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Angus MacKenzie

Automotive Review

Review: Cadillac ATS Coupe

Cadillac has upped its coupe game with the new ATS-4. Our tester, the 2.0 liter turbo variant, makes 14 percent more torque than last year's model and 10 percent more than the V6 version. True to its lineage, this Caddy delivers a smooth ride and loves an open road.Read More

Marine

U-Boat Worx gets sporty with compact HP Sport Sub 2

Dutch firm U-Boat Worx describes the latest addition to its line of submersibles as a "subsea-Ferrari". Like many Ferraris, the company's new HP Sport Sub 2 seats two and comes in eye-catching red, but unlike most Ferraris, it can carry a pilot and passenger to a depth of 100 m (330 ft) beneath the waves for periods of up to six hours.Read More

Automotive

Drivebot provides real-time monitoring of vehicle health

For many drivers, a vehicle’s inner workings are akin to magic. When something goes wrong with the car, we take it to the mechanic and trust them to provide an accurate, honest resolution recommendation. But what if there was an app that could provide us vehicular simpletons with ongoing monitoring and recommend a non-biased solution when a problem is identified? That’s exactly what five Thai engineers thought when they set about developing the Drivebot, a device described as a Fitbit for your car.Read More

Medical

Cell transplant enables paralyzed man to walk again

In 2010, Darek Fidyka was paralyzed from the chest down as a result of a knife attack that left an 8 mm gap in his spinal column. Now surgeons in Poland, working in collaboration with scientists in London, have given Fidyka the ability to walk again thanks to a new procedure using transplanted cells from his olfactory bulbs. Read More

Automotive

Radical 4-in-1 piston engine promises hybrid-like efficiency

One of the many challenges facing engine designers is the need to increase power output while simultaneously retaining or improving efficiency. Although a four-cylinder engine is still an engineering marvel, there remain many friction points that reduce energy output. Namikoshi Electronics of Japan believes its unorthodox 4-in-1 concept engine could provide an alternative powerplant to the automobile industry. Read More

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