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2010-04-07 09:00:00

A prototype of a sun-powered plane successfully completed its first test flight on Wednesday, staying airborne for 1 1/2 hours as it moves one step closer to becoming the first solar aircraft to circumnavigate the globe. The Solar Impulse, which was designed by a team captained by Swiss pilot and adventurer Bertrand Piccard, launched from a runway located at a military airfield near Payerne, Switzerland. According to Associated Press (AP) reports, the lightweight 747-sized craft needed only a...

2009-06-26 11:15:00

Swiss adventurer, Bertrand Piccard, revealed on Friday the prototype of a solar powered plane that he plans to use as he embarks on an around the world flight demonstrating the possibilities of alternative energy.  The prototype, HB-SIA, has the wingspan of a jumbo jet but only weighs as much as a mid-sized family car. The plane is powered by four electric motors and is designed to fly both day and night by storing extra energy from its 24,000 solar cells in high-performance...

2008-05-23 00:10:00

The international NoNoma Federation launched a worldwide campaign Thursday to create awareness about Noma, a condition that permanently deforms the faces of undernourished children. The disease strikes an estimated 140,000 poor people every year, mainly in Africa, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).  Up to 80 percent of victims die from the gangrenous infection, while survivors are left with deep holes in their faces, unable to speak, eat, smile or breathe...

2005-07-06 15:13:23

ESA -- Swiss adventurer Bertrand Piccard is constructing a solar-powered plane to fly around the world. His aim is to support sustainable development by demonstrating what renewable energy and new technologies can achieve. ESA is assisting by making available European space technologies and expertise through its Technology Transfer Programme. Bertrand Piccard made the first non-stop around the world balloon-flight in a Breitling Orbiter in 1999 with Brian Jones from Britain. Now together...

2005-02-28 07:13:45

PARIS (AFP) -- Icarus crashed and burned when he flew too close to the sun, but now a Swiss adventurer wants to carve out a place in history by harnessing solar energy to fly a state-of-the-art plane around the world. So far the plane to be used by 47-year-old psychiatrist Bertrand Piccard exists only in the computers of the researchers at the Lausanne polytechnic, where a team of about 50 scientists are working on the 40-million-euro project, funded by four sponsors who so far remain in the...

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This word was invented in 1926 by H.P. Lovecraft for his short story, 'The Call of Cthulhu.' 'Cthulhu' may be based on the word 'chthonic,' which in Greek mythology refers to the underworld.