Thursday, September 09, 2021

Free, open source health icons

Health Icons reports: [edited]

Health Icons is a volunteer effort to create a ‘global good’ for health projects all over the world. These icons are available in the public domain for use in any type of project.

The project is hosted by the public health not-for-profit Resolve to Save Lives as an expression of our committment to offer the icons for free, forever.

Need an icon for your project? Submit a request and we will do our best to respond.


Pure Flux One Electric Bicycle

T3 reports: [edited]

The first electric bike from e-scooter specialist Pure Electric has three things going for it: a low price, unusually cool looks for an e-bike, and extreme simplicity. If you're considering taking up cycling for the first time, post-lockdown, it's a perfect choice. If, like me, you have cycled before but become so unfit that electrical assistance is now very much required, it's a sound option.

It's not the best electric bike but it is probably the best cheap electric bike, taking a stripped-down approach that means it doesn't feel like too many compromises have been made to get the price under £1,000. 

The display tells you your speed, you also get a basic battery gauge – the range is 25 miles max, so it's worth keeping an eye on this. You can recharge it to 80% of capacity in three hours or fully charge it in five.

There are disk brakes, although they are mechanical rather than hydraulic. The ride experience is simple and pretty good fun. There are no gears, no chain – a carbon belt is used, so no mucky trousers for you – and no app.

It provides three levels of electrical assistance capped at 9, 12.5 or 15.5mph. You can also turn the assistance off entirely and ride it like an unusually hefty single-speed bike. The Flux One weighs 17.5kg including the battery. Pure Electric describes this as 'lightweight' and by e-bike standards, it is – a lot of them weigh 20kg and up. However, compared to a single-speed, non-electric bike, 17.5kg is by no means light.

There is an issue if you want to go above 15.5mph. Due to the absence of gears, this involves pedalling like mad. I find it a bit of a chore but for everyday, stop/start urban riding, it's plenty, for most purposes.

In contrast to the kind of folding, feature-packed, AI-powered bikes I've been bombarded with recently, Pure Electric's looks, rides and behaves like a bicycle. It's got full-sized wheels, good-enough brakes, stylish-enough 'hybrid' bike styling and it handles really well. 


Friday, August 27, 2021

Carbo Electric Folding Bike

Velorution reports: [edited]

Your electric folding bike wish list probably looks something like this:

— Decent riding range.

— Fold small enough to stow under a desk.

— Light enough to carry.

Carbo has put a Bafang motor in the rear wheel hub, paired with a Samsung battery located in the bike's seatpost. The motor has a power rating of 250 watts and a torque output of 45 newton meters. It has a torque and pedal assist sensor that recognises how hard you're pedaling and adapts the level of assistance to match.

The battery provides 20-40 miles riding. The included 2amp charger will charge it from flat in 4 hours.

A display unit on the bike's handlebar displays riding information and provides five riding modes. Assistance off, ECO, Tour, Sport and Turbo. There is a 'walk mode' as well, ideal for wheeling the bike through a train station. A USB charging port under the rear of the saddle is ideal for charging your phone.

Folding takes as little as 30 seconds. Push the bike's seatpost down, fold the handlebar and pull the latch on the mainframe and it's done. Once folded the bike's dimensions are 80cm high, 60cm long and 33cm wide.

The frame is aerospace grade carbon fibre. The Model X (single-speed belt drive) is 13.3kg.

The Carbo will fit riders from 4'10" to 6'5". The bikes' 20" wheels are shod with wide Schwalbe tyres which include puncture protection and reflective outer casings, with disc brakes. There's an integrated front light on each bike, powered by the on-board battery.

Price: from £2,000.

Sunday, July 04, 2021

London - Somerset - London, 3 & 4 July 2021

London - Somerset, 3 July 2021

Look in Vain (radio edit) - New Build

Crazy - Gnarls Barkley

Tutti Frutti - Little Richard

Living Doll - Cliff Richard & Young ones

Comedy - Shack

Hungry Like the Wolf - Duran Duran

My Name is Bob (Bob the Builder v Eminem) - Diffusion

Sugah - Ruby Amanfu

MMMbop - Hanson

Another Chance - Roger Sanchez

I'll Take Care Of You - Van Morrison

Alisha Rules The World - Alisha's Attic

Kissing With Confidence - Will Powers

I've Got the Music In Me - The Kiki Dee Band

Hakuna Matata - Nathan Lane & Ernie Sabella

U Got the Look (ft Sheena Easton) - Prince

Dilemma - Nelly Feat. Kelly Rowland

Shake It - Metro Station

Baby (feat. Ludacris) - Justin Bieber

Do You Love Me - The Contours

These Words - Natasha Bedingfield

The Happening - The Supremes

Dedicated To The One I Love - The Mamas & The Papas

Rock The Boat - The Hues Corporation

Take my breath away - Berlin

Suddenly, a Summer Night - David Mead

Things - Nancy Sinatra & Dean Martin

Ding-a-Dong - Teach-In

Stand And Deliver - Adam & The Ants

Superman (It's Not Easy) - Five For Fighting

Galvanize (radio) - The Chemical Brothers

Get Dancin' - Disco Tex & The Sex-O-Lettes

Hey Mister - Custom

In The Shadows - The Rasmus

Calling You - Blue October

Everlasting Love - Love Affair

Charm Attack - Leona Naess

Head & Heart (feat. MNEK) - Joel Corry, MNEK

Walk The Dinosaur - Was (Not Was)

Play Something Country - Brooks & Dunn

Little Demon - Screamin' Jay Hawkins

One Thing - Amerie

Rockabye (feat. Sean Paul & Anne-Marie) - Clean Bandit

Let your love flow - Bellamy Brothers

I Want You To Want Me (live) - Cheap Trick

Whenever, Wherever - Shakira

Escape (Pina Colada song) - Rupert Holmes

Daddy Cool - Boney M

18 with a bullet - Pete Wingfield

The Shoop Shoop Song (It's In His Kiss) - Cher

Somerset to London, 4 July 2021

Mirror Mirror (Mon Amour) - Dollar

Chasing Pavements - Adele

Boom! Shake The Room - DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince

Pop Muzik - M

Good Morning Baby - Semisonic w/Bic Runga

Come back my love - The Darts

Lighthouse - The Waifs

Disco Inferno - The Trammps

Teenage Dirtbag - Wheatus

Behind These Hazel Eyes - Kelly Clarkson

You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet - Bachman-Turner Overdrive

(They Long to Be) Close to You - Barenaked Ladies w/Burt Bacharach

Cabaret (Cabaret/Soundtrack Version) - Liza Minnelli

A Little Respect - Erasure

Linger - Cranberries

Come And Get Your Love - Redbone

Hungry Eyes - Eric Carmen

Lollipop (Candyman) - Aqua

Birdhouse In Your Soul - They Might Be Giants (TMBG)

Storm In A Teacup - The Fortunes

Finding Out True Love Is Blind - Louis XIV

It's My Life - Gwen Stefani/No Doubt

I Would Die 4 U - Prince

Love On A Mountain Top - Robert Knight

I Am Not The Only Cowboy - Josh Joplin Group

Dancing On My Own - Robyn

Lazy Guy - Slobberbone

Walk This Way (feat. Aerosmith) - RUN-DMC

The Rain - Oran 'Juice' Jones

Wannabe - Spice Girls

Lucille - Little Richard

Hey Ya (mightyjust remix) - Outkast feat. Sean Paul

The Beginning Stages, Part 9 (Reach For The Sun) - The Polyphonic Spree

Candy Girl - New Edition

Hey you Rocksteady Crew - Rock Steady Crew

Beauty Queen - Lash

All By Myself - Daryl Hall

Club Tropicana - Wham!

Young Turks - Rod Stewart

Schatze (feat. Stef Chura) - Ohtis

I Want To Be Your Boyfriend - Rubinoos

Getting Away With It - Electronic

Walk Between The Raindrops - Donald Fagen

In The Air Tonight (ft. Phil Collins) - Tupac (2pac)

Dancin' on a Saturday Night - Barry Blue

The Soul Singer - The Waterboys

Sexy and I Know It - LMFAO


Friday, May 14, 2021

Specialized Kenevo SL Electric Mountain Bike

electrek reports: [edited]

The Kenevo SL is a hardcore downhill-style e-bike designed for extreme riders.

The six-bar, six-pivot big-trail rear suspension is tuned for bump force management, moving the rear axle backwards in the first third of travel then forwards to compress in the second two-thirds of travel when pedaling usually isn’t occurring.

Powered by Specialized’s SL1.1 motor, the bike puts out a claimed 250W, though the motor peaks at higher power. Specialized claims that the motor is designed to offer twice the sustained output of a typical rider, so this isn’t an electric motorcycle by any stretch of the imagination. Instead, the motor is designed to help riders pedal themselves up the mountain before bombing back down.

The motor is powered by a built-in 320 Wh battery that can also be supplemented by a 160 Wh range extender. The optional range extender battery mounts in the bike’s water bottle cage.

The Kenevo SL’s carbon monocoque frame increases chassis stiffness while reducing weight, weighing in at as low as 18.4 kg (40.6 lb).

The Kenevo SL’s software brings everything together in one high-tech e-bike package.

The MasterMind Turbo Control Unit (TCU) is the “brain” of the Kenevo Super Light. This is the hardware and software that controls how the motor, battery, bike, and you interact. It allows real-time support tuning while riding, and it displays all relevant data about your bike and ride. The MasterMind TCU also enables over-the-air updates so that as new features and functionality come online, your bike will get even better over time. Finally, MasterMind seamlessly integrates with the Mission Control app for advanced tuning, on- trail diagnostics, and more.

Just the S-Works frameset starts at US $8,500, while the complete Kenevo SL Expert bike is priced at US $11,000. The complete Kenevo SL S-Works will cost $15,000.


Tuesday, February 02, 2021

Listen Notes reports: [edited]

Listen Notes is a podcast search engine that allows you to search around two million podcasts and more than 90 million episodes by people or topics.


Monday, January 25, 2021

Free Font: Chomsky

Fontsquirrel reports: [edited]

This is Chomsky, a newspaper masthead font in the style of the New York Times masthead. This font is not an exact copy of the New York Times masthead. Rather, it aims to be suitable for running text as well, so I used a larger stem size.


Solar now provides cheapest electricity in history

Carbon Brief reports: [edited]

The world’s best solar power schemes now offer the “cheapest electricity in history”.

That is according to the International Energy Agency’s World Energy Outlook 2020. The 464-page outlook, published today by the IEA, also outlines the “extraordinarily turbulent” impact of coronavirus and the “highly uncertain” future of global energy use over the next two decades.

Reflecting this uncertainty, this year’s version of the highly influential annual outlook offers four “pathways” to 2040, all of which see a major rise in renewables. The IEA’s main scenario has 43% more solar output by 2040 than it expected in 2018, partly due to detailed new analysis showing that solar power is 20-50% cheaper than thought.

Despite a more rapid rise for renewables and a “structural” decline for coal, the IEA says it is too soon to declare a peak in global oil use, unless there is stronger climate action. Similarly, it says demand for gas could rise 30% by 2040, unless the policy response to global warming steps up.

This means that, while global CO2 emissions have effectively peaked, they are “far from the immediate peak and decline” needed to stabilise the climate. The IEA says achieving net-zero emissions will require “unprecedented” efforts from every part of the global economy, not just the power sector.


Saturday, January 23, 2021

10 billion pixel 'Girl with a Pearl Earring'

Digital Photography Review reports: [edited]

Johannes Vermeer's 'Girl with a Pearl Earring' has been transformed into a 10 billion pixel image, enabling viewers to see the masterpiece in unprecedented detail.

The panorama was made possible using the Hirox 3D Digital Microscope RH-2000, which features a CMOS sensor capable of capturing up to 50 frames per second at 1920 x 1200 resolution.

Using this technology, Hirox Europe's Vincent Sabatier and Emilien Leonhardt scanned the painting. One pixel in the new panorama is equal to 4.4 microns.

Available to view here


Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Pentel EnerGel X Retractable Gel Rollerball Pen, 1.00mm

Back in 2010, I blogged on the Uni-ball Impact 1.0mm RT Gel Pen. It had replaced the hard-to-find Zebra Sarasa 1.0mm gel pen as my everyday writing implement.

And now the Uni-ball Impact seems to have been discontinued.

Enter the Pentel EnerGel X Retractable Gel Rollerball Pen, 1.00mm. The pen has a cheaper, lighter feel than the Uni-ball, but the rubber grip is decent and the ink flow is reliable, if not quite as dense.

And it is very reasonably priced, available on Amazon at £10.13 for 12.


Monday, December 14, 2020

The Independent reports: [edited]

The makers of a $26,000 solar-powered electric car that they claim never needs charging have sold out the first batch within 24 hours.

California based startup Aptera describes its three-wheeled car as “the world’s first Never Charge solar electric vehicle”, and boasts a range of up to 1,000 miles.

“Aptera leverages breakthroughs in lightweight structures, low-drag aerodynamics and cooling, material science, and manufacturing processes to deliver the most efficient vehicle ever made available to consumers,” the company states on its website.

“Aptera’s Never Charge is built into every vehicle and is designed to harvest enough sunlight to travel over 11,000 miles per year in most regions.”

No mass market electric vehicle currently on the market has a range greater than 500 miles, though Aptera’s huge range and no charge claims have certain limitations. The solar panels covering the car are only able to capture enough energy from the sun to charge 40 miles per day, and even that requires sunny California weather.

“40 miles doesn’t sound like a lot but it’s the equivalent of parking your car and having it magically fill up with two gallons of gas overnight," said Aptero co-founder Steve Fambro.

“So the fact that you can park it at work or wherever and go back to it with more energy in the tank than when you left it – have it charge itself without having to pay a dime to drive it every day. That’s the kind of freedom I think a lot of people would love.”

There is a 110V outlet that allows manual charging, which can be plugged into a standard wall socket. This can provide 150 miles of range from an overnight charge.

330 of the futuristic three-wheelers were available to order in the first batch, with deliveries set to begin in 2021.


Saturday, November 21, 2020

iPhone Pro 12 Camera Analysis

Halide has published an excellent article on the image processing technology behind the latest iPhone Pro range.


Friday, November 20, 2020

CRISPR genome editing destroys cancer cells

Medical Press reports: [edited]

Researchers at Tel Aviv University have demonstrated that the CRISPR/Cas9 system is very effective in treating metastatic cancers. The researchers developed a lipid nanoparticle-based delivery system that specifically targets cancer cells and destroys them by genetic manipulation. The system, called CRISPR-LNPs, carries a genetic messenger (messenger RNA), which encodes for the CRISPR enzyme Cas9 that acts as molecular scissors that cut the cells' DNA.

"This is the first study in the world to prove that the CRISPR genome editing system can be used to treat cancer effectively in a living animal," said Prof. Peer. "There are no side effects, and a cancer cell treated in this way will never become active again. The molecular scissors of Cas9 cut the cancer cell's DNA, thereby permanently preventing replication."

Prof. Peer and his team chose two of the deadliest cancers: glioblastoma and metastatic ovarian cancer. Glioblastoma is the most aggressive type of brain cancer, with a life expectancy of 15 months after diagnosis and a five-year survival rate of only 3%. A single treatment with CRISPR-LNPs doubled the average life expectancy of mice with glioblastoma tumors, improving their overall survival rate by about 30%.


Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Fairchild K-17 Camera

Petapixel reports: [edited]

This camera was used for aerial photography during World War II. Mounted on the front of the camera is a 610mm f6 lens.

The Fairchild K-17 was designed by Fairchild Camera and Instrument and manufactured under license for the US Air Corps by Folmer Graflex in Rochester, New York in the early 1940s. It shot 9×9-inch (22.86×22.86cm) photos on 9 1/2-inch wide roll film.

While these cameras were normally clamped into mounts, a pair of handles and a viewfinder could be fitted for hand-held operation. What “hand-held” meant is subject to interpretation, as with a 200 foot roll of film, the A-5 film magazine used with the K-17 weighed 30 pounds. A complete K-17 with 12″ lens cone and a full magazine weighed about 55 pounds. With a 24″ lens instead of the 12″, the weight climbed to 75 pounds.


Monday, November 16, 2020

iPhone 12 Pro Max Camera

Austin Mann's review of the iPhone 12 Pro Max's camera is a good place to start if you need convincing that phone cameras are getting very close to the quality of their 'separates' cousins.


Thursday, November 05, 2020

Using drones to plant trees

Fast Company reports: [edited]

On land north of Toronto that previously burned in a wildfire, drones are hovering over fields and firing seed pods into the ground, planting native pine and spruce trees to help restore habitat for birds. Flash Forest, the Canadian startup behind the project, plans to use its technology to plant 40,000 trees in the area this month. By the end of the year, as it expands to other regions, it will plant hundreds of thousands of trees. By 2028, the startup aims to have planted a billion trees.

The drones can work more quickly and cheaply than humans planting with shovels. Flash Forest’s tech can currently plant 10,000 to 20,000 seed pods a day; as the technology advances, a pair of pilots will be able to plant 100,000 trees in a day. By hand, someone might be able to plant 1,500 trees in a day.