1. A 20-ton lifting capacity Aeroscraft rigid airship was tested, with funds primarily from the Department of Defense. The ultimate 500-ton ship lifted by helium should fly at speeds up to 140 MPH. My Huffington Post article on The Future of Sustainable Aviation touched on this form of transport. Unfortunately, the fuel for this craft will continue to be fossil liquids.
Rinaldo Brutoco's (right) H2 Clipper (I like to think the H2 also stands for Hawaii Hydrogen, as shown below), capable someday for bringing tourists to Hawaii from the West Coast. Here are some details. Peter Hoffmann of the Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Letter reported on the H2 Clipper in October of this year. Because this craft will fly up to 350 MPH, the flight would only take eight hours. You say, isn't hydrogen dangerous? Well, there was the Hindenburg. On the other hand, recent studies have shown that, not hydrogen, but certain design features which can be overcome, were responsible. Further, this gas would power the fast dirigible and also transport hydrogen produced by our geothermal energy fields, wind energy farms and ocean thermal energy conversion plantships to the mainland. Thus, someday we might become an energy exporting state.
6. Kiyoshi Kimura (in photo with the whole fish) paid $1.76 million for a 489 pound blue fin tuna. That's $3600/pound. I thought I was extravagant when I bought a pound of chu-toro (same fish, which, arghh, is a threatened species) for all of $32, less than one-hundredth that of Kimura's. Here are a couple more shots of this vulgarism: