Eurocopter Moves One Step Closer to ‘Whisper Mode’

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The silent treatment

From now on, you won’t even hear the black helicopters coming. Just a breath of wind rustling your blinds, and then — bag on the head! At least, that’ll be the case if the NSA gets hold of some of these Blue Edge rotor blades from Eurocopter. They’re not only shaped like a sword you might find in Final Fantasy XIII, but they have little mechanized flaps that are automatically adjusted in order to reduce the wup-wup-wup noise that results from the blade cutting through turbulent air.

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Space Elevator Competition Success

Space Elevator

David Bashford, lead of the LaserMotive team, preparing their robotic climber entry in the $2 million Space Elevator Games

A robot powered by a ground-based laser beam climbed a long cable dangling from a helicopter on Wednesday to qualify for prize money in a $2 million competition to test the potential reality of the science fiction concept of space elevators. (Videos)


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Chinese Farmer Builds Homemade Helicopter

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Made out of wood and a motorcycle engine. Look up, then look out!

20 year old Chinese farmer Wu Zhongyuan built himself a helicopter using only — according to the man — what he remembers of middle school physics lessons and “relevant knowledge found whilesurfing the Internet via my mobile phone.”

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