Highlights from the 2015 Geneva Motor Show
A study indicates electric vehicles could help make cities cooler (Photo: Shutterstock)

Those who question the environmental benefits of electric vehicles over their gas-guzzling brethren often point out that the electricity powering EVs usually comes from fossil fuel-burning power plants. But a study conducted by researchers at Michigan State University (MSU) and Hunan University in China has revealed some hidden benefits of EVs, regardless of where the electricity originates.  Read More

The Leoht powers portable devices, provides interior lighting, includes a discrete Alcove ... The Leoht Tote could put an end to rummaging in the depths of your handbag for your phone, only to discover the battery is almost dead. Dubbed "the evolution of the handbag" it comes with in-built lithium ion battery and LED lighting, two USB ports and wireless recharging capabilities – and it looks good, too.  Read More

The wheels of the Bloodhound SSC generate 50,000 g's, meaning a lot of technology is requi...

If the Bloodhound Supersonic Car (SSC) team makes good in its attempt to break the land speed record, the car will be traveling at 1,000 mph (1,609 km/h). At such speeds, the wheels will be spinning so fast that hitting even the smallest pebble could be catastrophic. To protect both the car and the driver, the designers of Bloodhound have had to come up with some high-tech answers to building the wheels and protecting against their failure.  Read More

The Model S has been given a software update (Photo: Tesla)

Tesla has released the latest over-the-air update for its Model S, which includes a number of navigation upgrades designed to cut down on range anxiety by constantly communicating with the brand's burgeoning Supercharger network.  Read More

Today's development will certainly be welcome news for Amazon, but won't have Jeff Bezos s...

It's been more than a year in the making but it seems that the regulatory wheels are beginning to turn on Amazon's bold plan for drone delivery. The FAA has today granted the online retailer permission to start testing its unmanned aircraft as part of its Prime Air initiative. It does come with its share of caveats, however, so don't expect a box set to be plonked down on your doorstep anytime soon.  Read More

Top sale honors for the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance week went to the 1960 Ferrari 40...

Countless make and model records were broken at all three of the Amelia Island Concours elite collectible car auctions on the weekend, with a 1960 Ferrari 400 Superamerica SWB Cabriolet fetching US$6,380,000 and becoming one of the top 100 cars ever sold at auction, 23 cars selling for more than a million (RM-Sothebys 13, Gooding seven and Bonhams three), and $101 million worth of cars sold in three days. Testimony to the buoyancy of the market were the sell-through rates – Bonhams 78 percent, Gooding 89 percent and RM-Sotheby's 98 percent.  Read More

The Shoe Lights feature 75-lumen LED lights to help make it safer to exercise at night

Exercising in the dark is something that many of us are forced to do by our perpetually hectic lifestyles. However, that does inevitably mean encountering extra dangers en route, such as uneven pavements and impatient drivers. The 270-degree Shoe Lights from Night Runner are designed to allow you to exercise more safely at night.  Read More

Don't throw that graphene away – its holes are proton-friendly (Image: University of Minne...

We already knew that graphene was a highly useful material, but just how useful is it? Well, it turns out that even defective graphene may be valuable. According to a team of mostly-American scientists, improperly-formed graphene could find use in next-generation fuel cells. Among other things, those cells might allow electric cars to be recharged in the amount of time that it currently takes to refuel a gas-burning vehicle.  Read More

A work-in-progress peek at what we might expect from Pebble Time smartstraps

When Pebble announced its Kickstarter record-shattering Pebble Time smartwatch (and its Steel counterpart), one part of the announcement that was easy to miss was its smartstraps. The modular component of Pebble Time lets hardware developers create their own add-ons for the watch, to make it as smart as you want it to be. Today Pebble is doubling down on the initiative, pledging US$1 million to fund smartstrap development.  Read More

The Litelok weighs less than a U-lock, yet is claimed to be as secure

It's kind of ironic that while many cyclists ride lightweight bikes, they still carry heavy-duty U-locks that weigh several pounds. In most cases, however, lighter cable locks can easily be defeated with a set of bolt cutters. That's why Prof. Neil Barron, a former aeronautical engineer, has created the Litelok. It's light and flexible like a cable lock, but reportedly stands up to over five minutes of attack from tools such as bolt cutters, jacks and hack saws.  Read More

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