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SpaceX selects 124 engineering teams to do battle in Hyperloop pod design competition

SpaceX itself might not be building Elon Musk's Hyperloop, but it is making every effort to push things along. Earlier this year it announced the construction of a 1-mile (1.6-km) test track and it has now invited over 120 engineering teams to show off design concepts for a Hyperloop pod to a panel of judges in January. The most promising will then put their human-scale prototypes through their paces at SpaceX HQ the following US summer.

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Review: Taking to the streets on the punchy Micro Slim electric skateboard

Electric skateboard design has come a long way in the last 12 months. We're seeing manufacturers get creative in concealing batteries inside decks and motors within wheels, all in the hopes of offering something approaching the look and feel of a traditional skateboard. With its Micro Slim, Metroboard has stuck to the battery-under-the-board design, which means squeezing the gigawatts into a compact electric skateboard that is not as nicely packaged as some, but is powerful off the mark without weighing a ton. Join Gizmag, as we take one to the streets.

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Hyperloop Technologies to start testing high-speed transport system next month

The race to get us racing through near-vacuum tubes close to the speed of sound is heating up. Hyperloop Technologies, one of the startups looking to commercialize Elon Musk's futuristic transport concept, has announced plans to commence testing on an open-air track in Nevada next month, with a view to hitting speeds of 700 mph (1,126 km/h) by the end of 2016.

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