- This is really cool: 3D printing, with ice! It’s not going to make anything permanent (unless you live in Antarctica, at least) but it’s a really cheap way to make a model of something.
- We’re another step closer to insect cyborgs: Scientists have worked out a system to turn bug blood into electrical power, which lets the insect power its own implants.
- I love this: You launch a balloon, which rises to 60,000ft. When that balloon gets close to a particular spot, it drops its cargo – a medium-sized drone. That drone flies towards its target, and drops one or two miniature drones. Those minidrones – basically sensors, transmitters, and a motherboard shaped into a gliding surface – glide down to earth and proceed to act like a sensor outpost. Sort of the Rube Goldberg of spy drones.
- Turns out that the buzz on the web yesterday about the X-37 spaceplane spying on the Chinese space station was based on a story that didn’t take all the orbital variables into account.
- Here’s a wonder-drug for you: An extract from the Japanese raisin tree significantly reduces the effects of alcohol. I’m guessing that, if it works and makes it through the FDA approval process, this stuff will be like liquid gold, considering how many people are going to want it (especially around college campuses).
- And a bit more sci-fi turned real-life: A robot that’s been designed to wriggle through the vascular system. Not quite Fantastic Voyage, but still opens up a lot of new avenues for medicine.
- Oh crud. Looks like e-cigarettes aren’t quite as healthy an alternative to smoking as we thought.
- SRI researchers say that they’ve figured out how to cut the costs and carbon emissions of the process that converts coal into liquid fuels. This is at a very early stage of research, so it may turn out to be not particularly earth-shaking, but if it works…
- Giant Robotic Eggs Dance a Tango I think that “Weirdest title of the day” is going to become a standard fixture. It’s just so hard to resist all the strange stuff that pops up, most days! 😛
- What do you get if you take a stiff, strong paper (cardboard, say), soak it in fireproofing compound, and then coat it in waterproofing compound? A paper cookpot, that’s what.