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Bloodhound SSC: The Supersonic Rocket Car…

The road travelled to obtain the title ‘world’s fastest car’ is often paved with death and disaster but if the journey is completed successfully it is also a destination heralded with fame and glory. Traversing this road carefully is the key to achieving glory without disaster and the team behind Bloodhound SSC know this only too well.

Having taken the world record with their twin jet powered Thrust SSC, and having competed against other famous teams to capture the record they have seen their fair share of disaster along the way. So they tread carefully, testing and refining as they progressively increase speed towards their stated 1,000mph goal, a 33% increase in speed from the current world record and the largest single jump ever recorded. Can they reach their mark? Will the technology hold up? Can the pilot see over the steering wheel?

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Supersonic Ping Pong Ball Gun, Making Table Tennis Lethal…

Any object travelling fast enough can be lethal, even the humble ping pong ball. That small almost weightless plastic ball becomes a very dangerous object once it’s travelling at supersonic speeds.

Boffins at Purdue University have put the theory to test and produced one of the most powerful ping pong ball guns in history. Able to fire ping bong balls at supersonic speeds the air gun turns lightweight plastic into a destructive force. Firing through video cassettes and ping pong paddles this is no toy to be trifled with.

Presented for your viewing pleasure is the air gun that deflated all other air guns before it, the Purdue Monster. Sit back, relax and let the destruction begin.

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