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Thank You, Internet: How the God of Thunder Celebrates 4/20

What lay below the cut is a bit load heavy. Good animated gifs usually are. For some, it may even be controversial. Either way, it’s below the cut for a reason.

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NASA’s Puffin = An Electric Power-Suit with Propellers

NASA Puffinmasters will go 'Wheee!'

In principle, the Puffin can cruise at 240 kilometers per hour and dash at more than 480 kph. It has no flight ceiling—it is not air-breathing like gas engines are, and thus is not limited by thin air—so it could go up to about 9,150 meters before its energy runs low enough to drive it to descend. With current state-of-the-art batteries, it has a range of just 80 kilometers if cruising, “but many researchers are proposing a tripling of current battery energy densities in the next five to seven years, so we could see a range of 240 to 320 kilometers by 2017,” says researcher Mark Moore, an aerospace engineer at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va.

It’s not a jet pack but that will do, NASA.

That will do.

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Tuskegee Airman, Chuck Dryden (1921 – 2008)

Commissioned in 1942, he was in the vanguard of the eventual integration of the military. He was among the first African-Americans to lead a fighter squadron into combat, and he was a member of one of the most successful flying squadrons in American military history. He survived a court-martial for buzzing a building and made the Air Force his career.

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In 1941, the military, under executive order, began training at Tuskegee Institute in Alabama for an all-black fighting unit. Col. Dryden was accepted into the second Aviation Cadet Training Class. He was called “A-Train” for his favorite Duke Ellington cut of the song and because of his New York City background, his wife said. He joined the 99th Fighter Squadron, flying P-40F Warhawks.

On June 9, 1943, Col. Dryden, then 22, led six other pilots into combat over Pantelleria, Sicily. “It was the first time in aviation history that black American pilots of the U.S. Army Air Corps engaged aircraft in combat,” he said in a 1997 Atlanta Journal-Constitution article.

The 99th shattered racist stereotypes, flying more than 15,000 missions during the war and fiercely protecting American and Allied bombers they escorted. No bombers escorted by Tuskegee Airmen were lost and, in time, pilots were requesting them as escorts.

“We dared not fail,” Col. Dryden said. “We dared not fail because the white folks could say, ‘See, we knew they couldn’t do it.’ “

(via the AJC)

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The Future as it was Thought 100 Years Ago Today

Reconstructing what you’ve lost is a tedious process. Even moreso when you realize the one thing you wanted to keep slipped through the cracks.

Below is a snapshot from 23 images of what people 100 years ago figured today would be like.

100 years ago the future

So back then they figured the future would involve airborne luxuries, button pushing construction, and road wars with random highwaymen.

I feel cheated.

(via some guy on docstoc)

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Fusion Man: The Swiss Know What I Want to See

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Oh god, yes!

There is a video. Sweet merciful Zesus, there’s a video of this awesome.

WATCH: ‘Fusion Man’ soars above Swiss Alps

(via cnn)

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