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North America's first 200 kilowatt wireless charger keeps e-buses rolling indefinitely

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 14:17:42 +0000

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Bus companies around the world are slowly transitioning to electric fleets, backed up by manufacturers like Hyundai, Daimler, BYD and Proterra. Though the latter managed to eke out 1,100 miles on a single charge of the batteries in its 40 ft Catalyst E2 max last year, regular day-to-day driving will be significantly less. Keeping these e-buses topped up en route can involve installing networks of overhead hoods or cables that the buses can access tram-style, but others are taking a wireless route. Momentum Dynamics has announced the first 200 kilowatt wireless charger in North America, which sees a BYD electric bus in Wenatchee, Washington, receive a cable-free top-up during routine transfer stops.

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Category: Automotive

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Welcome to Pleistocene Park: The mammoth plan to recreate an ice age ecosystem in Siberia

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 08:41:42 +0000

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A real-world Jurassic Park is never going to happen, but shooting for a more recent prehistoric era might be more achievable. The Pleistocene Park project is aiming to rebuild a lost Ice Age ecosystem in Siberia, and its directors, the father-and-son team of Sergey and Nikita Zimov, say it could help slow the effects of climate change. Now, the initiative is running a crowdfunding campaign to help transport a new herd of animals to the park.

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Category: Environment

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Gallery: Powerful portraits and peculiar culture from the 2018 Sony World Photography Awards

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 07:16:25 +0000

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This year's Sony World Photography Awards garnered a whopping 300,000-plus submissions from more than 200 countries. This massive assortment of images has now been reduced to a stunning set of winners, which together shine a light on everything from South Africa under apartheid to the Persian tradition of using animal carcasses in sport.

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Category: Digital Cameras

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Carbon positive CORE 9 home costs around $70 to run all year

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 06:41:00 +0000

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Australian architectural studio Beaumont Concepts has completed a stylish and affordable carbon positive home, located in the coastal town of Cape Patterson in Victoria. Dubbed CORE 9, the prototype is designed to provide a better housing solution that is not only cost effective, but also sustainably superior. The home is part of "The Cape", one of Australia's first sustainable housing projects, which features 220 blocks of land where residents can only build a home that meets specific sustainable home design standards.

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Category: Architecture

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Swayy's all-in-one hammock creates a hanging insulation bubble for your backside

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 05:28:29 +0000

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You can't argue with the convenience and comfort of camping with a hammock, but you could certainly argue with the bitter cold that can accompany such a sleeping arrangement. The newly announced Swayy is an all-in-one camping hammock that takes a novel approach to insulation, by creating a hanging pocket of air around your backside to fend off what its creators call "Cold Butt Syndrome."

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Category: Outdoors

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Yamaha and Auto Fabrica release limited edition Type 11 retro-futurist cafe racer

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 05:17:36 +0000

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This nifty neo-futuristic cafe racer, with its bullet fairing and custom bodywork, is part of Yamaha's global push to promote the customizable nature of its XSR900 cafe racer. The 'Type 11 Prototype 2' by the UK's Auto Fabrica will go on sale in limited numbers this weekend in London.

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Category: Motorcycles

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Sleek, compact camper pod grows to 3 times its size at the push of a button

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 04:05:33 +0000

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The French aren't the only ones building expandable camping trailers, but they do seem to do it at the highest level. A few years ago, we looked at the telescoping Beauer 3X, and last year it was the feature-packed sCarabane. Now French startup Tipoon has come up with an equally ingenious design, a compact "travel machine" that sits low and hauls gear on the ride and grows up and out at camp, providing standing headroom and space for up to four people.

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Video: IBM's AI microscopes use plankton as living water sensors

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 03:16:46 +0000

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With microplastics penetrating the deepest ocean trenches and making their way up the food chain, it's no surprise that plastic pollution is in the crosshairs for Earth Day 2018. IBM has now released a video outlining how it plans to help clean up the seas, by using plankton as a kind of living water quality sensor.

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Category: Environment

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Modular multi-tool lets you travel light when need be

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 02:58:51 +0000

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Multi-tool makers have gotten pretty good at squeezing all manner of implements into the one palm-sized device. But the thinking behind the Anywhere Tools system from Nevada's Keyport is that folks should be able to easily customize their kit as required, using a modular everyday carry setup to allow for easy swapping in and out of components.

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Giant fighting robots on the ropes as MegaBots announces "we ran out of money"

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 02:49:09 +0000

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The team has been let go. The robots are back in a dusty old warehouse, and MegaBots Inc's dream of an international giant fighting robot league lies in tatters. All that stands between Eagle Prime and oblivion is 200 grand, a handycam, a laptop and one desperate founder.

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Category: Robotics

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Lyft purchasing carbon offsets to make all rides carbon neutral

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 02:13:10 +0000

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In a move that should give Lyft passengers that warm fuzzy feeling of helping the environment while getting from A to B, the ride-sharing company has announced that all its rides around the world will be carbon neutral – starting today. This will be achieved through the purchase of carbon offsets, which will require a multi-million-dollar investment in the first year alone.

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Lenovo Explorer VR headset is selling for under $200

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 01:53:30 +0000

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Virtual reality is an amazingly immersive experience that everyone needs to try at least once – but the price tag on the higher end hardware can be a little intimidating. Microsoft is lowering that barrier to entry with its range of Windows Mixed Reality headsets, and the Lenovo Explorer is currently 50 percent off at the Microsoft Store, bringing the price down to US$199.

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Successful maiden flight for Sun Flyer 2 electric airplane

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 01:06:05 +0000

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Another small electric airplane took to the skies recently as Bye Aerospace announces that its prototype Sun Flyer 2 took to the air for the first time on April 10 at Centennial Airport south of Denver, Colorado. The two-seater prop-driven aircraft with a gross weight of 1,900 lb (860 kg) has a 3.5-hour flight duration thanks to its six lithium-ion battery packs and is intended as a pilot trainer.

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Stir-stick-sparing Stircle spins up your coffee

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 22:10:50 +0000

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Chances are, you probably don't use many stir sticks at home. Coffee shops, however, go through a great deal of the things on a daily basis. Inventor Scott Amron didn't like the thought of all that plastic and/or wood being thrown away, so he created the Stircle.

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Category: Good Thinking

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US Air Force awards Lockheed Martin $1 billion hypersonic missile contract

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 21:37:59 +0000

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It appears that the US Air Force is taking recent reports of Russian and Chinese hypersonic weapon systems seriously, as it's upped its game by awarding Lockheed Martin a contract worth up to US$928 million to develop a conventional strike weapon capable of flying over five times the speed of sound. The company's Lockheed Martin Space division in Huntsville, Alabama will carry out the indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract on the air-launched stand-off missile.

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Category: Military

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"World's thinnest" life jacket might not bug you

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 21:13:52 +0000

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A lot of people don't like wearing life jackets, as they find the things to be bulky and cumbersome. If you're such a person, then you might be interested in the Wingman, as it's claimed to be the world's thinnest.

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Category: Outdoors

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New tactile reading system may be better than braille

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 19:24:17 +0000

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According to Brooklyn-based ELIA Life Technology, less than one percent of visually-impaired people can read braille. It's notoriously difficult to master, with users reportedly taking up to 10 months to learn the alphabet. The company's new ELIA Frames system, however, can apparently be learned in just three hours.

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Zaha Hadid's only house is finally completed in Russia

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 19:03:28 +0000

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Zaha Hadid designed a lot of high-profile buildings throughout her career, but, surprisingly perhaps, only one private residence by the late starchitect has been completed to date. Named Capital Hill Residence, it's a remarkable-looking luxury house that features bedroom suites raised above the surrounding trees.

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Category: Architecture

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Toyota to have connected vehicle technologies in the US by 2021

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 16:22:47 +0000

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Toyota has announced that its Toyota and Lexus-branded vehicles will include vehicle-to-infrastructure technologies by 2021. The tech will be available in the US market that year, and the company hopes to push communications standards for both vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) and vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V).

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Violent impact with dwarf planet could have given rise to Martian moons

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 15:30:58 +0000

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The Martian moons Phobos and Deimos may have been created in the aftermath of a cataclysmic collision between early Mars and an object with a mass somewhere between that of the dwarf planet Ceres, and the asteroid Vesta. The theory will hopefully be put to the test in the not-too-distant future by an ambitious Japanese mission, that will seek to visit both of the small moons with the aim of retrieving a surface sample for return to Earth.

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Category: Space

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Ovo Energy's V2G charger could see EV owners drive for free

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 14:56:14 +0000

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The UK's Ovo Energy has launched a suite of domestic energy products, including a vehicle-to-grid charger that's described as the "world's first widely available domestic bi-directional charger." The V2G charger gives EV drivers the flexibility to draw electricity from the grid when it's cheap and sell some back during peak demand hours. The company reckons that if users get the balance right, they could effectively drive their EVs for free.

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Gallery: Amsterdam's out-there modern architecture

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 12:57:19 +0000

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Last month, New Atlas took the opportunity to explore just some of Amsterdam's modern architectural highlights, taking in museums, apartment blocks, bridges and bicycle parks along the way. We've put together a gallery of what we saw in a city, perhaps the city, at the forefront of contemporary building design.

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TanSat delivers first global map of atmospheric CO2

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 10:20:42 +0000

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Scientists at the Chinese Academy of Sciences have put together the first global carbon dioxide maps based on data from the Chinese satellite TanSat. The satellite also measures what lead researcher Yang Dongxu calls "carbon dioxide flux," changes in its behavior on Earth and in the Earth's atmosphere.

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Category: Environment

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Robot puts IKEA chair together in 20 minutes

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 07:10:53 +0000

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Assembling IKEA furniture is perhaps not the most popular of past times, but homemakers could soon gain a helping hand from a dexterous new robot. Developed at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore, the machine has already demonstrated an ability to put together an IKEA chair by itself, with its creators now setting their sights on other applications that require human-like manipulation of objects.

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