Science and Technology June 27th
Aero1 – Three stellar nurseries, one giga-pic!
Aero3 – A solar powered airplane. I expect solar powered military recon UAVs will be not far behind.
Aero5 – Yes, NASA wants to probe Uranus. Are you done laug… no? Do you need more time to finish, or maybe to grow up? Seriously people…
Aero6 – Just how many actual planets are out past Pluto?
Aero7 – The US SpaceCorps Wants You!
Aero8 – Magnetic Space Tugs, for de-orbiting, or formation flying. Both are pretty significant tasks in space.
Ag1 – Vertical farming, no dirt. One thing I wonder: different soils give different flavors to different crops, thanks to trace elements in the soil that get drawn into the plant. Do setups like this try to recreate that flavor palette?
Ag2 – Can we stop trying to turn food into fuel now? I’m all for growing plants that can be easily converted to fuel sources, but let’s stop using food crops and/or prime ag land to do it. This is where GMOs can really make a difference. People may care about what they put into their bodies, but most people don’t give a hoot about what goes into their tank. If we have to grow corn for ethanol (and I’m not convinced we do, I seem to recall a variant of sugar cane, or maybe sorghum, that wasn’t fit for food and could grown in marginal soil – and that is assuming ethanol is ideal; vegetable oil has more energy), let’s not impact food sources to do it.
Ag3 – I’ve seen mushrooms turned into packing material, and even converted to plastic, but grown into a structure like a building, or furniture. That’s neat.
Bio1 – I don’t even pay attention to news bits about nutrition anymore. Except perhaps to mock them.
Bio2 – I’m pretty sure I will see the end of organ donation before I see the end of my life.
Bio3 – Turns out we all can play 11-dimensional chess. Except Trump, he’s still stuck at 2.
Bio4 – Eat yer damn broccoli!
Bio5 – Antibacterial soaps do more harm than good. Personally, I agree, because I think immune systems need something to do.
Bio6 – Micro-needle patches instead of shots.
Bio7 – Using plastic to try and save coral reefs that are being killed by climate change.
En1 – Solar paint that splits ambient moisture into hydrogen and oxygen. Will this be the end of PV cells?
En2 – A scalable solar desalination system. The key word here is “scalable”.
En3 – Seawater batteries. For real, MIT says so.
En4 – Taming runaway electrons in fusion reactions – Achievement Unlocked!
Phys1 – Quantum satellite communication – Achievement Unlocked!
Phys2 – Speaking of telecommunications… 100 year old barrier breached – Achievement Unlocked! Now… ummm… any electrical engineers out there care to explain this to the forum. I think I kinda understand this, but I don’t ever recall learning about this barrier, so I’m not entirely sure I understand it.
Phys3 – Turns out, when you hit something with a light a billion times brighter than the sun, things get weird.
Phys4 – Speaking of weird, what the hell, water?
Tech1 – Using WiFi to see through walls is nothing new, but using a pair of drones to setup the WiFi field and see through walls is a novel approach.
Tech2 – A flexible, transparent, 77″ OLED display. I can’t wait to see this on sale at Costco.
Tech4 – Speaking of 3D printing and lasers – making graphene foam. With sugar.
Tech5 – Tiny camera, no lens.
Tech6 – Bio-mimicry is at it again. This time, moth eyes will help reduce phone screen glare.
Tech7 – A sound that is inaudible to people, but can be heard by every microphone. Nope, it’s not the start to some riddle.
Tech8 – Whop-whop-whop-whop-pew-pew-pew.
Tr1 – Print on demand tire treads. Well, it’s an airless tire, and I like that. But I doubt it will be as smooth as the video makes it out.
Tr2 – Everyone heard about the collision between the USS Fitzgerald and the Crystal, right? It’s looking like the main culprit is a ship autopilot, but I doubt the officers and bridge watch of the Fitzgerald will get out of this unscathed.
Tr3 – Getting rid of traffic lights with autonomous cars. Not surprised this is coming out of Singapore.
Tr4 – A MagLev vertical and horizontal movement elevator. I believe Gene called them ‘Turbolifts’.
Tr5 – Lowering the boom on da BOOM!
Weird and Wonderful
WW1 – A green city isn’t a crazy idea, but it would involve some engineering to prevent the plants from tearing the city apart (seriously, have you ever seen what a wisteria can do in the space of a few years?).
Image by pestoverde