Tour de France bike and rider rules – an annotated infographic #TDF

Ahead of some men going on a really long bike ride this weekend, i.e. the Tour de France starting in Yorkshire, we look at the regulations governing bike and rider. UCI rules drawn up in 2000 to ensure safety and prevent a technological arms race have led to a situation where professional racing bikes have been outstripped by the latest developments in materials and design. Every aspect of the race bike has to conform to the rules – right down to the number of spokes and the size of the saddle – and the rider’s clothes are also regulated. Earlier … Continue reading Tour de France bike and rider rules – an annotated infographic #TDF

Hot news! E&T news weekly #9 – we choose our favourite news stories from the week

Friday July 4 2014   Internet of Things address book to boost connections The IoT is fast-becoming a driver for enabling technology innovation: a wannabe open-source IoT operating system – Contiki – has also emerged. However, the moniker ‘Internet of Things’ is fast becoming a misnomer:  there’s an argument for designating it more as a Web of Things, as many of the endpoint devices, and other connected entities, will not strictly speaking form part of the infrastructure of an internet, nor indeed necessarily have to be ‘manageable’. James Hayes, technology features editor     Facebook investigated over secret experiment Social … Continue reading Hot news! E&T news weekly #9 – we choose our favourite news stories from the week