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— Bicycles

Student-designed bicycle device designed to save lives

Many people are afraid of riding their bicycles on busy roads full of motorized vehicles, and it's easy to understand why. Not only are bikes slower and offer less protection than cars, but they can also be more difficult for drivers to notice. A device invented by a British design student, however, could help level the playing field a little. It's called BLAZE, and it alerts drivers to the presence of a cyclist by projecting a laser image onto the road in front of the bicycle. Read More
— Laptops

The famous Datamancer’s Steampunk Laptop is now up for sale

Many readers might have heard of one of the most bizarre yet beautiful custom laptop mods in recent years, the Steampunk Laptop. Designed and built by Richard "Datamancer" Nagy, the device is a handcrafted steampunk masterpiece, desired by many fans of the Victorian style. Until now, however, it hasn't been available for sale. Nagy recently announced that after thousands of inquiries, he's ready to start building and selling the first batch of Steampunk Laptops. Read More
— Sports

JF3 Freedom Bluetooth Buds offer cordless listening

There’s no denying that listening to some motivating tunes can help make the time fly by, when you’re working out or going for a run. Probably just about everyone who has ever worn a personal music device when doing so, however, has had this happen at least once: you go to move your arm, and it catches on your earphone cord, causing your earphones to be violently yanked out. JayBird’s new JF3 Freedom Bluetooth Buds are designed to keep that from happening. Read More
— Environment

Infrabel and Enfinity announce completion of 16,000-panel solar train tunnel

The roof of a two mile stretch of tunnel over Belgium's high speed rail line has been fitted out with 16,000 solar panels to provide power for trains running through Antwerp Central Station and the surrounding railway infrastructure. Solar solution provider Enfinity says that about 4,000 trains per year - or the equivalent of a full day's worth of Belgian rail traffic - will be able to run entirely on solar power generated by the installation. Read More
— Motorcycles

Segway MotoCzysz wins the IOM electric motorcycle race at 99.513 mph average speed

The continuing progress of electric motorcycle racing was illustrated this week when MotoCzysz won the TT Zero Race at the Isle of Man for the second year running. In achieving a new lap record for electric motorcycles of 99.513 mph, the Segway-sponsored MotoCzysz E1PC went within a whisker of claiming the GBP10,000 prize for the first electric bike to lap the 37 mile circuit at 100mph at the same time as demonstrating yet another quantum leap in electric bike performance from last year’s 96.820 mph average and the 2009 winning average of 87.434 mph. Read More
— Science

Self-taught metallurgist creates lighter, stronger steel in a flash

Having been around for a few centuries, steel is what is known as a “mature technology” and the basic process of heat-treating has remained largely unchanged in the modern age. So when self-taught metallurgist Gary Cola approached engineers at Ohio State University claiming to have found a way to increase the strength of steel by seven percent, they were justifiably skeptical. However, after the engineers tested steel produced using the new method, Cole’s claims were borne out and the engineers set about understanding what was happening. Read More
— Health and Wellbeing

World's first Bluetooth 4.0 heart rate monitor will catalyze new genre of smartphone apps

OEM/ODM specialist Dayton Industrial is set to commence volume production of a low energy Bluetooth 4.0 heart-rate chest belt using Nordic Semiconductor's new µBlue nRF8001 chip. That might not seem all that ground breaking at first glance, but it’s a significant event likely to kickstart a whole new genre of health and fitness related smartphone apps which use the wireless heart-rate (HR) belt to monitor, display and analyse heart rate data. Indeed, I can see a whole new and exciting range of training apps which use social networking to support and share one's progress. Read More
— Automotive

BAC Mono to make public debut at Goodwood Festival of Speed

The 2011 Goodwood Festival of Speed kicks off at the end of the month and one of the vehicles on our "must-see" list is the Briggs Automotive Company (BAC) Mono. Making its public debut at the event, the BAC Mono is a single-seat, road-legal (in Europe), high-performance sports car that looks to just have the edge on its KTM X-Bow and Ariel Atom trackday rivals with the ability to go from 0-60 mph (96 km/h) in 2.8 seconds on the way to a top speed of 170 mph (273.6 km/h). Read More
— Architecture

School of art brings a new slant to the rooftop garden

Architectural firm CPG Consultants has fulfilled its "green" brief by incorporating a grassed rooftop into the flowing lines of the 5-storey School of Art, Design & Media at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. The 18,000 sqm building maintains the fluidity of the surrounding valley from the entrance to the main foyer and up into the external turfed roofs. Featured internal glass walls serve to enhance this visual connectivity with the lush surrounding, whilst also allowing light to flood through the classrooms. Read More
— Health and Wellbeing

Color-changing, heat-sensitive bandage indicates infection

Researchers have developed a fiber that changes color in response to temperature with the aim of creating a smart bandage that can indicate the state of underlying wounds and warn of infection. With the ability to show temperature changes of less than 0.5 of a degree Celsius, the smart bandage would allow for easier and faster identification of healing problems that are typically accompanied by an increase or decrease in local temperature, such as infection or interruptions to blood supply. Read More
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