13:22, Physics/General Physics The UW's current fusion experiment, HIT-SI3. It is about one-tenth the size of the power-producing dynomak concept. Credit: U of WashingtonFusion energy almost sounds too good to be true - zero greenhouse gas emissions, no long-lived radioactive waste, a nearly unlimited fuel supply.
Right now, the medium-rare burger costs $20 each to make.
London's public transport, while extensive, isn't exactly renowned for its futuristic features or design, particularly given parts of it are 150 years old. However, that is set to change with the development of a new underground train design, dubbed the New Tube.
Mars One, an organization based in the Netherlands, has been recruiting amateur astronauts to send on a one-way, televised trip to Mars, with the hopes of building a colony there. The organization says that the technology to do this exists, or will be ready by the time of its expected 2022 launch date.
One of the key goals of DARPA's Ground X-Vehicle Technologies (GXV-T) program is improving the survivability of ground-based armored fighting vehicles through crew augmentation. Crew augmentation involves improved physical and electronically assisted situational awareness for crew and passengers.
The TBD team is comprised of designers, science fact and fiction writers, prototypers, cultural theorists, engineers, artists and makers. The catalog they made is fictional but remains true to the goal of how present behavior project into the future. The process of creating TBD involved as much observation of the present as foraying into the future.
Persistent Surveillance Systems (PSS) flies a small Cessna aircraft 10,000 feet overhead. The surveillance planes is loaded up with specialized 192 megapixel cameras that could watch 25 square miles of territory, and it provided something no ordinary helicopter or police plane could: a Tivo-style time machine that could watch and record movements of every person and vehicle below.
Last year chemist James Tour made graphene quantum dots from coal. Now his team has combined the dots with tiny sheets of graphene. The result is a hybrid material that could make it much cheaper to generate energy with fuel cells.
Toyoto and Honda are planning to launch fuel cell vehicles (FCVs) next year, and South Korea's Hyundai has already made its Tucson marque available for lease in small numbers. Toyota has said its vehicle will be available for less than $100,000. Mercedes Benz has produced limited numbers of its conventional models fitted with fuel cells.
Quantum computing will open up a new field of robotics able to learn and carry out complex creative tasks, according to researchers. Scientists from the Complutense University of Madrid (UCM) and the University of Innsbruck in Austria claim in a paper published in the journal Physical Review, that the principles of quantum mechanics can be applied to create "intelligent learning agents" relevant for applications involving complex task environments.
A startup called Antumbra run by 5 college students is looking to throw a little soothing light on this situation: People who hunker down in front of their computers until the wee hours, until it feels like their eyes might fall out.
Whether you watch college football, the AFL, or the NFL, this year's season of American football will feature players wearing special sensors tracking the player's speed, distance and more. Seventeen arenas in the US will be able to track players movements with an unprecedented level of precision.
For the first time, robotic prostheses controlled via implanted neuromuscular interfaces have become a clinical reality. A novel osseointegrated (bone-anchored) implant system gives patients new opportunities in their daily life and professional activities. In January 2013 a Swedish arm amputee was the first person in the world to receive a prosthesis with a direct connection to bone, nerves and muscles.
Outfitting your home with cheap solar power just got a lot easier. Elon Musk-chaired Solar City, the biggest name in residential solar power, is now offering loans to allow their customers to own their solar panels for cheaper than their current lease offerings.