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Neat. I'd love to give one of these a try :¬}
 
The Velove Armadillo hauls cargo like a human-powered tractor trailer
Of all the electric cargo cycles we've seen, including the Urban Arrow and 2X4, the Velove Armadillo promises the most pedal-assist cargo hauling capability. The four-wheeled platform supports a big, ol' cargo box or semi-trailer on the rear, making the typical two-wheel grocery getter look downright undersized. The pedaled quad is so cargo hungry, Velove believes it can replace the cargo van when transporting smaller loads over short distances.

http://www.gizmag.com/velove-armadillo-cargo-cycle/36995/
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Just upgraded my desktop to ubuntu 15.04. After a manual power cycle it all seems to be OK :¬}
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+Steve Clark There's not much to get exited about in the new version. I just thought I'd go for it before the rush.
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Neat :¬}
The world's tallest prefabricated building now sits at 57 stories in Changsha, China. The construction of this building, which includes office space for 4,000 people and 800 family apartments, took workers from Broad Sustainable Buildings (BSB) just 19 days to complete. Although the building was originally planned to be 97 stories, these plans were halted because it is located near the airport. The tower is built around several centralized atr...
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Tories accidentally ban themselves under new anti-extremism laws
The incoming Conservative Government is to be immediately disbanded after it was discovered they're illegal under new laws forbidding ‘extremist groups’.
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Hot Chocolate's Errol Brown dies aged 71: My favourite Hot Chocolate track :¬}
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Nice map presenting good information 300 years ago :¬}
 
Halley's Eclipse: a coup for Newtonian prediction | Rebekah Higgitt | Science | The Guardian

'... In 1715, 300 years ago today, a total solar eclipse was visible across a broad band of England. It was the first to be predicted on the basis of the Newtonian theory of universal gravitation, its path mapped clearly and advertised widely in advance. Visible in locations such as London and Cambridge, both astronomical experts and the public were able to see the phenomena and be impressed by the predictive power of the new astronomy.
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Halley’s first eclipse map, published as a 6d broadside by John Senex shortly before the event, is a prime example of Halley’s use of cartography to present information clearly and effectively (as with his beautiful maps of magnetic variation and trade winds).
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http://www.theguardian.com/science/the-h-word/2015/may/03/halleys-eclipse-newtonian-selling-science-history
300 years ago, on the 3rd of May 1715, a rare solar eclipse occurred over England. It was an opportunity too good to miss for those promoting new astronomical theories – and their own careers.
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Nice :¬}
 
What's not to love about a steam powered motorbike?
photo by Marc Quinlivan Back in 2014 Netherlands-based custom motorcycle shop Revatu Customs unveiled Black Pearl, a motorcycle powered by a functioning steam engine. The bike may look fierce but i...
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This Looks hot and Dangerous...
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Real engineering without a computer in sight :¬}
 
Last year we posted a video on how steam locomotives are made. So what happens when it's time to refurbish and repair an existing steam engine? A ton of work. It's great to see all of the details on how it's put together. 
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Trying to practice the art of thinking sideways.
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 I'm a long time Linux user with many other interests.
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I work with Geographic Information Systems.
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