An unconventional car: No engine, no transmission, no differential
This car has no engine, no transmission and no differential. It weighs half as much as a conventional car. Each of its four wheels has its own built-in electric battery-powered motor, meaning the car has ...
New York gives nod to world's tallest Ferris wheel
New York City has given final approval to a $320 million project to build the world's tallest Ferris wheel, expected to pull in four million visitors a year.
2.15 seconds: Students break 0-100 acceleration world record
The DUT Racing team from TU Delft, The Netherlands, has broken the world record for acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h for electric cars. The previous record stood at 2.68 seconds, but as of today the record ...
Innovative auto steering device could save lives
It can take up to two and a half turns to steer a modern vehicle. While turning, the driver must release the wheel in the necessary hand-over-hand movement, which is unsafe. In his upcoming HFES 2013 Annual ...
Snake robot on Mars?
The ESA wants its operations on other planets to have greater mobility and manoeuvrability. SINTEF researchers are looking into whether snake robots could be the answer.
Hackers find weaknesses in car computer systems
As cars become more like PCs on wheels, what's to stop a hacker from taking over yours? In recent demonstrations, hackers have shown they can slam a car's brakes at freeway speeds, jerk the steering wheel ...
Photos: Curiosity rover's first year on Mars
A year ago, NASA's Curiosity rover survived "seven minutes of terror" and landed safely in an ancient Martian crater.
Designer has DIY kit for turning objects into UAVs
NASA Mars rover Curiosity begins delayed road trip
It took longer than expected, but NASA's Curiosity rover is finally heading toward a Martian mountain.
Student team unveils world's first solar-powered family car
The Solar Team Eindhoven (STE) of TU/e in the Netherlands presented the world's first solar-powered family car today. 'Stella' is the first 'energy-positive car' with room for four people, a trunk, intuitive ...
Shark Wheel on a roll to reinvent skateboarder experience
US safety agency may expand GM air bag recall
U.S. safety regulators are checking to see if up to 400,000 General Motors cars should be added to two recalls for defective air bags.
A novel rotary actuator provides greater torque, accuracy, and speed.
Under the hood of the ribosome
(Phys.org) —We all know—generally speaking—how a car works: The gas pedal makes it go, the break pedal makes it stop, and the steering wheel determines its course. But pop open the hood and you'll find ...