Electromagnetic railguns being developed for US Navy
Electromagnetic railguns are under development for some time and US Navy considers to use them in the future. Such weapons are extremely expensive but their shots are relatively cheap. The missiles may achieve speeds up to Mach 7.5.
6/28/2016, Advanced weapons,
3D-printed organs are saving cancer patient's lives
3D print technology can be used almost everywhere. For example, it was used to print patient's kidney to prepare the difficult surgery few weeks ago. Because of that, doctors were able to perform surgery without any complications.
6/27/2016, 3D print,
Electric car broke 0-100 km/h world record
The world acceleration record from 0 to 100 km/h was broken by Grimsel electric formula in less than 1.6 seconds. Its acceleration is even better than the acceleration of the cars with combustion engines.
China has built the fastest supercomputer
The new Sunway TaihuLight in China is the fastest supercomputer in the world. It is capable to achieve unbelievable 93 petaflops performance and it is twice as fast as previous fastest China supercomputer.
Scientists developed ultra-thin flexible solar cells
Scientists in South Korea have developed a new type of solar cells. These cells are extremely thin, much thinner than a human hair. Because of that, the cells are also flexible and they are suitable for popular wearables.
Heart tissue 3D printed in zero gravity
People are going to print body tissues using special 3D printers. And they are also able to do so in zero gravity environment. Therefore, the astronauts should be able to fix some of their own tissues in space.
6/21/2016, 3D print,
NASA to fly electrically, the new X-57 Maxwell
Electric engines are not spreading only in hybrid and electric cars, they are finding their way into aircrafts too. NASA has developed the X-57 Maxwell aircraft that uses 14 electric engines and batteries storing the power for them.
DyCo5 nanostructures increase storage capacity and stability
Heat Assisted Magnetic Recording (HAMR) provides high data density but it also has its own issues like the need for very high temperatures and lower stability. New dysprosium-cobalt nanostructures will help to improve both density and stability.
Last SpaceX mission partially successful
The SpaceX's flight on this Wednesday was only partially successful. The rocket was able to bring the satellites to orbit but there is still a need for an improvement of landing the rocket. This attempt did not end well.
6/16/2016, Space exploration,
Black phosphorus to replace silicon and cool electronics
Black phosphorus has some interesting metal properties and it seems that it could replace silicon in electronics. Moreover, phosphorus nanoribbons using the special structure can improve heat dissipation and keep electronics cooler.
Elon Musk clarifies SpaceX's mission to Mars
It is not very long ago when SpaceX revealed some details about its plans for human mission to Mars. They also promised to unveil more details and that happened yesterday. Elon Musk told us more about its Mars plans and regular Mars missions.
6/14/2016, Space exploration,
NASA's Juno mission to reach Jupiter in July
After very successful New Horizons mission at Pluto, NASA is going to carry out the next interesting space mission. There are only 21 days left until Juno spacecraft will reach and explore the Jupiter planet.
6/13/2016, Space exploration,
Chinese retailer tests delivery drones in countryside
Delivery drones are the future of e-shops. Chinese retailer JD.com is already testing them in rural areas of China where are huge problems to get packages into desired destinations through winding roads.
Drone taxi to be tested in Nevada
Ehang 184 drone is a new type of drone that is able to carry passengers but it still flies without any human pilot. Such a vehicle can work as a drone taxi and the company is going to start the tests in Nevada.
Smart glass with nanoparticles is coming
Australian researchers were able to combine glass with nanoparticles that enable it to obtain very interesting properties. What about a glass material that is able to shine or detect radiation levels?
Fuel to be produced by artificial photosynthesis?
Harvard researchers have improved the artificial photosynthesis that is able to create oxygen and substances needed for production of liquid fuels. Are we going to create artificial gasoline using Bionic Leaf 2.0?
SpaceX plans human mission to Mars in 2025
NASA and Lockheed Martin plan to send humans to Mars planet in 2028 but SpaceX company wants to be even faster. They want to reach the surface of the planet by 2025. The new rocket will be needed to achieve such a goal.
6/6/2016, Space exploration,
Intel released 10-core desktop processor monster
Intel has just released the new family of Broadwell-E processors. They use 14nm Tri-Gate 3D technology and you can buy up to 10-core version Core i7-6950X. We are still talking about desktop CPUs.
US Army plans helicopters with laser weapons
Laser weapons will not be only on jet fighters because Special Operation Commands plans to test these weapons on helicopters too. We can expect laser weapons on famous Apache helicopters in the near future.
6/2/2016, Advanced weapons,
New form of transport in China: straddling bus
China is fighting with smog and transportation issues with a project of the straddling bus. It will be raised to the height of 2.1 metres and the cars can drive under. The first straddling bus will be tested very soon in the real city world.
Cute Asus Zenbo robot, a cheap digital friend
Asus unveiled very cute robot Zenbo that is able to play with kids or tell them fairy tales. But this "toy" is not only for kids, it is good companion for elderly people too. Zenbo can be used for video calls, it can take photos or work as a home cinema.
Simultaneous translation of languages with Pilot earpieces
Do you have problems with understanding foreign languages or cannot you speak some language at all? Pilot earpieces can be a solution for such a problem. They are able to simultaneously translate some languages and more are planned to come.
AutoRally car autonomously learns how to race
Autonomous car are taught how to drive in real world conditions but some cars are also able to teach themselves and learn how to drive. Researchers at Georgia Tech have created the car that is autonomously learning how to race and drive extremely fast.
Lockheed Martin to send humans to Mars in 2028
Lockheed Martin company wants to support NASA's mission for visiting the Mars planet. The plan is to send unmanned aircraft in the near future and the humans should see the planet from Mars Base Camp in 2028.
5/26/2016, Space exploration,
US Navy will release Blackwing drones from underwater
US Navy's submarines will have a new equipment in the near future. The new Blackwing spy drones will be used in these submarines and they can be released from underwater. They are collapsed into very small 3-inch launch tube.
5/25/2016, Advanced weapons,
Charge your EV wirelessly, new SAE standards approved
Plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles are slowly gaining popularity and the problem of comfortable charging is getting more serious. SAE organization has just approved new WPT standards for wireless charging of these vehicles. No plugs will be necessary.
APWorks created 3D printed electric motorbike Light Rider
3D printing can be used for creating various products. APWorks from Airbus Group created a 3D printed super light electric motorcycle that weighs only 77 pounds (35 kilograms). Metal powder and aircraft-grade aluminium were used to create the frame.
5/23/2016, 3D print,
Hypersonic travelling closer to reality, Mach 7 achieved
Air transportation starts to be slow now. We need to travel even faster. Therefore, NASA, Australia and Air Force are developing hypersonic planes. They were able to successfully test the hypersonic rocket that achieved 7.5 times the speed of sound.
New Horizons heading to Kuiper Belt, a new mission?
New Horizons spacecraft accomplished its Pluto mission and there is a question about the next task. One of the new possible targets is 2014 MU69 in the Kuiper Belt where the spacecraft is already heading to. Will it be its next space mission?
5/19/2016, Space exploration,
Nanosilver pen uses a laser for 3D printing in the air
Researchers at Harvard University have created a new 3D printing pen that uses nanosilver particles and special laser for creating a 3D wires in the air without any additional support. These wires can be thinner than a human hair.
5/18/2016, 3D print,