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May
2016

Luke Workman interview Part 2: The million-horsepower piston crusher, the Joby S2 and leaving Zero

Luke Workman testing the Zero FX in reasonably unforgiving terrain

If you missed part one of our Luke Workman interview, check it out. He's a brilliant, fearless, joyful maniac who has so many fingers in so many pies that he's got to have an extra pair of hands somewhere to fit them on. Formerly the lead lithium battery specialist at Zero Motorcycles, Luke is now an independent contractor working on a dozen ridiculously amazing projects including the stunning Joby S2. That's just his professional life – outside hours he's constantly working on a range of backyard science projects that would scare the bejesus out of any lesser being. In part two, we discuss his million-horsepower piston crusher, his multirotor projects and his post-Zero consulting career. Plus, Loz rides the Death Bike in a bicycle helmet and a Nomex suit.

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Category: Inventors & Remarkable People

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25
May
2016

Electric straddling bus looks to pump the brakes on China’s traffic and pollution

A functioning model of the Elevated Transit Bus was on show at the China Beijing International ...

It sounds like an approach you might take in Grand Theft Auto, but China may soon be dealing with its notorious traffic problems simply by driving right over the top of them. A Beijing company is planning to move ahead with a track-based public transport system that allows vehicles to pass underneath, an idea aimed at easing air pollution and congestion.

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Category: Urban Transport

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25
May
2016

E Ink shows its true colors with new display

E Ink's Advanced Color ePaper (ACeP), a full color reflective display

E Ink is proving itself to be a versatile technology, showing up not just in eReaders but in traffic signs, clocks, wall panels and even shoes. But one thing the reflective display technology has always had trouble with is color. The workaround for a long time has been the use of color filter arrays (CFA), but the range and richness of those is limited. Now the company has unveiled Advanced Color ePaper (ACeP), which it promises will bring the full color gamut to its screens.

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Category: Electronics

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25
May
2016

Red dwarf exoplanets not as habitable as once believed

Artist's impression of an Earth-like planet passing in front of a red dwarf star

Fresh research is pouring cold water on the hopes of discovering life on distant exoplanets orbiting red dwarf stars. It had previously been thought that Earth-sized planets orbiting in the habitable zones (HZs) of the small stars could provide a possible haven for life, but sophisticated computer models suggest that these planets are likely rendered uninhabitable by their super-dense atmospheres.

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Category: Space

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25
May
2016

Spintronics closer as scientists find new method for generating spin currents

The laser pulse hits nickel (green), exciting the electrons, which move towards the silicon (yellow), causing ...

The emerging technology of spintronics, which utilizes the spin of electrons to store and manipulate data, promises devices that are faster and more energy efficient than conventional electronics, but a major obstacle has been how to effectively generate the spin current in the first place. Now, scientists have formulated a new method for quickly creating currents using ultra short laser pulses.

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Category: Electronics

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25
May
2016

Xiaomi’s debut drone does 4K aerial video on the cheap

The Mi drone will enter beta testing in July

China is already home to the world's largest drone manufacturer in DJI, so in a way it seems only natural for one of the country's biggest electronics players to come in for a slice of the pie. Xiaomi has just revealed its debut consumer drone, a modular quadcopter with a handy suite of autonomous features and a price tag that might make its local counterpart a little uneasy.

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Category: Drones

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25
May
2016

Out Now: ‘Romancing SaGa 2’, ‘Hatoful Boyfriend’, ‘Crashing Season’, ‘Skateboard Party 3’, ‘VOEZ’, ‘MMX Hill Climb’, ‘Warp Shift’, ‘All Glory to the Pixel King! 2nd Edition’, ‘Golf Island’, ‘Mega Tank’ and More

It's that magical time of week when a flood of new iOS games hit the App Store. Like we even need more games on our phones, am I right? This week in particular is heavily loaded with awesome stuff, including the surprise iOS port of absurd pigeon dating simulator Hatoful Boyfriend as well as the