An experimental 3D-textured solar cell is set to be bolted to the outside of the International Space Station (ISS), where it will experience 16 "sunrises" each day as part of a harsh performance test.
Filed under: Motorsports For the first two practice days of this year's Pikes Peak Hill Climb, we spent our time on the bottom third of the mountain, first checking out the new contenders of the Electric Division, including Monster Tajima's E-Runner, and for the second day catching up with the old and new faces of the Unlimited and Time Attack classes. For the third and final practice day we headed up the mountain to the middle section of the course that encompasses many of its switchbacks. Our decision was two-fold, first to continue following the diverse selection of Unlimited and Time Attack cars, and second to take in what we consider the most beautiful section of the mountain. This portion of the road is undoubtedly the most dangerous with few guardrails and sheer drop-offs, but it's also the most visually stunning. Standing well above the tree line and just below Devil's Playground, named for the lightning bolts that jump from rock to rock during thunderstorms, one can see a large portion of the course hundreds of feet below. It's a scene that's unrivaled in any form of motorsport, enhanced further by fantastic Colorado sunrises that usher in each day's practice session. The competitors didn't disappoint those in attendance, blasting up each switchback at a furious pace, although it was evident that some cars were showing signs of struggling in the thin air of the higher elevations. Paul Dallenbach and Frenchman Jean-Philippe Dayraut continued their battle for fastest time in the Unlimited class, although it looks like the Frenchman currently has a slight edge on the Colorado native. While Dallenbach's home-built twin-turbo race car surely has more power, Dayraut's Dacia Duster looks to have the edge in handling. Rhys Millen looked dominate in the Time Attack division in his 2012 Hyundai Genesis Coupe, and while results have yet to be posted from today's session we're confident he's at the top of the charts. Assuming Millen doesn't suffer any of the problems that plagued him over the last few years, he's a sure bet to set a new record in the class come race day. You can see our photos from the third practice day of this year's Pikes Peak Hill Climb in the gallery above, and check back next week for Sunday's final race results.2012 Pikes Peak Hill Climb, Practice Day 3 saves the best for last originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 10 Aug 2012 19:57:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
'Erykah knew she could play into it if we made a video that could be perceived as derogatory,' frontman Wayne Coyne tells BBC Radio.By James Montgomery Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne and Erykah Badu Photo: Getty Images Last week, an irate Erykah Badu instructed the Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne to kiss her "glittery ass," after the frizzy-haired frontman released a shocking (and nudity-filled) video for their Heady Fwends collaboration "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" without her approval. "As a human, I am disgusted with your what appears to be desperation and poor execution," she wrote in an epically long tweet. "As a director, I am unimpressed. As a sociologist I understand your type. As your fellow artist I am uninspired. As a woman I feel violated and underestimated." Of course, at the time, Coyne's only response was a rather cheeky (get it?!?) image of his glitter-covered lips, along with the message "I kissed it! Thanks!" But now, in an interview with BBC Radio's 6Music, he's finally addressed the issue — and, to him, it's nothing more than Badu creating controversy for the sake of her career. "She is a controversial entity in the world," Coyne said. "So everything that she does has an element of her doing art." Coyne went on to say that, in his opinion, there's nothing controversial about the "Face" video and added that Badu's claims that she was kept in the dark about its concept were false. In fact, he accused her of playing up the perceived controversy to make headlines. "This video to me is not controversial, it's wonderful, and I think Erykah knew she could play into it if we made a video that could be perceived as derogatory," he said. "Otherwise I don't think she'd be interested in it. I think [her reaction] is still in the realm of a creation of controversy." So far, Badu hasn't responded to those claims, and Coyne has returned to tweeting photos of sunrises. Which means, for the moment at least, it appears both have put the beef on the back burner; though we're willing to be this won't be the last we've heard of Glitter-gate 2012. What do you think of Coyne and Badu's back-and-forth? Let us know in the comments! Related Artists The Flaming Lips Erykah Badu
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