Tech Tuesday 04/02/19 – “I Live In A Madhouse This Week” Edition
[TT1] Finally, the corn industry has a new outlet for their excess product so they can stop turning into into liquid sugar or crap fuel! Of course, given the government efforts to force corn products onto everyone, I expect we will all soon be forced to have everything, including out clothes, covered in a novel self-healing clear coat.
[TT2] Faster than a speeding pulsar?!
[TT4] The evolutionary differences between male and female serial killers.
[TT5] It wasn’t an Earth-shattering KA-BOOM! But it was a big KA_BOOM! Good thing it happened up above the air traffic lanes.
[TT6] Suddenly that guy who likes his Dr. Pepper served warm doesn’t seem so strange now, does he? (Yes, he still does…)
[TT7] The TED battery (not to be confused with the talks, although maybe they want that?) is a self contained hot box. It takes electricity, converts it to heat to melt a “unique phase change material” (read: Silicon), and then uses a heat engine to turn it back into electricity. Supposedly it can hold 1.2 MW in a 20′ box. Not sure for how long, since heavily insulated is still not perfectly insulated, but at this point, having a system that can store most of it’s energy for even a few days would be valuable for wind and solar power grids.
[TT9] Killing one missile with two. If I’m reading this right, it sounds like the first missile went in for the kill, with the second watching the attempt and updating it’s tracking data, so if the first misses, the second has better data to attempt a kill with. And if the first hits, the second can possibly divert with better data to make it’s own kill with.
[TT10] The Boeing-Sikorsky Defiant had it’s maiden flight. I’ve always been partial to co-axial helicopters, as the tail-rotor always struck me as a serious weak point in the design. Anything takes out that tail rotor, and the bird spirals down. With co-axial, you gotta take it out proper, no cheating with a cheap shot to a tail rotor.
[TT11] Pretty sure that’s gonna be a new type certification.
[TT12] The thing about these new kinds of designs is, I feel, that I keep hearing about the latest new concept, but none of these ever seem to make it to market. Maybe this one will.
[TT13] Color me all kinds of skeptical. That list has a whole lot of “No (Key aerodynamic property or effect that EVERY OTHER FLYING THING HAS!)”. We’ve been playing with powered Frisbee’s for a long time, and this reads like “SOLAR ROADS!”.
[TT14] These are the winners? Meh. Although I kinda like Team Trek and Team Silverwing.