Farnborough Airshow preview – real-life Iron Man Jet Suit; Boeing vs Airbus – two annotated infographics #FIA18

At the forthcoming Farnborough International Airshow, British inventor and entrepreneur Richard Browning and his team from Gravity Industries will be giving an aerial demonstration of the Gravity Jet Suit. The $250,000 Gravity Jet Suit has more horse power than a Formula 1 car. Small jet engines mounted on each arm and behind the suit’s back can produce 144kg of thrust to achieve vertical take-off and flight. Using his body as the airframe, Richard’s arms control speed, thrust and direction. Former Royal Marine Reservist Richard Browning founded Gravity Industries in April 2017. Since then the company has grown rapidly and he … Continue reading Farnborough Airshow preview – real-life Iron Man Jet Suit; Boeing vs Airbus – two annotated infographics #FIA18

Volcanic heat source found beneath Antarctic glacier – an annotated infographic

While analysing Antarctic water samples, scientists have discovered a substantial volcanic heat source beneath Pine Island Glacier. Elevated levels of helium-3 gas detected in the waters around Pine Island glacier indicate volcanic activity beneath the ice sheet – exhibiting as much as 25 times more thermal energy than a dormant volcano. The volcanic heat source is one more factor to account for when modelling the stability of the West Antarctic Ice Shelf. The shelf’s stability has serious implications for the future of sea level rising. Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Continue reading Volcanic heat source found beneath Antarctic glacier – an annotated infographic

India on brink of worst-ever water crisis – an annotated infographic

India is suffering from the worst water crisis in its history, with 600 million people facing acute water shortage, a government think-tank says. The crisis is only going to get worse. By 2030, the country’s water demand is projected to be twice the available supply, implying severe water scarcity for hundreds of millions of people and an eventual 6 per cent loss in the country’s GDP. 21 Indian cities, including New Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai and Hyderabad, are likely to run out of groundwater by 2020. States ranked lowest at managing water – such as Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Rajasthan and Haryana … Continue reading India on brink of worst-ever water crisis – an annotated infographic

Europe’s electric bus fleets set to triple in size by 2025 – an annotated infographic

The total number of electric buses in service is forecast to more than triple, from 386,000 in 2017 to about 1.2 million in 2025, equal to about 47 per cent of the global city bus fleet, according to a report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF). E-buses remain more expensive upfront than those fuelled by diesel, but BNEF found that battery-powered buses can already offer a lower total cost of ownership when fuel and maintenance expenses are factored in. A typical e-bus with a 250kWh battery charging once per day at the depot and operating around 166km/per day has a … Continue reading Europe’s electric bus fleets set to triple in size by 2025 – an annotated infographic

#Apple boasts resilient #iPhone sales, despite lacklustre #iPhoneX results – an annotated infographic

Hey, it turns out that Apple isn’t going to be strapped for cash after all. That’s a relief, eh? Technology giant Apple reported its best-ever fiscal second-quarter sales, despite fears that demand for its iPhone X – with a selling price starting at $999 – had begun to cool. Sales of 52.22 million iPhones were up from 50.76 million last year — a 2.9 per cent increase — confounding rumours suggesting demand for its iPhone X was in decline. Average selling prices for iPhones were $728, compared with $655 a year ago – an increase of more than 11 per … Continue reading #Apple boasts resilient #iPhone sales, despite lacklustre #iPhoneX results – an annotated infographic

Stratolaunch Systems announces world’s largest plane is close to flying – an annotated infographic

Stratolaunch Systems, the space launch venture backed by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, is planning to conduct the maiden flight of its giant carrier aircraft within the next few months. The six-engine, twin-fuselage aircraft, built by California-based Scaled Composites, is designed to carry rockets up to high altitude and launch them to space from there. The alternative to conventional rocket launches could provide an affordable and efficient way to place satellites in orbit. The aircraft has been through two taxi tests so far at the Mojave Air and Space Port in California. If three more tests go smoothly, Stratolaunch will move … Continue reading Stratolaunch Systems announces world’s largest plane is close to flying – an annotated infographic

Investors nervous about #Apple after #iPhoneX tanks – an annotated infographic

A sharp slowdown in production by Apple’s five largest device manufacturers suggests demand for the iPhone X is fading. The graphic below shows how Apple’s revenue growth is directly linked to its assemblers’ monthly sales growth, with insights into the buying patterns of iPhone customers. Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Continue reading Investors nervous about #Apple after #iPhoneX tanks – an annotated infographic