London Lite Thursday, 27 August 2009 13 AND SHARK: THE LATEST GADGETS PUT YOU RIGHT IN CONTROL The week in numbers $20,000(about 12,000) is how much reward money is available for amateur astronomers who discover one or more new comets. This year the Edgar Wilson Award was divided five ways between stargazers from around the world who used amateur equipment to make their finds. 250times a year is how often Venice could be swamped by high water come the turn of the next century, even with a new flood barrier due to be completed in five years time. Currently, the treasured Italian city suffers tidal rises of 104 centimetres about four times a year, but new global warming predictions suggest Venetians could expect this to become an almost daily event. 140miles per hour is the new land speed record for a steam-powered car set this week by a British team in California. This was actually just the vehicles average speed, with a top speed of 151mph. The previous record of 127mph was set in 1906. 10,000times thinner than a strand of hair is the thickness of new solar cell inks that could be sprayed on the roofs of houses. The inks, made by Innovalight, are semi-transparent, which means they could also be used on windows. But with an energy efficiency of only one per cent, they need at least a tenfold improvement before they become economical. 1 is the number of ways sound can travel through a novel device that acts like a one-way acoustic mirror. It works by using a filtering material, which has the effect of converting sound to a new frequency and blocking any of the original sound waves from being reflected back. Its inventors say it could be used to create new acoustic medical imaging techniques. Swimways CyborgShark THE rubber ducky wont stand a chance against this bathtime predator. Although if youre considering investing in this toy you may want to think about getting a bigger bath, too. At 2ft long the shark can be controlled to swim in any direction, including backwards, thanks to a little propeller at its tail. Its movements are designed to simulate the swimming motion of a real shark. Probably best used at the beach where, using the waterproof remote control and operating it underwater, you can scare the trunks off your mates. Just when they thought it was safe to go back in the water... About70,swimoutlet.com 9/10 Watercannon THIS remote-controlled water cannon is a brilliant way of having fun on a hot summers day. Simply hook it up to your garden hose, then hide and lie in wait for your victim. With a range of 100 feet, the remote control will let you aim and rotate it up to 270 degrees. This means that not only will they not know what hit them, you can also keep aiming the powerful stream of water at them as they try to escape. It comes with three interchangeable nozzles for spray, mist or stream. 34, hammacher.com 7/10 Bladez MODELLED on the Terminator Hunter Killer robotic flying machines from the movie Terminator Salvation, these remote-controlled microfliers come with searchlights, folding feet and laser cannons with which to do battle. The aim is to be the first to hit your opponents flier three times with your laser and then watch as your disarmed enemy spins out of control. 40, bladeztoyz.co.uk Hoverpod THIS mini remote- control hovercraft launched this week. At the flick of a joystick the nifty device glides its way around your home -- and its not fussy what type of floor it drifts over, working just as well on the carpet as it does on hard surfaces. 24.95, firebox.com Your own personal Jaws: scare pals with this shark Fast: the steam-powered record breaker 9/10 7/10 index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html