Forward Bias

October 19, 2007

This week's theme: Go Fast

1. 4,498 kilometers: The distance Alex Roy traveled from New York to California in 31 hours and 4 minutes to beat the transcontinental driving records set in 1979, 1983 and 2006. Such an ambitious plan required a lot of technology--not all of it 100% legal-- from redundant GPS units to thermal cameras. Now that the statutes of limitation are up on all the laws the man broke to break the record, you can read all about it.

2. 3000 kilometers: The distance between Darwin and Adelaide, representing the far northern coast of Australia and the far southern. The World Solar Challenge is a biennial solar car race that features some of the best automotive engineering in the world. Watch for live reports from Spectrum's Sandra Upson.

3. 0.03 km: The distance between goals on an ice rink. This week, some NHL players got skates outfitted with battery-powered heated blades to make them go faster. I predict fun, games, eye loss.

4. 0.01 kilometers: The distance from one end of the office to the other, which you can now cross on a tricycle, without having to either get up or stop tapping at your keyboard. Ladies and gentlemen, the Scooterdesk.

5. 0.0006096 kilometers: The distance between your keyboard and your chair. Replace your chair with the handy Steelcase Walkstation to travel all day without moving.

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