A Car That's Faster Than a Speeding Bullet

British pilot Andy Green has already gone faster on the ground than most things go in the air. Now he's aiming for 1000 mph by 2012

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A Car That's Faster Than a Speeding Bullet

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ROAD SHARK: The Bloodhound SSC show car lies in wait at its home on the waterfront in Bristol, England. Click on the above image for a larger view.

In 1997, British Royal Air Force fighter pilot Andy Green broke the world land-speed record at 763 miles per hour (1228 kilometers per hour)—literally faster than some bullets. Now he's gunning for a new record in 2012—driving 1000 mph (1609 km/h) in the new Bloodhound supersonic car.

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From WinZips to Cat GIFs, Jacob Ziv’s Algorithms Have Powered Decades of Compression

The lossless-compression pioneer received the 2021 IEEE Medal of Honor

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Lossless data compression seems a bit like a magic trick. Its cousin, lossy compression, is easier to comprehend. Lossy algorithms are used to get music into the popular MP3 format and turn a digital image into a standard JPEG file. They do this by selectively removing bits, taking what scientists know about the way we see and hear to determine which bits we'd least miss. But no one can make the case that the resulting file is a perfect replica of the original.

Not so with lossless data compression. Bits do disappear, making the data file dramatically smaller and thus easier to store and transmit. The important difference is that the bits reappear on command. It's as if the bits are rabbits in a magician's act, disappearing and then reappearing from inside a hat at the wave of a wand.

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