EU will force electric cars to emit a noise below 20 km/h on July 1

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Starting July 1, all electric vehicles with four or more wheels in the EU will be required to emit noise of at least 56 decibels if the car is going 20 km/h or slower, the New Atlas reports.

This makes a ton of sense as electric cars don’t make any of the engine noises we’ve grown accustomed to from standard Earth-killing gasoline cars. Making sure pedestrians can hear cars coming could increase the safety of visually impaired individuals, as well those of us who have the bad habit of walking into traffic while looking at their phones.

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7 arguments against the autonomous-vehicle utopia

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All the ways the self-driving future won’t come to pass.

Self-driving cars are coming. Tech giants such as Uber and Alphabet have bet on it, as have old-school car manufacturers such as Ford and General Motors. But even as Google’s sister company Waymo prepares to launch its self-driving-car service and automakers prototype vehicles with various levels of artificial intelligence, there are some who believe that the autonomous future has been oversold—that even if driverless cars are coming, it won’t be as fast, or as smooth, as we’ve been led to think. The skeptics come from different disciplines inside and out of the technology and automotive industries, and each has a different bear case against self-driving cars. Add them up and you have a guide to all the ways our autonomous future might not materialize.

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LucidBRAKE – a motion-sensing BRAKE light for bikes

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LucidBRAKE –  A highly intelligent, patent-pending bike BRAKE light to help make your world a safer place. Eight ultra-bright LEDs provide multiple-mode awareness along the road, while wirelessly and brilliantly signalling stopping motion to help them keep you out of their accidents! No installation, no wiring, no On/Off switch, no fuss, no worry. Simply press to attach to your bike, helmet, or backpack, then ride.

LucidBRAKE is one of the featured exhibitors at the DaVinci Inventor Showcase. The Inventor Showcase will take place October 10-11, 2015 at the NoCo Maker Faire. You will have a chance to take a look at the LucidBRAKE and many other amazing inventions.

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Travel nightmare: Airline to begin weighing passengers

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One airline is creating an even greater travel nightmare: weighing passengers.  In order to figure out calculate the gross weight of an aircraft before it takes off, Uzbekistan Airlines has announced it will be weighing both passengers’ luggage and their bodies before they board flights. Yes, weighing people. On scales. In the airport.

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The Smart Switch – saves lives by turning off appliances at risk of igniting a fire

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The Smart Switch

Smart Switch Technology reacts to the warning sound made by a smoke detector or carbon monoxide detector by actually turning off the device (toaster, curling iron, space heater, etc) that is at risk of igniting a fire.

The Smart Switch is one of the featured exhibitors at the DaVinci Inventor Showcase. The Inventor Showcase will take place November 14-15, 2014 at the Denver Mart. You will have a chance to take a look at the Smart Switch and many other amazing inventions.

 

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‘Smart chopsticks’ let you check the safety and quality of your food

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‘Smart chopsticks’

There are risks to eating food in China, such as reused cooking oil and rusty woks that can pose a problem for your health.  In an effort to protect people from street food in China, and cash in on the recent obsession with wearable tech, Chinese internet service company Baidu have develop a pair of “smart chopsticks” that can analyze your food. Anyone who has spent time in China will realize that there plenty of people who would happily pay to improve food safety in the country.

 

 

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Top 10 reasons 3D printing hasn’t caught on yet

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3D printers may not be as easy to use as they seem. Photo credit: FredKahl/Flickr

3D printing stands to completely transform the way we make, replace, and transport products and will disrupt nearly every major industry. However, the technology is still geared toward passionate, motivated makers and hobbyists—not the average citizen.

 

 

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How tall will physics allow us to build skyscrapers?

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Architects will find out if the tallest building in America really is 1,776 feet tall, in a few weeks. One World Trade Center technically soars to that height, but about 408 feet of it isn’t building but “spire.” The arbiter of tall buildings, the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, has yet to decide whether that’s going to count.

 

 

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More trees equals less crime in urban neighborhoods: Study

Greener neighborhoods have significantly fewer crimes than non-vegetated areas.

Do you feel more safe or less safe if you down the street from a small urban park? It has been thought to work both ways. Burglars could be concealed by shrubs or a sidewalk lined with trees could obstruct a clear view of the street.  But then, crime might be deterred because a green space could encourage people to spend more time in public areas.

 

 

 

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Egypt experiences an average of 550 train crashes per year

82 percent of Egypt’s railway lines are less safe because they depend on mechanical signals.

In the wake of Monday’s deadly Badrashin train crash, which left 19 people dead and 117 injured, a Transportation Ministry report shows the country has experienced an average 550 train wrecks per year, including both serious and minor ones.

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