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Tragedy struck a few nights ago after a day of racing at the Spa Francorchamps. A 63-year-old man from Saint-Ghislain was taking a 15-year-old for a drive in a Ferrari F430 on the E42 motorway in Belgium between Francorchamps and Sart when he lost control and hit a median at a high speed. THe car was split in two up to the cockpit, killing both the driver and the passenger.


To Death...

Steven Deuman, 26, of Suttons Bay, Michgan, has been found guilty of the August 2011 murder of his daughter, Evelynne Deuman, 15 weeks old. The young father was charged with first-degree murder and aggravated sexual assault for suffocating his child during an oral rape. Deuman told police that he went out for a cigarette and when he returned to their mobile home, he found the baby lying on the floor unconscious, not breathing, bleeding from the nose, with a used condom in her mouth. DNA testing showed Deuman’s DNA on the inside of the prophylactic, and the child’s on the outside.
Deuman did not call 911, but called his wife and told her that the baby had choked on a condom. However, according to the prosecution, “This was no accident. She couldn’t roll over, much less crawl. … She certainly wasn’t capable of overcoming the obstacles on her bed, the pillows, to end up on the floor. Even if (she did), how is she going to suck that condom up?”
Not only did jurors have to endure the disturbing evidence of this case, but they also heard testimony from witnesses describing how Deuman allegedly sexually abused them as children. Jurors took less than 30 minutes to convict. Deuman faces life in prison.

Drive A BMW!! In the movie, Catwoman is a love-hate adversary of Batman. But in reality, Catwoman is just a delivery girl who drives a black BMW and carries a pizza hut-like delivery bag walking around Shanghai city. Her distinctive look has attracted a lot of people taking photos and uploaded to Sina Weibo. After all, it’s undoubtedly an advertising strategy!

It´s official! Porsche has released a series of photos of the limited edition 918 Spyder decorated with the colors of Martini Racing. Porsche´s association with the Martini Racing has lasted for nearly 40 years, enjoying great success with the championship-winning Martini Racing Team of the 70s. The supercar, powered by a V8 engine, has a combined power of 770 hp and is capable of 325 km/h maximum speed. The Spyder will be also able to reach 150 km/h in all-electric mode. The exclusive supercar is limited to 918 units.

Other than a few variants on tracks or some future designs that fly, motorcycles all have wheels and we know what wheels look like, some sort of disc rotating either forward of backward, right? Well, maybe not, because this group of students from Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering at San Jose State University looked at a few sci-fi vehicles and thought, “Hey, why not balls?” Why not, indeed? They’ve designed and begun building a senior project to demonstrate the feasibility of something most of us would not even consider.

The spherical wheels are constructed of carbon fiber and fiberglass with an industrial rubber coating and are friction driven by three electric motors mounted slightly off center on top of the ball. Because of the three motor arrangement, the balls can rotate or spin in any direction which makes for a rather unstable platform on which to base a motorcycle, but the students plan to address this issue with a computer control system using a gyro-accelerometer combination to determine the necessary movements needed to maintain balance and move in the proper direction.

As a senior project, this is extremely interesting and makes a fine showcase for the students’ abilities, but as a practical matter, it seems they will have to overcome a great many problems which, in the end, may lead to a motorcycle with no real advantage over conventional wheels.

Along with some magnificent dreams, Jacek Yerka finds inspiration for his masterful paintings from his childhood memories: the places, remembered feelings and smells of 1950's Poland. He studied fine art and graphic design before becoming a full time artist in 1980… and we’re glad he did.

His paintings will take you through incredible worlds of imagination, bending reality in captivating and clever ways fit to inspire a novel or film.