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  • Carla Cargo trailer gives your bike (or body) serious electric muscle

    21m By C.C. Weiss
    More than just cutesy front baskets and simple rear racks, bicycle cargo hauling has become serious business. Joining big-load tools like the Velove Armadillo, the German-designed Carla Cargo electric bicycle trailer upgrades your bike for loads up to 330 lb…
  • High performance transistors created on flexible plastic sheets

    2h By Colin Jeffrey
    Using a technique known as nanoimprint lithography, researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and partners have created a breakthrough method to allow the simple manufacture of inexpensive, high-performance, wireless-capable, flexible Metal Oxide…
  • Volkswagen turns to the Miller Cycle for improved efficiency

    2h By Scott Collie
    Manufacturers are leaving no stone unturned in the quest to improve the efficiency of their internal combustion engines. Just this week, we've seen a fastidiously engineered diesel engine from Ford and a camless engine from Qoros. Now Volkswagen, no stranger…
  • Video Review: Toyota Fortuner shines off the beaten track

    12:57am By Scott Collie
    We've already revealed what we think about the Toyota Fortuner in our road test, but now it's time to see it in action. It mightn't be the most refined performer on the road, but we quickly discovered it feels right at home in the bush. With seven seats and…
  • Kilkea adds touch of luxury to container ships

    12:54am By Scott Collie
    Your average container ship could never be described as luxurious, but the Kilkea is not your average container ship. To be built on the shell of an old Vard 1-08 platform supply vessel, instead of shipping containers, the Kilkea will be repurposed to take you…
  • 2016 BMW C650 Sport and GT review: Hunting sportsbikes on a maxi-scooter

    Thu 11:07pm By Loz Blain
    BMW says its new C650 Sport and GT maxi-scooters represent its "urban mobility" range - but that seriously undersells the ability these things show on the open road. Sure, they're a great way to get passengers and luggage through city traffic, but with…
  • Drone service delivers extra balls to wayward golfers

    Thu 10:40pm By Nick Lavars
    Drone delivery trials are underway around the world, with everything from pizzas to urgent medical supplies being considered as potential cargo. Now golf balls can be added to the list. Japanese online shopping giant Rakuten is teeing off its drone delivery…
  • Don't try this at home: Colin Furze's crazy homemade hoverbike

    Thu 10:31pm By Scott Collie
    One well-known backyard inventor has proven common sense and engineering experience aren't prerequisites for creating crazy multicopters. By strapping a couple of two-stroke parajet motors and propellors to a metal frame, Colin Furze has built a DIY hoverbike…
  • Golden JWST mirror section unveiled in all its glory

    Thu 5:51pm By Anthony Wood
    In the clean room at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt Maryland, a team of engineers has unveiled the vast gold-covered primary mirror of the future James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). As the telescope was painstakingly pieced together, the…
  • Portable device detects Ebola on the spot

    Thu 5:39pm By Ben Coxworth
    It would definitely be an understatement to say that the sooner the Ebola virus is detected in blood samples, the better. Unfortunately, those samples currently have to be shipped off to labs for analysis, often far from the area being studied. That could soon…
  • Active and passive in-cell movements distinguished for the first time

    Thu 4:55pm By Chris Wood
    If you looked inside any cell in your body right now, you'd notice that the individual structures and components within it are constantly moving around. While some of that twitching and jostling is passive, other movement is more deliberate, with the cell…
  • Buoys warn swimmers of dirty water

    Thu 3:48pm By Ben Coxworth
    Is the water in your local lake clean enough to swim in today? Currently, the only way to find out is for someone to take a water sample, bring it back to a lab, then report the analysis 24 to 48 hours later. Soon, however, water-sampling buoys anchored off of…
  • Mapping the thesaurus of the human brain

    Thu 3:15pm By Chris Wood
    Researchers from the University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley) have used MRI data to create what they call a "semantic atlas," using vivid colors in multiple dimensions to show how the brain organizes language. The greater understanding that the map…
  • HP's Chromebook 13 is the first premium Chromebook that isn't the Pixel

    Thu 2:34pm By Chris Wood
    While most Chromebooks are budget-focused machines with low-end specs, HP is aiming a little higher with its latest notebook, which has a pixel-dense display and capable Intel Core M processor, all while hanging onto a wallet-friendly starting price. With an…
  • Elio Motors completes engineering, moves to crash testing

    Thu 2:07pm By Ben Coxworth
    The eagerly-anticipated Elio vehicle recently came a step closer to consumers, as Elio Motors announced that the final stage of engineering has been completed. Crash testing is next, before commercial production begins...…
  • Japan gives up on Hitomi black hole and X-ray astronomy spacecraft

    Thu 12:19pm By Eric Mack
    Japan's black hole-spotting x-ray astronomy satellite ASTRO-H or "Hitomi" is officially dead after a month of uncertainty. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) lost contact with Hitomi late last month and on Thursday the agency announced that it's…
  • Cracking a few eggs to make electronics that dissolve

    Thu 12:08pm By Michael Franco
    Durability is often touted as the hallmark of good electronics, but sometimes you want components that don't last all that long. For example, it would be handy if microelectronic systems that delivered drugs to various parts of the body dissolved after their…
  • Tourists to have a new place to hang out in Dubai

    Thu 11:17am By Stu Robarts
    Such is the desire for every new blockbuster building in Dubai to differentiate itself from all others that their features get ever-more outlandish. Aykon City, for example, is a planned six-tower development aimed at providing all the trappings of a city.…
  • Thunderous guitar pickup gets an Ego boost

    Thu 9:22am By Paul Ridden
    Back in 2014, guitarist Andy Alt nailed a successful Kickstarter to fund the production of a box-shaped pickup that's actually home to a single coil humbucker and a two pole bottom feeder pickup to give a guitar some extra low end wallop. It was only a matter…
  • Arboretum branches out with UK's longest treetop walkway

    Thu 7:58am By Stu Robarts
    A newly-opened treetop walkway in the UK is said to be the longest in the country. The 300-m (984-ft) path at Westonbirt Arboretum takes visitors into the tree canopy, providing a perspective that would otherwise not be possible, along with views out across…
  • Camless technology promises more power, better fuel figures

    Thu 5:01am By Scott Collie
    Chinese carmaker Qoros has joined Koenigsegg in demonstrating a camless engine. Rather than using a traditional camshaft to control an engine's valves, the QamFree motor uses electro-hydraulic-pneumatic actuators to provide precise control over each valve for…
  • Increased CO2 levels are greening the Earth

    Thu 3:29am By Colin Jeffrey
    Researchers studying NASA satellite data on the Earth's vegetation coverage have discovered that plants have significantly increased their leaf cover over the last 35 years to the point that new growth across the planet is equivalent to an area twice as large…
  • SpaceX fast-tracks Mars plans and shoots for 2018 launch of unmanned lander

    Thu 2:59am By Nick Lavars
    Either Elon Musk really, really can't wait to get to Mars or the engineers working for him are building the necessary technologies a bit faster than expected. In any case, SpaceX has just announced plans to have one of its Dragon spacecraft on its way to the…
  • Furbo lets you dispense dog treats from afar

    Thu 2:03am By Scott Collie
    For dog owners who treat their pets like children, it can be hard leaving them alone while at work. Who's going to pamper your pooch with treats while you're gone? What if - in the absence of your constant reminders - they forget who is, in fact, a good boy?…
  • New imaging technique provides "drone's eye" view of Mars

    Thu 1:43am By David Szondy
    University College London (UCL) has released images of the Martian surface with five times the resolution of anything previously sent back from Mars orbit. The images come courtesy of the new Super-Resolution Restoration (SRR) imaging technique developed by a…