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— Automotive

More luxurious than the average Range Rover: Design Q’s Q-VR

By - July 26, 2010 3 Pictures
Now that you’ve got that Air Deck balcony for your private jet, which is no doubt decked out with a suitably opulent interior, you’re probably looking for a way to get around on the ground in similar luxury. Thankfully, design consultancy Design Q has you covered there as well with its Q-VR. It’s a stretched Range Rover that boasts all the luxury embellishments associated with private jets to allow VIPs to travel in the same level of comfort on the ground as they enjoy in the air. Read More
— Automotive

RaceAbout still in the running for Automotive X PRIZE

By - July 26, 2010 7 Pictures
The purpose of the Automotive X PRIZE is to stimulate development of real-world, practical environmentally-friendly vehicles and the resulting designs make for a wildly varied collection. Of the 12 vehicles currently left in the competition, some look like they rolled straight out of Blade Runner while others – like the RaceAbout – would hardly raise an eyebrow in today's car showrooms. But despite its mainstream looks, this thing definitely makes a strong visual – and technological – statement. Read More
— Medical

Students design device to detect premature labor

By - July 26, 2010 3 Pictures
When a baby is born preterm – between 20 and 37 weeks – it can cause significant health risks for the child as well as emotional and financial hardship for the family. Until now, doctors have mostly relied on a external device attached to the abdomen to detect premature labor, but a new internal system - developed by Johns Hopkins graduates – could detect uterine contractions very early in the pregnancy which could assist doctors to prolong the pregnancy. Read More
— Digital Cameras

Four new Finepix cameras from Fujifilm

By - July 26, 2010 11 Pictures
The latest FinePix compact camera releases from Fujifilm offer either 12 or 14 megapixel sensors, between 5x and 18x optical zoom lenses with both wide- and super wide-angle varieties available, and both touchscreen and non-touchscreen LCD displays. Panoramic image sweep and 720p high definition video feature on all four models, and one unit lets users not worry about forgetting to pack the charger by offering power in standard AA battery format. Read More
— Bicycles

Etta commuter cycle carries cargo, too

By - July 26, 2010 10 Pictures
The upright bicycle riding position offered by the familiar diamond-shape frame has been completely abandoned by designer Nick Foley in favor of a semi-recumbent driving pose. His Etta 3-speed prototype is claimed to offer users a more comfortable, natural ride whilst also providing better all-round visibility and a built-in storage compartment. Gizmag's Paul Ridden takes a closer look. Read More
— Medical

Nanotechnology and stem cells rejuvenate arteries

By - July 26, 2010
A combination of nanotechnology and adult stem cells has been shown to destroy arterial plaque (atherosclerosis) in the heart of pigs. Pigs that received stem cells also showed signs of new blood vessel growth and restoration of artery function according to the study reported at the American Heart Association's Basic Cardiovascular Sciences 2010 Scientific Sessions – Technological and Conceptual Advances in Cardiovascular Disease. Read More
— Robotics

Ranger walking robot sets new world record at 1.34mph

By - July 26, 2010 5 Pictures
It might not have been setting a cracking pace, but a Cornell University robot named Ranger set an unofficial world record on July 6 when it walked 14.3 miles in about 11 hours on a single charge. The untethered, four-legged robot was steered around the 1/8-mile indoor track in Cornell’s Barton Hall by a human operator using a standard toy remote control some 108.5 times. On its record setting journey Ranger made 65,185 steps, beating the former record for an untethered legged robot of 12.8 miles set by Boston Dynamics’ BigDog. Read More
— Environment

Terra-Gen Power secures $1.2 billion for largest wind farm in U.S.

By - July 25, 2010
New York-based alternative energy supplier Terra-Gen Power has secured $1.2 billion in financing for the construction of what it says will be the largest wind farm in the U.S. The funds will deliver four projects at the company's Alta Wind Energy Center in Kern County, California, with a capacity of 570 megawatts. A total of 190 3.0 MW Vestas-American Wind Technology turbines will be used in the new initiative. These will be added to the already underway 150 MW Alta Project I which uses GE turbines. Eventually it's envisioned that the Alta Wind Energy Center will deliver 3,000 MW of wind power. Read More
— Urban Transport

Priestmanngoode unveils new high speed train concept for Britain

By - July 25, 2010 3 Pictures
In an effort to persuade the UK Government to move forward with the project as soon as possible, design studio, Pristmanngoode, has unveiled its high speed train concept, the Mercury. The company has previously worked with Chinese rolling stock manufacturer, Sifang, to design high speed trains for China and other parts of the world and now believes that a new high speed train is vital for the future of Britain. Perhaps taking London’s famous buses as an example, the Mercury is a double-decker train that incorporates a flexible, open plan design that Priestmanngoode says allows passengers to interact without compromising privacy. Read More
— Automotive

Automotive X PRIZE: Team TW4XP hoping for a three-wheeled win

By - July 25, 2010 6 Pictures
It would be a huge understatement to say that the 12 vehicles remaining in the Automotive X PRIZE are pretty unusual. One of the things that was particularly fun for those of us recently attending the Finals Stage in Michigan, in fact, was observing all the different forms and configurations that the different teams’ automobiles have taken. One standout (and they’re all standouts really) has been the TW4XP, representing the team of the same name. The vehicle is a sneak-peek of the next generation of Twike, a production electric three-wheeler built and sold by some of the team members back home in Germany. One of the things that makes regular Twikes special is the fact that they have pedals, so you can extend their range by giving the battery a break and pedaling on the easy stuff. While other X PRIZE contenders such as the Aptera may be sexier than the TW4XP, it represents an already-available vehicle that could help you work off those unwanted extra pounds. Read More