A couple articles from Gizmag caught my eye today.
The first is that Japanese entrepreneur Daisuke Enomoto will be the next civilian on the International Space Station. Dice-K, as he is referred to, is a technology company exec and investment advisor. The good news is that Dice-K shouldn't have any trouble adjusting to the cramped quarters on the ISS which is still larger than a typical Tokyo apartment.
The second is that someone has shoehorned a 1000cc 180 horsepower sportbike engine into the Smart. This has turned the minute motorcar into a tiny terror that does the quartermile in the 12s. This is really scary. Not because you have a little car that goes very fast. That is kinda cool. No, the problem is that the Smart has been declared the worst cornering car ever by Top Gear. It is tall, skinny, and short. The worse of all possible worlds in terms of cornering. This wasn't a problem when it was also slow, but putting a fast engine in one is creating a widow maker.