Aero1 – I imagine that being able to get lots of data on a supernova in progress is an astronomer’s “Best Day Ever!” And a strange supernova is like winning the lottery. This is the kind of event careers are made upon.
Aero2 – I was 3 years old when Voyager 1 was launched. I’ve been following the exploits of the little space probes that not only could, but did, and still do, all my life. My favorite part of their story is how the engineers who put the missions together were not content with the politically determined mission parameters, and quietly designed probes that could have their missions extended. The amount of information we’ve gotten out of those two little spacecraft has continued to pay dividends.
Aero3 – Turning pee and yeast into printable plastic, in space.
Aero4 – Taking a good look at the Seven Sisters.
Bio1 – Cancer gets the Gold Star Laser treatment of doom.
Bio2 – Breast milk can fight super-bugs.
Bio3 – 99% of the microbes in your body are unknown to science. This is not actually surprising, since that percentage corresponds to how many microbes within the whole biosphere are unknown to science. We have a pretty limited set of tools for culturing microbes in a lab, and most microbes do not thrive under those tools.
Enr1 – Well, it’s better than tons of coal dust in the air, and if you are going to have a nuclear reactor, having it surrounded by all the water in the world is the way to do it.
Enr2 – South Australia is going to build the world’s largest mass bird cooker! Kidding aside, solar thermal in the desert is the way to do solar. The birds will learn to avoid it (although some ultrasonic deterrents might not be a bad idea).
Enr3 – Solar Glass Block. Sure, why not, we got solar window film. Glass block makes sense. Although, have you ever looked at the cost of glass block? That stuff is pricey all by itself. I’d want to see how long the power and insulation take to offset the cost.
Enr4 – Bring a new Thorium Reactor online for the first time in 40 years, courtesy of the Dutch.
Env1 – How orange peels restored a forest. The part about the lawsuit is interesting as well.
Mat1 – Does this mean we can engineer spiders to spin our space elevator cables for us?
Mat2 – Freeze dried foam can soak up more than 3 times it’s weight in CO2. Which is awesome, but we got way more CO2 in the air than we could readily use in industrial processes, so what do we do with the rest?
Mat3 – Turning plastic into diamonds with x-ray lasers (because theoretically it rains diamonds in the hearts of gas giants). I would love to see a video of the two shockwaves flashing the plastic into diamonds.
Tech1 – The table is so very cool. You can’t play Dejarik on it (yet), but it’s still the closest we’ve gotten to a holographic display. But those glasses, we gotta do something about those glasses…
Tech3 – First open air test of quantum encryption was successful.
Trans1 – If you have an open water fish farm, this isn’t a bad idea, as long as the port isn’t too far away. And I’m willing to bet that open water fish farms are a lot closer to a new norm than you might think.
Trans2 – Everything old is new again.
Trans3 – Without the Mr. Fusion, the nostalgia factor is lost. However, the coolness factor is still there.
Trans4 – I find the idea of an electrified road appealing, but man I hate the look of overhead wires and pantographs.
Weird, Wacky, and Wonderful
WWW1 – Turns out the Greeks weren’t the first to use Trigonometry.
WWW2 – If you missed the eclipse, here is a time lapse video I made of the eclipse at 93% occlusion. I used a Nikon D5100 with a 300mm lens and a Hoya R72 near infrared filter. The field keeps jumping around because I don’t have a tracking rig, so I had to adjust the camera every time the sun started to move out of frame, and seeing as how I was taking a photo every 20 seconds, I had to work fast.
Image by goatxa