Tech Tuesday – Superhero Origin Edition
Aero1 – You mean Trump hasn’t been beaming his tweets into deep space?
Aero2 – Using water to propel CubeSats. With what sounds like an inkjet printhead.
Aero3 – Using NASA tech to grow food without soil, both in space, and here on earth.
Aero4 – If we are typical of intelligent species, then we are probably alone in the galaxy, because statistics.
Aero5 – Atomic Engines to Power! It’s not project Orion, but it’s an idea long overdue.
Bio1 – An alternative origin story for a Spider-based superhero?
Bio2 – Repairing embryonic genes. First it’s curing genetic diseases, then you get Wolverine!
Bio3 – Finding GHB long after the body has metabolized it.
Bio4 – A chip that can convince skin cells to become other organs and regenerate the body. Again, Wolverine!
Comp1 – Accountable Algorithms, or removing our bad behavior from the code that is supposed to prevent our bad behavior.
Enr1 – Powering ships with wave energy. Honestly, seems like a no-brainer.
Enr2 – Getting hydrogen from water without electrolysis. What I suspect is happening is not that the aluminum material is being some kind of super catalyst, but that the structure of the material maximizes the surface area of the aluminum. Aluminum likes to react with water to oxidize (which releases Hydrogen). The reason dropping an aluminum can into a pool of water doesn’t result in the can dissolving like you tossed it in acid is because the oxide forms a layer on the surface of the aluminum and prevents the reaction from continuing further. But if the aluminium surface area is maximized in a novel way, it might prevent the oxide layer from adhering to the surface of the aluminum material, thus allowing the reaction to continue, and leaving you with a pile of aluminum oxide powder and a bunch of hydrogen gas.
It’s a good way to re-use them, but will there be push back from health advocates?
Materials that self-destruct (nicely). Although, I could certainly see something like this taking planned obsolescence to a whole new level.
The end of an era for steam power. Don’t worry, I doubt you’ll see existing carriers getting retrofitted with these.
Reducing the mass of a telescope by 90% and keeping the image resolution intact. This would allow for telescopes in places we normally can’t put multi-ton mirrors and the attendant buildings. Also, the next space telescope could be a lot lighter, or have much better resolution.
BitCoin for shipping containers. Well, a blockchain currency. It’s an interesting application of the technology.