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Sikorsky has just revolutionized the world of aviation with their amazing X2 prototype (above), officially the world’s fastest helicopter after clocking over 250 knots (287.69 mph) on a test run, setting a new world speed record in the process. The X2, which uses a pair of coaxial rotor systems rather than the single rotor found on most choppers, easily beat the current world record of 216.46 knots (249.1 mph) set by the British-built Westland Lynx ZB-500 in 1986. The X2 is roughly twice as fast as Sikorsky’s famed Blackhawk, and its tail rotor faces backward like the propeller on a boat in order to provide thrust. Even with its unusual design the X2, which features fly-by-wire controls, can maintain superlative low speed handling, efficient hovering, autorotation safety, and a seamless and simple transition to high speed. It will likely be several more years before the aircraft is ready to go into production at a cost of several million dollars however.

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In a week that has seen quite a few huge sales in contemporary art, an 18th century Chinese porcelain vase managed to still stun the world. The vase, which was discovered when a house was cleared out was sold for £43 million ($69.3 million) at Bainbridges Auctions (£53.1m after commission which pushes the total to over $85 million). The vase was only estimated to sell for £1.2 million but fierce bidding among Chinese would-be buyers drove up the price. The vase sold to a Chinese bidder who turned up to bid on behalf of an undisclosed buyer.

Bainbridges, the auction house in the London suburb of Ruislip, knew they had something special on their hands but no one expected the piece to sell for quite this much money. It is believed to be the most expensive piece of Chinese art ever sold. In a blog post before the auction, Bainbridges said that the vase was “what must be one of the most important Chinese vases to be offered for sale this century.” They speculated that the delicate vase with the fish motif would have spent time in the Chinese Royal Palace and was likely fired in the Imperial kilns. One of the things that makes this vase so amazing is that it has a reticulated double walled construction. There is an inner vase that can be viewed through the perforations of the main body. It is of the Qianlong period, circa 1740s and decorated with four cartouches each showcasing different styles of fish at play on stylized water backgrounds. It has a delicately painted yellow trumpet neck and vase set off from the central decoration by orange bands.

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Chinese Vase Sets New World Record originally appeared on Luxist on Fri, 12 Nov 2010 06:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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You know the sacred bond that is made when two people hold separate parts of a heart. They are Best Friends Forever. Or married. Whichever it happens to be, here’s a watch for them. This is “Dual Time,” a unisex GMT wristwatch with a unique feature: complimentary hour hands. Where normally three hands would mean hour, minute, and second, here they mean second, your hour, and your friend’s hour.

See the two thicker arms? One is for you, and one is for the hour that your friend is experiencing in a different time zone. The fun thing that happens is the change that happens once you and your friend reunite: the complimentary hands fit inside one another, creating a full, single hand of pure love!

Also there’s a day/night mark indicated by that single circle at the top middle of the watch. Black or white, you decide which is which.

Designers: Chiyu Chen and Han-Hsi Chen

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Looking for a new wearable instrument now that you’ve finally worn out your bongo drum t-shirt? Then you might want to consider ThinkGeeks’ new synthesizer shirt, which packs five different sampled instruments, full polyphonic sound, and a handsome “wearable” amp. Head on past the break to get an idea of what the shirt’s capable of, and look for it to start shipping on November 29th for $29.99 to $32.98 depending on the size.

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