Highlights from the 2014 LA Auto Show

Gizmag Team

The study, published this week in the journal Circulation, provides the first physiologica...

If you haven't heard about takotsubo cardiomyopathy, also known as "broken heart syndrome," you may be surprised to find that one to two percent of people who are initially suspected of having a heart attack are finally discovered to have this increasingly recognized syndrome. New research suggests the condition that temporarily causes heart failure in people who experience severe stress might actually protect the heart from very high levels of adrenaline.  Read More

Fuso's second-generation Canter Hybrid gets 25% better fuel economy Mercedes-owned Fuso is to expand the availability of its newly announced second-generation hybrid Canter truck in Europe. Designed at Daimler’s Global Hybrid Center in Japan, the new truck promises an identical driving experience and servicing costs, plus a 25 percent improvement in fuel economy.  Read More

Audi takes Le Mans 1-2 with R18 e-tron quattro hybrids Audi achieved another near perfect race result at the Le Mans 24 Hour today with the first victory of a hybrid vehicle and a stunning 1-2 for the Audi R18 e-tron quattro. Both Toyota hybrids didn't finish and neither did the Nissan Delta.  Read More

The Audi R18 e-tron quattro of Fässler/Lotterer/Tréluyer took pole with a time of 3m 23.78... Audi has taken pole position for the Le Man 24 Hour race with its new R18 e-tron quattro, with André Lotterer beating last year’s best time by nearly two seconds. Audi qualified second and sixth with the Audi R18 ultra and first and fourth with the two R18 e-tron quattros. Toyota's TS030 hybrids managed third and fifth to set up an interesting battle of with hybrids filling four of the top five grid placings. The race runs for 24 hours this weekend and you can monitor the tussle in a variety of ways.  Read More

The 'Polar Hawk' will be designed to airborne provide surveillance in harsh Arctic conditi... Northrop Grumman has announced that it will collaborate with Canadian aerospace and defence company L-3 MAS to send a variant of the Global Hawk Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) into Arctic skies.  Read More

The TMG EV P002 Toyota Motorsport is hoping for a spectacular few months in the middle of 2012, most notably with the race debut for the TS030 HYBRID in the Le Mans 24 hour and now for an EV assault on Pikes Peak. Not content with challenging the all-conquering Audi Team Joest with its hybrid 3400 cc V8 and supercapacitor energy storage system, the company has unveiled a new development of its TMG EV P001 car (which set a very respectable EV lap record at the Nürburgring Nordschleife in 2011) dubbed the P002 with which it will compete in the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in Colorado on July 8.  Read More

The revised 2013 McLaren MP4-12C gains 25 hp

McLaren has announced a raft of upgrades to its already formidable MP4-12C supercar. A 25 hp increase in power that gives the 12C’s 3.8-litre twin turbo V8 engine a maximum output of 616 hp (625 PS) leads the list of enhancements which will come online later this year.  Read More

Eikon mini USB fingerprint reader While fingerprint-reading security peripherals aren't exactly the new kids on the block, the latest offering from AuthenTec has two distinct things going for it - its compact size and its US$10 launch price. The Eikon mini is Mac and PC compatible, has a built-in USB connector and when plugged in, measures just 0.6 x 0.75 x by 0.5 inches (15 x 19 x 13 mm).  Read More

The 1910 Edison-Puton Monowheel has the frame, rider and a 150cc De Dion engine enclosed b... The annual Cholmondeley Pageant of Power in the U.K. never fails to deliver something special and this year that exotic ingredient is a 1910 Edison-Puton Monowheel. Capable of being ogled by engineers for hundreds of hours at a time, the Monowheel was built in Paris in 1910, and bears testimony to human folly at its most ingenious.  Read More

This 'trigonal bipyramidal' crystalline structure that forms the basis of OSU's 'cool blue... Researchers at Oregon State University have discovered a new type of blue pigment that could help boost the energy efficiency of buildings. Discovered unexpectedly three years ago, the "cool blue" pigment has unusually high infrared heat reflectivity which it is hoped can be channeled into commercial products in the near future.  Read More

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