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Aluminum

The Voiroo Zero's aeronautically-inspired frame

Italy's Albaviation is in the business of manufacturing small aircraft, along with parts for them. So, what happens when the company's TrixonLab division decides to build a hardtail mountain bike? Well, with its riveted sheet aluminum construction, the Zero's frame is pretty reminiscent of a retro airplane. According to its creators, however, there's more to the design than just unique looks.  Read More

Squids change color by contracting pigment-filled cells known as chromatophores – the Rice...

Scientists have long marveled at the squid's ability to sense the color of its surroundings, and then instantaneously change its own skin coloring in order to blend in. To that end, a number of projects have attempted to create man-made materials that are similarly able to change color on demand. One of the latest studies, being led by associate professor Stephan Link at Rice University, may ultimately result in improved LCD displays.  Read More

The Doumen Observation Tower, by RMJM (Image: RMJM)

There's something fishy going on in Zhuhai, Guangdong Province, China. Following an architectural competition, RMJM's Shenzhen office has been given the nod to build a striking observation tower that's meant to resemble a fish out of water and is clad in 1,400 aluminum scales.  Read More

Only one of only three 1964 Ferrari 275 GTB/C Speciale’s will go up for auction in Califor...

The collector car market has been anything but boring in recent times. The price for collectible Ferrari's has consistently been on the rise, culminating in last year's world record price of US$27.5 million for a 1967 Ferrari 275 NART Spider. Now another impressive bidding scenario is shaping up as one of only three 1964 Ferrari 275 GTB/C Speciale’s goes up for auction next month.  Read More

The Twelve24 ClockONE is the world's first E-Ink wall clock, which gives it several advant...

The Twelve24 ClockONE is the world's first E-Ink wall clock. E-Ink is normally used in eBook readers such as the Kindle, but Twelve24 has used it as the basis for the ClockONE ... and with good reason, as E-Ink offers some advantages over more traditional displays.  Read More

An electric car featuring Phinergy and Alcoa’s aluminum-air battery system made its track ...

Last year, Phinergy and Alcoa announced the development of an aluminum-air battery that could give an electric car a potential range of 1,000 miles (1,609 km), though stops for a water top-up would be needed every couple of hundred miles. Now the companies have debuted the technology on the track at Montreal’s Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve.  Read More

Ford's Lightweight Concept vehicle based on the Fusion weighs less than a Fiesta

At NAIAS in January, Ford showed the world its new lightweight F-150 truck, which slashed 700 lb (318 kg) from its predecessor's weight to improve handling and fuel economy. Now the automaker has taken the weight-saving techniques from the F-150 and applied them to a new Lightweight Concept vehicle based on a Ford Fusion sedan.  Read More

The 2015 Akylone hypercar promises 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) time of 2.7 seconds (Photo: Genty...

Genty Automobile has released further details of its 2015 Akylone concept that promises to give even the most potent supercars a run for their money. Some two years after first revealing plans to introduce a new supercar to the market, Genty has now updated and uprated its design to provide even more power, with a 366 CID V8 with twin turbos that promises to put out more than 1,200 bhp, and provide the Akylone with a blistering 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) time of 2.7 seconds.  Read More

The Analogue Nt sports genuine NES guts

Many of those who cut their gaming teeth on Nintendo's original 8-bit console still hold a candle for the Nintendo Entertainment System, or NES (released as the slightly-different but compatible Famicom in Japan). Retro-gaming hardware company Analogue Interactive is set to capitalize on this nostalgia with the Analogue Nt, an updated NES that boasts modern upgrades and is housed in a case made from a single solid block of aluminum.  Read More

The creators of Cylo see it as the ultimate urban bicycle, as it brings together a range o...

Cylo is a brand of urban bicycle that's completely new to the market, and its creators are so confident they've brought together the right mix of ingredients that they're claiming Cylo is the "ultimate urban bicycle."  Read More

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