SHIFTING Gears: THE QUEST TO PUSH A HUMAN-POWERED BIKE TO 90 MPH

from WIRED: MICHAEL HODGES GEAR  |  04.03.15  |  10:00 AM

Aerovelo Engineer Todd Reichert and his team are on a mission to prove that human strength alone can propel helicopters, planes - and maybe their 145 KPH bicycle. Click to Open Overlay Gallery
Aerovelo Engineer Todd Reichert and his team are on a mission to prove that human strength alone can propel helicopters, planes—and maybe their 145 kph (90 mph) bicycle. CHRIS CRISMAN/WIRED UK

GREEN Raitero: A ROBO-CAR JUST DROVE ACROSS THE COUNTRY

from WIRED GEAR  |  04.03.15  |  7:00 AM

Autonomous car from Delphi drives on Treasure Island in preparation for a cross-country trip from San Francisco to New York City in San FranciscoClick to Open Overlay Gallery
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Marx’s Revenge: How Class Struggle Is Shaping the World

Business & Money

Karl Marx was supposed to be dead and buried. With the collapse of the Soviet Union and China’s Great Leap Forward into capitalism, communism faded into the quaint backdrop of James Bond movies or the deviant mantra of Kim Jong Un. The class conflict that Marx believed determined the course of history seemed to melt away in a prosperous era of free trade and free enterprise. The far-reaching power of globalization, linking the most remote corners of the planet in lucrative bonds of finance, outsourcing and “borderless” manufacturing, offered everybody from Silicon Valley tech gurus to Chinese farm girls ample opportunities to get rich. Asia in the latter decades of the 20th century witnessed perhaps the most remarkable record of poverty alleviation in human history — all thanks to the very capitalist tools of trade, entrepreneurship and foreign investment. Capitalism appeared to be fulfilling its promise — to uplift everyone to new heights…

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