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Carroll Shelby is considered one of the great American success stories of the 20th century...

Automotive legend Carroll Hall Shelby passed away yesterday at age 89. Born in Texas on January 11, 1923, Shelby was a leading race car driver, then race and performance car designer who became a household name for his exploits.  Read More

NTU's nanoporous antimicrobial coating is being used in the manufacture of contact lenses

Scientists at Singapore's Nanyang Technological University (NTU) have created a "magnetic-like" coating that traps and destroys 99 percent of the bacteria and fungi that it encounters. The antibacterial coating has been shown to be effective against superbugs like Staphylococcus aureus and is already being used in the manufacture of contact lenses. As well as finding numerous biomedical and household applications, the research could lead to new wound treatments and even be used to target bacterial infections inside the body without the use of conventional antibiotics.  Read More

The Iguana 24 Amphibian As forecast when we broke the news of the caterpillar-driven Iguana 29 amphibious vehicle last year, Iguana has released details of a smaller Iguana 24.  Read More

The Brammo Empulse will cost US$16,995 when it hits the road in June Brammo has revealed pricing and release details for its new Empulse and Empulse R electric motorcycles. Both models are specced at an impressive 100 mph (160 km/h) top speed and 100 mile (160 km) range.  Read More

MDI compressed-air technology is being developed in India by Tata Motors (pictured is MDI'... Cars that run on compressed air sound like a fantastic idea on paper, but bringing this technology to the masses has proven, well, a difficult road to travel. There's some positive news on the air-car front though - auto giant Tata Motors, which holds the license to develop Motor Development International's (MDI) air engine technology in India, has announced that it has completed the proof of the technical concept and demonstration phase of its air-car program and is now moving toward a market ready product.  Read More

Volvo’s hybrid truck, ‘Mean Green’, established new world speed records on April 27th at W... Volvo’s 2100 bhp D16 diesel/electric "Mean Green" hybrid truck has established a new world speed record for hybrid trucks, beating its own record. The Mean Green's 236.577 km/h (147.002 mph) flying kilometer is not much faster than the wind-powered land speed record of 202.9 km/h set by Ecotricity Greenbird in 2009, but then again the truck runs the same Volvo hybrid drive system powering hundreds of Volvo buses throughout the world, including London's double-decker buses.  Read More

The Prindiville's Lamborghini Aventador and Aventador J versions are at top. The originals...

Here's something you don't see every day - it's a concept based on a concept, and it comes from London coachbuilder Prindiville. Prindiville's eight-only Limited Edition Lamborghini Aventador is already on sale, and it's so keen to get its hands on the Aventador J Concept which Lamborghini showed in Geneva in March, that it has released this concept based on the original concept. Power is up from 700 to 805 bhp, but every panel, from the front bumper to the rear diffuser and rear wing is reshaped and lightened. Prindiville claims its J will sprint from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in around 2.5 seconds, which would make it one of the fastest four-wheelers on public roads anywhere.  Read More

Aston Martin showed three 'Year of the Dragon' special editions in Beijing While there were no totally new offerings from Aston Martin at Auto China 2012, the British luxury automaker took the opportunity to showcase its personalization capabilities by unveiling three "Year of the Dragon" special editions. The decked-out DBS Volante, Virage Coupe and V8 Vantage S Coupe on show in Beijing are part of the company's "Dragon 88" edition which will be limited to, you guessed it, 88 customized sports cars.  Read More

The prototype middle-ear microphone attached to a cadaver’s umbo (Photo: Case Western Rese...

U.S researchers are developing a tiny middle ear "microphone" that could remove the need for any external components on cochlear implants. Led by University of Utah engineer Darrin J. Young, the research team has produced and tested a prototype of the device which uses an accelerometer attached to the tiny bones of the middle ear to detect sound vibration.  Read More

CH-Auto's Lithia EV Sports Car China's CH Auto made a big splash at the last Auto China by displaying a Ferrari 599 copy named the Aculeus. This time the company has begun displaying some original talent and has produced a stylish electric sportscar prototype.  Read More

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