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Ben Coxworth

Ben Coxworth

An experienced freelance writer, videographer and television producer, Ben's interest in all forms of innovation is particularly fanatical when it comes to human-powered transportation, film-making gear, environmentally-friendly technologies and anything that's designed to go underwater. He lives in Edmonton, Alberta, where he spends a lot of time going over the handlebars of his mountain bike, hanging out in off-leash parks, and wishing the Pacific Ocean wasn't so far away.

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— Aircraft

Elektra One Solar becomes first solar-electric aircraft to cross the Alps in both directions

By - July 13, 2015 4 Pictures

It's been quite a month for electric aircraft. First, the Solar Impulse 2 broke distance and duration records when it flew from Japan to Hawaii. Then, two competing teams both claimed to have made the world's first electric flight across the English Channel. Now, Germany's PC-Aero says that its Elektra One Solar has become the first solar-electric plane to cross the Alps in both directions.

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— Digital Cameras

Lumenati CS1 uses retro design to improve your iPhone videography

By - July 13, 2015 6 Pictures

Smartphone cameras are increasingly taking the place of stand-alone consumer video cameras, and in a lot of ways that makes sense. A phone, however, isn't nearly as easy to hold onto while shooting – its screen can also be difficult to see in bright sunlight. Well, that's where the Lumenati CS1 comes in. It's a videography case for the iPhone 6, and it has the same form factor as a classic Super 8mm movie camera.

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— Environment

Synthetic rhinoceros horn could help save real rhinos

By - July 9, 2015 4 Pictures

When asked to name an endangered species, rhinos are probably one of the first animals to come to most peoples' minds. In both Africa and Asia, poaching is causing populations to plummet, due mainly to demand for rhino horn as an ingredient in traditional Asian medicine – whether or not it actually has any medicinal value is another question altogether. In any case, San Francisco-based biotech startup Pembient is developing what it hopes could be a solution: inexpensive bioengineered rhino horn, which could out-compete the genuine item.

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Azura wave energy system deployed in Hawaii

Although wave energy-harvesting systems are often just presented as concepts that may someday see actual use, one was recently deployed in Hawaii to provide power to the municipal grid. Built by Northwest Energy Innovations, the Azura device will remain in operation for a 12-month assessment period, with an eye toward eventual commercialization.

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— Outdoors

Skylodge Adventure Suites – for travelers who want to hang out in Peru

By - July 8, 2015 17 Pictures

If you're in need of a good case of vertigo, just Google the term "rock climbing bivy." Essentially, it's a narrow cot that a mountain climber fastens to a cliff face, where they proceed to precariously spend the night dangling above oblivion. Although you might not want to push things quite that far, you can now get the same sort of thrill – but in a safer, more comfortable fashion – by staying in one of Natura Vive's three Skylodge Adventure Suites.

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