Archive for December, 2014
The joyous sounds of Christmas and year end parties are still ringing all around. Suddenly, the phantom of MH370 comes to roost again. Another Malaysian plane disappeared into thin air just like MH370. This time it is an AirAsia Airbus 320 plane QZ8501 with 162 people on board, mainly Indonesians heading for Singapore from Surabaya, Indonesia. What misfortune has befallen Malaysia! Is Malaysia’s air industry jinx? Or is this sheer coincidence – to have 2 Malaysian planes vanishing into thin air and another shot down all within a year? Read the rest of this entry »
The MUV-e folds up into a suitcase-sized trolley in around 3 seconds
The three-wheeled electric scooter has been designed to automatically fold up into a suitcase-sized trolley in around 3 seconds for roll-along, between ride transport. The new MUV-e tips the scales at 14 – 18 kg, depending on the version chosen, and features an aluminum and carbon fiber chassis, with carbon fiber covers. A cradle for a smartphone has also been included, where the ubiquitous mobile device can be used as a navigation aid and, with the help of a companion app, act as a speedometer, odometer and electrometer.
The developers have increased the range of a fully-charged MUV-e to 30 km (19 miles), depending on riding style and battery size (the vehicle will be available in 8 or 16 Ah Li-ion battery configurations). There are two 12.5-inch alloy wheels to the front and a 10-inch wheel and a 140 mm disc brake at the back, and its two-speed, 36 V brushless hub motor is reported capable of powering the personal mobility machine to a peak speed of 32 km/h (20 mph).
RT News – Russian President Vladimir Putin has replied to statements of Russia “having to pay for its position [over Crimea],” saying no country or leader has managed to “intimidate, suppress or isolate Russia,” and no one ever will. Speaking at a Kremlin gala celebrating Security Forces Day, Putin said that the country is constantly threatened to be paying a high price for its “independent position, for supporting its citizens, for Crimea and Sevastopol, and sometimes even for its mere existence.” Reminding of previous failed attempts to subdue Russia over the 20th century, the country’s leader pointed out the situation in the whole world is not stable, with some countries trying to control and interfere with others. Earlier this week, US President Barack Obama authorized sanctions against individuals and entities operating in Russia’s Crimean peninsula, following similar EU actions. Read the rest of this entry »