Solid-state batteries – a red herring?

While ‘solid-state’ batteries have long been billed as the best way forward in terms of safety, energy density and speed of charging, electronics giant Toshiba has just announced a new battery that is at least as good as the solid-state one Toyota has been developing for a decade. Before this shock announcement, major car manufacturers such as Porsche were planning to go solid-state. The race is on to develop a car battery system that will outcompete fossil fuel engines, and the time is coming fast when internal combustion engines may well be obsolete relics of the 20th Century. Let’s look …
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Vendee Globe Grand Finale – a Geek’s View

Having had a whale of a time in the run up to and start of the Vendee Globe, and seeing that Alex Thomson’s Hugo Boss had an outside chance of being the first non-Frenchman to win the race, on impulse I dropped everything and headed to Les Sables d’Olonne on the Tuesday before the race finish… At the stage of the race, Hugo Boss and Banque Populaire were within just hours of one another, fighting an epic battle that had people enthralled since they passed South Africa. Banque Populaire had at one stage a lead of 800 or so miles …
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Steve White – round the world the wrong way

Steve plans to sail round the world on a boat like this A central Dorset sailor is planning to break the record for sailing solo the wrong way round the world next November. Steve White is an experienced solo sailor having come 8th of the 9 skippers to complete the Vendee Globe in 2008-09. 30 boats started the race, showing what an achievement it is to even make it home solo the ‘right way around’. He plans to sail 24,000 miles on his own on a former Volvo Ocean 70 Grand Prix racing yacht, against the prevailing winds of the …
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A sailing geek’s view of the Vendee Globe…

A few weeks ago I discovered an old shipmate of mine from my square rigger days lives in Les Sables d’Olonne, home of the Vendee Globe singlehanded round the world race, and has connections to one of the teams, as well as one of the two Golden Globe entries from this quiet fishing town on the Biscay coast of France. I messaged him by Facebook and got an immediate invite to be a part of one of the greatest sailing events on Earth.I am a bit of an elite sailing geek. When I’m not getting depressed as hell about the …
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Richard Shrubb’s adventure sports writing

Richard’s adventure sports writing comes from his need to get out and explore the world. It is all very well watching something – many get a thrill from that – but what about doing it? What is it like for your body and mind to scream “NO MORE!” yet to still push to your destination? At sea, far from the nearest port there is no way of getting off the boat unless you’re so hopeless you decide to quicken your demise by going over the side. Far out in the countryside on your mountain bike you could be miles from …
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