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7 strange vehicles to get you from A to B

The Bird of Prey bike takes a form typically limited to one-off rides for speed record ...

The rise of the internet and byproducts like Kickstarter has facilitated a spread of ideas like never before, some fun, some world-changing and a whole lot that can only be described as weird. The realm of transport is a particularly good place to see oddball creations in action, and while the seven presented here might not be the most effective in getting you where you need to go, they would certainly turn some heads along the way.

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Dual-camera helmet gives cyclists eyes in the back of their heads

The Cyclevision Edge helmet boasts built-in cameras in front and back

No longer just tough shells for your noggin, the humble bicycle helmet has recently been kitted out with turn signals, walkie talkies, blind spot detection systems and bone-conduction speakers. Now an Australian startup called Cyclevision has revealed the Edge, a helmet sporting front- and back-facing cameras to let riders watch for danger or record their adventures.

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Ambitious plan hatched for supertall wooden skyscraper in Tokyo

The current estimated construction cost of the W350 is an eye-watering 600 billion Yen (around US$5.6 ...

New “world’s tallest” timber towers sprout up quite regularly nowadays, but Japanese lumber and housing firm Sumitomo Forestry could smash all current records if its ambitious plan to build a supertall timber skyscraper in Tokyo is realized. Rising to an impressive 350 m (1,148 ft)-tall, the tower would be a real feat of wooden construction.

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CompuLab upgrades compact fanless PC designed for harsh industrial use

No moving parts, no maintenance: The Airtop2 fanless PC from CompuLab

Israel’s CompuLab packed a lot of computer power into a compact frame when it released the first Airtop fanless computer back in 2016. Now the company has unveiled the second generation, the Airtop2, that can be had with Intel’s latest Xeon processor, powerful discrete graphics and up to 64 GB of system memory. And it’s designed to work in extreme temperatures.

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Peculiar superconductor aids quest for quantum computing

Though potentially important for building topological quantum computers, Thilo Bauch and Floriana Lombardi of Chalmers University ...

Humanity has been on the trail of the elusive and mysterious Majorana fermion since it was first theorized in 1937. Now, researchers at Chalmers University of Technology think they have manufactured a topological superconductor capable of hosting the mysterious particle. If so, this could be an important step towards practical and robust quantum computers which don’t lose data.

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Guntu floating hotel offers breathtaking voyages across the Seto Inland Sea

The boutique Guntu vessel features 19 individual guests rooms

Japanese architectural studio Yasushi Horibe has recently completed a stunning hotel located in the Seto Inland Sea of Japan. Dubbed “Guntu”, the luxury floating hotel is inspired by traditional Japanese architecture and boasts gorgeous wooden interiors, while offering the perfect atmosphere to enjoy the serenity of its surrounds.

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Study begins on first Hyperloop to cross US state lines

A fully functioning Hyperloop system would have levitating passenger and cargo pods shuttled through near-vacuum tubes ...

There are quite a few feasibility studies being carried out with regard to potential Hyperloop systems, but another announced today might be of interest to US folks that like the sound of subsonic ground travel, particularly those in Illinois and Ohio. Startup Hyperloop Transportation Technologies has signed an agreement with local authorities to start investigating an interstate system for the first time in the US, a tube that would link the cities of Cleveland and Chicago.

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Kia drops the apostrophe and adds the tech on all-new Ceed

Kia third generation Ceed hatchback will make its public debut at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show

Kia has taken the wraps off its third generation Ceed ahead of next month’s Geneva Motor Show. The hatchback gets a selection of new engine options, a host of driver assist technology and a sporty exterior makeover and a subtle name change.

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Ruby-studded handmade bike is fit for a King

The Ascari King Plus' custom brake levers are made from gold and ebony – and rubies, ...

Every year at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show, there seems to be one bike that particularly attracts the photo-takers and question-askers. At this year’s show, held in Hartford, Connecticut, that bike would probably be Helio Ascari’s exquisite King Plus.

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"Nano-factories" produce anti-cancer drugs from inside tumors

Like the horse of Troy, scientists at the Technion have developed a way to sneak synthetic cells right into tumor tissue, where they then begin producing cancer-fighting proteins from the inside. The technique was tested in both cell cultures and in mice, and found to be an effective treatment in both cases.

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