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Deutsche Post van signals new entrant threat to auto industry | Reuters

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German logistics giant Deutsche Post has quietly designed and made its own electric delivery van, exploiting sweeping changes in manufacturing technology which could upend the established order in the auto industry.<p>Frank Appel, CEO of German postal and logistics group Deutsche …

Enterprise Tech

Watching A News Feed Of Every Single Gadget In Your Home Is Surprisingly Entertaining

A device that monitors home energy use employs new ways to keep people interested.<p>From work, Mike Phillips can see when his son makes a piece of toast or leaves for school in the morning. Every electrical device in the house–from the toaster and garage door opener to the fridge and lights–shows up …

Ox All Terrain Vehicle

Designed as a low-cost mobility solution for the developing world, the Ox All Terrain Vehicle is far from a standard SUV. For starters, it's the …

ATVs

'BunaB,' a Brilliantly Useless Product Line

Radio host Al Crowder invented a singular product line that astounded the world—at least the fraction of the world that bought these products, and …

Go Cubes Chewable Coffee

If you’re completely non-functional without your morning coffee and need a couple cups of joe before youre really ready to face the day and get to …

The Mathematical Formula That Causes Your Headphones to Tangle

The mystery, untangled (sorry).<p>With iPhone 7, Apple could be about to solve one of the most annoying things about mobile phones: The way your earbud …

Scott Pruitt

Adventurer Portable Microwave

The Adventurer Portable Microwave is on the way to make outdoor lovers meals easier to cook. The small appliance is light enough to carry in your …

Bagel Smart Tape

Bagel Tape is a new smart device that lets you measure small distances (up to 16 feet) in several different ways: you get a string that allows you …

Carbon Nanotubes Can't Handle a Space Elevator

According to new research, one flat could ruin the whole thing. Bummer.<p>Alright, space elevator plans are back to square one, people. Carbon nanotubes probably aren't going to be our material solution for a space elevator, because apparently even a minuscule (read: atomic) flaw in the design …

Airbus is solving the space debris problem with pseudo-satellites that fly forever

Last month I posted an article including a video visualizing 58 years of space debris orbiting Earth. It’s a worrying situation, with some 171 …

This 75-year-old NASA legend has been working in secret for 10 years building a startup that wants to outdo Intel and Google

After leaving NASA, Goldin spent some time bouncing around and studying robotics before accepting a position as the president of Boston University in 2003. He never officially held the position, however, because the school terminated his contract a day before he was slated to start (though he still …

Artificial Intelligence

Shell's city-car concept looks like it was designed for Ronald McDonald

Wondering what eco-friendly EV you're going to buy? Don't! Shell has come up with an efficient city-car concept that burns petroleum.<p>This squatty …

In Nissan's future, your car will roam the night, charging

Everything will be connected. Everything will be awesome.<p>The 2016 Geneva Motor Show has come and gone, but automakers have given us a lot to ruminate on for some time to come. Take, for instance, this video from Nissan. It takes us into the presumably not-too-distant future, to give a glimpse of …

Electric Vehicles

Scientists built a book-sized, protein-powered biocomputer

Supercomputers are absurdly impressive in terms of raw power, but it comes at a price: size and energy consumption. A multi-university team of researchers might've sidestepped that, though, with protein-powered biocomputers. Lund University notes that where this should really be helpful is with …

Fuel Cell
Chemistry

Ehang184 One-seater Drone

Chinese drone maker Ehang are taking the game one step further, unveiling the Ehang184, a one-seater drone that can carry you around. The autonomous …

Scratch & Sniff Wine Guide

The Essential Scratch & Sniff Guide to Becoming a Wine Expert is a fun yet educational way of learning how to detect subtle scents in your wine like …

Germany is about to start up a monster machine that could revolutionize the way we use energy

And they're still dreaming.<p>But thanks to the efforts of the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics, experts hope that might soon change.<p>Last year, after 1.1 million construction hours, the institute completed the world's largest nuclear-fusion machine of its kind, called a stellarator.<p>The machine, …

Physics

How Microsoft’s secret user onboarding process fooled us all

What happens if you make software too difficult to use? Probably the same thing that happens if you never made it at all — no one uses it.<p>It’s easy to get users to adapt to familiar concepts like drag-and-drop, but what if you made something totally new? You need a creative user onboarding process, …

What 8 Words and Symbols on a Bag of Coffee Mean

Buying coffee can be tricky, especially if you buy your beans from a “Third Wave” roaster, the artisanal makers who are coffee’s answer to craft …

Guinness record Lego model is a life-size RV

Building a lifesize camper out of Lego would be an astounding feat by itself, but some expert British constructors in the UK are taking that impressive accomplishment to the next level with their latest project. For their Guinness World Record that's technically titled the "largest caravan built …

Lego

Cafflano

Coffee lovers rejoice! The award winning Cafflano, is the world´s first all-in-one portable coffee maker that comes with a built-in grinder! As all …

Coffee

Honda Project 2&4 concept has 212 hp, 893 lbs, and our hearts

Take one look at the Honda Project 2&4 concept, and it's immediately clear that the minimalist track special is the result of a collaboration between automotive and motorcycle designers. The body's styling is a modernized take on the Japanese brand's RA272 Formula One car from the 1960s, but then …

Motorcycles

This startup is developing an electric car battery that can charge in minutes

Tesla’s fast chargers can add about 170 miles worth of electricity to its cars’ batteries in about 30 minutes. If an Israeli startup achieves its …

Electric Vehicles

What's the smarter investment, Ferrari stock or a Ferrari?

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is gearing up to spin Ferrari off into its own company, and float some of its shares on the stock market. But buying and trading in Ferrari stock could face a rather unlikely competitor from within.<p>As <i>Bloomberg</i> points out, the values held by classic Ferraris keeps going up, …

Build A Miniature Plasma Cutter Using A Mechanical Pencil Lead (video)

Little Shop of Physics has built a miniature plasma cutter using a pencil lead together with 4 x 9 volt batteries and a couple of clips allowing you …

BMW Group unveils new clean and quiet electric truck in Germany

The BMW Group has worked with the SCHERM Group to put the first 100% electric truck to work in Munich, Germany. The announcement makes BMW the first …

Camp Champ

The Camp Champ Box is the ultimate portable kitchen for your camping and 4 wheel trips. The elegant wooden box opens up revealing a rock solid …