Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Toyota launches its Fuel Cell Vehicle as the "Mirai"



On the night before its official launch, Toyota President Akio Toyoda announced that the company'sfuel cell vehicle (FCV) will be called the "Mirai." The name, which means "future" in Japanese, marks what the car maker sees as a turning point in automotive technology with the development of both a hydrogen-powered vehicle and an expanded hydrogen fueling infrastructure... Continue Reading Toyota launches its Fuel Cell Vehicle as the "Mirai"

Section: Automotive

Tags: Automotive, Fuel Cell, Hydrogen, Hydrogen-powered, Infrastructure, Toyota

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Sunday, 16 November 2014

Ionospheric Connection Explorer mission gets green light for development



NASA has announced that it is going forward with its Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON). Scheduled to launch in 2017, the orbital mission aims to study the effects of the lower atmosphere on the ionosphere and its impact on the Earth’s surface... Continue Reading Ionospheric Connection Explorer mission gets green light for development

Section: Space

Tags: Ionosphere, NASA, Satellite, Weather

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Philae lander goes to "sleep" after batteries die



After its historic landing on a comet, the Philae spacecraft has gone silent. Trapped on its side in a shadowed hole, the unmanned European Space Agency lander was unable to receive enough sunlight to recharge its battery and contact was lost today at 00:36 GMT when power levels dropped below critical... Continue Reading Philae lander goes to "sleep" after batteries die

Section: Space

Tags: Batteries, Comets, ESA, Philae, Rosetta, Spacecraft, Unmanned

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Saturday, 15 November 2014

Philae bounce on comet landing may cut mission short



During Wednesday’s historic landing on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, the European Space Agency's Philae lander suffered a setback that may cut its mission short. Due to equipment malfunctions, the unmanned, washing machine-sized lander failed to secure itself to the surface of the comet. In the 1/100,000 gravity, Philae bounced back into space twice, eventually landing in a hole about a kilometer (0.6 mi) from its designated landing area, where its batteries may not be able to charge properly... Continue Reading Philae bounce on comet landing may cut mission short

Section: Space

Tags: Batteries, Comets, ESA, Philae, Rosetta, Unmanned

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Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Philae makes historic first landing on comet



History was made today as a spacecraft the size of a fridge executed the first successful landing on a comet. The European Space Agency (ESA) confirms that at about 16:00 GMT the unmannedPhilae space probe touched down on the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko at the landing site known as Agilkia. The comet and spacecraft are 510 milion km (310 million miles) from Earth, so the news of the landing took 28 minutes and 20 seconds to reach mission control in Darmstadt, Germany. .. Continue Reading Philae makes historic first landing on comet

Section: Space

Tags: Comets, ESA, Historic, Philae, Rosetta, Spacecraft

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New method of conserving wood gets tested on historic ship artifacts



In 1545 Henry VIII’s flagship the Mary Rose sank suddenly under mysterious circumstances. In 1982, the rediscovered ship was raised to the surface in a remarkable feat of underwater archaeology that sparked decades of heroic preservation work. Now a team of scientists led by the University of Cambridge is working with the Mary Rose Trust conservation team to test a new way of conserving waterlogged wood in order to preserve the great ship and her cargo of history for later generations... Continue Reading New method of conserving wood gets tested on historic ship artifacts

Section: Science

Tags: Conservation, History, Museum, Polymer, University of Cambridge, Wood

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Rosetta spacecraft picks up target comet's mysterious "song"



On the eve of the planned first landing on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, the European Space Agency (ESA) announced that the unmanned Rosetta orbiter carrying the Philae lander has recorded a "song" emanating from the comet. The electromagnetic melody was detected by the probe’s Rosetta Plasma Consortium, which is a suite of five instruments used to study 67P... Continue Reading Rosetta spacecraft picks up target comet's mysterious "song"

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Tags: Comets, Electromagnetic, ESA, Magnetometer, Plasma, Rosetta

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MAVEN uses special radio to relay data from Curiosity Mars rover



NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) spacecraft is the latest link in the space agency's Martian communications network for keeping in touch with its surface rovers. Last week, the unmanned orbiter carried out a test using a special radio apparatus that allowed it to relay 550 megabits of data from the Curiosity rover to NASA’s Deep Space Network back on Earth. .. Continue Reading MAVEN uses special radio to relay data from Curiosity Mars rover

Section: Space

Tags: Communications, Curiosity Rover, Mars, Mars Science Laboratory, MAVEN, NASA,Spacecraft

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Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Supercomplication, the world's most complicated watch, breaks the record – again



It says something that a watch made in 1932 keeps breaking world records, and the Henry Graves Supercomplication watch did just that today as it was knocked down by Sotheby’s Geneva for a record-breaking CHF 23.2 million (US$24 million). The Supercomplication, which also holds the Guinness record for the most complicated handmade pre-digital timepiece, was purchased by an anonymous buyer after 15 minutes of competition between five bidders... Continue Reading Supercomplication, the world's most complicated watch, breaks the record – again

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Tags: Auction, Geneva, Guinness, Patek Philippe, Record-breaking, Sotheby's, Watches, World Records

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Philae gets green light for historic comet landing



The European Space Agency (ESA) has given the green light for its unmanned Philae probe to attempt the historic first landing on a comet. At a press conference at at the European Space Operations Centre in Darmstadt, Germany, representatives of ESA and the German Aerospace Centre told the media that both the Rosetta mothership and the Philae lander are in excellent shape for Wednesday morning’s (GMT) planned separation and landing on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko... Continue Reading Philae gets green light for historic comet landing

Section: Space

Tags: Comets, ESA, Historic, Philae, Rosetta, Spacecraft

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Monday, 10 November 2014

Holland & Holland Range Rover is a luxury gun case



Luxury goods can be a bit of a vicious circle. You buy an expensive wristwatch and you need asafe 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.. Continue Reading Holland & Holland Range Rover is a luxury gun case

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Tags: Land Rover, Luxury, Range Rover, Shotguns

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Orbiters study effect of giant comet-caused meteor shower on Mars



"Dodging a bullet" is a well-worn cliche, but it looks as if the small armada of space probes orbiting Mars dodged a shrapnel blast last month. According to observations made by NASA and ESA orbiters, the extremely close flyby of comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring was accompanied by a meteor shower larger than any seen on Earth... Continue Reading Orbiters study effect of giant comet-caused meteor shower on Mars

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NASA tests aircraft with shape shifting wings



In January, we looked at FlexFoil; a variable geometry airfoil system that seamlessly integrates into the trailing edge of the wing. During the year the system has made the leap from the test bench to the sky, with NASA conducting tests of the FlexFoil on a modified Gulfstream III business jet... Continue Reading NASA tests aircraft with shape shifting wings

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Friday, 7 November 2014

BAE Systems using VR tech to design Royal Navy warships



Like many endeavors, making warships is a matter of specialization, with the various parts of the project scattered about the country or even across the world. For the Royal Navy and its principal shipbuilder BAE systems, this means engineers in Glasgow, Portsmouth, and Bristol having to work together despite being hundreds of miles apart. BAE’s answer is a network of "visualization suites" that allow teams to meet in a virtual environment where they can build and test designs as full-scale 3D prototypes before sending them to the shipyards... Continue Reading BAE Systems using VR tech to design Royal Navy warships

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Tags: 3D, BAE Systems, Royal Navy, Ships, Virtual Reality, VR

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HM6 Space Pirate watch has an out-of-this-world look



When watchmaking collides with childhood memories, it usually ends with something along the lines of Mickey Mouse. But when Maximilian B├╝sse of MB&F was inspired by the 1970s cartoon character Captain Future, the result was Horological Machine No.6 (HM6) "Space Pirate." This luxury bit of haute horlogerie not only reflects the style of an outer space adventurer’s ship, but is also piece of high-tech mechanical watchmaking with 475 components – 80 in the case alone... Continue Reading HM6 Space Pirate watch has an out-of-this-world look

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Tags: Luxury, Mechanical, Tourbillon, Watches

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Quantum of the Seas sets sail with robotic bartenders and entertainers



Not content with working as sales assistants and burger flippers, robots are landing jobs on cruise ships as bartenders and entertainers. Leading the way is Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of the Seas, which is currently on its maiden voyage... Continue Reading Quantum of the Seas sets sail with robotic bartenders and entertainers

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Tags: Alcohol, Cruise, Drink, Performance, Robotics, Robots, Ships

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Rethink Robotics lets industrial robots work alongside people



The robotic revolution is very often less about replacing human workers than finding ways of working alongside them. That means being as flexible at doing tasks as humans, as well as being able to work with all the jostling and chaos that people take for granted. Rethink Robotics’ new Robot Positioning System lets the Baxter robot do factory work without being bolted to the floor, adjusting itself as it endures random bumps... Continue Reading Rethink Robotics lets industrial robots work alongside people

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