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Hyperloop Alpha: Elon Musks’ high-speed train begins its journey in detail

Hyperloop Alpha: Elon Musks’ high-speed train begins its journey in detail

After a bit of a foot-in-mouth mention of a high-speed transit system between the two ends of the country earlier this year, Elon Musk is today ready to bring a bit more heat to the very real possibility of this Hyperloop system. In a release made through Tesla Motors, Musk suggests that this next-generation system must be faster and cheaper to operate than either our current airplane system or driving a car. It must be, he suggested, far better than any other mode of transport for the journey it's capable of making - a fifth mode of transport.

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Tesla’s Musk won’t build Hyperloop himself

Tesla’s Musk won’t build Hyperloop himself

Tesla's Elon Musk has no plans to build his controversial Hyperloop transportation system, which promised New York to LA travel in just 45 minutes, instead seeing the proposed high-speed project as an "open source" design he hopes others will pick up. Musk made headlines last month when he teased details of the Hyperloop - described as "a cross between a Concorde, a rail gun, and an air hockey table" - but, asked whether Tesla investors could expect a return on the system during the company's financial results call yesterday, admitted that he is too busy with the electric car company and SpaceX to build it himself.

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Audi Ender’s Game concept car is a virtual star

Audi Ender’s Game concept car is a virtual star

Judge the future of the car industry by movies, and you'd be forgiven for assuming that only Audi makes it beyond the 21st century, with the German company notching up another product placement deal supplying the upcoming Ender's Game movie with its sleek coupés. The new Audi Fleet Shuttle Quattro, specially designed for the film, is the latest of several one-off cars created for Hollywood, but in a first for Audi is entirely computer generated.

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BMW i8 sports hybrid gets wild track outing

BMW i8 sports hybrid gets wild track outing

Now that BMW's i3 production car has broken cover, the German company has moved onto arguably more exciting things: namely throwing the BMW i8 around a track in France for some performance testing. Shown off in Spyder concept form back at the LA Auto Show in November 2012, the slinky hybrid borrows the plug-in eco-friendliness of its boxy i3 sibling, but cranks up the performance for a sub-4.5s 0-62mph dash and a top speed limited to 155mph.

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3D UI wearable promises Kinect-style discrete Glass alternative

3D UI wearable promises Kinect-style discrete Glass alternative

A new wearable computer with a control system that uses Kinect-style hand tracking could avoid "OK, Glass" style embarrassment, a team from ITRI in Taiwan suggests, aiming to have the headset on the market within the next two years. The 3D floating interface, handiwork of the Industrial Technology Research Institute, puts a depth-sensor array on top of a pair of digital glasses, and can track fingers and other objects as they navigate through a virtual interface.

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Lamborghini Parcour off-road concept demoed (and crashed)

Lamborghini Parcour off-road concept demoed (and crashed)

The 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed was jam-packed with all sorts of racing events, including the infamous hill climb that saw two cars crash. However, those weren't the only accidents to happen over the week. Lamborghini's latest concept, called the Parcour, was demoed on the track and actually ended up crashing, damaging the rear end of the car.

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Mac Pro 2013 glass case concept is impractical but lustworthy

Mac Pro 2013 glass case concept is impractical but lustworthy

Apple's new Mac Pro may be a lesson in rethinking workstation component layouts, but wouldn't it be better if you could actually see all that clever construction through a custom glass sleeve? Designer and 3D artist Martin Hajek thought so, and so cooked up some renders of the Mac Pro 2013 with its metal casing replaced, not only with glass - and reminiscent of the G4 Cube Steve Wozniak is so enamored with - but with perforated aluminum and even some sleek metallic finishes.

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3D printed Cortex Exoskeleton concept could crack plaster casts

3D printed Cortex Exoskeleton concept could crack plaster casts

A 3D-printed cast concept, more flexible and wearer-friendly than traditional plaster cast for break and fracture patients, is the latest potential application of advanced materials manipulation. The design, dubbed the Cortex Exoskeleton, is the handiwork of Jake Evill, and could potentially deliver more structured support for broken limbs while also being lighter, stronger, and more convenient than existing options.

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