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kadawittfeldarchitektur's design for the concert hall (Image: Beethoven Festspielhaus)

The year 2020 marks 250 years since Ludwig van Beethoven was born, with 2027 marking the 200th anniversary of his death. To honor these milestones, a plan is afoot to build a new concert hall in the composer's home town of Bonn, Germany. Following an international architectural competition, three potential designs, by David Chipperfield Architects, kadawittfeldarchitektur, and Valentiny hvp architects, remain.  Read More

Francois Gissy's rocket bicycle that took him to 333 km/h (207 mph) (Photo: Gerard Toutin ...

Last November, Frenchman Francois Gissy hit 285 km/h (177 mph) on a rocket-powered bicycle. Now, at the Circuit Paul Ricard in the South of France, he's knocked his own world record out of the park. Dialing in a massive 4.5 kN of thrust, which generates roughly the equivalent of 560 horsepower (418 kW), Gissy took his rickety-looking rocket bike up to a monstrous 333 km/h (207 mph), hitting top speed in just 4.8 seconds and generating about 1.96 Gs worth of acceleration. We had a quick chat with Gissy, who tells us he's hoping his next run will put him over 400 km/h (249 mph) in less than two seconds on a machine he's calling the "Spine Crusher."  Read More

Artist's impression of Foster + Partners' concept of a partially 3D-printed moonbase (Imag...

The European Space Agency (ESA) is currently exploring the possibility of establishing a permanent lunar base with the aid of 3D printing technology. The space agency and Foster + Partners, the London-based architecture firm that worked closely with the agency in the exploration of the project, have released a video outlining how they envision a future mission to construct a moonbase may unfold.  Read More

Elvie is a newly announced pelvic floor muscle exercise tracking device and smartphone app

Further proof that there's almost always "an app for that," Elvie is a personal fitness aid that works with an accompanying app to provide women with real-time guidance and tracking of pelvic floor exercises.  Read More

The Brigadier is dust and shock proof

Lately, smartphones are growing larger, lighter and thinner, making them increasingly frail to the point where we might have to worry about a $1,000 iPhone 6 Plus warping or bending in a back pocket. Amid this strange new status quo, the Kyocera Brigadier is the increasingly rare phone that need not be handled with care.  Read More

Gizmag reviews Samsung's (almost) standalone smartwatch, the Gear S (Photo: Will Shanklin/...

Samsung has released so many smartwatches in the last year that it's easy to start tuning them out. But no matter what you think of the Gear S, it certainly isn't forgettable. Read on, as Gizmag reviews the most forward-thinking smartwatch you can buy.  Read More

Circa Cycles' aluminum frames incorporate time- and labor-saving MABEL lugs

Like a lot of other American products, most US-brand bicycle frames are made overseas, in countries where manufacturing costs are lower. Portland, Oregon's Circa Cycles, however, wants to build its higher-end bikes stateside, yet still sell them at reasonable prices. It plans on doing so using a unique frame-construction process, known as MABEL.  Read More

The Lexus RC 350 F Sport by Gordon Ting/Beyond Marketing

The Lexus RC F hasn’t been around for long, but tuners are already beginning to use it as a blank canvas for their crazy creations. This year’s SEMA show in Las Vegas played host to three tuned coupes, each with its own take on Lexus’ latest creation.  Read More

The new board is the smallest and cheapest Raspberry Pi ever

The Raspberry Pi Foundation has today announced the latest version of its popular mini-computer. Known as the Model A+, the new system brings improvements introduced with the Model B+, while slimming down both the size and price tag of the board.  Read More

The Holland & Holland Range Rover is based on the Range Rover Autobiography Black

Luxury goods can be a bit of a vicious circle. You buy an expensive wristwatch and you need a safe to keep it in, and if you buy a brace of bespoke shotguns from a prestigious firm of English gunsmiths, you need a suitable set of wheels to carry them to the grouse shoot. Case in point is the Holland & Holland Range Rover, which is designed by Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) to act as luxury ride wrapped around a specially engineered gun case  Read More

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