Carbon nanotubes for stronger and lighter aircrafts
Aircrafts are usually made of advanced composite materials that are very light and relatively durable. Even though the durability is fine, researchers are trying to develop materials that are even better. Nanotubes can solve that.
Toshiba presents 7.68TB SSD drive
Toshiba just presented enterprise SSD drive with one of the largest capacities. Its new ZD6300 provides 7.68 terabytes for data. Such a capacity is comparable to the highest capacities of ordinary hard drives.
1st commercial Moon landing in 2017, Moon Express approved
Private companies were allowed to fly only to Earth orbit but no further. It is changed now. Moon Express is the first commercial company that is allowed to fly to the Moon. And it is going to be very soon.
8/5/2016, Space exploration,
Columbia University develops a 3D food printer
There is another area where 3D print can be used and you would not probably think about that. Columbia University is developing a special 3D printer for cooking. Frozen ingredients are converted into eatable things.
8/4/2016, 3D print,
F-35A Lightning II fighter jet is ready for combat
US has a new fighter jet coming. It is F-35A Lightning II and it was officially declared as being ready for combat. Nevertheless, it is still going to be developed and will receive many software updates that should improve its capabilities.
8/3/2016, Advanced weapons,
Broad wavelength spectrum solar panels improve efficiency
Ordinary solar cells convert only a small portion of light wavelengths into electricity. That causes the problem of small efficiency. New solar panels should be able to convert much broader spectrum of light and be more effective.
Inventor is building a flying car and testing it in a desert
A flying car is a dream of humans for a long time. California engineer Dezso Molnar is trying this dream to come true. The first part of a new prototype with motorcycle engine was tested in Mojave desert.
Ford and MIT test autonomous shuttles in MIT's campus
Ford Motor Company and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have created three autonomous electric shuttles which are going to be tested in MIT's campus. They will use LIDAR and cameras to navigate among pedestrians.
Daimler released electric Mercedes-Benz Urban eTruck
Transportation of the near future will use electricity for propulsion systems. Therefore, Daimler has presented a new 26-tonne Mercedes-Bent Urban eTruck with modular battery concept and 250 kW of engine power.
UK permitted Amazon delivery drones tests
Amazon wants to test its delivery drones but is not very lucky in US because of very strict rules given by F.A.A. On the other hand, United Kingdom is more tech-friendly and permitted testing procedures of these unmanned aircrafts.
Lithium-air batteries improved, the future of electric cars?
Lithium-oxygen batteries seem to be an interesting replacement of Li-Ion batteries but they have many drawbacks too. Now, a huge improvement was presented. We can expect much better stability and other properties.
3D-printed skulls to be used for endoscopy training
Medicine can greatly benefit from modern 3D-printing technology. University of Virginia Health System is going to use 3D models of a human skull to train young doctors how to perform nasal endoscopy.
7/25/2016, 3D print,
Elon Musk revealed Master Plan II, Tesla trucks coming
10 years ago, Elon Musk revealed Master Plan that involved three electric cars and solar power. Now, the second plan was made public. Musk plans to create electric trucks, public transport system, car sharing but that is not all.
Laser internet connection with Facebook's detector
Facebook is trying to spread internet connection to various areas. One of the latest technologies involves a newly developed optical detector for a high-speed laser internet. No Wi-Fi and radio waves, no cables.
3D-printed biorobots powered by sea slug muscles
Sometimes, it is hard to believe what the scientists are capable of. For example, they have created a biorobot that consists of a 3D-printed body and real muscles from a sea slug. Now, such a robot is able to crawl slowly.
7/20/2016, 3D print,
Geneva will charge e-buses in 15 seconds
Geneva public transportation is going to use flash charging electric buses. The ABB company will provide fleet of TOSA e-buses that are going to be charged in 15-20 seconds at special bus stops.
NASA to send Curiosity 2.0 rover to Mars in 2020
The new Mars mission is finally planned. NASA wants to send the new Curiosity 2.0 rover with enhanced scientific instruments to the Mars planet in 2020. The new rover should also collect samples of Martian soil.
Missiles are going to be 3D-printed
Modern warfare will bring some interesting stuff. Raytheon company is already trying to use 3D-printing technology to create parts of missiles. That allows them to manufacture the missiles much faster.
7/15/2016, 3D print,
Mercedes will 3D-print spare parts for its trucks
Daimler company is going to use 3D print technology to produce plastic spare parts for Mercedes trucks. It would be very easy to create a new part anywhere in the world even for trucks that are not produced for a long time.
7/14/2016, 3D print,
Aerial photography changed by DJI drones and Hasselblad
DJI and Hasselblad companies teamed together and created a new special drone for aerial photography. Their new A5D-M600 drone is able to take 50-megapixel Hasselblad medium format camera in the air.
Swimming bacteria to power tiny electronics
The scientists from Oxford University figured out that small bacteria that usually move randomly can move in an organised way under some conditions. The organizes motion can be used to generate electrical power.
Record broken: Microsoft stored 200 MB in DNA strand
Storage requirements are growing exponentially but the classic technology cannot keep pace. Therefore, Microsoft and University of Washington are trying a new storage medium, synthetic DNA strands. And they were quite successful.
Puppy received a 3D-printed tooth implant
Small 15-months old puppy has broken its tooth and was unable to eat properly. Group of Brazilian veterinarians called Animal Avengers have 3D-printed a tooth implant and saved the puppy. The dog can eat again since the surgery.
7/8/2016, 3D print,
Special robot to teach kids a second language
Cute robots may be helpful when teaching kids new abilities. Researchers at Tilburg University in Netherlands are developing the special social robot called L2TOR that should help small kids to learn a second language.
NASA Juno spacecraft reached the Jupiter's orbit
The following months will be full of news about the Jupiter planet. Juno spacecraft has successfully entered the Jupiter's orbit and it will send valuable data about the planet in the near future.
7/6/2016, Space exploration,
Better Li-ion batteries thanks to magnetic alignment
Even though there are many attempts how to invent a new type of batteries, Swiss researchers rather tried to improve already existing Li-ion technology using metal nanoparticles. The three-fold increase was achieved in the first tests.
NASA approved New Horizons mission extension
New Horizons spacecraft is heading to Kuiper Belt after its successful mission around the Pluto dwarf planet. In the previous week, NASA approved the extension of its mission and the spacecraft should explore 2014 MU69 in the Kuiper Belt.
7/4/2016, Space exploration,
Original Star Trek Enterprise model brought back to life
The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum restored the original model of Starship Enterprise that was used for shooting Star Trek series. The model will be displayed as a part of the 40th birthday celebration of the museum.
7/1/2016, Space exploration,
Exoskeleton to stop tremor of people with Parkinson
New exoskeleton technology can be used in medicine for people with Parkinson's disease. The artificial hand can calm down the tremors caused by this insidious illness and bring patients back into normal life.
Cyborg insects as remotely controlled olfactory sensors
The smell of some insects is very well developed sense and it can be used to create living biorobots. The mixture of nanotechnology and locusts can make powerful olfactory sensor that can be remotely controlled.