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Sunday, 20 April 2014

New and Emerging Technology News part 303

The Odyssey electric trike from Milwaukee-based inventors Dustin Herte and Ryan Bass
The top motor-only speed of an electric bike can be limited by law to 20 mph (32 km/h), but those taking their rides off-road or to the streets of more lenient jurisdictions may push their vehicles that little bit further. Looking to allow even more scope for performance are Milwaukee-based inventors Dustin Herte and Ryan Bass, whose Odyssey electric trike, fitted with a 4 kW motor, can reach speeds of up to 50 mph (80 km/h).  Read More
The Fonesalesman iQi Mobile provides wireless charging for certain iPhone models
Smartphone manufacturers have yet to begin including wireless charging functionality in their handsets as a matter of course. There are, however, a number of devices available that can add wireless charging functionality. The Fonesalesman iQi Mobile is one such device – let's take a look at how it performs.  Read More
The Tomahawk kit-car features various items like dihedral doors, a T6 aluminum monocoque c...
While most of Canada seems content to let the rest of the world worry about designing exotic vehicles, some in Quebec see things slightly differently. Recently the francophone province has brought us such automotive morsels as the Felino cb7 and the MK5 track racer, and now Dubuc SLC’s Tomahawk, a multi-talented 2-seater kit-car, capable of supporting an electric drive train, or one pilfered from a gas-powered car or motorcycle, can be added to the list of boutique Quebecois offerings.  Read More
Microscope photo of tungsten diselenide samples connected to electrodes
Graphene, the two-dimensional lattice of carbon atoms, may be the wonder material du jour, but ultrathin layers of other elements are also proving to be an exciting area of research. One-atom-thick sheets of germanium and tin have shown potential as semiconductors and a topological insulators respectively, and now ultrathin layers of tungsten and selenium have been used to create a diode that could be used in ultrathin, flexible, semi-transparent solar cells.  Read More
The Cultybraggan shelter is up for auction with bids starting at £200,000 (US$300,000)
You can never be too careful, and if you have a upwards of £200,000 (US$330,000) laying around, you could sleep a little easier as the new owner of a nuclear bunker. Built by the British government during the Cold War to ride out a Soviet attack, the decommissioned Cultybraggan Camp bunker is being put on the block as part of a plan to preserve and redevelop the former British Army camp.  Read More
ESA's 15 m-diameter dish antenna at the European Space Astronomy Centre (ESAC), near Madri...
As you might expect, acquiring a signal from a satellite traveling at speeds of over 17,400 mph can be a tricky business. A new system called SARAS, which is a Spanish acronym for "Fast Acquisition of Satellites and Launchers," more than doubles the effective area of the receiving dish antenna, allowing the signal to be acquired much faster.  Read More
A whole sky picture of the Milky Way galaxy as seen in gamma-ray light (Photo: NASA)
New analyses of the x-ray and gamma-ray emissions from the center of the Milky Way galaxy, the Andromeda galaxy, and the Perseus galaxy cluster have detected significant signs of two possible dark matter particles. One is likely a 7.1 keV sterile neutrino, and the other appears to be a 35 GeV WIMP (Weakly Interacting Massive Particle).  Read More
One of the new injectable pressure sensors
When people have nerve problems such as those caused by spinal injuries, they can lose the ability to feel when their bladder is full. This means that they don't know when it needs to be emptied, resulting in a build-up of pressure that can damage both the bladder and their kidneys. Now, a tiny sensor may offer a better way of assessing their condition, to see if surgery is required or if medication will suffice.  Read More
Emerson College Los Angeles provides spaces for education, accommodation and administratio...
Bringing together form and functionality in harmony is the holy grail for design of any type. The newly opened Emerson College Los Angeles (ELA) achieves just that. The building needed to be sustainable and provide spaces for education, accommodation and administration whilst at the same time fostering social activity and creativity.  Read More
The In Orbit exhibition is open until April 5 (Photo: Pierogi Gallery) If you've ever felt your daily routine was like being stuck on a hamster wheel, then spare a thought for architectural artists Ward Shelley and Alex Schweder. The pair actually did live in a "home" shaped like an oversized hamster wheel for some 10 days as part of their art exhibit, dubbed In Orbit.  Read More

The Italdesign Giugiaro Clipper is all electric
It’s easy for a car that’s all sharp lines and flaring wings to catch the eye, but sometimes it’s the ones with the deceptively conservative styling that catch you by surprise. A case in point is Italdesign Giugiaro’s Clipper MPV concept car, which was unveiled last week at the Geneva Motor Show. The four-wheel drive, six-seater with fully independent all-electric drive sports a design that's based on a study of future cities, and is billed by the maker as a “veritable automotive research design lab.”  Read More
The Snapzoom allows a smartphone to take telephoto snapshots through a set of binoculars
Chances are that you already carry a smartphone with you wherever you go, and if you're a wildlife-watcher, hiker, or sporting-event spectator, then you likely also have a pair of binoculars. Well, the Snapzoom is a new product that brings those two devices together – it lets you get telephoto snapshots of distant subjects, by holding your phone's camera lens in alignment with one lens of your binoculars. I recently got a chance to try the thing out for myself, and liked what it had to offer.  Read More
Planet X is a hypothetical star or planet, theorized to be responsible for Earth's mass ex...
A study of data captured by NASA's Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) satellite has disproved the existence of the hypothesized large celestial body, dubbed "Planet X." The planet or companion star was, some believed, responsible for the periodic mass extinctions that have taken place in Earth's past.  Read More
Here's how to stream video, music, and pictures to Chromecast, Xbox, and a lot more
The Kindle Fire HDX doesn't allow AirPlay-like wireless streaming of music, photos, and video like an iPad. Of course, you can always display videos by connecting the micro-HDMI cable to your HDTV, but that can be a hassle depending on your home theater set up. Luckily a little app called Avia allows users to stream content from Amazon's tablet to devices that include the Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) standard.  Read More
The Alienware 17 (left) and MSI GT70 2OD (right)
It would be more than charitable to describe either of the machines here as truly portable, with both exhibiting thick and heavy builds that are far more at home on a desk than your lap. However, what they lack in true portability, they more than make up for in raw power. Read on as we take a detailed look at two 17-inch gaming laptops – the Dell Alienware 17 and MSI GT70 2OD.  Read More
The footswitches can be used to send program change messages to the software, or they can ...
There are a number of ways to take digital amp and effects modeling to the gig or studio, including the new AMPLIFi models from Line 6, or routing your signal through a laptop or tablet running something like AmpliTube. Accessing and controlling settings on a device screen can be somewhat fiddly, though, and many guitarists feel more comfortable with physical knobs and switches. This is where the Amperage MIDI controller pedal could help to bridge the gap between analog stomp familiarity and the brave new world of digital tone tweaking.  Read More
The Qoros eBIQE is a collaboration with Greyp Bikes, a sub-brand of the Croatian electric ...
It's de rigueur for upmarket brands to have an e-bike in the stable these days, so it was no surprise that aspiring international brand Qoros should show its eBIQE in Geneva last week. The big surprise was the cloud connectivity and a five inch touchscreen dashboard with an astonishing array of information services. Cheap? NO! Cool? YES!  Read More
The Diavel was a surprise unveiling at last week's Geneva Motor Show Ducati has upgraded its devilishly photogenic Diavel supercruiser with a new 1198cc Testastretta engine, new exhaust, full-LED headlight, reduced emissions, better fuel consumption and more mid-range grunt ... as if it needed it.  Read More
The Flying Phantom catamaran seems to levitate above the water as it hydrofoils.
“It’s like removing the handbrake – suddenly everything gets smoother and faster in pure silence.” This gravity-defying US$40k catamaran rises completely out of the water at speed on a pair of hook-shaped hydrofoils. It looks like the work of David Copperfield, but it’s real, and it’s set to start a revolution in the sailing world.  Read More
Alzheimer's disease gradually destroys the brain and its function (Photo: US National Inst...
US medical researchers have developed a blood test which predicts with 90 percent accuracy if an individual will develop Alzheimer's disease or mild cognitive impairment within three years. The test, which looks for a set of ten lipid markers, will allow treatments to be sought that may be effective during this early, asymptomatic stage of the disease.  Read More
 

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