European researchers have developed what they say is the world’s smallest car, out of molecules. The nano car, which at 4 nanometres long and 2 nanometres wide is about 500 million times smaller than a Volkswagen Golf, is propelled forwards by four electrically driven “wheels” on a copper surface. The Dutch and Swiss researchers synthesised an...
A researcher from the Norwegian Institute for Air Research has developed a system that will enable aircraft pilots to identify and avoid volcanic ash clouds. The infrared AVOID (Airborne Volcanic Object Identifier and Detector) system uses two infrared cameras attached to the wings of the aircraft to scan up to 100km ahead. Images taken by...
What’s the difference between an airship, a dirigible, a Zeppelin and a blimp? It isn’t a bad joke, there is an actual difference, as described here. A blimp’s shape is maintained by the pressure of the gases within its “balloon”, whereas a dirigible’s shape is maintained by a rigid framework, which holds the buoyant gases...
Later this month the European Commission will publish proposals that will place stricter limits on the amount of noise cars and lorries can make in the EU. According to a European Environment Agency Study, 55%, around 67 million people in European cities and towns “endure daily road noise levels above the lower EU benchmark (55...
All eyes will be on far sighted electric car hire scheme next month in Paris. Autolib launches in December 5th some 250 electric cars will be available to Parisians who want “une voiture juste quand il faut” – roughly translated, “a car just when you want it”. The “Bluecar” is made by a joint venture...