The Cykno Electric Bicycle, Perfect for Your Steampunk Adventures

There are plenty of electric bikes around, and if you use one as a mode of transportation, it’s nice to have that little extra boost to get you home just a little faster. Also, cruising along one one is pretty nice.

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Pre-Damaged Luggage: You Don’t Have to Worry, It’s Already Dinged Up

Whenever you go on a plane and check your luggage, it always feels like a gamble. You might never see it again or it might be all banged up when you get it back, because we know that luggage gets tossed around a lot on planes.

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Rare Northern Bald Ibis Killed Illegally By Hunters in Italy

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Northern bald ibis, photo by Manuel Scheikl

A rare species of ibis is part of a large European conservation effort, and the leading bird in this project was killed last weekend by illegal hunters in Italy. Goja, a northern bald ibis (Geronticus eremita), was in transit to her wintering grounds in Tuscany when she was shot down.

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The Keyboard Light Switch: Type On, Type Off

There are some funky light switches around, but these keyboard light switches from the Italian company PLH are definitely distinctive. Instead of using plain switches, they decided to use something ubiquitous that almost everyone uses: a computer keyboard.

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Italian Volcano Etna Has Its Third Eruption of 2012

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The Italian volcano Etna, located in on the eastern coast of Sicily, has had its third paroxysm of 2012 on March 4th, its first since early February. The new eruption was a relatively short event, which was preceded by 18 days worth of smaller strombolian activity, which are relatively lower level volcanic eruptions.

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Earliest Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis Strains Were First Detected in Italy

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Contrary to what was previously believed, the earliest cases of the Totally Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis (TDR-TB) were not the current 12 known cases reported in Mumbai or the 15 cases in Iran from 2009, but rather two middle-aged women from Italy, who died several years after first contracting the disease.

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Hard Graft Felt iPad Case: Handmade Goodness from Italy

If you’re looking for something a bit different in an iPad case, then you might want to check out this Hard Graft case that’s handmade in Italy. While it’s a bit more expensive than most, you get a pretty unique case that has a bunch of features and great materials.

hard graft ipad case felt natural handmade

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The Geco Series of LED Lamps By Lumina

This innovative series of lamps has started to blur the line between table, floor, and wall lamps. Using LED lights placed on a sort of ribbon, they can be used in any number of situations: on your desk, next to your home theater, and in the bedroom without missing a beat. The versatile nature of this lamp, and the fact that it can be updated, means that you’ll keep this for a long time.

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2011 Colnago C150 Unification

Colnago C150 Unification

New photos of the Colnago C150 have surfaced. It’s a pretty frame. To be honest, to commemorate the Italian Unification, I would have opted for Campagnolo’s new electronic shifting group. Granted, only a few teams in the pro peloton have it, but it could have made it pretty exclusive.

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2011 Colnago C590 150 Italia

Colnago C59 150 Italia

The Colnago C59 150 Italia is a special edition frameset that will be available at the end of the year. What makes it special is that it commemorates Italy’s unification and that it completely integrates the Shimano Dura Ace Di2 electronic group. This includes integrating the battery into the frameset. While prices have been reported as being as high as €15,000 for this frameset, I’m actually looking forward to see if they’ll offer this type of technology for their next Di2 framesets.