The character Jake begs his mother to buy him the "Eva" 04 action figure, and Seymour 'Sy' Parrish (played by Robin Williams) later offers it to him for free. It is commonplace for movies and shows to rename or repackage existing products with a generic name and graphic logo. A Mass Produced Evangelion action figure can also be see in the toy store in the movie and the kid incorrectly describes the Mass Produced Eva as being a good guy. Despite the fact that Robin Williams is apparently a "huge fan" of Evangelion and the toy is an item from Robin Williams' personal collection , Sy pronounces it "Eh-van-'jell-ee-un".
Maybe this is old news to some of you, but it was news to me.
Largest solar-powered boat has "unlimited" range? I guess technically, any boat has unlimited range (up until it sinks or is beached or shattered on rocks). I think they mean "intentional directional guidance."
Originally Posted by PlanetSolar.org
In May 2012, the MS Tūranor PlanetSolar completed the first trip around the world powered exclusively by solar energy. The largest solar boat ever built is now sailing with the objective of demonstrating her practical application. A scientific expedition along the Gulf Stream, a waste collection campaign, and even a platform for hosting education events, this mobile ambassador of photovoltaic energy faces many challenges ahead.
Meanwhile, this solar-powered plane is hoping to cross the US and then, in 2015, the globe. It can apparently fly at night.
And, before anyone says anything, the pilots already know.
“Our airplane is not designed to carry passengers, but to carry a message.” Bertrand Piccard
I heard an interview with ths guy on NPR. Apparently what allows it fly through the night, in addition to having batteries on-board, he takes it up to high altitude over the course of the day to store potential energy. Then, through the night he slowly descends while running on the batteries until the sun comes up.