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Extreme Tech-The Copenhagen Wheel and other stories

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  • Electric hybrid bike, Copenhagen Wheel

    The Copenhagen Wheel turns any bicycle into an electric hybrid November 2, 2014 at 8:35 am

    While Miss Gulch’s tornado-powered flying bike from The Wizard of Oz somehow failed to materialize for us, our consolation prize — an electric hubmotor bicycle plug-in for our smartphones known as the Copenhagen Wheel — is finally here.
  • Disgusted face

    Your brain’s response to disgust can predict your political worldview, says new study November 1, 2014 at 10:24 am

    Researchers led by Read Montague at Virginia Tech have just made the claim that if they scan you with an fMRI while you view an image of disgust, their algorithm can classify you as liberal or conservative to a 95% confidence level.
  • SS2-Dawn

    Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo suffers catastrophic failure during flight test October 31, 2014 at 9:04 pm

    Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo was destroyed at launch this morning — details on the event still to come.
  • Orion spacecraft, in space (render)

    NASA signs off on Mars-bound Orion spacecraft: All systems go for December test flight October 31, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    NASA has announced that it has finished construction of the first Orion spacecraft. Orion, which is scheduled to take its first test flight aboard a Delta IV rocket on December 4, will be the first spacecraft to have the capability to take humans into deep space beyond the Moon, to land on asteroids, Mars, and who knows what else.
  • A cyberpunk/transhumanist, kinda

    An interview with Zoltan Istvan, leader of the Transhumanist Party and 2016 presidential contender October 31, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    Zoltan Istvan, founder of the Transhumanist Party, has announced that he will be a contender in the 2016 presidential race. Having set forth many bold ideas in his recent prolific writings, he now embarks on a new mission to bring transhumanist philosophy to politics. We interview him to find out about his views on religion, politics, society, and more.
  • Guinness World Record for DARPA's 1THz chip

    DARPA creates first 1THz computer chip, earns Guinness World Record October 31, 2014 at 10:50 am

    DARPA, the US military’s R&D division, has been awarded a Guinness World Record for creating the world’s fastest solid-state chip, clocked at one terahertz — or 1,000 gigahertz, if that’s easier to digest. Computers and radio systems that operate up in the terahertz range have some very interesting and powerful properties, from the creation of hand-held tricorders and security scanners, through to wireless networks that are hundreds of times faster than 2.4 and 5GHz WiFi.
  • Sneeze

    How a computer simulation could stop you getting sick the next time you fly October 30, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    A new simulation of how particles spread throughout an airplane cabin could tell you who’s going to get sick.
  • Earhart

    Finding Amelia Earhart: How modern forensics finally plotted a course to Gardner Island October 30, 2014 at 8:09 am

    On July 2, 1937, American aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart was attempting to circumnavigate the globe in a modified twin-engine Lockheed Electra 10E when she — and her navigator, Fred Noonan — mysteriously disappeared in the middle of the Pacific, near Howland Island. Now, at long last, it seems that dogged investigation and advanced technology may have finally solved the mystery of what happened to Amelia Earhart.
  • Apollo 8, Earthrise, cropped

    The Earth and Moon, as seen from elsewhere in the universe October 29, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    Have you ever wondered what the Earth looks like from the Moon? Or what the Earth and Moon looks like through the rigs of Saturn, or billions of miles away from the edge of the Solar System? Well, now you can find out!
  • iPhone 6 sapphire glass front panel, knife scratch test

    Why the iPhone 6 doesn’t have a sapphire screen October 29, 2014 at 11:15 am

    A new report from DisplayMate claims that sapphire glass is simply too reflective to match up well against the latest from Corning and Apple. Will we ever see high-end products shipping sapphire glass?
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