Lockheed Martin is in a race with SpaceX
who recently made a big splash with 3D printed spacecraft
parts. Lockheed shows its vision
(video) for a next generation 3D printer, capable of printing not just parts but an entire plane as a print-job (c.f. previously war robots
). This technology may perhaps combine with a new class of fractal nano supermaterials
, which are stronger than steel but nearly as light as air, the promise to create mass produced ultra-light vehicles, aircraft and other things. [more inside]
The $10 Million X-Prize Competition
for the best 100 MPG production-capable car has been announced
, the winner is Edison 2 Very Light Car
at 102.5 MPG.
and No-Tech Magazine
have some fairly well written/illustrated articles about old and low technologies. The concept being, in a sustainable future due to environmental constraints, carbon taxes, Peak Oil, etc.. these old-school technologies might be used - in some places, in some form - instead of more energy intensive modern high technology. Trolly Canal Boats
, Timbrel Vaulting
(vs. steel and concrete), Bring Back the Horses
(and the bicycle
), Tile Stoves
, Wind Powered Factories
Last year we discussed
a recently discovered 10-second audio recording from 1860 that was thought to be the oldest known recorded human voice, a girl or woman singing the 18th century French folk song “Au Clair de la Lune”
. Turns out, it was being played too fast - slow it down and it's the voice of the inventor himself. As well, a number of other recordings have been found, pushing back the oldest recording to 1857. Hear it all on NPR
(5-min). [more inside]
has built the worlds first billboard using a type of e-ink, similar to the display technology used in the coveted Sony Reader
devices - except it is 10'x20' and in full color. Advertisers nirvana and a colorized glimpse of the future of electronic ink devices.
New permeable pavement
systems allow water to seep into and through the roadway surface, reducing run-off and recharging aquifers.
it was turkey parts
, then pig waste
and now straw
added to the camels
back. Thermochemical and biochemical conversion make use of natural processes such as enzymes, heat and pressure to create oil from garbage
so one day landfills may become the new domestic oil fields.
Ocean Power Technologies
is one of the leading Ocean Wave Power alternative energy companies. The technology is simple to understand
, easy to deploy and costs about the same as fossil fuel power 3 to 4 cents. OPT just signed a deal
for a 1M farm off the coast of Spain with a 100M farm by 2006, a major step forward for wave power generation.
, a Norwegian coastal
defense high-tech catamaran
can travel at 60mph, fool radar and ride 5 feet above the water was in Washington, D.C. recently cruising the Chesapeake Bay
to possibly be bought by the US Navy.