Human-Powered Helicopter Soars to New Heights, Literally

This past June, a determined pilot managed to keep the human-powered Gamera II in the air for a whopping 50 seconds. Impressive, but it only hovered a little. This flight, while much shorter, nabbed a record of its own by soaring to the great height of 8 feet. » 9/02/12 4:00pm 9/02/12 4:00pm

Human Powered Helicopter Takes Flight

Last summer a team from the Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland created a human-powered helicopter called Gamera, and managed to get it off the ground for 11 seconds. Not bad. But yesterday their Gamera 2 managed to stay airborne for a solid 50 seconds, smashing the world record. It looks… » 6/24/12 3:00pm 6/24/12 3:00pm

Tortoise Gets Chair Wheel Prosthesis to Replace Missing Leg

Thankfully someone had the common sense to glue a wheel from a rolling office chair to our 12-year-old African tortoise-friend's missing leg, instead of going down the popular route of making tortoise soup out of him. » 7/21/11 1:20pm 7/21/11 1:20pm

The Human-Powered Helicopter That Hopes to Take Flight

A team from the Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland is hoping to take to the skies in their human-powered helicopter tomorrow. » 5/11/11 11:27pm 5/11/11 11:27pm