Back-up electric power “will save pilots’ lives”

Light aircraft are exciting and convenient – but if an engine fails it can be disastrous. Seventy people every year die when two-or-four-seater aircraft crash. Spanish firm Axter Aerospace and researchers at Madrid’s UC3M University say they have the answer – a backup electric powered engine. Axter co-founder and pilot Miguel Suarez.:  “The worst case…

Stick-on smart sensor offers hassle-free car hire

A small sensor stuck to the windscreen could spell the end of liability disputes if a rented car is damaged while on loan. It continuously monitors a car’s accelerations and impacts, with the data gathered giving a clear picture of who is to blame in the event of an accident or if the car is…

Study discovers sharks with positive buoyancy

Two deep-sea shark species swimming in the waters off the Hawaiian Islands are having a difficult time diving to deeper depths. A joint study by the University of Hawaii at Manoa and the University of Tokyo has found that the sixgill and prickly sharks have positive buoyancy, making it more difficult for the two predators…