With the sound of wailing engines still ringing in our ears, we just got back from the first day's racing at the 2007 San Jose Grand Prix. CNET Car Tech spent the morning getting an exclusive pit-side look at the workings of the CDW/RSPORTS Champ Car team, whose car finished second fastest in the first round of qualifying for Sunday's race. Check out our slide show of some of the tech behind the track times.
Within the next decade, you might take calls and surf the Web on a diamond-laced handset that would put the iPhone to shame. Unlike high-end, gem-studded cell phones, no bling would sparkle on the shell. But inside, diamond-covered components would enable crisper, faster communications.
Advanced Diamond Technologies is bringing diamond down to size for potential usage in a vast array of products, including wireless phones and medical implants. The company announced last week that it can make the first diamond coatings ideal for use in microelectromechanical devices, such as "tuning forks" in cell phones. The grains in ADT'… Read more
News.com reporter Daniel Terdiman visited the Titan Missile Museum in Sahuarita, Ariz., as part of his Road Trip 2007 around the Southwest.
Located about 20 miles south of Tucson, the museum is located on a former Titan missile launching site. There, crews of four worked 24-hour shifts during which two people always had to be together to ensure safety and security. In this image, the tip of the missile--with warhead removed--is viewed from above through a glass window that allows museum visitors to peer down into the silo.
See more of his photos from the exhibition here.
The wind power industry made big strides last year, according to a Worldwatch Institute report released late Thursday.
15,200 megawatts of new wind turbines were installed around the world last year, representing a 26 percent jump in global wind power capacity, according to the study.
By year's end, total wind power capacity exceeded 74,200 megawatts, enough to offset 43 million tons of carbon dioxide, the institute said.
Germany, Spain and the United States are currently the world's top wind power producers, putting out 60 percent of the global total, but the report says the alternative energy … Read more
For those with an eye on green tech, PopSci.com has published an interesting article outlining the steps designers can take to produce a more eco-friendly laptop. Honestly, one thing that really caught my eye about this was the photo--the proposed laptop's sleek design put my boring, black IBM to shame. Although this super laptop has not yet been built, the article's proposed solutions illustrate a device that could marry tech genius and environmental consciousness.
The piece breaks down eight major ecological issues with these ubiquitous gadgets, including the materials used to make them, and then offers solutions. … Read more
The likes of Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton might soon find themselves restricted to driving Nissans as part of their parole. The Japanese automaker this week announced that it had started testing an in-car Breathalyzer system that disables a car's ignition if it senses that the would-be driver is over the legal limit.
In a press release that looks suspiciously like it was translated by a software program, Nissan says that the system will be installed on "daily-operating vehicles where the drivers will monitor various factors such as functionality and alcohol-detection reliability." According to Edmunds, Nissan intends … Read more
Flying enthusiasts around the country are descending on Oshkosh, Wisconsin for AirVenture, the biggest annual air show in the United States. It's being held July 23-29 this year and is sponsored by the Experimental Aircraft Association. Hundreds of thousands of aviation fans are expected to view about 10,000 aircraft parked at Oshkosh's Wittman Regional Airport.
At the show, Sonex Aircraft and AeroConversions Products unveiled their "E-Flight Initiative" for driving alternative energy research and development for sport aircraft. They showed off a proof-of-concept prototype electric powerplant that was installed in a Waiex airframe.
For a gallery … Read more
Dutch aerospace engineers are imagining aircraft that look less like today's big-nosed winged planes, which haven't changed much in shape since the 1950s, and more like flying saucers. So maybe you can rest assured that those UFOs you spotted aren't signs of spying aliens, but instead are just your great-great-great-grandchildren traveling home for the holidays from a future when both saucer planes and time travel exist. The … Read more
Toyota announced Wednesday that a hybrid car you can recharge from household outlets has been approved for public road testing in Japan.
The Toyota Plug-in HV was formally approved by Japan's transportation, and infrastructure agency and the company said that it also plans to conduct public-road tests (video) in the United States and Europe.
The Plug-in HV has a gas-powered engine with an electric motor similar to the Prius and has a maximum speed of about 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) while in electric vehicle mode. But unlike the Prius, which recharges its battery from an … Read more
Lithium-powered watches have been around for ages, but many versions have tended to look like something produced a former Soviet Union factory: basic block numbers in black and white. Citizen is remaking that image, however, allowing shamelessly capitalistic pigs like ourselves to enjoy fashion jewelry while assuaging our environmentalist guilt.
The watchmaker's "Eco-Drive" line features timepieces with jewels and dials that absorb natural and artificial light for their internal energy supply. Their rechargeable batteries last eons longer than earlier generations, with "enough juice to keep you ticking for up to five years, even in the dark,&… Read more