• Robb Godshaw’s human hamster wheel gives office workers a nice long walk indoors

    Posted in Gadgets and Tech on September 20, 2014

    desk-treadmill-1What does a sedentary lifestyle do to you? It turns you into a lethargic coffee-overdosing pot-bellied exhausted individual who barely uses his/her legs for anything more than walking down to the deli to stock up on meat. To keep the lethargy at bay at work-spaces, industrial designer Robb Godshaw has unveiled this piece of furniture described as “health-promoting piece of work furniture.”

  • France to play home to rent-worthy electric three-wheelers with Toyota’s upcoming project

    Posted in Transport on September 19, 2014

    toyota-i-roadThe French like doing things differently. Which is why, soon this nation full of love and champagne will begin playing home to extremely bizarre but seemingly cool three-wheeled buggies. From next month onwards, Toyota and Grenoble will give folks in France an opportunity to ride on these electric vehicles. 70 EVs like these will be up for rent for short periods of time, allowing citizens to enjoy a quick joy ride.

    NASA records warmest August globally in 2014

    Posted in Other Stuff on September 19, 2014

    climate-mapIf you’ve been wiping the sweat off your brow furiously all year long, here’s what you should know. NASA, the American agency full of geniuses who usually know more than the average human being, has stated that this August was the warmest August on record, globally! Places like Central Europe, northern Africa, parts of South America, and the western portions of North America saw temperatures higher than usual while larger areas of the oceans around the world were found to be unconventionally warm!

    Quant begins testing salt-water-powered electric supercar in Germany

    Posted in Transport on September 19, 2014

    quant-1Salt has always been an essential to the food industry, but little did we know that the automobile world would soon begin leaning on it too. A recent news report made us drop our recycled cups of coffee on our hipster chinos and we’re quite sure it’ll have the same effect on you! From what we’ve read, a company called Nanoflowcell has received official approval to test its e-Sportlimousine on the roads from German. So what’s special about this? The Quant e-Sportlimousine electric car is powered by salt water!

    Electric bus charges at bus-stops with a rapid charger

    Posted in Transport on September 9, 2014

    electric-bus-1Electric buses have always been considered as one of the cleanest ways to get people around town. However, with technology being extremely limited these days, most electric buses have been confined to fixed routes with overhead cables juicing them up. Instead, we’ve come across a concept electric bus that sports a rapid-charger, enabling the vehicle to juice up in less than a minute. This will enable the bus to charge at bus-stops while passengers board and alight!

    California will soon be the first state in US to ban plastic bags

    Posted in Other Stuff on September 9, 2014

    california-plastic-bagsPlastic bags were never a good thing. When you come to think about it, these man-made disasters have pretty much led to the destruction of a significant part of nature, thanks to the reckless disposal of them by us, humans. In a move against these lethal products, the state California has decided to ban plastic bags. Governor Jerry Brown recently stated that he will approve a ban on single-use plastic bags, making California the first American state to do so.

    Sugar-powered batteries developed by Virginia Tech research team are biodegradable

    Posted in Gadgets and Tech on September 5, 2014

    sugar-batteryAll sugar has ever done to mankind is turned human beings into large lethargic potatoes. However, a Virginia Tech research team has come up with a way to use sugar for the betterment of human life! The team has developed a battery that runs on sugar and has an unmatched energy density, which could possibly replace the conventional battery in the near future. The new battery is cheaper, refillable, and biodegradable.

    World’s fastest sidecar, the Killajoule, breaks records at 389.219 km/h!

    Posted in Transport on September 5, 2014

    killajoule-1Just when we’d begun to imagine that electric vehicles have finally reached their speed thresholds, the Killajoule has managed to leave us astounded again. Built by Eva Håkansson, the Killajoule has been crowned as the ‘World’s Fastest Electric Sidecar’, touching a top speed of 389.219 km/h at the Bonneville Motorcycle Speed Trials. The side-car managed to achieve a two-way average of 387.328 km/h, leading to Håkansson bagging the crown for the ‘World’s Quickest Female on a Motorbike’.

    Michigan-based startup develops a revolutionary range-extended battery for EVs

    Posted in Transport on August 30, 2014

    chevrolet-voltOne of the biggest challenges of turning over the automobile industry to motors powered by electricity is the limitations of battery packs available today. Researchers and car manufacturers together have been working on range-extended batteries that will require EV users to visit charging stations less often than they do today. A Michigan-based startup called Sakti3 has recently stumbled across a battery chemistry that is said to increase the energy density of regular lithium-ion batteries by two times!

    Hobbiton, Middle-Earth, now plays home to sheep in New Zealand!

    Posted in Other Stuff on August 30, 2014

    Hobbiton-1Lord of the Rings fans won’t have trouble recognizing this scenic location as Hobbiton, nestled in the green lands of New Zealand. This location that Bilbo and Frodo called home is now hosting a flock of sheep who have claimed the underground earthen habitat as their own. The set was constructed in 1998 after director Peter Jackson on the Alexander Family farm. The location was spotted by Jackson in an aerial search of the North Island of New Zealand.

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