July 9th, 2008

ronin

Moo?



I R SERIUS COW. THIS R SERIUS EXPERIMENT.

Argentine scientists are taking a novel approach to studying global warming - strapping plastic tanks to the backs of cows to collect their burps. Researchers say the slow digestive system of cows makes them a producer of methane, a potent greenhouse gas that gets far less public attention than carbon dioxide in efforts to fight global warming. Attaching a red plastic tank to a cow's back and connecting it through a tube to the animal's stomach, scientists say they can trap bovine burps and analyze them.

http://www.thelondonpaper.com/cs/Satellite/london/news/article/1157153407733?packedargs=suffix%3DArticleController

(via flemco.)
Captain Obvious

Boeing builds heli-blimp hybrid?


Chicago-based Boeing Co said on Tuesday it has teamed with a privately owned Canadian company to build a blimp it says will be able to carry a 40 ton load 200 miles (320 km) without refueling. The JHL-40, or Jess Heavy Lifter, is named after Pete Jess, president and chief operating officer of SkyHook International, the company that secured the patent.

The blimp, which combines elements of a helicopter and a traditional airship. Boeing said the blimp, which would be able to carry more than double the capacity of the biggest helicopter, uses lighter-than-air helium to lift itself off the ground while fuel would be dedicated to powering the craft's four rotors, used solely to move the load.


http://www.reuters.com/article/rbssIndustryMaterialsUtilitiesNews/idUSN0827658920080708?rpc=401&

Hayao Miyazaki was unavailable for comment.