Friday, 31 January 2014

The DB Convertible – an Aston Martin for the kids

Classic sports cars are often associated less with suave MI6 agents than with middle-aged men with deep pockets and a mid-life crisis to match. That’s changing as Nicholas Mee & Co, Aston Martin Heritage Dealer in West London, aims at a new, (much) younger breed of customers. This Thursday, the dealership announced that it’s selling a fully functioning, petrol-engined miniature car inspired by the Aston Martin DB models of the 1960s. Designed for children age 10 and older, it doesn't have machine guns or an ejector seat, but it does have details like a wood-rimmed steering wheel. .. Continue Reading The DB Convertible – an Aston Martin for the kids

Section: Automotive

Tags: Aston Martin, Children, Kids, Sports Cars

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Thursday, 30 January 2014

Very first Porsche goes on display after gathering dust for over a century

Ask most petrolheads when the first Porsche was built and the likely answer you’ll get is 1948, when the Type 356 rolled out. In fact, that’s off by fifty years. This week, the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen will mark its fifth anniversary with the unveiling of the rediscovered and unrestored first Porsche, the P1 built in 1898. Recovered from a warehouse where it languished forgotten for over a century, it’s now the centerpiece of a new permanent exhibit telling the early history of Porsche and its founder... Continue Reading Very first Porsche goes on display after gathering dust for over a century

Section: Automotive

Tags: Automotive, Electric Vehicles, History, Porsche

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Nissan's new 400 bhp engine fits in carry-on luggage

It’s a common problem: You’re off to Le Mans with your new 400 bhp engine and you discover that it won’t fit in the airplane's overhead compartment. This week, Nissan showed off the answer to this traveler’s nightmare with its ultralight DIG-T R 1.5 liter, three-cylinder petrol engine that is small enough to fit in carry-on luggage and boasts a power-to-weight ratio better than the engine of a Formula 1 racer. .. Continue Reading Nissan's new 400 bhp engine fits in carry-on luggage

Section: Automotive

Tags: Competition, Electric Vehicles, Engine, Hybrid, Le Mans, Motorsport, Nissan,Racing

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Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Seaway debuts Greenline flagship hybrid yacht

A motor yacht’s nice, big diesel engines are wonderful if you’re in a hurry, but they’re thirsty, not very green, and not the best of neighbors as they roar away while leaving harbor at first light. As a quieter, cleaner alternative for the luxury boating market, Greenline Boat’s Greenline 48 Hybrid motor yacht made its world première last week at the Dusseldorf Boat Show. Using hybrid electric technology combined with solar panels and a new hull design for greater efficiency, Greenline sees is as a the flagship of the company’s range and a bridge between its Greenline line and its transoceanic OceanClass yachts... Continue Reading Seaway debuts Greenline flagship hybrid yacht

Section: Marine

Tags: Boats, Diesel, Dusseldorf Boat Show, Hybrid, Marine, Yachts

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Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Alpha Centauri B may have "superhabitable" worlds

Since Earth is the only known inhabited planet and we happen to live here, it’s only natural to regard it as the ideal place for life to exist, and to assume that another life-bearing planet would be fairly similar. However, that is not the opinion of scientists René Heller and John Armstrong who contend that there might be a planet even more suitable for life than Earth 4.3 light years away orbiting the star Alpha Centauri B. .. Continue Reading Alpha Centauri B may have "superhabitable" worlds

Section: Space

Tags: Astronomy, Earth, Exoplanet, Habitable zone, McMaster University, Solar System

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Alvin deep-sea sub cleared to start next half-century of service

The National Science Foundation (NSF) announced on Friday that the Alvin deep-sea submersible is returning to service. The DC3 of the oceanographic world was launched fifty years ago in 1964 and is ready to begin its second half-century of service after a three-year overhaul involving significant redesigns and upgrades... Continue Reading Alvin deep-sea sub cleared to start next half-century of service

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Tags: Marine, NSF, Ocean, Submarine, Underwater, US Navy, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

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Monday, 27 January 2014

Lemur Studio Design develops mine detector in a shoe

Boot insoles can turn a pair of really uncomfortable brogues into podiatric clouds that can take a long hike and remove the foot ache. Now, Lemur Studio Design based in Bogota, Colombia, has come up with a concept for insoles that won’t just save your instep, but could save your life. A submission to the World Design Impact Prize 2013-2014 competition, SaveOneLife is a wearable mine detector that fits in a shoe and warns the wearer if and where a potentially deadly landmine might lurk nearby... Continue Reading Lemur Studio Design develops mine detector in a shoe

Section: Military

Tags: Detector, Electromagnetic, Footwear, Land Mines, Landmine Detection,Nanotechnology

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Saturday, 25 January 2014

Breva's Génie 02 Terre watch has a mechanical altimeter

Altimeter watches are nothing new. They've been around for years and a quick glance at the internet will uncover some for as little as US$50. However, these altitude-measuring timepieces have one thing in common: they're all electronic. Now, for those who want to get away from the digital and have the money to do so, Breva Genève launched its Génie 02 Terre all-mechanical altimeter watch this week at the Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues in Geneva, Switzerland. .. Continue Reading Breva's Génie 02 Terre watch has a mechanical altimeter

Section: Wearable Electronics

Tags: Analog, Geneva, Mechanical, Mountaineering, Watches

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Thursday, 23 January 2014

Pegasus Touch brings lasers to desktop 3D printing

Whether it’s light shows or interplanetary communications, lasers just seem to make things better. And that’s apparently part of the thinking behind Las Vegas-based Full Spectrum Lasers’ (FLS) Pegasus Touch; a desktop 3D printer that uses lasers to print objects faster and in finer detail than most other printers in its price range. Available for as little as US$2,000 via a Kickstarter campaign, its performance is claimed to be comparable to machines costing 50 times more. .. Continue Reading Pegasus Touch brings lasers to desktop 3D printing

Section: Electronics

Tags: 3D Printing, Desktop, Kickstarter, Laser

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NASA calls for commercial partners on robotic lunar lander initiative

With China successfully landing a robotic rover on the Moon, there’s been speculation in some circles as to whether or not a new space race between China and the United States will start soon. That’s as maybe, but if Space Race Mk II does happen, the American landing craft might be owned and operated by a private firm. Lending strength to this argument is NASA's recent announcement of its Lunar Cargo Transportation and Landing by Soft Touchdown (Lunar CATALYST) initiative, which aims at kickstarting private development of commercial lunar transports through partnerships with the space agency... Continue Reading NASA calls for commercial partners on robotic lunar lander initiative

Section: Space

Tags: Commercial, Lunar, Lunar Lander, NASA, Robotic

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Wednesday, 22 January 2014

BMW unveils 2 Series Coupe

For ten years, the BMW 1 Series has been the company’s big gun when it comes to luxury compacts. Over the years, it’s gone through a number of variants and iterations, but now BMW is taking the lessons learned from the rear-wheel drive 1 Series, mixing them with its TwinPower Turbo technology, and has come up with the BMW 2 Series Coupé. Harkening back to the BMW 02 range of 45 years ago, the company is aiming to make the 2 Series distinct from its predecessor and able to see off the car maker’s competitors in the luxury compact market... Continue Reading BMW unveils 2 Series Coupe

Section: Automotive

Tags: BMW, Car, Compact, Coupe, Luxury

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Monday, 20 January 2014

Rosetta comet probe wakes up, phones home

European Space Agency scientists and engineers started breathing again today as the comet-chasing Rosetta space probe confirmed at 18:28 GMT that it had awoken from its 31-month hibernation. The news was announced via the @ESA_Rosetta twitter account, which tweeted: "Hello, world!".. Continue Reading Rosetta comet probe wakes up, phones home

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Tags: Comets, ESA, NASA, Rosetta, Spacecraft

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Like nervous parents, scientists and engineers at ESA are pacing the floor of mission control as they await word of whether or not the Rosetta spacecraft has survived 31 months of hibernation. The unmanned comet chaser was scheduled to reactivate itself today at 10:00 GMT, but the time required to complete the operation and the distance a radio signal must travel back to Earth means that the space agency will not know until at least 17:30 GMT if the probe is operating again or has become deep space scrap... Continue Reading ESA awaiting signal from Rosetta comet probe

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Tags: Asteroid, Comets, ESA, Rosetta, Spacecraft

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Friday, 17 January 2014

Zenos reveals details of the E10 roadster

Sometimes less is more. In cooking, that means cutting back on the spices can produce fuller flavors filled with subtleties. In cars, it means that cutting down the weight while holding onto the horsepower gives you something that goes round a corner like a stabbed rat. This week Zeno Cars tried its hand at this recipe as it launched its super light E10 sports car at Autosport International 2014 in Birmingham... Continue Reading Zenos reveals details of the E10 roadster

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Tags: Cars, Roadster, Sports, Zenos

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Thursday, 16 January 2014

BYD takes aim at world market with Qin sports hybrid

BYD, based in Shenzhen, China, is the world’s biggest rechargeable battery manufacturer and has been branching into the automotive sector since 2003. On Tuesday, it took aim at the global market with the official launch of its performance-based Qin PHEV (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle) sports saloon. The online launch saw all one hundred cars on offer sold in two seconds in what the company believes is an industry record, as 95,000 people visited BYD’s virtual shopping mall... Continue Reading BYD takes aim at world market with Qin sports hybrid

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Tags: BYD, China, PHEV, Plug-in Hybrid

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Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Kia shows a sportier look with GT4 Stinger concept

To be honest, when somebody says “sports car,” the word “Kia” doesn’t leap first to mind. However, the South Korean car maker wants to rectify that and after dropping a trail of hints, Kia’s GT4 Stinger concept got its world première on Monday at the 2014 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). .. Continue Reading Kia shows a sportier look with GT4 Stinger concept

Section: Automotive

Tags: Concept Cars, Detroit Auto Show 2014, Kia, NAIAS 2014, Sports Cars

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Rolls-Royce unveils Ghost V-Specification

The Rolls-Royce Ghost has a reputation as a luxury car that's a bit coy. When it first appeared, it was a few vague sketches and a code name of RR4. Even as the lid was lifted off in 2009, things like specifications or even what it looked like were hard to come by. Fast forward to 2014, and last week, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars announced the launch of its Ghost V-Specification; a limited series of Ghost and Ghost Extended Wheelbase that takes the more, relatively speaking, affordable Rolls-Royce and stirs in a bit more power and styling... Continue Reading Rolls-Royce unveils Ghost V-Specification

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Tags: Cars, Luxury, Rolls-Royce

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Porsche gets retro with the new 911 Targa

Porsche brought a dash of retro styling to this week's North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit with the world premiere of the new 911 Targa. Echoing back to the first Porsche 911 Targa with its roll bar in place of the B-pillars, wrap-around rear window, and movable roof section, the new edition combines the the classic 60's look with state-of-the-art roof technology... Continue Reading Porsche gets retro with the new 911 Targa

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Tags: 911, Detroit Auto Show 2014, NAIAS 2014, Porsche

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Multicopter meets monster truck: The AT Transformer roadable VTOL aircraft

When someone mentions flying cars it conjures up images of a sporty little number that takes to the air like something out of the Jetsons. But what about one that’s a cross between a 4x4, an octocopter, and a Blackhawk helicopter? That’s what Advanced Tactics of El Segundo, California is seeing with its ambitions to produce a roadable VTOL aircraft capable of unmanned autonomous operations as a more flexible way to recover casualties, move supplies, and support special forces... Continue Reading Multicopter meets monster truck: The AT Transformer roadable VTOL aircraft

Section: Military

Tags: Aircraft, Autonomous, Flying Cars, Helicopters, Modular, Prototype,Unmanned, VTOL

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Nissan refreshes Taxi for London design

Nissan's vision for London’s famous black taxi cabs got a makeover this week as the company unveiled its latest Taxi for London design. Based on Nissan’s NV200 platform and redesigned by Nissan's European design center in Paddington, the updated black cabs not only sport a fresh look, they promise cleaner transport for the city, with the old diesel engines giving way to 1.6-liter petrol and all-electric drivetrains... Continue Reading Nissan refreshes Taxi for London design

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Tags: London, Nissan, Taxis, Transport

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Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Spark-Renault SRT_01E goes for a spin in Las Vegas

Las Vegas got a reminder on Monday that technology is more than smartphones and tablets, as the Strip echoed to the whine of the Spark-Renault SRT_01E single-seater, all-electric race car making its public driving debut. Timed to coincide with the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the first-of-its-kind Formula E electric racer was put through its paces by Brazilian Formula 1 driver Lucas di Grassi before heading on to Mandalay Bay in the city center. .. Continue Reading Spark-Renault SRT_01E goes for a spin in Las Vegas

Section: Automotive

Tags: CES 2014, Electric Vehicle Racing, formula e, McLaren, Renault

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Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Pentagon looks to the next 25 years of robot warriors

Last month, the US Pentagon pulled out its crystal ball and released a report that presents a blueprint of what it sees as the future of military robots over the next quarter of a century. It projects likely developments in new unmanned technologies against a background of shrinking budgets and shifting strategic policies, and how the dramatic development and expansion of military unmanned systems requires large-scale consolidation and development to exploit the technology’s full potential. .. Continue Reading Pentagon looks to the next 25 years of robot warriors

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Tags: Autonomous, Drone, Reconnaissance, Robots, UAV, Unmanned, Weapons

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Sunday, 5 January 2014

Audi's laser-shooting Sport Quattro Laserlight concept to debut at CES

Following on from the Sport Quattro Concept that debuted at the Frankfurt Motor Show last September, Audi has continued the evolution of the classic Sport Quattro of the early 80s. The new Sport Quattro Laserlight concept, which will be unveiled at this week's CES, borrows from the R18 e-tron Quattro LMP1 race car unveiled last month and sticks lasers were the headlamps used to be... Continue Reading Audi's laser-shooting Sport Quattro Laserlight concept to debut at CES

Section: Automotive

Tags: Audi, CES 2014, Concept Cars, Hybrid, Laser, Plug-in Hybrid

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Thursday, 2 January 2014

Ford's C-MAX Solar Energi Concept sports rooftop solar panels

A plug-in hybrid car sounds like an excellent way of squaring the circle between the green cred of an electric car and the range and reliability of one that runs on petrol, but what if you live somewhere that’s a bit off the grid? Ford’s answer is its C-Max Solar Energi Concept, which makes its debut at CES next week. The car uses a combination of high-efficiency solar panels and a separate frame roofed with a Fresnel lens to concentrate sunlight on the panels to give it a proper charge without using the engine or plugging into the electrical mains... Continue Reading Ford's C-MAX Solar Energi Concept sports rooftop solar panels

Section: Automotive

Tags: CES 2014, Electric Vehicles, Emissions, Ford, Georgia Tech, Hybrid,Photovoltaic, Plug-in Hybrid, Solar Cell, Solar Power

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Wednesday, 1 January 2014

2013: The year of the drone

Although aerial drones been around in one form or another since World War I, it hasn’t really been until the last decade that they’ve really taken off, so to speak. Where they were once restricted to a spot of battlefield reconnaissance, in addition to military applications, drones are now used for everything from agriculture to oil prospecting and by everyone from rescue workers to real estate agents. Although the technological advances and proliferation of drones has accelerated over the past decade, 2013 was the year that the technology really entered the public consciousness. So let’s have a look back at Gizmag’s pick of the top drone stories of 2013... Continue Reading 2013: The year of the drone

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Tags: Aircraft, Amazon, Autonomous, Drone, Quadcopter, Reconnaissance, Remote Control, Surveillance, UAV, US Navy, VTOL

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BI V2.0: The self-replicating 3D printer

3D printing promises that one day we may be able to print out goods in our own homes rather than popping down to the shops or ordering widgets online. But what happens when the printers are able to print themselves? Boots Industries’ BI V2.0 takes a step down that road with a design aimed at self-replication. Currently the subject of a Kickstarter campaign, the open-source printer is capable of printing its own core components... Continue Reading BI V2.0: The self-replicating 3D printer

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Tags: 3D Printing, Kickstarter, Open Source

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Mars One reduces applicant pool for colonists to 1058

And then there were 1,058. Mars One, the nonprofit organization that wants to send colonists on a one-way lifetime trip to Mars, announced on Monday that it has narrowed its applicant pool down from 200,000 people to just over a thousand. The applicants were notified by email and Mars One says that the next selection phase in 2014 will reduce the pool still further in the search for the first settlers to go to the Red Planet in 2025... Continue Reading Mars One reduces applicant pool for colonists to 1058

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Tags: Mars, Mars One, Space Travel

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