Dubai Metro: The World’s Most Advanced Urban Rail System

Dubai Metro: The World’s Most Advanced Urban Rail System

A significant improvement to Dubai’s growing traffic problems,
but opening in 2009 is doubtful

The Dubai Metro will be a driverless, fully automated metro network under construction in the United Arab Emirates city of Dubai. It is aimed to be one of the most advanced urban rail systems in the world and will be the catalyst for tourism, financial and economic growth. (Pics)

 

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Honda’s New Robo-Legs

Honda’s New Robo-Legs

Honda Unveils Experimental Walking Assist Device With Bodyweight Support System

It gets harder to get around when you get old, which is why things like walkers and mart carts exist. But Honda wants to make getting around easier with some fancy new technology, which is why it’s introduced some new robo-leg walkers. (Pics)

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New Technology Can Reduce Number Of Animal Related Accidents

New Technology Can Reduce Number Of Animal Related Accidents 

Large animals are towards the top of the list when it comes to causing accidents in rural areas. Even though many measures are in place to keep these collisions to a minimum, some accidents are unavoidable. However, a new system is currently being tested that could help to reduce the number of animal related accidents even further.

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First Step Towards a Driverless Bus System

First Step Towards a Driverless Bus System

The driver controlled braking and speed, while magnets guided steering
as this bus made a demonstration run along a San Leandro street.

The thought of a bus moving along city streets while its driver has both hands off the wheel is alarming. But a special bus introduced on Sept. 5th, steered not by a driver, but by a magnetic guidance system developed by engineers at the University of California, Berkeley, performed with remarkable precision.

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Call for a Warning System on Artificial Joints

Call for a Warning System on Artificial Joints

Monitoring artificial joints should be common practice

Dr. Lawrence Dorr, a nationally known orthopedic surgeon in Los Angeles, realized last year that something was very wrong with some of his patients.

Months after routine hip replacements, patients who had expected to live without pain were in agony. “The pain was grabbing me around the back,” said Stephen Csengeri, who is 54, and a lawyer from Torrance, Calif.

Dr. Dorr found he had implanted the same metal hip socket in each patient. Several needed surgery again — a replacement for their replacement.

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Clear Signs that the Income Tax System is Broken

 Clear Signs that the Income Tax System is Broken

As a political appointee, Douglas Shulman is the designated leak-plugger on the Titanic

Even as the IRS has sent out nearly 77 million tax rebates, more than 5 million retirees and disabled veterans who may qualify for a rebate haven’t received one because they haven’t filed a tax return, IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman said Thursday.

 

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Bubble Exhaust System for Your Bike

 

Bubble Exhaust System for Your Bike

 Environmental issues are always more fun when spoken in bubble-talk

Bikes with bubble blowing machines are not new ideas–they’ve been in children’s toys for a while. But what if the bubbles were made using “green” biodegradable vegetable-based soap, and what if they were filled with seeds? Then bubbles would no longer be just a fun decoration, but a transportation tool that could help bring seeds to areas characterized by concrete (roads and bike paths). The designers at Society Creative llc. have designed a bike attachment for just this purpose called Bloom, an accessory that will help you to “pedal green” into the everywhere you go. According to the designers, “the Bloom device is meant to be a subversive and inspirational tool for our concrete jungles.”

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MySpace to Offer HyperTargeting Ad System

MySpace to Offer HyperTargeting Ad System

Rather than giving everyone the full-sex treatment with its ads,
MySpace wants to create ads that are more relevant to its readers

MySpace will give users the option of whether they want to participate in a targeted advertising system that mines their profile’s information, a senior company official said on Tuesday.

MySpace’s HyperTargeting system will look at a person’s interests listed on their public profile and then classify the user into particular interest-specific categories, said Travis Katz, senior vice president for MySpace International.

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