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21
Mar
2017

Fruit-mimicking sensors really get into their roles

One of the sensors, disguised as a Braeburn apple

When fruit is being transported from the field to the supermarket, it's vitally important that it remain refrigerated – if it isn't kept cold enough, it will spoil before ever reaching consumers. With that in mind, scientists at Switzerland's Empa research institute have developed temperature sensors that could ride along with fruit shipments, replicating the fruit's size, shape and structure.

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Category: Good Thinking

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21
Mar
2017

Less costs (much) more with featherweight PG Bugatti Bike

The PG Bugatti Bike is lightweight and very, very expensive

Having created one of the fastest, most luxurious cars in history, Bugatti has been busy expanding the range of lifestyle vehicles related to its flagship. Well-to-do owners could already pair their car with a custom boat, and now they can match it with the PG Bugatti Bike, a limited-edition fixie with show-stopping looks and, naturally, an eye-watering price.

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Category: Bicycles

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21
Mar
2017

Study: Coal plant development in “freefall”

The authors report a record number of coal plant retirements in the last two years

Worldwide changes have prompted a big drop in the development of coal-fired power plants, a new study from several environmental groups has found. Shifts in policy and economic conditions in China and India are central to the decline, says the report, which describes a 48 percent drop in overall pre-construction activity.

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Category: Energy

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21
Mar
2017

Review: Rinsten Spring isn’t a pain in the butt

The Rinsten Spring does make for a smoother ride, although it feels kind of weird at ...

Butt discomfort is a common complaint among cyclists, caused at least in part by road vibrations being transmitted up the frame and into the saddle. As a result, we've seen a number of suspension seatposts and cushy saddles being introduced over the years. The Rinsten Spring takes another approach yet, in the form of a steel spring that's installed between the saddle and seatpost. I recently got to try one out, on my local potholey streets.

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Category: Bicycles

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