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Volkswagen’s Car Towers at Autostadt in Wolfsburg, Germany

The Autostadt is a visitor attraction adjacent to the Volkswagen factory in Wolfsburg, Germany, with a prime focus on automobiles. It features a museum, feature pavilions for the principal automobile brands in the Volkswagen Group, a customer centre where customers can pick up new cars, and take a tour through the enormous factory, a guide to the evolution of roads, and cinema in a large sphere. One of the prime attraction at the Autostadt is the two gleaming car parking towers of glass and galvanized steel where cars are automatically moved from the Wolfsburg plant and on to the customer […]

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Four Bikes You Have to See !

1.Rocket II – this is a bike on three wheels however, this type of vehicles are now called “trikes”. It was built by “The Frogman”, Tim Cotterill. He used the legendary V8 Hemi engine for power source. And it gives a lot of power to the rear wheels – 1000 hp (yes, a thousand horsepower) considering that the engine is supercharged.via:coolmaterial 2.Kawasaki 48 cylinder – practically this is 6 engines with 8 cylinders each gathered in one. Each engine has its own crankshaft and all are tied together with gears. To start all this machinery the driver uses smaller pony […]

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NASA’s Dawn spacecraft begins first ever orbit of dwarf planet

NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has made history by becoming the first to orbit a dwarf planet. The spacecraft recently began circling Ceres, the largest known body in the main asteroid belt that sits between Mars and Jupiter. Photo Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech Dawn confirmed its orbiting success by sending a signal to mission controllers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory around 8:36 AM EST today. The spacecraft has also become the first to orbit two extraterrestrial bodies; it explored the huge asteroid Vesta—the second largest body in the main asteroid belt—from 2011 to 2012. “Since its discovery in 1801, Ceres was known as a planet, then […]

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Hyper-Loop and Vactrains: Transportation of the Future?

Super-high-speed rail transport has been a heavily discussed and researched topic for many years. One of the most intriguing concepts is that of the vactrain (vacuum tube train). Vactrains operate using magnetic levitation in an evacuated (air-less) or partially evacuated tube.  The lack of air resistance in these evacuated tubes could result in extremely high speeds (6,000-8,000 km/h) using relatively little power. At these speeds, we could travel around the world in less than 2 hours. Although a few projects have invested in further research and implementation of this new form of transportation, the need for major technological advances and […]

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Jimmy: The 21st Century 3-D printable Robot

Intel is currently in the process of developing and launching a relatively simple DIY humanoid robotics kit known as Jimmy The 21st Century Robot. Jimmy is a 3D-printable robot kit that can be customized in both appearance and functionality. The kit will include all necessary parts including servo motors, batteries, and other internal components that cannot be 3D-printed, however the exoskeleton can be designed and 3D-printed to have its own unique appearance. Intel states that the total kit should cost about $1,500 and aims to be released in September. [Image Courtesy of Canoe] The $1,500 price tag is considered to […]

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Environmental Assessment of Wind Turbines: Good or Bad?

Wind turbines provide a renewable source of energy that is generally considered as environmentally friendly, as well as an excellent alternative to the common fossil fuel power plant.  Once installed and running, wind turbines generate power with essentially zero carbon emissions.  Despite the overwhelming support of wind turbines as an alternative source of renewable energy, some sceptics still question the true impact of the wind turbine; some may argue that the relatively low power output from a wind turbine, combined with the carbon emissions caused by production, transportation, installation and maintenance, may in fact produce a negative environmental impact. [Image […]