Bugatti starts shipping bespoke Baby II roadsters

A bunch of bespoke, 3/4-scale replicas of the Bugatti Type 35 roadster are now making their way into the hands of collectors across the globe, each with its own fine points of difference. A celebration of its 110th anniversary, the Bugatti Baby II is a tip of the hat to the automaker's racing heritage and maintains an air of exclusivity with only 500 of them made.Continue ReadingCategory: Automotive, TransportTags: Bugatti … [Read more...]

Enough forest has naturally regrown since 2000 to cover mainland France

In what's described as the first thorough study to track natural forest expansion, researchers have found that an area larger than mainland France has regenerated since the year 2000. While deforestation continues to pose a grave threat to the world's biodiversity, the study does emphasize the potential of natural regeneration to help tackle the problem, which offers a number of benefits over active replantation strategies.Continue … [Read more...]

US approves 800-MW Vineyard Wind as its first major offshore wind farm

The US federal government has given the green light to the country's largest offshore wind farm to date, and one that will greatly expand its capacity to generate this form of renewable energy. The Vineyard Wind 1 project will feature dozens of the world's most powerful offshore wind turbines, which will work together to generate enough electricity for up to 400,000 homes.Continue ReadingCategory: Energy, ScienceTags: Offshore Wind, Wind, … [Read more...]

Sandwich-style battery could charge EVs in as little as 10 minutes

Scientists at Harvard University have come up with a promising new design for an experimental battery, one which they say could lead to electric cars that charge in as little as 10 minutes. The alternative architecture is also claimed to offer a far longer lifespan than comparable batteries, by making use of high-performance lithium metal and a solid electrolyte to remain stable over many thousands of cycles.Continue ReadingCategory: Energy, … [Read more...]

Leatherman goes back to basics with heritage-inspired Bond multitool

Leatherman's mutltiools have taken all shapes and sizes in its 38-year existence, but in designing its latest creation the company is returning to its roots. The newly launched Leatherman Bond is based on its first ever model launched in 1983, offering the same 14-tool functionality in a rather lightweight and budget-friendly package.Continue ReadingCategory: Outdoors, LifestyleTags: Multitools, Leatherman, Tools … [Read more...]

Rocket Lab to test advanced heat shield for Electron booster recovery

Startup Rocket Lab is pressing ahead with its ambitions to turn its Electron booster into a reusable orbital launch vehicle, with plans to recover the rocket's first stage for a second time this weekend. The upcoming mission will see the rocket splash down in the ocean for collection by a recovery vessel, hopefully bearing less damage than the first attempt thanks to an upgraded heat shield.Continue ReadingCategory: Space, ScienceTags: Rocket … [Read more...]