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Amonix solar panels break through the 33-percent efficiency barrier

Embattled photovoltaic solar power manufacturer Amonix announced on Tuesday that it has broken the solar module efficiency record, becoming the first manufacturer to convert more than a third of incoming light energy into electricity – a goal once branded "one third of a sun" in a Department of Energy initiative. The Amonix module clocked an efficiency rating of 33.5 percent.  Read More

The e-M3 clocked an 11.8-second quarter mile

Before he ever began work on the thrilling Rimac Concept_One electric supercar, Rimac Automobili founder Mate Rimac converted an old BMW E30 to an electric speed demon. The decades-old car, fondly nicknamed the "green monster" but more formally known as the e-M3, was recently awarded several electric vehicle world records.  Read More

Ferrari 365 GTB4

Most people would be happy on a day that they see just one Ferrari. During the recent Ferrari Racing Days at Silverstone Circuit event in the U.K., onlookers got to see not one, but more than 900 Ferraris circling the track in a grand spectacle. The event is on its way to being certified as the largest Ferrari parade in history, almost doubling the previous record holder.  Read More

DARPA's Cheetah robot has set a new robotic land speed record of 28.3 mph (45.5 km/h)

Usain Bolt might have taken home the 100 meters gold medal from the recent London 2012 Olympics, but things could have been different had DARPA’s Cheetah robot been allowed in the field. Living up to DARPA's original goal of developing a robot that could outrun any human, the quadruped robot has set a new robotic land speed record of 28.3 mph (45.5 km/h) for a 20-meter (65.6 ft) split, bettering Bolt’s human speed record by 0.52 mph (0.8 km/h).  Read More

536 Kirby fans got to break a bubblegum blowing record as well as preview the 20th anniver...

Fans of Kirby, the rotund pink title character of the popular series of video games from Nintendo, set a bubblegum blowing world record to mark the 20th anniversary of the first Kirby game release.  Read More

The Challenge4 team of Rainer Zietlow, Vlaimir Gagarin and Marius Biela on the banks of th...

This week, a team of three drivers will set out to tackle a 23,000 km (14,291 mile) drive from Melbourne, Australia to its sister city of St Petersburg in Russia. The Challenge4 crew will be attempting to set a world record time of 16 days by driving their Volkswagen Touareg TDI in five-hour shifts for 24 hours a day. Carrying enough provisions for the entire trip, the only time the vehicle will be at standstill will be when refueling or when being transported across water.  Read More

The collection of 60 F40s make their way around the Silverstone circuit on the weekend

With the first F40 rolling out of Ferrari’s Maranello factory in 1987, the car’s 25th birthday has been celebrated by bringing 60 of the iconic vehicles together on the Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit in the U.K. With the cars all finished in the instantly recognizable Ferrari red, the cars made an eye-catching – and mouth-watering – sight for attendees at the world’s biggest classic motor racing festival.  Read More

One of 32 record-breaking animated mosaics projected onto Buckingham Palace (Photo: Bex Wa...

A series of striking illuminated animated mosaics projected onto Buckingham Palace has broken the Guinness World Record for the most artists working on an art installation.  Read More

La Jamais Contente

Despite the coming of the electric vehicle during the last decade, there were far more electric vehicle manufacturers in the world 100 years ago than there are today. Hundreds of manufacturers, a large proportion of them electric, competed in the fledgling automotive marketplace. This competition drove these manufacturers to seek new and novel ways to seek publicity, and when a French Automobile magazine ran top speed trials in December 1898, it sparked a flurry of record attempts and six land speed records in just four months. The electric Jamais Contente, which was the first purpose-built speed record attempt car, prevailed in this early tussle by raising the land speed record to 105.878 km/h (65.79 mph) in April 1899.  Read More

By using twisted beams of light, researchers have achieved data transmission speeds of up ...

Thankfully, data transmission speeds have come a long way since the days of dial-up when users would have plenty of time to twiddle their thumbs as they waited for an image or MP3 to make its way to their hard drive. These days, broadband cable currently supports speeds of around 30 megabits per second, which is a hell of an improvement. Now researchers have outdone that by a factor of around 85,000 by using twisted beams of light to transmit data at up to 2.56 terabits per second.  Read More

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