Land Rover has showed off some alternative, environmentally friendly technologies that it expects to incorporate into its vehicles soon. The Land-e concept includes environmental technologies that feature a function that slows the engine to a stop when the vehicle comes to a halt. The vehicle then restarts automatically — quickly and smoothly — when the driver pushes the pedal. At low speeds, the vehicle also uses a 100 percent emission-free electric rear drive.
While off-road, both mechanical and electric power feeds all four wheels. This hybrid system is designed to improve the vehicle's capabilities, as electric engines produce good low end torque and can supplement the low down power of gasoline engines. The vehicle gets greater fuel economy from the automatically disconnecting Powershift gearbox. Land-e also incorporates Land Rover's Terrain Response system, which is designed to optimize on-road fuel economy even further.
From home enthusiasts to workers on the manufacturing floor, everyone's imagination is captured by the potential of 3D printing. Prototyping, spare parts creation, art delivery, human organ creation, and even mass product production are all being targeted as current and potential uses for the technology.
Solar and wind energy are becoming more viable as a source of energy on the electric grid. For decades, the major drawback to solar and wind was that they’re temperamental. A cloudy day kills solar and a still day renders the wind turbines useless. Automation tools, however, are providing a path to help these renewables become practical.
In honor of Earth Day, the National Security Agency has launched the STEM Recycling Challenge in Maryland schools to encourage kids to think about where the garbage they throw out every day actually goes. The agency has also introduced “Dunk,” a muscular blue cartoon recycling bin wearing shorts and sneakers.
Samsung's Galaxy line of smartphones used to fare quite well in the repairability department, but last year's flagship S5 model took a tumble, scoring a meh-inducing 5/10. Will the newly redesigned S6 lead us back into star-studded territory, or will we sink further into the depths of a repairability black hole?
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