Tech maven Steve Caplin discusses cosmic concrete using Martian soil and astronauts' body fluids. Also MooLoos, training cows to pee environmentally soundly, hydrogen-powered, autonomous freight submarines, the idea of all homes and offices having to have charging points, the rifle that can shoot round corners, AR-equipped swimming goggles, a wireless portable hydrojet cleaner and the iPhone 13.
Share Radio's tech supremo, Steve Caplin, explains why Abba are having to build a venue for a London concert featuring them as they were 40 years ago. Also the finalists of the James Dyson awards including a Braille ebook, a touchscreen games table, fast food delivered in the air, Apple easing its take in the App Store, a wireless charging room and smart bike pedal lights which mean you never need worry about being out without lights if it gets dark unexpectedly.
As Simon Rose takes a well-earned break, we re-visit a programme first broadcast in March 2017 when Share Radio was a national DAB station. From April 2017, zero emission cars have been the only vehicles exempt from road tax. Despite growing interest and increasing pressure to move away from polluting vehicles many were still reluctant to make the jump. So just what are zero emissions cars and what should you consider when making the switch from petrol? Tom Hill looks at the current state of zero emissions technology and the challenges facing the industry hearing from a range of experts and commentators
Share Radio's technology editor mourns the loss of Peter Corby, inventor not just of the eponymous trouser press but rather more. He looks at Amazon's decision to open physical department stores, Elon Musk's announcement of the Tesla Bot, a crowdfunded "smart" ukulele, why the world's fastest rollercoaster is breaking bones and the British battery researchers who are hoping to make solid-state batteries for cars. He also laments the real-world problems trying to use an electric hire car in France.
In this week's tech show, Steve Caplin discusses the Swiss researchers who've calculated Pi to 82.8 trilllion digits; but how will the Guinness Book of Records check it? He also brings news of the first ever wooden satellite, the battery-laden caravan that won't slow your Tesla, Tesla's problems with flashing emergency lights, dissolvable smart watches, getting bacteria to find precious metals in the Brussels sewers, how to train self-driving cars for British, rather than Californian, weather, three-quarter size Ferrari Testarossas for children and more tongue-in-cheek Amazon reviews.
Share Radio's technology editor Steve Caplin discusses research that enables mice to eat more and still lose weight, Leica's first smartphone, waterproof cotton lifejackets, Adidas's sports sunglasses, a sign language translation glove, a keyboard that uses only AA batteries for power, the liking of bees for caffeine, more funny tongue-in-cheek Amazon reviews and biodegradable plastic that's useful only in the dark with no oxygen.
Tech whizz Steve Caplin looks at the apps Zoom has added to its package but is a little worried about data implications. He discusses several advances in battery technology, with rust powering one new process. There's a new electric bike with an illegal top speed, Ordnance Survey's first game to encourage people to get out, the bullying of children called Alexa and some of the funniest tongue-in-cheek reviews on Amazon, including for uranium ore.
Steve Caplin feels (slightly) sorry for Jeff Bezos and Richard Branson, told just after their flights that they don't qualify to be astronauts. He reflects on those changing their Tinder location to Tokyo in the hope of dating an Olympic athlete. He also discusses the e-motorbike that will follow you around, a way to get your exercise bike to tilt on imaginary hills, how to experience the Great Barrier Reef while staying at home, a Covid mask with a speaker, making fake reviews illegal, a physical stock ticker, the return of the Mini Moke and a way of arranging camping in people's gardens.
Steve Caplin, Share Radio's technology editor, admires Jeff Bezos's space flight but wishes the crew had thought to take a camera with them. He is perplexed by the new James Bond Aston Martin which needs refuelling every 10 miles. There's also a new Steam Deck portable console, Deep Dive Dubai with a sunken city to explore, Morrison's abandoning checkouts, Tel Aviv tackling a dog poo epidemic with DNA testing, Google Maps "potentially fatal" route up Ben Nevis and the high-tech travel saxophone.
Share Radio tech whizz Steve Caplin explains why Sainsbury's has decided to stop selling CDs and DVDs and why the Japanese government hasn't been able to scrap its fax machines. He gasps at the $1.5m auction for a Super Mario 64 game and even more being spent on Isaac Newton's handwritten notes. He discusses 3D police mugshots, the proposal to shoot containers at 760 mph down a mag-lev tube, at robot sculptors at Carrara, Italy's famed marble centre and at dynamic focus sunglasses and a table lamp controlled by a hovering steel ball - until it gets lost.