The Economist – Dec 30, 2009 – A Dutch engineer has invented a collapsible plastic shipping container which, he hopes, will replace the steel ones. Because it is made of a fibreglass composite, it weighs only three-quarters as much as a standard container but—more importantly— when it is empty, it can be folded down to a quarter of its size.
The Economist – Sep 21, 2006 – Maglev trains are expensive; buses are cheap. The Superbus, a high-tech road vehicle, is a compromise between the two. It is an electric bus designed to be able to switch seamlessly between ordinary roads and dedicated “supertracks”, on which it can reach speeds of 250kph.
The New York Times – Jan 14, 2004 – It requires no electricity, plumbing or hot water. Just fill it with water, put firewood in the bin, light it up, wait a while and enjoy a 100-degree soak.
I.D. – Jun 5, 2003 – Following in the estimable footsteps of Prada, Ralph Lauren and RoccoBarocco, Belgian fashion designer Walter van Beirendonck is now trying his hand at uniforms.
I.D. – April 5, 2003 – Collecting the garbage becomes a one-man operation: the truck pulls up, attaches a cable to the container, lifts it up, turns it over, and puts it back into the ground, an eight-minute process that also does away with mistossed bags splattering in the street.
The Washington Post – March 30, 2003 – International Newspaper Kiosks, available at hotels, conference centers and airports around the world, offer same-day versions of 114 international newspapers for $3 to $5 each.
Associated Press – January 27, 2003 – The environmentally-conscious Dutch are experimenting with urban turbines in city centers. Light, quiet and efficient, they can be placed unobtrusively on rooftops and generate up to 7,000 kilowatt hours of electricity a year, more than enough to power an average Dutch home.
Wired News – Nov 16, 2000 – New technologies tend to be presented in terms of existing products so consumers will more readily understand and adapt to them.
Wired News – Nov 13, 2000 – A strange thing happened to the ‘weightless’ and dematerialized economy we thought the Internet would bring: it never arrived…
Wired News – Oct 31, 2000 – Plagued by financial troubles, bad weather and scandals, the notion of world’s fairs has come under fire. Are they relics of the 20th century, or do they have a place in the new millennium?