Monday, 31 March 2014

Christophe Claret plucks petals to reveal true love with the Margot watch



“He loves me… He loves me not,” or the Daisy Oracle is a game of pulling petals off a flower, usually a daisy, while intoning the formula that dates back to at least the 15th century as a way of finding out if someone’s love is true. In a fusing of the 21st and the 18th centuries, Christophe Claret takes a page out of the golden age of automata and turns the game into a miniature automaton version that fits into a lady’s wristwatch. Called the Margot, we had a look at it at Baselworld 2014 and its mechanism that “predicts” true love based on the old game of plucking daisies. .. Continue Reading Christophe Claret plucks petals to reveal true love with the Margot watch

Section: Wearable Electronics

Tags: Baselworld, Baselworld 2014, Watches

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Sunday, 30 March 2014

Vicenterra Luna volume 1 watch gives Earth and Moon the 3D treatment



The Earth and Moon are, we’re reliably informed, three-dimensional, so why should the Moon-phase dial on your upmarket wristwatch be flat? At Baselworld 2014, Swiss watchmaker Vicenterra took up the challenge to rectify this with its Luna volume 1, which shows the Earth and Moon as rotating three-dimensional spheres as part of its set of complications... Continue Reading Vicenterra Luna volume 1 watch gives Earth and Moon the 3D treatment

Section: Wearable Electronics

Tags: Automatic, Baselworld, Baselworld 2014, Moon, Watches, Water resistant

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Update: SpaceX Dragon CRS-3 mission launch scrubbed again



SpaceX’s Dragon CRS-3 mission to the International Space Station (ISS) has once again been scrubbed. On Friday, NASA confirmed that the launch of the unmanned cargo ship has been delayed due to the failure of a tracking radar, which meant that the launch could not meet the minimum public safety requirements. .. Continue Reading Update: SpaceX Dragon CRS-3 mission launch scrubbed again

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Antoine Martin Tourbillon Astronomique shows off at Baselworld




It’s easy to get dismissive of upmarket astronomical watches in this age of cheap digital apps, but it’s still impressive to see what can achieved with mechanical movements – and how that can still sometimes put the apps to shame. For example, we got a look at Swiss watch maker Antoine Martin’s Tourbillon Astronomique watch at Baselworld this week, which can not only tell what time the Sun will rise and set at, but even has a few tricks that you won’t find at the app store... Continue Reading Antoine Martin Tourbillon Astronomique shows off at Baselworld

Section: Wearable Electronics

Tags: Baselworld, Baselworld 2014, Mechanical, Tourbillon, Watches

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Thursday, 27 March 2014

Earthwatch Institute plans public expedition to Mars?

For over forty years, Earthwatch has been sending ordinary people to extraordinary places in the company of top scientists to conduct hands-on research in over 50 expeditions. On Thursday, the international nonprofit organization announced its most ambitious and extraordinary public expedition ever aimed at sending volunteers to Mars in search for water and life. With its US$1.25 million ticket price, it seems too good to be true, and probably is... Continue Reading Earthwatch Institute plans public expedition to Mars?

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British National Motor Museum exhibits Land Speed Record Holders



Records are made to be broken, and the British have a habit of breaking World Land Speed Records more than anyone else. Last week, Don Wales, grandson of Sir Malcolm Campbell, opened a new multimedia exhibit entitled “Britain & For The Hell Of It” at the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu, Hampshire. Celebrating the golden age of British record breaking from the 1920s through the 1960s, it features four famous record-breaking cars as well as souvenirs and memorabilia, trophies and personal items belonging to the drivers. .. Continue Reading British National Motor Museum exhibits Land Speed Record Holders

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Tags: British, Cars, Exhibition, History, Land Speed Records, Museum, Record

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NASA asks public to vote on Z-2 spacesuit design



NASA has gone a touch sartorial as it asks the public to vote on the design of its new prototype Z-2 spacesuit. Part of the Advanced Suit development program to come up with a replacement for the 22-year old suit designs currently used on the International Space Station, the Z-2 not only includes a number of technical innovations, but also a design that for the first time has an eye on the aesthetics of living and working in outer space. .. Continue Reading NASA asks public to vote on Z-2 spacesuit design

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Tags: International Space Station, NASA, Prototype, Space Suit, Wearable

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Tuesday, 25 March 2014

JPL develops space flowers to help find Earth-like planets



Apparently NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, thinks that what space exploration in the 21st century needs is spacecraft that are a bit more botanical. The center has released a video showing off its starshade spacecraft that opens up like a blossom. Bearing a resemblance to a cosmic sunflower, it’s designed to help astronomers to directly study exoplanets, including taking the first actual pictures of planets beyond our Solar System... Continue Reading JPL develops space flowers to help find Earth-like planets

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Tags: Exoplanet, JPL, Light, Space telescope, Spacecraft, Starshade

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Sunday, 23 March 2014

Diamond Armor bullet-proof suit provides stylish protection for a cool US$3.2 million



If you're looking to extend your bulletproof wardrobe with something that won't be out of place alongside other garments, such as the Miguel Caballero bullet-proof polo shirt, the Bullet-Proof Gentleman’s Square and Garrison Bespoke's bulletproof three-piece suit, then the Diamond Armor could be a good fit. Developed by SuitArt, the Diamond Armor is a diamond-studied, bullet-proof, air-conditioned, bespoke-tailored suit costing US$3.2 million, making it the most expensive custom-tailored suit in the world... Continue Reading Diamond Armor bullet-proof suit provides stylish protection for a cool US$3.2 million

Section: Health and Wellbeing

Tags: Armor, Baselworld, Black Diamond, Bulletproof, Diamonds, Empa, Jacket,Nanotechnology, Protection, Waterproof

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Volvo uses face recognition to help tired drivers



Back in the days of black-and-white newsreels, an inventor came up with a bell on a collar that rang whenever a motorist wearing it nodded off. Since this is the 21st century, Volvo is developing a high-tech version of this gadget. It uses face recognition technology to let a car know when the driver is tired or inattentive, so appropriate action can be taken... Continue Reading Volvo uses face recognition to help tired drivers

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Tags: Driving, Infrared, Monitoring, Safety, Volvo

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Make it so: VTT and Rolls-Royce imagine the ship's bridge of 2025



Horatio Hornblower meets Jean-Luc Picard on the ship’s bridge of 2025 as Finnish applied research organization VTT and Rolls-Royce present their vision of seafaring ten years from now. Presented in 3D animation videos that projects current technology to the near future, the study shows a world where ship captains call on heads-up displays and high-tech workstations turn the bridge into an augmented reality command and control system... Continue Reading Make it so: VTT and Rolls-Royce imagine the ship's bridge of 2025

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Tags: Aalto University, Augmented Reality, Marine, Remote-controlled, Rolls Royce, Ships, VTT, Workstation

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Friday, 21 March 2014

Goodyear's new state-of-the-art airship makes its first flight



The Goodyear blimp may have been flying around for almost 90 years, but it still manages to turn heads. On Friday, there was another reason to look beyond nostalgia for the days of the great airships of old as Goodyear unveiled its new state-of-the-art blimp to the media, Goodyear associates and dealers at its Wingfoot Lake hangar in Suffield, Ohio. Built in partnership with the Zeppelin company, the new craft that replaces the 45-year old GZ-20 blimp fleet is not only larger and faster, it isn’t even a blimp, but a semi-rigid airship. .. Continue Reading Goodyear's new state-of-the-art airship makes its first flight

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Tags: Airships, Blimp, Flight, Goodyear, Zeppelin

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DARPA awards Phase 1 contracts for VTOL X-Plane program



Helicopters and other rotorcraft are impressive bits of technology, but the only place where they match the performance of fixed-wing aircraft is in bad 1980s television. That may soon change with DARPA announcing the selection of four companies to compete in the next phase of its Vertical Take Off and Landing Experimental Plane (VTOL X-Plane) program. The four companies are tasked with developing unmanned demonstrator aircraft designed to increase the performance of VTOL rotor aircraft while reducing their complexity... Continue Reading DARPA awards Phase 1 contracts for VTOL X-Plane program

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Tags: Aircraft, Boeing, Competition, DARPA, Helicopters, Sikorsky, VTOL

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Tiny gel tags indicate when packaged food has spoiled



We're all familiar with the sell-by dates stamped on groceries. They're supposed to protect us, but in practice, they can be a bit of a coin toss. Now a research team led by Chao Zhang of Peking University in Beijing, China has come up with a color-coded smart tag that uses nanotechnology to tell when the food or drugs in a package are in danger of spoiling. .. Continue Reading Tiny gel tags indicate when packaged food has spoiled

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Tags: American Chemical Society, Bacteria, Food, Nanotechnology, Peking University, Storage

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Ferrari Land theme park revs up in Spain



Car brand marketing usually means slapping a badge on a tote bag and asking a thousand dollars for it, but Ferrari has gone one better by applying its badge to not one, but two theme parks. Ferrari and PortAventura Entertainment S.A.U have signed an agreement to build a second Ferrari-themed park, Ferrari Land, as part of the PortAventura resort and theme park outside Barcelona, Spain. Expected to open in 2016, the 7.5 ha (18.5 ac) site is billed as “an opportunity for the whole family to experience and discover the world of Ferrari.”.. Continue Reading Ferrari Land theme park revs up in Spain

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GE/Quirky partnership releases smart airconditioner

Air conditioners are a blessing in a hot climate, but with their thermostat minds they’re almost like sticking a vacuum cleaner in your wallet. To help remedy this, GE and Quirkyhave launched the Aros smart air conditioner; the first major connected appliance of the partnership. This Wi-Fi-enabled air conditioning unit uses Quirky’s WINK app to learn its owner’s habits and adjust itself accordingly, so it keeps the home cool without breaking the bank. .. Continue Reading GE/Quirky partnership releases smart airconditioner

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Monday, 17 March 2014

Polaris-H detector maps nuclear radiation in real time



Turn on any old science fiction film and odds are that you'll see someone listening to the ominous chirping of a Geiger counter. It's very dramatic, but not very precise and, unfortunately, nuclear scientists and engineers of today are stuck with the same problem. Now, researchers at the University of Michigan have developed a faster, cheaper way for nuclear power plants to detect and map dangerous hot spots and leaky fuel rods using a camera that maps radiation in real time. .. Continue Reading Polaris-H detector maps nuclear radiation in real time

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Tags: Detector, Nuclear, Radiation, University of Michigan

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Sunday, 16 March 2014

London to trial "intelligent" pedestrian crossings



Ever walk halfway across a road only to have the light change and force you to make an undignified rush to the other side? The answer is almost certainly yes. If you’re in London, that may soon be a thing of the past however, with Transport for London announcing upcoming trials of an "intelligent" pedestrian crossing. Called the Pedestrian Split Cycle Offset Optimisation Technique (SCOOT), it’s part of a £2 billion to £4 billion program to improve roads over the next ten years and decrease traffic fatalities in the capital by 40 percent by the year 2020... Continue Reading London to trial "intelligent" pedestrian crossings

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SPHERES remote control demonstration bodes well for future space exploration



Controlling a robot in space from the ground can be a bit like hitting a moving target. There’s a one to three second delay as data passes back and forth between the robot and ground control, which means that operators have to anticipate how the robots will move during these delays. This week, the Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Center (ATC) announced the first-ever demonstration of collaborative tele-operations that involved control of robots on the International Space Station (ISS) by astronauts on the ISS and operators on the ground... Continue Reading SPHERES remote control demonstration bodes well for future space exploration

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Tags: International Space Station, Lockheed Martin, NASA, Remote Control,Robotics, Robots, Satellite

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Audi Online traffic light system helps drivers hit the green lights



One of life's small but satisfying pleasures is hitting the sweet spot while driving across town and catching all the green lights. At the moment, having that happen is a matter of luck, but Audi is developing a system that will make never getting caught by a red light an everyday thing as a way of speeding up traffic while improving fuel efficiency and cutting emissions... Continue Reading Audi Online traffic light system helps drivers hit the green lights

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Falcon 9 puts its legs up a little longer after SpaceX delays launch



SpaceX has delayed the scheduled launch of the third commercial flight of its unmannedDragon cargo ship to the International Space Station (ISS). The launch, which was originally scheduled for Sunday, March 16 at 4:41 AM EDT from Launch Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, would have been the first mission of the Falcon 9 launch vehicle with its landing legs. .. Continue Reading Falcon 9 puts its legs up a little longer after SpaceX delays launch

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Monday, 10 March 2014

What's my bid for a British Cold War bunker?



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... Continue Reading What's my bid for a British Cold War bunker?

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Italdesign Giugiaro's Clipper concept is more than meets the eye



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.” .. Continue Reading Italdesign Giugiaro's Clipper concept is more than meets the eye

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Tags: Concept Cars, Electric Vehicles, Geneva Motor Show 2014, Italdesign Giugiaro, Volkswagen

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Sunday, 9 March 2014

LABONFOIL: Portable Bond-style lab promises low-cost detection and diagnosis



A European project coordinated by Ikerlan and CIC microGUNE is developing a James Bond-style automated laboratory called "LABoratory skin patches and smart cards based ON FOILs and compatible with a smartphone" (LABONFOIL). Using lab-on-a-chip technology and smart patches to detect a wide variety of substances and diagnose diseases, the goal of the project is to create a cheap, portable laboratory that can interact with smart devices... Continue Reading LABONFOIL: Portable Bond-style lab promises low-cost detection and diagnosis

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Electromagnetic Levitator headed to ISS for future materials research



Astronauts, get your welding goggles on – the space station is going into the foundry business. The International Space Station is set to do a spot of industrial research this June, when ESA’s Materials Science Laboratory-Electromagnetic Levitator heads for the station aboard Europe's’ ATV-5 Georges LemaĆ®tre unmanned space freighter as part of a program to study the casting of alloys in a weightless environment... Continue Reading Electromagnetic Levitator headed to ISS for future materials research

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Friday, 7 March 2014

Ford unveils 2015 Focus in Geneva



Ford hasn't done too bad with its Focus line. In 2012, it surpassed the Toyota Corolla as the world's best selling car model and, according to Ford, it still holds the crown with 12 million sold worldwide. The economical all-round commuter car enjoys a good reputation with reviewers and drivers, so it's not surprising that Ford doesn't go in for radical redesigns, but the company does tweak a bit now and then. This year at the Geneva Motor Show, Ford is unveiling its latest Focus with a slightly sleeker design package containing some new engine and other technologies for the European market... Continue Reading Ford unveils 2015 Focus in Geneva

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Tags: focus, Ford, Geneva Motor Show 2014

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Rolls-Royce outlines vision for robotic ships of the future



Running away to sea has been a dream of escape for centuries, but unless you plan to be a tap dancer on a cruise ship, that door may be closing. In a report on the future of cargo shipping, Rolls-Royce Vice President for Innovation, Engineering and Technology, Oskar Levander, outlines a vision for a time not far from now when freighters and other ships are unmanned robots that cruise the oceans under remote control by shore based captains. .. Continue Reading Rolls-Royce outlines vision for robotic ships of the future

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Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Aston Martin reveals two special editions at Geneva



Aston Martin has been around for 101 years and to mark the occasion the car maker is debuting two new special editions at this year’s Geneva Motor Show: the Vantage N430 and the DB9 Carbon Black and Carbon White. Highlighting styling and a power boost for the Vantage N430, Aston Martin says both are intended to combine sport-focused style elements with an air of elegance... Continue Reading Aston Martin reveals two special editions at Geneva

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Tags: Aston Martin, db9, Geneva Motor Show 2014, Vantage

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