Tech Tuesday 7/18/17 – Hagfish Edition
Aero1 – Radiation in space is a serious concern. A new space suit may help with that. And if it is cheaper and
lighter weight than gold foil, it could protect satellites as well.
Aero2 – The USS Bruce Willis is all set to… Oh, wait, that’s not it’s name. And it doesn’t involve oil rig workers, or drills, or cheesy nuclear warheads.
Aero4 – Runaway stars. Likely the result of a bad relationship that finally exploded. How fast are they moving? 400 kps plus whatever orbital speed they had at the time of escape.
Aero5 – New ceramic coating may give new momentum to hypersonic vehicles (Mach5+).
Aero6 – For some reason, this sounds really familiar, but it’s being presented as new research (maybe I saw the working paper?). Anyway, owl wings and wind turbine noise.
Aero7 – Using a gecko to clean up space junk. Well, a robotic gecko. OK, a robot with gecko inspired grippers.
Bio1 – Purple, anti-oxidant rich ric… oh, never mind, the anti-GMO folks will just destroy those crops as well. Yeah for the purity of Gaia…
Bio3 – Vitamin A rich bana… This is just asking for trouble, people. Just stop trying to help the poor an malnourished with science and evil GMOs, there are moral souls at stake here!
Bio2 – A vaccine for killing tumors.
Bio4 – A soft, fully functional, 3D-printed artificial heart.
Enrg1 – I would be surprised if something like this would scale to compete directly with a HAWT or VAWT, but it certainly could work on the small scale, or as an large scale array, since they could probably be sited much closer together. Actually, a CFD simulation of a field of these would be pretty interesting…
Enrg2 – A technology demonstrator using Formic Acid as an energy source. For those of you not familiar with formic acid, it’s HCOOH. So what the tech does is extracts the H2 and releases the CO2. The CO2 is then recycled to make more formic acid.
Enrg3 – Plans to build the worlds largest flow battery, in a giant salt cavern.
Env1 – Remember the Deepwater Horizon? Remember how most of the oil from the broken well head never made it to the surface where we could clean it up? Remember how a lot of it also just sort of vanished? Well, it didn’t vanish, it got eaten, by a microbe. And now we know which one.
Mat1 – The secret to long standing Roman marine concrete? Seawater. Figuring this out will have long term benefits, not just by allowing us to build stronger, more durable piers and wharves, but sea walls as well, not to mention concrete hulls for floating houses, or whole islands.
Mat2 – Graphene to the rescue once again, this time in dialysis machines that are 10 to 100 times faster than current designs.
Mat3 – Artificial spider silk made at room temperature, without solvents or large energy inputs, that is non-toxic and 98% water. I will now sit here and eagerly await the day when I can order my very own Spider-Man webshooters from Amazon.
Phys1 – Redefining the kilogram through Planck’s Constant. In your everyday existence, having a super precise measurement standard for a unit of mass is no big thing, but it’s pretty damn important regardless. Being able to mathematically define that standard through a physical constant not only alleviates the need to maintain physical representations of those standard measures, it also makes the standard open source, in that when you need to re-calibrate highly sensitive measuring equipment, you don’t need to wait for one of the standards to become available, you just dial it in mathematically.
Phys2 – Oh LHC, Charmed, I’m sure.
Tech1 – Smart windows are getting smarter by being self powered.
Tech2 – New materials to speed up recharge rates.
Tech3 – Introducing the worlds sharpest laser! Wait, what? How is a laser sharp?
Tech4 – A 34 ft LED flat screen. Yes, that is feet, not inches.
Tech5 – Using the fuel to form the nozzle.
Tr1 – That is certainly ambitious. Good luck, Volvo.
Weird, Wacky, and Wonderful
Www1 – Oh look, it’s a revolutionary dumb-waiter, for people…
Www2 – Our stupid obsession with the perfect lawn.
Www3 – What happens when Cthulhu sneezes all over the road. Take a moment to read the whole FAQ, it’s amusing.
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