Highlights from the 2014 LA Auto Show
A glowing band in the ionosphere as seen from the International Space Station (Image: NASA...

NASA has announced that it is going forward with its Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON). Scheduled to launch in 2017, the orbital mission aims to study the effects of the lower atmosphere on the ionosphere and its impact on the Earth’s surface.  Read More

The Freedom Chair's knobby bike tires and torque-increasing lever drive help it navigate r...

The wheelchair provides invaluable mobility to those with disabilities, but there are countless places where it can't go. Trails, parks, beaches, woods …without a paved road or structured pathway, the wheelchair can quickly find itself out of its element. The GRIT Freedom Chair updates wheelchair design – well not technically wheelchair, but "recreational device" – with all-terrain capabilities. Part mountain bike, part (recreational) wheelchair, the Freedom Chair opens up a new world of exploration.  Read More

Artist's impression of the Philae lander (Image: ESA) (Image: ESA)

After its historic landing on a comet, the Philae spacecraft has gone silent. Trapped on its side in a shadowed hole, the unmanned European Space Agency lander was unable to receive enough sunlight to recharge its battery and contact was lost today at 00:36 GMT when power levels dropped below critical.  Read More

Chevy's new 2X VGT revives the spirit of innovation set by Chaparral in the 60s and 70s

We're pretty sure the Nissan Concept 2020 is the coolest of the Vision Gran Turismo concepts. Then again, maybe it's the Aston Martin DP-100? A trip a little farther down memory lane reminds us of last year's Mercedes-Benz. With so many virtual racers hitting PlayStation this past year, it's difficult to decide. Another Vision Gran Turismo debut is sure to make the decision even tougher. Chevy is preparing a design based on Chaparral race cars from the 60s and 70s, adding a bit of historical pedigree to what promises to be a wild, futuristic track car.  Read More

Using a smartphone, users could scan QR codes to see encrypted 3D images (Photo: Shutterst...

Whether they're on product packaging, promotional materials or in magazines, most QR codes do the same thing – when a smartphone scans them with its camera, they trigger that phone's web browser to navigate to a given website. In the near future, however, they may be used to securely display 3D images on the user's phone, without even involving the often-untrustworthy internet.  Read More

The Wearhaus Arc is aimed at making sharing music personal again

Headphones are, by their very nature, a solo experience. They enclose the user with his or her music, and block out the world around them. Wearhaus aims to change that with its new Arc headphones, that promise to allow users to connect with each other by streaming music to other Arc wearers.  Read More

The E.T definitely has a look of its own We're certainly seeing a lot of folding electric scooters lately, including models that can be carried in a backpack, go off-road, and feature rear-wheel steering. One of the latest, the E.T Scooter, certainly has a unique look – and it can reportedly fold in just five seconds.  Read More

The Burg lets users place calls, send messages and more, right from their wrist The Burg 12 smartwatch from lifestyle designer Hermen van den Burg allows users to make phone calls, send messages and more, without the need to connect the device to a smartphone. It’s not the best looking wearable we’ve seen, but it offers significant standalone functionality.  Read More

Fuhu's Nabi DreamTab HD 8 is a fully featured, sophisticated Android tablet for kids with ...

Prying your iPad or Kindle Fire away from a child's fingers can get old really quickly. If they're clamoring for their very own device, it can be tricky to find them a kids tablet that delivers the kind of performance they've gotten used to. Enter Fuhu's Nabi Dreamtab HD8. Packing a Tegra quad core processor, this children's tablet is filled with themed kid-friendly content.  Read More

Plum Quick Motors claims to have set a new record for the world's fastest golf cart Playing a round of golf can take a good few hours, not least because of the time taken to walk between shots. Using a golf cart can speed things up, of course, especially if it goes 118 mph (190 km/h). That's the speed Plum Quick Motors says one of its high speed golf carts has hit to claim a new world record.  Read More

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