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Bike-to-work events offer chance to explore barriers to cycling

Cities that host bike-to-w ork events as their sole effort to increase commuter travel by bicycle may be missing a larger — perhaps more valuable — opportunity, according to a study involving the University of Colorado Boulder and led by the University of Colorado Denver. Local governments should use bike-to-work days to find out from…

Smart clothes double as pregnancy health tracker

WIRE up your baby bump in style. The latest in smart maternity clothes can track the vital signs of pregnant women via conductive silver fibres woven discreetly into the fabric. The clothing line, designed by Blake Uretsky, a fashion student at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, aims to help pregnant women keep tabs on…

Self-powered intelligent keyboard could provide a new layer of security

By analyzing such parameters as the force applied by key presses and the time interval between them, a new self-powered non-mechanical intelligent keyboard could provide a stronger layer of security for computer users. The self-powered device generates electricity when a user’s fingertips contact the multi-layer plastic materials that make up the device. “This intelligent keyboard…

Engineers develop world’s longest ‘flat pack’ arch bridge

Engineers have now developed the world’s longest ‘flat pack’ arch bridge which will be installed soon. Civil Engineers at Queen’s University Belfast in collaboration with pre-cast concrete specialists Macrete Ireland have developed the world’s longest ‘flat pack’ arch bridge. Based on the ‘FlexiArch’ system, the bridge is unique in that it will be transported to…

Low carb diet can cause digestive problems: Experts

Low carb diets may be used as a weight loss tool by some people, but dieticians and nutritionists warn that the tactic may be contributing to a reduction in fibre intake and thus, helping in setting up health problems instead. The average fibre intake is already low and avoidance of foods like potatoes, a surprisingly…

Gold nanoparticles show promise for early detection of heart attacks

NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering professors have been collaborating with researchers from Peking University on a new test strip that is demonstrating great potential for the early detection of certain heart attacks. Kurt H. Becker, a professor in the Department of Applied Physics and the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and WeiDong Zhu, a…

In a first, scientists slow down speed of light

Scientists have for the first time slowed down the speed of light travelling through air. This finding shows unambiguously that the propagation of light can be slowed below the commonly accepted figure of 299,792,458 metres per second, even when travelling in air or vacuum. Researchers from the University of Glasgow and Heriot-Watt University demon strated…

New technique to produce cheaper solar energy

Pioneering new research could pave the way for solar energy to be converted into household electricity more cheaply than ever before. A team of experts from the University of Exeter has examined new techniques for generating photovoltaic (PV) energy – or ways in which to convert light into power -more cost efficiently.    The global PV…

Gold nanoparticles show promise for early detection of heart attacks

NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering professors have been collaborating with researchers from Peking University on a new test strip that is demonstrating great potential for the early detection of certain heart attacks. Kurt H. Becker, a professor in the Department of Applied Physics and the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and WeiDong Zhu, a…

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