June 25th, 2008

Steam Coach

Steam and Secrecy

The BBC are reporting an attempt on the world speed record for a steam car, which has been held by a Stanley Steamer for over 100 years:

British-built steam car unveiled

There was a fuller article about the technology which seems to have disappeared, but I'll add if it resurfaces. Update: it turns out to be an old article that got briefly revived due to the popularity of the new one:

Steam engines could be eco hope

And the improbably-named commentator on database development, Phil Factor, suggests that Charles Babbage's machines may have been more successful than popularly supposed:

The biggest secret?