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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

Sports

Carbon fiber head plate to protect baseball pitchers

Last August, Miami Marlins pitcher Dan Jennings was hit in the head by a line drive – a 101-mph (163-km/h) line drive. The horrifying video clip made any viewer hope that such an incident would never happen again. But it already has. While the risk is statistically low, comeback line drives to the head occur virtually every season in professional baseball. The MLB is trying to find a workable solution, but so far, approved protective head gear has proven bulky, awkward and extremely unpopular. Jennings is one of the major leaguers that has worked with Safer Sports Technologies in trying a lighter, lower profile solution: a carbon fiber protector that slides inside a regular ball cap.Read More

Bicycles

Ding bike light uses two beams to shine down and out

When cycling at night, it's important not just to be seen from the front and back but also from the sides. In order to make that happen, bicycle lighting systems typically either add dedicated side lights or they divert part of the main headlight beam. The Ding headlight, however, puts out one beam that shines forward, along with a second one that lights up the road directly to either side of the bike.

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