Inflate this surfboard like a bike tire to optimize its ride.
By Mark AndersPosted 04.12.2010 at 12:15 pm 0 Comments
Shred more waves with a surfboard that morphs to suit the day’s conditions. Using an ordinary bicycle pump and valve, you can add or remove air from the Lost Rocket’s foam core, varying its flex. For instance, pumping it to a stiff 9 psi of pressure lets it speed over big, glassy waves; a pliable 1 psi lets it glide smoothly through choppy surf.
CT scans and genetic analysis of King Tut’s family reveal some surprising connections
By Lana BirbrairPosted 04.12.2010 at 10:23 am 0 Comments
Scientists once suspected that this 3,300-year-old corpse was King Tutankhamun's mother. They were close. The mummy is now believed to have been his grandmother—his only grandmother. Using CT-scan analysis and the first DNA tests able to amplify the genetic material of the desiccated Egyptian mummies, an international group of scientists and consultants with the Family of Tutankhamun Project found that King Tut's parents were full brother and sister, born of this woman.
Greener than a Prius and hotter than a Maserati, the Fisker Karma promises to change the way the world thinks about electric cars. The only problem is that nobody outside the company has driven one yet. Will Henrik Fisker tempt buyers into the electric age, or is he already a relic of the past?
By Bill GiffordPosted 04.11.2010 at 9:16 pm 1 Comment
Long, wide and low-slung, the car looks exotic, unplaceable. “It’s the length of a Mercedes CLS, the width of a BMW 7-series, and the height of a Porsche 911,” says the corporate spokesman at the wheel. The front end is so long that it must hold at least a V8, but in fact there is no discernible engine noise, only the quiet whine of electric motors. Instead, a pair of external speakers emits—for effect—a sound somewhere between a Formula One car and a starship.
Humans make terrible drivers. Research shows we’re panic-prone, unpredictable and slow to react behind the wheel. Now a new breed of robot cars promises to eliminate human error for safer roads, less traffic and major fuel savings
By Lawrence UlrichPosted 04.11.2010 at 1:07 pm 0 Comments
Step One: Prove Robot Cars Can Handle the Worst
This fall, a driverless Audi TTS will attempt to race up Pikes Peak. If a robot can ace this harrowing mountain run, your daily commute could be next
When an Audi TTS roars to the summit of Pikes Peak in Colorado later this year, it will rumble over 12.4 dusty miles, navigating 156 hairpin turns at up to 90 mph, a speed only a pro racer would attempt. Yet Audi won’t have to hire one: The TTS will make the perilous ascent without a human at the wheel.
A fully autonomous pod similar to the general motors “PUMA” concept, this urban commuter does all the work for the driver. The ability to get more power out of smaller batteries and engines will let even the smallest micro-vehicles contain generous cabin space, making for a more comfortable and productive ride to work.
The seat sits higher than in a standard car, providing high visibility all around. The front windscreen serves as the door and opens vertically, blocking rain or snow as the driver enters the vehicle.
By Mike HaneyPosted 04.10.2010 at 6:48 pm 3 Comments
It depends on where you live and what kind of unit you’re looking at. Most GPS devices that show traffic get their data from a handful of providers like Clear Channel and Navteq, which collect their information from numerous sources. News of a coming pileup reaches your dashboard as text data over FM airwaves and updates every five to 15 minutes. This system works great for major freeways in big cities, but neither the network nor the data services cover rural areas and side roads, and the FM signal can’t deliver much beyond basic information.
I've always loved taking pictures from the road when I travel, but on returning home I often had no idea where I had shot many of them. The only way to figure it out was by placing them on a timeline and working backward through my route. Recently I found a way to make it easier. I mounted a Canon digital camera on the dashboard of my car, installed software on it that enables it to automatically shoot pictures every few seconds or minutes, and set up a GPS unit to record the location of each shot.
By Arnie CooperPosted 04.10.2010 at 6:01 pm 0 Comments
When the “underwear bomber” passed through security last Christmas, no one noticed the three ounces of PETN, one of the most reactive explosives, stuffed in his pants. Now a new portable chemical detector, capable of sensing explosives’ vapor at parts per trillion, could finally uncover this and other chemical threats at airports.
A skydiver jumps from the edge of space to set a
record—and help plan an exit strategy for orbital tourists
By Bjorn CareyPosted 04.10.2010 at 5:51 pm 1 Comment
Before famed skydiver Felix Baumgartner can jump out of his balloon at 120,000 feet, his ground crew will have to clear it with the Federal Aviation Administration. “Felix will be coming in like a missile,” says Jon Clark, the medical director of the Red Bull Stratos mission. “We don’t want him to be confused with one.”