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Bicycles

Garmin's Varia Radar warns cyclists of traffic approaching from the rear

Garmin gave hope to many a floundering tech startup's CEO earlier this year when it purchased Ikubu Ltd in the wake of a crowdfunding campaign that came up short. Though the company failed to capture the imagination of the Dragon Innovation crowdfunding community, Garmin liked the cut of Ikubu's jib, so it snapped the company up with a view to bringing its rear-facing bike radar system to market. Now, the electronics giant has unveiled the finished, more polished product dubbed Varia Radar, which also integrates with Garmin's Edge cycle computer.Read More

Health & Wellbeing

Mommy's Watches tracks safety of breast milk

According to the Center for Disease Control, breast milk will stay good for around 6 hours at room temperature, five days in the fridge and two weeks or more in the freezer. That might sound pretty straight forward, but when you're dealing with the stresses of raising a child, it can be difficult to keep track. Mommy's Watches is a new device that attaches to breast milk bottles, and is designed to help mothers, fathers and other care givers assess whether milk is still safe to use.Read More

Automotive

Study suggests that HUD tech may actually reduce driving safety

Cruising at speed down the highway with a heads-up display (HUD) constantly feeding data into your line of sight can make anyone feel like a jet pilot on the road; totally in control of your vehicle and primed to avert any potential danger that comes your way. However, recent studies by the University of Toronto show that the HUD multi-tasking method of vehicle piloting may well not provide the extra margin of safety that we think it does. In fact, according to the researchers, it could be downright dangerous.

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Energy

Additives keep lithium-ion batteries from catching fire

Processor chips may get all the glory, but if it wasn't for lithium-ion batteries, modern electronics would look like something out of the 1950s. Unfortunately, while they may be compact and long lasting, these batteries also suffer from overheating and can become fire hazards as they get old. Now a team led by Stanford University and the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory has come up with an additive that holds the promise of extending lithium battery life while improving safety and performance.Read More

Space

NASA testing MRAP armored vehicles for launch pad evacuations

Earlier this month, SpaceX carried out a successful test of the Crew Dragon's Launch Abort System (LAS), which would carry the capsule to safety in the event of an emergency. This is no doubt a great comfort to future space travelers, but what about the ground crew or if the astronauts aren't inside the capsule when an emergency occurs? To help protect them and speed them away from danger, NASA is testing a 45,000-pound MRAP armored vehicle as an evacuation carrier for upcoming manned missions.Read More

Bicycles

Byxee watches the road when cyclists don't

While most cyclists like to think that they're pretty good at spotting road hazards such as potholes and sewer grates, the fact is that no one can watch the asphalt all the time. Inevitably, things like smartphone navigation screens, motorists or traffic lights are going to distract them. That's why Byxee was created. It's a bar-mounted device that scans the road in front of the bike hundreds of times per second, alerting the rider to anything that might wreck their wheels or even cause them to crash.Read More

Automotive

New tools in the fight against drunk driving revealed

America's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has shown members of Congress the latest advances it has made in the quest for anti drunk-driving technology in the car. Working in partnership with an industry consortium, the NHTSA unveiled a test-car designed to help it fine-tune driver interactions with potentially life-saving anti drunk-driving innovations.Read More

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