Held on July 12th, the Goodwood Festival of Speed has claimed it's most successful year yet. Raising a whopping £36 million, the festival witnessed the sale of John Lennon's 1965 330GT 2+2 Coupe Ferrari. The Azzurro blue automobile, auctioning for £359,900, was purchased by Lennon upon completion of his driving license. It is reported that numerous luxury car dealers turned up at his house all vying to put John in one of their cars. Bought for a mere £6,500, the car smashed it's auction estimation by over £100,000.
NASA's Hubble space telescope has found another blue planet in space but the inhospitable world is not a pleasant watery orb like Earth or a floayy-mountain paradise like Pandora but a place you really, really don't want to visit. Boffins at NASA have figured out that the true colour of the planet is blue using visible-light observations taken by Hubble's Imaging Spectograph as the globe moved around its star 63 light years away.
Currently on display at the Royal Geographical Society in Kensington, this year's competition exhibits some truly stunning works. Taking the crown as overall winner this year was British photographer Craig Easton. Utilising two very different landscapes in his images, Easton's first image is a black and white photo of the Eiffel Tower. Easton cleverly captures this famous monument and the people visiting 'without trespassing' upon them. Conversely, Easton's second set of images were taken in Trotternish in the Isle of Skye. Described as 'moody' and 'dark', the pieces were a subtle exploration into Scottish weather.
French scientists say they have found a more accurate way to measure time. We currently use atomic clocks to count the seconds, but tests on an alternative atomic timekeeper have revealed that it is more precise. The French boffins at the Paris Observatory said it's new clocks, which are called optical lattice clocks, lose just one second every 300 million years. We're not sure here at My Dad Rocks exactly what percentage loss that works out so we'll stick with very, very little.
If you watched Andy Murray’s victory on Centre Court yesterday in 3D you’d better cherish the memory because the BBC has decided to take a three year break from the making and broadcasting of 3D telly due to it not taking off with the British public. The Beeb also admitted that 3D is a “hassle” to watch.
"Bollocks" we hear you say, and for once we'd agree. News has broken today that hawkmoths can emit powerful ultrasonic pulse beams from their plums in order to interfere with the sonar senses of predatory bats hunting them.
A team of Australian paleontologists have uncovered findings of a 'bizarre, pouched super-predator' known as Thylacosmilus atrox. Thought to have dominated South America millions of years ago, the beast can be best linked to the sabre-tooth tiger, whilst it's closest living relatives are the 'Australian and American marsupials'. Despite having huge canine teeth, the mammal's bite was incredibly weak and instead used it's powerful forearms to disable prey.
After the frenzy surrounding the reported Mayan end of the world date, it has gone rather quiet on this front. However, a group of scientists have recently evaluated what a realistic end of the world date would be and, fortunately, this could not be for another 'two billion years'. The beginning of the end will start with the levels of carbon dioxide declining. With the sun aging and slowly getting hotter, carbon dioxide will gradually be taken away preventing plants from carrying out photosynthesis. If plants begin to die out then life on Earth will make a drastic change.
The latest work from director Ben Wheatley, A Field In England, will be the first feature to be released simultaneously on four different formats. An exploration into the English Civil War, the film will be shown in 17 cinemas across the country, as well as through video-on-demand services and available to buy on DVD and Blu-ray formats this Friday. Whilst it is a bold move, it could well pave the way for smaller independent films to do the same.
The news that Red Bull driver Mark Webber is to leave F1 at the end of the season has come as quite a shock to the driving world. The 'down-to-earth' driver has chosen to move on to pastures new - specifically with 'Porsche's new sportscar programme' to compete in the Le Mans 24 hour race. For fans of the sport, Webber was definitely one of the 'good guys'.
Famed magician Dynamo has created a real buzz on the internet with his recent bus levitation trick - but how is it that he pulled this off? Speculation has been rife since the stunt took place and many have moved to put forward their theories. Much of this has surrounded Dynamo's right arm which seems to be stationery throughout the duration of the trick. One of the theories states that Dynamo is utilising a prosthetic limb which supports his body weight. If so, Dynamo's right arm would have been under his clothes yet none of the people on the bus made this observation.