AERO1 – Electric airliners are going to be a thing, it would seem.
AERO2 – Finding places on the moon to live.
AERO3 – What happens when two giant pools of suck collide?
AERO4 – China is taking to air and sea to launch rockets.
AERO5 – Google wants to put high altitude balloons with cell tower payloads over Puerto Rico until they get their cell network back up and running. I could see something like this being part of a disaster recovery plan. Once the storm or earthquake is over, if enough towers are down to represent big dead zones, the balloons go up until the towers are back in place.
AERO6 – The UAVs are mildly interesting, but the demo video looks like something straight out of a $5 bargain bin video game.
BIO1 – Honey, can you print me an aspirin?
BIO2 – Bio-informative tattoos.
BIO3 – I’m not a fan of Green Tea, but I do love black tea, so this is good news for me.
BIO4 – A new test can reveal if your infection is an antibacterial resistant strain in 30 minutes, which will help doctors get you on the proper course of treatment that much faster.
BIO5 – I’ve seen ‘glues’ like this before, but 60 seconds is pretty darn quick. Especially if it is UV reactive instead of exothermic like Quik Clot.
BIO6 – A universal Flu Vaccine is getting field tested in the UK. If successful, it would make preparing for the annual flu outbreaks more straightforward.
ENRG1 – I would really want to see a seriously scaled up version of this before I buy into the idea.
ENRG2 – Olive oil waste to fuel and fertilizer.
ENRG3 – Improve the charge time of your lithium ion batteries by adding a bit of asphalt (and I don’t mean adding asphalt by throwing the battery out the car window).
ENRG4 – Toshiba thinks it has a new battery that triples the capacity of it’s predecessor and can still hit 90% charge in 5-6 minutes.
MAT1 – Finally, the end of the plight of the Great Northern Nauga is finally in sight.
MAT2 – Using lasers to shape graphene sheets into 3D structures.
TECH1 – I get what they are doing, but I have no idea how they are doing it.
TECH2 – Origami robot tentacles. I expect we’ll be seeing more applications of folding techniques like this. Buckminster Fuller was a man far ahead of his time.
TECH3 – It’s not exactly a Universal Translator, but it’s a step closer.
Weird, Wacky, and Wonderful
WWW1 – This video hits all my geek buttons. Firearms, combustion, acoustics, fluid dynamics, materials science, and engineering failures captured in high speed! Make sure to watch to the end, when one of the cans just shatters.
WWW2 – Late add – Lifting the USS McCain onto the Treasure. Treasure is a salvage ship that can ballast down deep enough that a damaged ship can be towed over the cargo deck. The Treasure then de-ballasts and lifts the destroyer up out of the water for transport.
Image by Schill