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24
Mar
2016

Electric rollerblades go off the beaten track

Designed for the dirt: The electric

There are a good many ways to get from the train station to work in motor-assisted style, including folding bikes or scooters and one wheelers or skateboards, but last mile transport choices are not so plentiful if your journey includes zipping through dirt tracks and forest trails. Poland's Jack Skopinski, the force behind the EV4 tilting electric quad we covered last year, has come up with a stand-up contender for the off-road-with-ease crown – some electric off-road rollers with rubber tracks.

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Category: Urban Transport

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24
Mar
2016

Jaguar goes time traveling and brings back the 1957 XKSS

Jaguar Classic will hand-build nine lost 1957 XKSS models

Who says you can't change history? Jaguar has committed to doing just that. The company already went back and finished the six Lightweight E-type sports cars it never completed back in the '60s and now it's starting a new project. Jaguar Classic will draw on the experience it gained from the Lightweight E-type project in completing nine 1957 XKSS models that were planned but never finished. The continuation cars will be hand-built to the exact specifications of the originals, giving buyers the rare opportunity to buy a completely new classic car, an opportunity that will cost upwards of £1 million (US$1.4 million).

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Category: Automotive

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24
Mar
2016

Wraparound jet engine design could put window seats at a premium

Airbus envisions an airliner with engines wrapped around the fuselage

If you like the window seat while you fly, then maybe enjoy it while it lasts. Airbus has filed a US patent application for a new multi-fan jet engine design, which has the engine nacelles wrapping around the airplane's fuselage instead of suspended from the wing. Still very much a concept, the design is aimed at improving engine efficiency while keeping overall size down.

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Category: Aircraft

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23
Mar
2016

Wounds may be treated using … frog foam?

The Tungara frog, aka Engystomops pustulosus

When the tiny Tungara frog lays its eggs, it also secretes a protein cocktail that it beats into a foam using its back legs. Surrounding the eggs, that foam protects them from predators, germs and environmental stress. As it turns out, a synthetic version of the substance may also one day have another use – delivering medication to serious skin wounds.

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Category: Medical

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23
Mar
2016

Self-balancing wheelchair goes hands-free

Ogo is a hands-free wheelchair

A New Zealand designer is revamping the traditional wheelchair design with a new model that frees the arms of the user. Instead of using the hands to create movement, the user moves their upper body to direct the two wheels. Kevin Halsall was inspired to develop Ogo after noticing a friend's difficulties with a traditional wheelchair, and deciding that things could be better.

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Category: Urban Transport

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23
Mar
2016

Solar activity sparks powerful X-ray aurorae on Jupiter

Chandra X-ray data is overlayed on a Hubble image of Jupiter in these images displaying the ...

Solar activity can prompt a massive increase in the intensity of Jupiter's polar aurorae, according to a new study drawing on data collected by NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory. Charged particles from a powerful solar storm were observed creating an impressive light show as they struck the Jovian planet in October 2011.

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Category: Space

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