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Five future transportation technologies that will actually happen

Five future transportation technologies that will actually happen | Future | Scoop.it
Take-Two plans to repurchase the 12 million shares held by activist investor Carl Icahn, and directors backed by the Icahn Group resigned as part of a previous arrangement.
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Is this the world's smartest cab?

Is this the world's smartest cab? | Future | Scoop.it
BBC Click's Spencer Kelly looks at the Tokyo taxi that alerts you if you have left anything on the back seat.
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Smart cities: The future of urban infrastructure

Smart cities: The future of urban infrastructure | Future | Scoop.it

Technology is changing everyday city life, allowing us to instantly adapt to everything from storm threats to traffic jams.


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Synthetic creatures could "save nature" says Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg

Synthetic creatures could "save nature" says Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg | Future | Scoop.it
Synthetic living creatures would save endangered species and clean up pollution under this futuristic proposal by designer Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg.
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The Cyclone Engine - capable of using multiple fuels without engine modification

The Cyclone Engine - capable of using multiple fuels without engine modification | Future | Scoop.it

The Cyclone Engine is a Rankine Cycle heat regenerative external combustion, otherwise known as a “Schoell Cycle”, engine. In other words, the Cyclone is a 21st century, high efficiency, compact and powerful steam engine. 

 

The Cyclone Engine is capable of running on virtually any fuel (or combination of fuels) including bio fuels, while emitting far fewer pollutants than traditional gas or diesel powered internal combustion engines.

 

It creates mechanical energy by heating water to steam and cooling it down for re-use in a closed-loop, piston-based engine system...


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Sepp Hasslberger's curator insight, November 10, 2013 11:51 AM

This takes known technology and updates it for 21st century use. The engine uses 'external' combustion meaning the fuel just heats up water in coils, which becomes steam and is used to drive a specially configured unit that converts the pressure to rotary motion. 

 

Conceivably this motor could use any heat source, even those not based on combustion, to run. Great for retrofit and for trying out new types of technology.  

However, it's not on the market yet.