Bacteria taught to spin microscopic gears right round, could make for better solar panels
With a name like Bacillus subtilis and a size of five microns you probably wouldn’t expect much in the way of heavy lifting, but don’t let first impressions fool you. This tiny organism has been taught by scientists at Argonne National Laboratory to spin little gears that weigh one million times more than the bacteria themselves — that’d be like you lifting both an original Xbox and a PS3 at the same time! Applications are, apparently, endless, but the one that caught our eye involves photovoltaics able to “snag lots of photons from the sun.” [Engadget]
LG Announces The Worlds Thinnest LCD TV Panel Just 2.6mm Thick
LG has announced the worlds thinnest LCD TV panel , which measures just 2.6mm thick, taking the crown for the worlds thinnest LCD TV from Samsung. The new ultra thin LCD TV panel is 50% thinner than LG’s previous model, and this 42 inch LCD TV panel is capable of delivering Full HD content in 1080p (1920 x 1080).
World’s Fastest Electric Motorcycle
The clean, pure ride you’ve been waiting for is here, with 150 mph of quiet, gorgeous power. Say “Hi” to the Mission One, the world’s fastest electric sport bike. Crank it up to 150 with an amazing 100 ft-lbs. of instantaneous torque at every speed. With zero carbon emissions, the ear-splitting tailpipes and planet-killing exhaust are history.
Its liquid-cooled AC induction motor and single-gear transmission also eliminate the distraction of shifting. There’s no need for a gas tank, with a next-generation lithium-ion battery pack that runs a full 150-mile range between charges. Use the interactive interface (just like pro racing teams use) to collect data on your laptop, adjust the throttle maps and tweak the regenerative braking system to suit your riding style.
Here is the presentation of Mag +, a perfect example of Tablet PCs which shows the potential of newspapers in the future. A prototype model showing the navigation and design initiated by the Bonnier Group. Watch the video to discover more.
Copenhagen Wheel: MIT Unveils the Swiss Army Knife of Bike Wheels
The Copenhagen Wheel, unveiled by MIT students at the COP15 Climate Change Conference, may not look like anything special. But in reality, it’s a treasure trove of bicycle wheel technology, complete with a kinetic energy recovery system (KERS), sensors, a smart lock, and a Bluetooth connection to the rider’s iPhone. [inhabitat]
Parallel Image Display Is Low-Res and Gorgeous
Just because it isn’t HD doesn’t mean it can’t be beautiful. The Parallel Image display uses photoreceptors to transmit brightness levels to the other side of the display. I’m in love with all of that gorgeous copper. The project represents how video would be transmitted if serial data had never been invented. Each pixel in the 50x50 grid arrives on its own channel, hence the lovely mess of wiring.