Tech Thursday: Billions & Billions
Suddenly, I very much want to invest in Vanadium Futures…
Nanotube reinforced Graphene. Tough and conductive. Come on now, say it with me… “SPACE ELEVATOR!” And look, we can make the stuff with soybeans. Related, perhaps the secret to strong elevator cables is tiny little knots.
I can think of more applications for a nearly uncuttable textile rope than just a bike lock. Although BDSM applications should probably be avoided.
Another product that might not need oil as a feedstock.
Autonomous cars are getting smarter.
A new camera helps cars to see by reducing the amount of data it needs to process. This might sound bad (less data means less info to make decisions upon), but it’s not.
Making better LED street lights and signs.
Field testing CNG truck fleets. If your fleet is relatively local, it can make sense to use energy sources besides gas and diesel, like compressed natural gas.
Honda and Hitachi are joining forces to build higher quality, lower cost electric vehicle components. This sounds like a significant signal that electric vehicles will go mainstream pretty soon.
That’s a neat drone launch and retrieval system.
There is something about gyrocopters that I just love.
A primer on the legal landscape of lunar real estate.
Exploring the ass end of aerospace.
Way to stick that landing of a stick!
Now I know where Firefly happens!
Bio and Medical
You just know this is a superhero/villain origin story.
I used to think Chimeras were just something from the AD&D Monster Manual, now they are a hope for organ transplants.
We’ve all seen lab printers, but printable labs are even cooler.
Brazilian weed offers a new tool for fighting drug resistant bacteria.
A way to create addiction resistance?
Farming algae more efficiently. This is actually pretty neat.
Asimov was only missing 20 rules or robotics.
Sometimes you want to take a cue from nature, and sometimes nature has other design goals than man does.
Two legged robots take another step.
Lightweight Iron Man!
Future phones could have touch screens that double as solar panels, thank to dual function LEDs.
A non-toxic, long life flow battery.
Not that we’ll ever let nuclear power ascend enough for this to matter, but there is a new, easy way to extract uranium from seawater.
This is not the sexiest application of CFD I’ve ever seen, but it’s still kinda neat. (From Aaron, who has never had a Shamrock Shake).
Using heat for levitation. Don’t get too excited, they were levitating lint at super cold temperatures. But, it’s the first time anyone has done it.