One of the benefits of 3D printing for industry and smaller scale makers alike is the ability to do rapid prototyping, simply by printing a copy of a design and then tweaking as necessary. A new kind of printing system speeds up this process even more, by allowing for designs to be edited on the fly – as they’re being printed.
Military technology has created some fearsome weapons, such as the 5,000 lb GBU-28 Deep Throat bunker buster, 15,000 lb BLU-82 Daisycutter, 15,650 lb Russian ATBIP (Aviation Thermobaric Bomb of Increased Power), 22,000 lb Grand Slam earthquake bomb, and the 22,600 lb GBU-43 MOAB (Massive Ordnance Air Blast), but if you were hiding under 50 meters of hardened concrete, none of them were going to bother you.
It may look like a giant snooker ball, but this spherical capsule could save your life.
When a natural disaster strikes, whether it is a tsunami or earthquake, there are very few places to find shelter.
But now, The Survival Capsule – a personal safety system in the form of a giant ball – has been designed to combat this issue.
THE DRIVERLESS CAR: JUST SAY NO
It seems driverless cars have gone from something dreamed up by writers of science fiction movies to, in the coming years, a certain reality.
Movies like “Minority Report,” “Demolition Man” and “Total Recall” all had driverless vehicles. Even the original and equally cheesy Batman TV series from the ’60s featured a driverless Batmobile. Of course, plenty of futuristic movies have also featured flying cars, and that hasn’t worked out so well – at least not so far. Weren’t we supposed to have them by now?
Some, including me, think that the driverless car is a bad idea – if for no other reason, that I enjoy driving. I prefer to be behind the wheel and in charge. I don’t want some robot or empty seat chauffeuring me about.
Still, there are more than enough bad drivers on the road who might benefit from a driverless car. I experienced one, almost having a literal run-in, just the other day. You’ve seen them out there. I’m driving down the road and a car is stopped at an intersection hundreds of yards ahead. I see her, and it sure appears she sees me. She waits until I’m almost upon her and pulls out, crossing traffic just feet in front of me. She could have used such a computer to usurp her pitiful processing skill.
Alien hunters and conspiracy theorists have come up with a lot of interesting ideas from watching footage of space – suggesting there could be a crucifix on Mars or giant pillars on the moon.
Their latest claim is that the International Space Station has a ‘secret weapon’ on board and has been firing missiles at Earth.
Pictures captured from Nasa’s live feed have sent conspiracy theorists into a frenzy, claiming it shows an ‘interesting UFO or missile’ being released from the ISS.
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The Force is a supernatural power used by Anakin Skywalker and other Jedi to manipulate objects in the fictional universe of Star Wars.
Now, researcher have brought the same ability to our world with three device that use acoustic levitation.
Mixing drones with fire sure sounds like a dangerous idea, but under close control thisunlikely pairing could have a beneficial environmental impact. Researchers at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) have been developing a drone that ignites controlled burns from the air, and the team has now carried out real-world testing of the technology with a view to minimizing risks to conservation crews and avoiding out of control wildfires.
While we’ve seen promising prototypes of computers that conform to the contours of human wrists and forearms, the technology isn’t quite ready for mainstream adoption yet. But this hasn’t stopped one forward-thinking team of researchers from coming up with a new way to power these wearable electronics, developing a soft, millimeter-scale battery that can be stretched over the skin like a band-aid.