-speed elevators to serve the next generation of super-tall buildings. [BBC]

A Singapore Airlines’ Airbus A380 took off on a historic journey Thursday (Oct 25) – the first commercial flight by the world’s largest jetliner that boasts luxurious suites, double beds and the quietest interior ever.

Singapore Airlines Airbus 380
Airbus 380 takes off from the runway

With 455 passengers, some of whom paid tens of thousands of dollars for a seat in aviation history; the superjumbo soared into the sky on a 7 and 1/2 hour flight to Sydney that launches a new era in air travel. Also on board flight SQ380 are a crew of about 30 including four pilots.

Passengers clapped as the plane disengaged from the dock on schedule at 8am (0000gmt) and taxied to the runway that was widened and lengthened to accommodate the huge plane.

More cheers broke out 16 minutes later as the double-decker aircraft, powered by four Rolls Royce Trent 900 engines, lifted smoothly into the nearly cloudless sky tinged pink by the light of the early morning sun.

A group of German entrepreneurs are planning to build a pyramid in Germany near the town of Dessau.

The planned pyramid would be a place for burial, just like the famous ancient monuments in Egypt… however, this modern day Great Pyramid (578m) will be nearly 4-fold the height of the Great Pyramid of Giza (147m), making it possibly the largest man made structure in the world.

According to their website

The Great Pyramid can potentially be any human being’s grave or memorial site. As monumental as it is affordable, it serves those of all nationalities and religions. Individuals who are either unwilling or unable to have their physical remains buried there can also opt to have a memorial stone placed instead. Stones can be custom designed with any number of colors, images, or relief decorations. The Great Pyramid will continue to grow with every stone placed, eventually forming the largest structure in the history of man.

You might reserve your resting place or a memorial stone in the Great Pyramid, with no commitment and free of charge at the moment.

A group of students from Osaka Sangyo University, Japan, have managed to create a new world record for the fastest dry-cell-battery powered car.

World fastest battery charged car
World’s fastest dry-cell-battery powered car

The car that was powered by dozens of AA batteries managed to achieve an average speed of 109.95 kilometres per hour, while reaching the top speed of 122kph during a test run on August 4. The result is officially accepted by the Guinness World Records.

World fastest battery charged car
The car is powered by dozens of AA batteries (Images courtesy of Xinhuanet)



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