The two-seat hovercraft utilizes a 130-hp turbocharged engine to power the lift fan and the thrust propeller that pushes it to 70 mph speeds. It’s registered as a boat, requiring no special license to operate. An aircraft-type joystick controls the three vertical rudders and the elevator. By adding the optional inflatable wings, the UH-18SP can soar up to 20 feet. Two 9-gallon fuel tanks provide a range of 160 for the pilot and one passenger. You can launch from the beach or backyard and be zooming across Biscayne Bay in minutes; $190,000; HoverCraft.com.
Some of the most unforgettable experiences for Rodrigo Vianna, MD, PhD, are when he comes across a patient who is now an adult and he performed a transplant on them as a baby. Seeing them older, living healthy lives, doing the things they love, is an ongoing inspiration.
The Chihuahua breed’s origins are steeped in mystery. It’s widely believed that they are direct descendants of the Techichi — a small dog of Chinese ancestry that dates back to Mayan times. It’s possible that explorers bred the Techichi with a small hairless dog, and the Chihuahua was the result.