March 14, 2014When talking about states of matter things used to be very simple. There were solids, liquids and gases, and then plasma followed on along with Bose-Einstein condensate, supercritical fluid and others. The latest in-thing when it comes to states of matter is dropletons, which although they have a resemblance to liquids, occur due to different circumstances altogether.
June 30, 2014Wind turbines provide a renewable source of energy that is generally considered as environmentally friendly, as well as an excellent alternative to the common fossil fuel power plant. Once installed and running, wind turbines generate power with essentially zero carbon emissions. Despite the overwhelming support of wind turbines as an alternative source of renewable energy, some skeptics still question the true impact of the wind turbine; some may argue that the relatively low power output from a wind turbine, combined with the carbon emissions caused by production, transportation, installation and maintenance, may in fact produce a negative environmental impact.
July 28, 2014Fresh off the success of their Shadow ebike, Canadian based Daymak inc. have just unveiled their new project, the Beast: a solar powered street legal and off-road electric bike. After two years of development they have now turned to Kickstarter to help get the Beast out onto the market. Image Source: Daymak The interesting low-profile and rugged design has an inverted suspension fork at the front connecting to a 10 inch alloy which holds one of the 8 inch thick off-road tyres.
July 12, 2014There are a wide variety of combustion engines out there but most don& 39;t divert too far from the conventional setup. The combustion of a fuel in a chamber produces force by expanding the high-temperature, high-pressure gases inside and that force is directly passed on to some component of the engine.
July 29, 2014The U.S. marines have created a half-sized prototype of a half-tank, half-boat vehicle that they call the Ultra Heavy-lift Amphibious Connector (UHAC). The vehicle has also begun testing last week during Rim of the Pacific excercises at the Marine Corps Training Area Bellows on Oahu, Hawaii.
July 13, 2014Anyone who loves heading down to their local swimming pool to go down the waterslide will want to head over to the Schlitterbahn Kansas City Waterpark and get in line for a turn on the tallest waterslide in the world. The world’s tallest waterslide has now opened and stands at an impressive 168.
July 01, 2014NanoFLOWCELL AG have just released a video showing off their stunning salt-water-powered QUANT e-Sportlimousine and you need to see this stunning innovative design. The car was introduced at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show and most doubted that it would ever make it passed concept stage after hearing bold claims on the specifications and with a previous Quant car failing to get passed concept stage years before, they had reason to doubt.
July 29, 2014Jamaica gets a fair share of sunshine and that sunshine is going to help provide power to what is said to be the largest wind-solar hybrid array in the world. Generating renewable electricity in commercial properties is becoming more viable each day and now WindStream Technologies have installed a huge solar array in Kingston, Jamaica, on the roof of an office building hybridised with wind generators.
August 27, 2014More and more people are taking an interest in keeping fit these days and love to go running on treadmills at the gym or in the home. But who does the washing while you are keeping fit on the treadmill? There could be an answer to this thanks to Si Hyeong Ryu, a product design graduate who has come up with a concept of the Wheel washing machine treadmill for the 2014 Electrolux Design Lab competition, Home of Tomorrow.
August 15, 2014There are many places around the world associated with offering great surf but Rotterdam certainly isn& 39;t one of them. That could be about to change however thanks to the RiF010 project which is expected to open by June 2015 at the Steigersgracht Canal. Image Source: RiF010 The project came from an initiative from the Rotterdam City Council in which they saw several ideas that could make the city better which was then put to a public vote.
September 25, 2014The Space Launch System by NASA is currently under development and is set to be the largest and most powerful rocket ever built. And according to the team who spoke at the Space Tech Expo recently, it is on course for its first test flight as early as 2018. Image Source: NASA As private space travel companies such as SpaceX and Virgin Galactic are slowly taking over the low-Earth orbit level of space travel, NASA are pushing to get astronauts deeper into space than we& 39;ve ever been.
We don& 39;t even know where to begin in describing this? It& 39;s almost like a skateboard meets a tank or an off-road Segway meets a jet-ski.September 09, 2014We don& 39;t even know where to begin in describing this? It& 39;s almost like a skateboard meets a tank or an off-road Segway meets a jet-ski.
October 15, 2014Cycling is a great method of travelling that is not only good for the environment but also helps towards keeping you fit. However, many people in London are put off from cycling due to the traffic congestion but they may interested in the plans of Hugh Broughton Architects and Arup. Together they make up the River Cycleway Consortium and they want to build a cycle path that would float on the River Thames at a cost of around £600 million.
September 06, 2014An Israeli startup based in Rishon LeZion has created a portable machine that can literally create drinking water out of thin air. The company used their patented heat exchanger system known as GENius™ to dehumidify the air and extract water. Image Source: Watergen & 34;The clean air enters our GENius heat exchanger system where it is dehumidified, the water is removed from the air and collected in a collection tank inside the unit,& 34; says co-CEO Arye Kohavi.
December 04, 2014Elevators changed how people moved around buildings when they were first designed around 160 years ago. However, since then the design of them hasn& 39;t changed all that much as they can still only travel up and down in mechanical fashion in a vertical shaft. ThyssenKrupp hopes to change this with an elevator that would look right at home in Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory.
November 12, 2014Fans of James Bond will know all too well about the fictional spy& 39;s use of his trusted laser watch, the one he uses to save himself from the grips of death in the nick of time. Well, Patrick Priebe whose hobby is creating laser weapons has now come up with his own laser watch that took inspiration from 007.
November 26, 2014Lockheed Martin have developed a next-generation, unpowered, lightweight exoskeleton called the Fortis that will provide the user strength, endurance and flexibility. Unlike other exoskeletons, it is lightweight and low profile and doesn& 39;t require a power source. Image Source: Lockheed Martin The Fortis exoskeleton transfers loads through the exoskeleton to the ground in standing or kneeling positions and allows operators to use heavy tools as if they were weightless.
November 01, 2014The Quantum of the Seas took to the sea on its maiden voyage recently. This is the largest cruise ship in the world belonging to Royal Caribbean and it is taking cruise liners to the extreme. There are many things to do and see on-board the liner and two high tech things that guests simply cannot ignore are the Two70 multimedia theater and the Bionic Bar.
January 02, 2015The Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California have designed an improved version of their RoboSimian robot, Surrogate, and it is heading to the DARPA Robotic Challenge Finals this year. There are many improvements over the original and the team have even given it a new nickname too, Surge.
December 24, 2014When forest fires are raging it is essential to get a huge amount of water to the source of the fire as fast as possible. This is typically done by helicopters that can scoop up water from large bodies of water and then drop it on the forest fire. The majority of systems can gather around 1,700 to 4,000 litres of water each minute and this is great which may sound impressive, however, Inventec have come up with a new system that can guzzle up 1,000 litres of water in just 5 seconds.
January 07, 2015Getting around in a wheelchair is not an effortless matter. Even popping to the shop or walking the dog can be quite the chore for those less able. An attachable from Rio Mobility called the Firefly looks to take a load off getting around by fixing onto a wide range of wheelchairs in no time at all, turning them into powered tricycles.