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Jun
2019

Cambridge Audio's AX series aims for quality on a budget

The Cambridge Audio AX series comprises a CD player, an integrated amp and two stereo receivers

Though the UK's Cambridge Audio always has its ears tuned on top quality audio, as with the recently-announced Alva TT, the company is also mindful that budget music lovers appreciate good sound too. And so it is with the new AX series of a wallet-friendly hi-fi gear.

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Category: Home Entertainment

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Jun
2019

Stunning temple among shortlisted entries for transformative architecture prize

Aerial view of the Bahá’í Temple of South America and grounds

The Bahá'í Temple of South America in Chile has been shortlisted for this year's Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) International Prize, with the winner to be announced on October 25. The biannual CAD 100,000 (US$74,540) prize was created to celebrate socially transformative, inclusive architecture and is open to architects the world over. The building was designed by Toronto-based firm, Hariri Pontarini Architects, marking the first time the six-member jury has shortlisted a Canadian firm for the award.

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Category: Architecture

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Jun
2019

Mechanical shutters control light and views in compact home office

Black Box is located on a cramped London plot

After being commissioned to create an extension for a Victorian-era terrace in London, MATA Architects conceived a neat method of providing fine control over the amount of light inside and the privacy available. The firm installed a complex prefabricated shutter system that's controlled by hand crank.

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Jun
2019

Garage Italia turns vintage Fiat 500 Jolly into an electric beauty

Retaining its classic looks, this 1958 Fiat 500 Jolly has been transformed by Garage Italia into ...

Italian car customizer Garage Italia has recently transformed a classic Fiat 500 Jolly into a stunning, modern electric car. The vintage beauty is part of the studio's Icon-e project, which celebrates Italy's strong design and automotive culture and is dedicated to contemporizing vintage cars and turning them into custom-made electric models.

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Category: Automotive

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Jun
2019

Dawn of the noisy electric car: EU laws requiring audible warning sounds take effect July 1

Companies like Harman are designing external warning audio systems for EVs, making a range of driving ...

From July 1, any electric vehicle with four or more wheels that wants to be approved for road use in the European Union is going to have to have an "Acoustic Vehicle Alert System," or AVAS, fitted, making a continuous noise of at least 56 decibels if the car's going 20kmh or slower.

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Category: Automotive

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Jun
2019

ESA's reusable Space Rider capsule would carry equipment to orbit and back

The ESA has outlined Space Rider, a reusable capsule for experiments in low-Earth orbit

Space flight requires quite a lot of single-use machinery, and when you're talking about multi-million dollar rockets that are used once, that gets pretty expensive and wasteful. Companies like SpaceX have made in-roads towards reusable rockets, and now ESA has outlined its own reusable Space Rider capsule, which would carry scientific equipment to the edge of space and back several times over.

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Category: Space

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Jun
2019

Bulletproof metal foam could make military vehicles lighter and more efficient

Armored vehicles could benefit from a new bulletproof metal foam developed at North Carolina State University

How do you stop bullets using the lightest material possible? This question has inspired a string of fascinating breakthroughs from material scientists in pursuit of advanced lightweight armor that keeps foot soldiers agile and vehicles light. Yet another comes from researchers at North Carolina State University, who have developed a new type of bulletproof material comparable in performance to conventional armor, at just half the weight.

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Category: Materials

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