lunes, noviembre 10, 2014

Ruche estanterìa / Rocket (bike ) man 333 km/h


El Parque Multiaventura del Huerto de Travalón ultima los retoques antes de la inauguración prevista para principios de 2015. Esta mañana, la alcaldesa de Elche, Mercedes Alonso, ha visitado las instalaciones, acompañada por miembros de la empresa promotora que ha invertido en el huerto más de 1,5 millones de euros.

Tal y como ha destacado Alonso, la empresa alquila el terreno por 40 años y el Ayuntamiento recibirá por este concepto un canon de 600.000 euros.

La construcción de Elche Palmeral Aventuras está dando trabajo a 30 personas de forma directa y a otras 70 de manera indirecta. La superficie del parque es de 4.3 hectáreas y entre sus atracciones figura un lago con una extensión de 1.900 metros cuadrados con embarcadero y alrededor de 10 barcas. El agua contará con un novedoso tratamiento de purificación de aguas, totalmente natural basado en el uso de sal y luces ultravioletas.

En estos momentos se trabaja en distintas zonas del parque como en la construcción del centro de recepción de visitantes que es un réplica de la auténtica casa tradicional del Camp d’Elx. Además habrá una zona destinada a la celebración de eventos, otra para actividades y juegos de grupo y el lago con embarcadero completan la oferta multiaventura.

Un ciclista recorre en menos tiempo que el tren el trayecto 'Alcoy-Xàtiva'
Ha recorrido los 42 kilómetros en una hora, 14 minutos y 40 segundos.Su intención era denunciar la situación de abandono de la línea férrea


Hive-inspired shelving unit promises tool-free assembly and added strength

By Nick Lavars November 9, 2014

Ruche, the French word for beehive, is a unique, adaptable shelving unit for the home or o...
Ruche, the French word for beehive, is a unique, adaptable shelving unit for the home or office
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Everybody loves the idea of flat-pack furniture arriving and not having to dig around for hex keys and tubes of glue to put it together. But this tool-free approach can also call into question the stability of the piece. Israeli industrial designer Ruthy Shafrir is confident she has arrived at the perfect compromise, with a snap-together shelving unit inspired by the shape of a bee hive.

Shipped as a pile of aluminum or cardboard sheets, the pieces slot into one another to for...Potential uses for the Ruche shelving unit range from holding your toilet rolls, to shoe s...Ruche, the French word for beehive, is a unique, adaptable shelving unit for the home or o...Shipped as a pile of aluminum or cardboard sheets, the pieces slot into one another to for...View all
Ruche, the French word for beehive, is a unique, adaptable shelving unit for the home or office. Shipped as a pile of aluminum or cardboard sheets, the pieces slot together to form an array of hexagonal and triangular shelves. Shafrir says this process takes less than six minutes.

Potential uses for the Ruche shelving unit range from holding toilet rolls to shoe storage to a home bar. It can also be wall-mounted or placed on the floor or another flat surface. According to Shafrir, this design comprising only regular shapes, is what allows it to bear relatively heavy loads.

Shipped as a pile of aluminum or cardboard sheets, the pieces slot into one another to for...
In cardboard, the maximum load ranges from 10 kg (22 lb) for the small 15.5 in (34.5 cm) high version, to 64 kg (142 lb) for the large (39.4 in (100 cm). In the sturdier aluminum model, the small version can bear 18 kg (39.6 lb) and the large 80 kg (176 lb).

Shafrir is looking to raise funds on Kickstarter for the production of the Ruche. Pledge levels range from US$30 for a small cardboard shelving unit to $180 for a large aluminum. Shipping is slated for February if all goes as planned.

You can check out the pitch video below.

Source: Ruche

Interview with a madman: Francois Gissy hits 333 km/h on rocket-powered bicycle

By Loz Blain November 9, 2014

Francois Gissy's rocket bicycle that took him to 333 km/h (207 mph) (Photo: Gerard Toutin / Exotic Thermo Engineering)
Last November, Frenchman Francois Gissy hit 285 km/h (177 mph) on a rocket-powered bicycle. Now, at the Circuit Paul Ricard in the South of France, he's knocked his own world record out of the park. Dialing in a massive 4.5 kN of thrust, which generates roughly the equivalent of 560 horsepower, Gissy took his rickety-looking rocket bike up to a monstrous 333 km/h (207 mph), hitting top speed in just 4.8 seconds and generating about 1.96 Gs worth of acceleration. We had a quick chat with Gissy, who tells us he's hoping his next run will put him over 400 km/h (249 mph) in less than two seconds on a machine he's calling the "Spine Crusher."

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Francois Gissy could be described as a bit of a madman. There's really no other word for a guy who straps rockets to a pushbike and goes around setting speed records. I've been above 250 km/h several times on motorcycles, and the force of the wind is absolutely furious at that pace. Gissy is going far quicker, without the benefit of aerodynamic fairings, rear suspension, or even disc brakes. Not only that, consider the sheer acceleration required to take a person from standstill to more than 200 mph in less than five seconds. Absolutely ridiculous.

Francois Gissy – madman
We had the chance to ask Gissy a few questions after his record-breaking run.

Gizmag: Can you describe the setup of the bicycle and its rocket components.

Gissy: The bicycle is pushed forward by a rocket thruster. It’s a variant of downhill riding, like on a speed skiing slope, which is relying on a gravity engine. Except that the rocket-propelled variant is much ballsier.

Now the bicycle is equipped with a cluster of three small thrusters instead of two. The fuel is highly concentrated hydrogen peroxide. With this setup I have reached 333 km/h in 4.8 seconds. The thrust was 4.5 kN, which is equal to 416 kW of power at 333 km/h, which is a lot on such a skinny machine…

Gizmag: Can you talk us through your top speed run?

Gissy: How did it feel to accelerate so quickly? In the moment it is scary, but as soon you stop, you also realize how amazing that was! You cannot describe it, you have to live it.

Gizmag: What does 300+ km/h feel like on a naked bicycle?

Gissy: You better understand why the wind can do so much damage during powerful storms. I’m lucky my head is still bolted on the body!

Gizmag: Why no aerodynamics? Why not a motorcycle?

Gissy: Because it’s a true challenge. We also have a very powerful motorcycle waiting in our drawers, but I guess I like the craziness of the bicycle too much. Maybe when I will get too old I will start to think about the comfort of a motorcycle.

Francois Gissy's rocket bicycle (Photo: Gerard Toutin / Exotic Thermo Engineering)
Gizmag: Now that you have broken the 300 km/h barrier, what's next?

Gissy: If we can find some serious sponsors, then we would like to build a monstrous bicycle, which will be called “Spine Crusher.” The goal would be to accelerate to more than 400 km/h (249 mph) in less than two seconds. I just cross my fingers that we will have the green light soon in order to start the construction. But it doesn’t depend on me.

Gizmag: What happened to the relationship with Hublot (which sponsored the 285 km/h run?)

Gissy: Good question! Ask them yourself; maybe they will give you the answer we are still waiting for. As for us, except [for a] lot of promises a year ago, there is nothing else. We assume they thought the project was too crazy. That’s sad because if all went as planned initially, the bicycle would be three to four times more powerful as it is today.

Gizmag: Are you still driving buses for a living? Is it hard to go back to something so big and slow after riding something so tiny and fast.

Gissy: No, I don’t ride buses at this time. On four wheels we also have a crazy project, but it doesn’t involve a bus.

We wish Gissy the best of luck finding sponsorship for the Spine Crusher and we hope it doesn't live up to its name! You can keep up with Gissy's exploits at his Facebook page.

Anyway, the video is pretty mind-boggling, check it out.

Ed's note: this article was amended on November 9 to correct an error in the G force calculation. Our apologies for the slip up.

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