Trans-Siberian Railway cabins stick their necks out

December 5, 2016

Developer CDS Nord has signed up to build five Siberian Retreat cabins in early 2018

Russia's famous Trans-Siberian Railway is the world's longest railway line at 9,289 km (5,771 miles), linking Moscow to the Russian Far East and serving as a gateway to China, Mongolia, and North Korea. Those making the journey will soon have the option of taking a pitstop in some odd-looking new wooden cabins designed by UK firm Kamvari Architects.

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European semi-autonomous car tests to focus on protecting motorbikers

December 5, 2016

The Dutch agency responsible for granting type approval is planning to test how new self-driving car ...

As the automotive world ties itself in knots trying to work out what self-driving cars will do when they encounter a pedestrian, pushbike or runaway pram, one group has been largely neglected. Having received a letter from motorcycle groups concerned about rider safety around cars running semi-autonomous driver assists, the agency responsible for granting type approval in Holland has decided to test new semi-autonomous driving systems to see how they deal with two-wheeled road users.

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Category: Motorcycles

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The tale of the 1907 Curtis V8, the only motorcycle ever to hold the outright land speed record

December 5, 2016

Curtis installed one of his 4000cc V8 aircraft engines into a motorcycle and blew all competitors ...

Trains held the land speed record until 1907 when Glen Curtis built and rode the above V8 motorcycle to a land speed record of 136 mph. Within a decade he would become the Henry Ford of the aerospace industry, but his motorcycle record of 1907 was not bested until 1930. It was the only motorcycle to ever hold the outright land speed record, and used the first internal combustion engine to hold the speed record. In automotive terms, it is the equivalent of the Antikythera Mechanism.

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Panasonic IPS LCD panel brings the contrast battle to OLED

December 5, 2016

Panasonic has announced a new IPS LCD panel with a contrast ratio of 1,000,000:1, which is ...

High contrast is one of the main advantages that OLED monitors have in the display wars, but now Panasonic has managed to squeeze a comparable contrast ratio out of an In-Plane Switching (IPS) LCD panel. Boasting a contrast ratio of 1,000,000:1, the new panel can display High Dynamic Range (HDR) content and is intended for use in video production, broadcasting, medical and automotive monitors – at least initially.

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DARPA’s tail-down drone set for vertical launch in 2018

December 5, 2016

Artist's concept of the Tern UAV concept launching vertically before transitioning to horizontal flight

DARPA's goal to develop a UAV that can launch from small-deck ships in the US Navy and Marine Corps fleets, for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, as well as targeting and strike missions, is a step closer to getting off the ground, according to Northrop Grumman's latest progress report on the Tern program. The company has announced that the Tern unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) has passed two critical design reviews (CDRs), putting it on track for a full demonstration in 2018.

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Category: Aircraft

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Liftware levels the playing field for disabled diners

December 5, 2016

The Liftware Level is a motorized utensil that automatically bends itself to counteract involuntary hand movements, ...

Most of us might don't have to think twice about how we feed ourselves, but for people with limited movement in their hands and arms, dinnertime can be a frustrating and messy experience. Aimed at those suffering from afflictions like cerebral palsy and Huntington's disease, the Liftware Level is a motorized utensil that flexes to compensate for a user's restricted movement so as to keep the utensil head level.

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Audi lunar Quattro books trip to the Moon

December 5, 2016

The Audi lunar quattro moon rover has a top speed 3.6 km/h

In 2015, Audi went into partnership with Germany's Part-Time Scientists team to help develop the Audi lunar Quattro unmanned lunar rover in competition for the Google Lunar X-Prize. The company announced recently that the latest iteration of the rover and its landing craft are undergoing extensive testing to the run up to a visit to the landing site of the Apollo 17 mission by late next year.

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Category: Space

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Virgin Galactic’s VSS Unity glides in for first free flight

December 4, 2016

VSS Unity was made its first free glide test

Virgin Galactic's VSS Unity took to the sky's today on its first free flight. The company says the suborbital passenger spacecraft was dropped by the WhiteKnightTwo mothership at the Virgin Galactic test site over the Mojave Desert during one hour 20 minute flight that included a ten minute, unpowered free flight to test the craft's systems and collect telemetry data.

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