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SCiO molecular sensor

SCiO molecular sensor

Thanks to nutritional labels on packaging, most store-bought foods give you a breakdown of their contents: fat, sugar, calories, and so on. But what about that watermelon in the produce aisle? The cheese Danish at Starbucks? That glass of pinot noir you’re drinking? A new handheld gadget called SCiO takes the guesswork out of analyzing your food. The device, about the size ... Read More »

VV-Plane concept designed to do some heavy lifting and revolutionize cargo transport

VV-Plane concept designed to do some heavy lifting and revolutionize cargo transport

As a proposed alternative to heavy vehicle road transport, UK-based 4×4 Aviation has conceived a hybrid VTOL cargo plane fitted with electric, tiltable, ducted fans that it claims will be able to carry truck-sized loads at nearly 200 mph (320 km/h). Dubbed the VV (Versatile Vehicle)-Plane, the aircraft is aimed at reducing the transport costs in developed countries by claiming ... Read More »

The Solar Plane That Will Circle the Globe

The Solar Plane That Will Circle the Globe

Picturesque Prototype Prototype plane Solar Impulse, with pilot André Borschberg onboard, flies at sunrise above Payerne’s Swiss airbase on July 8, 2010. For the prototype’s grand finale, Borschberg and project partner Bertrand Piccard traded off legs on a five-part journey across the U.S. starting in May 2013. Since then the team has focused on building the plane’s successor, Solar Impulse ... Read More »

Taking the 2014 Chevy Corvette on a Fuel-Economy Run

Taking the 2014 Chevy Corvette on a Fuel-Economy Run

It’s a straightforward question: How manymiles can a fire-breathing beast like the new2014 Chevrolet Corvette eke out of a gallon of gasoline? Back in 2009 I took the previous-generation C6 Corvette coupe on a mileage loop and it returned an astonishing 32.8 mpg. The new C7 Corvette promised to be even better. The C7 coupe takes all the fuel economy advantages of the C6 ... Read More »

Audi tests its A7 driverless vehicle on Florida highway

Audi tests its A7 driverless vehicle on Florida highway

German automaker Audi made use of a Florida law passed in 2012 that allows for testing driverless vehicles on Florida highways this past Sunday and Monday, by requesting a shutdown of Tampa’s Lee Roy Selmon Expressway—engineers ran the A7 driverless car through several real-world scenarios to test the cars’ abilities. The highway has been specifically designated as a test-bed site ... Read More »