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How the Tesla Model S is Made: Behind The Scenes

If founder Elon Musk is right, Tesla Motors just might reinvent the American auto industry—with specialized robots building slick electric cars in a factory straight from the future. That’s where the battery-powered Model S is born.

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The Age of Edison: Electric Light and the Invention of Modern America

The late nineteenth century was a period of explosive technological creativity, but arguably the most important invention of all was Thomas Edison’s incandescent light bulb. Unveiled in his Menlo Park, New Jersey, laboratory in 1879, the light bulb overwhelmed the American public with the sense of the birth of a new age. More than any other invention, the electric light marked the arrival of modernity.

The Age of Edison places the story of Edison’s invention in the context of a technological revolution that transformed America and Europe in these decades. Edison and his fellow inventors emerged from a culture shaped by broad public education, a lively popular press that took an interest in science and technology, and an American patent system that encouraged innovation and democratized the benefits of invention. And in the end, as Freeberg shows, Edison’s greatest invention was not any single technology, but rather his reinvention of the process itself.

Freeberg weaves a narrative that reaches from Coney Island and Broadway to the tiniest towns of rural America, tracing the progress of electric light through the reactions of everyone who saw it. It is a quintessentially American story of ingenuity, ambition, and possibility, in which the greater forces of progress and change are made visible by one of our most humble and ubiquitous objects.

Would You Ride the ‘World’s Lightest Electric Vehicle?’

Boosted Boards promise to provide light, easy electronic transport. But is it a sustainable way of getting around the city?

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SBU V3 Is The Electric Unicycle Of Your Dreams

Most of the time when one thinks of unicycles single wheeled devices which you pedal power while working to keep your balance come to mind. But, in a world where almost anything is being made into an electric vehicle these days, even unicycles are getting this treatment. One of the latest to date we’ve learned of is the SBU V3, which is an upgrade from a previous version by Focus Designs we reported on in 2010.

The SBU V3, according to the Red Ferret Journal, is designed to help one bypass the necessary training to stay upright and moving. It is a self-balancing design, that, like the Segway of old, is controlled through a process known as natural leaning motions. Taking up to half an hour to master, motions you make, such as naturally turning, are detected through on-board 3-axis accelerometers and gyros sensors said to help provide you with stability assistance in this particular scenario. Also, if you happen to be overdoing it on the unicycle, it will push you backwards in such a way as to let you know it is nearing its physical limits.

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Croatian micro-car to electrify mass market

Croatian engineering company Dok-Ing has announced plans to start serial production of its electric three-seat microcar. The company believes urban commuters will find the vehicle ideal for low-cost, environmentally-friendly motoring.

Why Graphene is the Material of the Future

The EU has pledged a billion euros for research into graphene at a consortium of institutions across the continent. The amazing material is strong, flexible, an excellent conductor of electricity and heat. Some say graphene may well revolutionize computing, telecommunications, and engineering.

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Smart Grid Programs for a Smarter Network

The electrical grid is the 2nd largest network on the planet. It is undergoing the most significant overhaul in its history transforming the industry from an analogue to a digital environment that will profoundly change how utilities will manage the distribution of electricity. 

Scottish Emission Offset Wind Farm Plan

The renewable energy industry has published figures which, it claims, show Scotland is producing enough low carbon electricity to offset emissions from Longannet power station in Fife.