New Source of Energy – Nanogenerators

A new nanogenerator device could tap into energy sources like ocean waves or body movements
A new nanogenerator device could tap into energy sources like ocean waves or body movements

There are energy sources all over the place, if you know where to look. Researchers at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) have now designed new modular nanogenerators that can harvest energy from a variety of different types of motion, such as ocean waves or a person’s body movements. read more

Next Generation Fender Jazzmaster Acoustic

The new Acoustasonic Jazzmaster pushes things further and harder than the Tele and Strat that came before it
The new Acoustasonic Jazzmaster pushes things further and harder than the Tele and Strat that came before it
Loz Blain/New Atlas

The Acoustasonic series started out as Fender’s moon shot at re-inventing the acoustic guitar for the modern age, but its ambitions quickly expanded to become much broader. Equipped with three different types of pickup and a built-in digital signal processor, these next-generation guitars let you flip through 10 different sounds, acoustic and electric, before you even touch your toe to a pedal. read more

Metl Tires are Coming

The Smart Tire Company's Metl tires are the first consumer application of NASA's airless shape memory ally tire technology
The Smart Tire Company’s Metl tires are the first consumer application of NASA’s airless shape memory ally tire technology
Smart Tire Company

An advanced tire technology developed by NASA for use on planetary rovers could be coming to a bike lane near you, with startup the Smart Tire Company leveraging the technology to introduce an airless alloy tire to the world of cycling. With the elasticity of rubber and the strength of titanium, these Metl tires promise a number of practical benefits, and mightn’t be limited to just bicycles for long. read more

Unlocking the World’s First Computer

Exploded model of the Cosmos gearing of the Antikythera Mechanism
Exploded model of the Cosmos gearing of the Antikythera Mechanism
©2020 Tony Freeth

A team of scientists at the University College London has shed new light on the Antikythera Mechanism – the world’s first computer and one of the ancient world’s greatest technological mysteries. Using new imaging data, the multidisciplinary UCL Antikythera Research Team found that the 2,000-year-old device was not only a calculator, but an accurate model of the Cosmos as it was known to the ancient Greeks. read more

The E-TAC hydrogen Production System

H2Pro's E-TAC hydrogen production system promises a revolutionary jump in water-splitting efficiency, and a 20-year plunge in the cost of clean hydrogen
H2Pro’s E-TAC hydrogen production system promises a revolutionary jump in water-splitting efficiency, and a 20-year plunge in the cost of clean hydrogen
H2Pro

Israeli company H2Pro claims its highly efficient water-splitting technology will deliver green hydrogen at less than US$1 per kilogram before 2030. That’s a big deal; it would represent a 60-80 percent drop in green H2 prices, down to a level where it’s cheaper per unit of energy than current retail gasoline prices in the United States. The Hydrogen Council’s current projections don’t expect that kind of price drop until 2050, and even then it’s a best-case scenario. read more

Is Warp-Drive One Step Closer

An astrophysicist has outlined a theoretical warp drive design that doesn't require exotic physics
An astrophysicist has outlined a theoretical warp drive design that doesn’t require exotic physics

Faster-than-light (FTL) travel is a staple of sci-fi, hand-waving away multi-millennia journeys between stars. Such a technology would of course be incredibly handy to us in the real world, and while these “warp drives” have been considered theoretically possible, they usually involve exotic physics that are out of our reach. Now, astrophysicist Erik Lentz has outlined a new theoretical design that could allow FTL travel based on conventional physics. read more

3D Printed Beams Can Replace Concrete

According to research team behind them, the new 3D-printed beams weigh up to 80 percent less than standard concrete beams
According to research team behind them, the new 3D-printed beams weigh up to 80 percent less than standard concrete beams
Polytechnic University of Valencia

Reinforced concrete beams serve as important structural elements for buildings and bridges, but they are long and heavy and therefore require large machinery to both transport and install. Researchers at Spain’s Polytechnic University of Valencia have spent the past few years working on a more manageable alternative, patenting a system that uses “Lego-like” segments of 3D-printed plastic that can be pieced together for significant savings on weight and construction time.

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If There’s no Science – Just Guess

by: Brent Smith

The left, for decades, have been repeating the mantra, “we must follow the science.” In all things, or least all things that advance their agenda, we must follow the science.

They’ve been saying this about things like man-caused climate change, regarding creationism vs. evolution, intelligent design vs. Darwinism, etc.

Now, for almost a year, the left have attached themselves to “science” once again. We’ve been told that where Covid-19 is concerned, we must follow the science. read more

Weapon Wednesday – CIA’s Robot Catfish Spy

cia catfish charlie
Central Intelligence Agency
  • In the 1990s, the CIA built an unmanned underwater vehicle as part of a feasibility study.
  • The UUV was supposed to resemble a catfish.
  • It’s not clear if “Charlie” the catfish did any real spying during its CIA career.

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