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Zeoform: The eco-friendly building material of the future?

http://www.gizmag.com/zeoform-cellulose-water/28796/]Zeoform: The eco-friendly building material of the future?[/url]


Australian company Zeo has developed and patented a glue-fee process that creates a strong, versatile new building material out of just cellulose and water. The resulting hardwood-like material known as Zeoform can then be sprayed, molded or shaped into a range of products. And it's not just trees that stand to benefit – Zeoform also promises an eco-friendly alternative to the use plastics and resins.


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Testing resumes for Japanese Maglev train

30 August 2013 Last updated at 00:54 BST

Testing on Japan's super-fast Maglev train has resumed after several years of building an extension to its track.

The train, which is said to be much faster than its rival the "bullet train" is expected to be in use by 2027.

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk...d-asia-23887070

 

 

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Wait, what? I thought maglevs were already in use!



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Infrared Car System Detects Wildlife

 
August 31, 2013
 
This fall — right in time for deer season — Mercedes-Benz will introduce Night View Plus on the 2014 S-Class. Designed by Swedish safety-system company Auto­liv, the system identifies people, but also cows, moose, horses, deer, camels, and even wild boar.
 

http://news.discover...life-130830.htm


"Since we first emerged, a few million years ago in East Africa, we have meandered our way around the planet. There are now people on every continent and the remotest islands, from pole to pole, from Mount Everest to the Dead Sea, on the ocean bottoms and even, occasionally, in residence 200 miles up - humans, like the gods of old, living in the sky."


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Wait, what? I thought maglevs were already in use!

 

They are, but this one is a japanes development not a german one like the one in China.



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Converting old payphones into electric car chargers?

 

http://www.theatlant...-chargers/6760/



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^ now that you bring up payphones, I realized I have completely forgotten about them! It's been years since I thought about one. :)


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I honestly don't know if cities still even have them. If Philadelphia still has payphones I haven't noticed.



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This is set to be the world's first "invisible" skyscraper!

The 1,476-foot tower is planned for a city in South Korea.

Its "invisibility" is an optical illusion, made possible by a high-tech LED facade that includes projectors and 18 weatherproof cameras strategically placed on the external surface. The cameras will capture real-time photos of the area directly behind the tower. Those images will then be digitally stitched into a panorama and projected back onto the building’s surface.

Read more: http://bit.ly/17GE5l5

 

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This is set to be the world's first "invisible" skyscraper!

The 1,476-foot tower is planned for a city in South Korea.

Its "invisibility" is an optical illusion, made possible by a high-tech LED facade that includes projectors and 18 weatherproof cameras strategically placed on the external surface. The cameras will capture real-time photos of the area directly behind the tower. Those images will then be digitally stitched into a panorama and projected back onto the building’s surface.

Read more: http://bit.ly/17GE5l5

 

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Sounds dangerous for planes and helicopters. Also, isn't the point of building a massive tower to show it off?


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Tesla Working Towards 90 Percent Autonomous Car Within Three Years

 

September 18, 2013

 

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http://spectrum.ieee...in-three-years/


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"Since we first emerged, a few million years ago in East Africa, we have meandered our way around the planet. There are now people on every continent and the remotest islands, from pole to pole, from Mount Everest to the Dead Sea, on the ocean bottoms and even, occasionally, in residence 200 miles up - humans, like the gods of old, living in the sky."


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Two MIT students created a ring that can be used like a farecard on Boston's public transportation system!

The "Sesame Ring" is embedded with a radio frequency identification (RFID) chip -- just like today's metro cards.

Students Edward Tiong and Olivia Seow have even gotten permission to use the rings on the Boston metro system. ...

Never lose or fumble with your metro card again!

Read more: http://bit.ly/18GxZ79


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Labour would review future of HS2

 

23 September 2013

 

The future of the high-speed rail line between London and Birmingham would be reviewed by an incoming Labour government, the shadow chancellor Ed Balls announced on Monday.

In a significant change of policy, he told the party conference in Brighton that there would be “no blank cheque” for the planned HS2 scheme which has risen in cost to £50bn.

His intervention will raise questions over whether the controversial project, conceived by the last Labour government and enthusiastically supported by David Cameron, will get the go-ahead.

If it gets the go-ahead, trains will run at up to 250mph between London and Birmingham by 2026, followed by further lines to the North of England six years later. 

 

 

 

 

 


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Tesla stock plunges after shocking fire in one of its cars

 

The danger of lithium-ion batteries for fires:

 

http://www.businessi...tanking-2013-10



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Wuh-Oh.

 

This is very, very bad for Tesla.



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^ Nah, I will still buy one.


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I will buy one too, but this is a huge setback for its popularity. They'll have to find a way to fix this.



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Rio Tinto to replace train drivers with robots by 2015

 

To be brought in to mainly replace Australian train driver, likelihood of such system coming to North America in nearterm is unlikely after the Lac-Mégantic disaster, as trains in North America carry much more dangerous cargo than their Australian counterparts, been pressure to have manpower to be on the trains should something go wrong.

 

http://www.montrealg...7076/story.html



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I made a topic about this awhile back, but perhaps this would be the better place for it.

 

 

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The World's Most Fuel-Efficient Car Finally Comes To The U.S.
 

The 261-mpg Volkswagen XL1 debuted this morning in Chattanooga, Tenn.

http://www.popsci.co...inally-comes-us

 

 

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