Mercedes-Maybach S 600 Pullman Guard protects passengers from bullets and blasts

September 24, 2016

The Guard version of the Pullman is upgraded with steel plating and other armor

Mercedes-Benz "Pullman" cars have a long, distinguished history of chauffeuring dignitaries and historical figures, the type of folks that generally require a little extra protection. Now marketed under the Mercedes-Maybach brand, the newest S600 Pullman is getting the armored upgrade it needs to fully and faithfully serve its clientele. The S600 Pullman Guard is prepared to keep rolling to safety through bullet fire and explosions.

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SpaceX fingers helium as cause of Falcon 9 rocket explosion

September 24, 2016

The explosion involved a Falcon 9 rocket similar to this one used to launch Orbcomm 2

SpaceX has released the preliminary findings into the Falcon 9 accident on September 1 that destroyed the unmanned rocket and the Amos-6 satellite on Launch Complex 40 (LC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. According to the company, the "anomaly" that caused the explosion is still uncertain, but it has narrowed things down to the cryogenic helium system used to feed the second stage engine.

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New Ferrari supplies RWD turbo power for four

September 24, 2016

The 3.9-liter turbo V8 and RWD give the GTC4Lusso T better fuel economy without losing much ...

With less than a week to go before the official opening of the Paris Motor Show, automakers are taking that last opportunity to preview their debuts For Ferrari, that's the all-new GTC4Lusso T. The "T" points to the V8 turbo that stands in for the standard GTC4Lusso's V12, and the new car also loses two drive wheels in an effort to get lighter, cleaner and more practical for everyday drivers.

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Spinning bike wheels compress flat-filling air

September 23, 2016

Bimp Air can reportedly fill a bicycle tire in less than 10 seconds

Although you certainly can inflate a bike's tires using a compact hand pump, doing so typically involves some time and effort. That's why many cyclists use CO2 cartridges instead – particularly road riders with high-pressure tires, or mountain bikers who may need to reseat tubeless tires. Those cartridges cost a couple of bucks or so each, however, and they're not reusable. France's Production Functional Factory is attempting to address that situation with Bimp Air, a refillable compressed air system that's charged by the spinning of the bike's front wheel.

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The best of Photokina 2016

September 23, 2016

New Atlas looks at some of the highlights of Photokina 2016

Once every two years Photokina takes over Cologne, turning the German city into the centre of the photographic world with more than one thousand firms coming to show off their wares. We've spent the last few days trawling the halls to discover and try out the best cameras, lenses, and other photo accoutrements. Read on to see what we found.

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Humpback whale frees itself from fishing lines

September 23, 2016

Bycatch and entanglement are serious threats to marine mammals, including humpback whales

A humpback whale off the coast of California that was entangled in rope throughout the summer seems to have freed itself from the lines. A video from a tour operator caught the entangled giant mammal swimming in the waters of the state's southern coast, along with some frolicking dolphin companions.

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Zip-tie-inspired bike lock won’t weigh you down

September 23, 2016

The OttoLock on display at Interbike 2016

If you're a competitive or recreational cyclist, chances are that you don't lug a clunky ol' U-lock along with you on all of your rides. So, what happens if you make a quick post-ride stop at a coffee shop? Perhaps you just try to keep your unlocked bike in your peripheral vision, or you use a light-but-flimsy cable lock. Well, Otto DesignWorks has developed an alternative. Its OttoLock works essentially like a big cut-resistant zip-tie.

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Coradia iLint är ett tåg som drivs av vätgas

September 23, 2016 Släpper inte ut någon koldioxid





Den franska tågtillverkaren Alstom har visat upp ett tåg som man kallar för Coradia iLint vilket drivs av en blandning av väte, som förvaras i tankar på tåget, och syre från luften utanför tåget. Energin detta generera lagras sedan i tågets batterier.

Detta gör att tåget inte släpper ut någon koldioxid över huvudtaget. De enda "avgaserna" som tåget släpper ut är ånga och kondenserat vatten. Coradia iLint har en räckvidd på 800 kilometer, topphastigheten ligger på 140 kilometer i timman och tåget kan transportera 300 passagerare.

Alstom planerar att börja testa tåget nästa år och i slutet av nästa år eller i början av 2018 är det tänkt att det ska börja gå i kommersiell trafik i trafik i Tyskland.
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UPS seeks out Roomba-maker to help put delivery drones in the sky

September 23, 2016

The trials kicked off on Thursday in Beverly, Massachusetts

It's starting to feel a bit like if you are in the business of delivering items and aren't at least exploring airborne avenues, then you might soon be playing catch-up. Following the lead of Amazon, DHL and even retail chains like Dominos and 7-Eleven, global shipping giant UPS has partnered with drone-maker CyPhy Works to put aerial couriers to the test, with a particular focus on urgently-needed goods like medical supplies.

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Human neurons implanted in mice plug into spinal cord to help heal injury

September 23, 2016

These organoids containing immature human inhibitory neuron precursors were implanted into mice in the study

Treatments for symptoms of spinal cord injuries may be a step closer, as researchers at University of California San Francisco (UCSF) have transplanted human neurons into mice with these injuries, and found that over time they made new connections in the spine, reducing chronic pain and helping the mice regain some bladder control.

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