- Futuristic, super-safe motorcycles. Very cool, although I’m not sure about whether it will work out in the long run.
- Now this should prove very useful. It’s not quite a universal translator, but there’s now an app that lets your phone look at foreign language text on a menu or a street sign and translate it.
- Here’s another step towards being able to control machines with our minds.
- The US military’s budget and development projects provide an interesting view of geopolitical trends – it’s the most advanced, most heavily funded military in the world, and the direction that it goes in has a huge impact on the future. Right now, it’s going through a budget crunch, so things may get interesting in a few years as the size and composition of the sea and air fleets change.
- In a related story, here’s a look at a possible successor to the B2 stealth bomber. The really critical question, to my mind, is “Do we need a super-stealth bomber that will cost more than an aircraft carrier?” Because that’s how much these suckers are going to cost, if they ever get built, just you watch.
- The US Navy is looking for a fully autonomous cargo helicopter. This is more than the remote-controlled K-Max unmanned cargo helo, they want something that wouldn’t need anything more than instructions to take off and deliver its cargo.
- This could go in the Health section, but it’s DARPA, so it goes in Military: DARPA just posted results of a study in curing radiation therapy. Apparently combining an antibiotic and an immune-system protein considerably boosts survival rates in mice exposed to toxic levels of radiation.
- Why bother to use steel as a casing for warheads, when you can use an explosive material that’s got the same strength as steel?
- Battery developer Eos Energy Storage claims to have solved key problems with the design of Zinc-air batteries. If they aren’t blowing smoke, this could be really big news for the battery industry, as Zi-air batteries have a very high energy density and are much less expensive than lithium-ion batteries.
- Here’s an interesting concept: Install solar panels on floats in the ocean, to produce power from the sun and waves, and let the solar panels take advantage of the reflectivity of the water to boot.
- Another interesting marine power generator, this one is a floating robot that grows algae and processes it into biodiesel.
- You know what was missing from the Iowa caucus campaign this year? Corn. Nobody was talking about corn or ethanol subsidies. How bizarre…
- I remember reading the news stories about how biochar buried by native tribes in the Amazon was the reason behind isolated spots of richer plant life, and wondering how that would impact farming technology elsewhere. Now there’s an article on a new company trying to expand the practice into Africa.
- Scientists have developed a material that acts as a CO2 sponge, absorbing the stuff out of air, and then releasing it easily when and where needed. Possible game changer for the whole climate change problem, or another “nice try, but no cigar” technological dead end?
- Weird title of the day award: Sweden recognizes church of file sharing as a religion