Tech Tuesday 04/09/19 – Back To The Grind Edition.
TT01 – So now we’ve generated a bacterial genome with a computer, and synthesized the molecule in the lab. There is, as of yet, no organism with this genome. I can’t decide if we should place a moratorium of creating that organism until we have Super Heroes in place, or if said organism should just be used to create Super Heroes.
TT02 – Or if we should just stand ready with the Blue Light Special.
TT03 – Toyota wants you to design and build an electric vehicle, and they are going to let you mine their Intellectual Property to do it.
TT04 – Old age isn’t exactly a disease, but anti-bodies could be useful in keeping the brain humming along as we age.
TT05 – Or maybe it is just bad teeth?
TT06 – The thing about Missing Links is that there is always the possibility that we will find them, which then makes the person who tries to use them to discredit evolution look like an even bigger idiot.
TT07 – Giant iceberg the size of NYC is about to break away from Antarctica! Global Warming is gonn… Oh, wait, not this time, this one is just part of the normal life cycle of Antarctic ice. I’m kinda hoping someone parks a bunch of drones over the fault and gets a ton of time lapse video of the event.
TT08 – Speaking of Climate Change, we will need to figure out ways to adapt to rising oceans, like how to live on them. No, this is not exactly Sea Steading, which is largely a political movement. This is figuring out the technological infrastructure needed before anyone could even hope to try a Sea Stead.
TT09 – LEGO just keeps on being relevant. The bricks and elements are so utterly ubiquitous that this works. The cost of the system can simple be the hub and motors, because everyone has a ton of LEGOs sitting around the house.
TT10 – Transparent wood can be modified to store heat. Kinda cool, not entirely certain how valuable this will be…
TT11 – Potentially a new, safer rocket fuel is on the horizon. Now, to be clear, these aren’t the ‘get to orbit’ rocket fuels, they are the ‘tool around in orbit’ rocket fuels. Still, hydrazine is just awful stuff (like cause all kinds of nasty medical problems unrelated to the whole ‘being lit on fire’ issue), so anything we can replace it with that is safer for everyone to work with is a win.
TT12 – The first private mission to the moon is in orbit around the moon and set to make landing in a few days. It’s just a probe, but it’s a first for Israel and private enterprise.
TT13 – When I think of public transit, the bus is still what I consider the backbone of any system. Trains can carry more, and are great for the high volume runs, but buses can handle most of the last mile problem, at least when it comes to your normal daily commute. China is going for the best of both.
TT14 – I’ve mentioned Wayve before, but this time we get a look under the learning hood, so to speak. The car is learning how to drive not by being told what to do, but by being told (for certain values of ‘told’) what not to do.
TT15 – The wing does change shape, but it’s more on the small scale, rather than large scale changes. The overall planform of the wing is relatively constant, but you could make small changes to the airfoil shape of the wing anywhere along the span, which would allow you to maximize the efficiency of the wing across the entire operating envelope. It would also eliminate the need for control surfaces, and possible even the flaps. And it looks kinda cool.
TT00 – I can honestly say, “I knew her when…”. She used to work for me back when I was a manager at the University. One of my favorites as well, because she was a good employee and a generally good person.