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A Cable Made From Diamond Nanothreads

The concept of a space elevator was just a theory when it was conceived, because no known substance was strong enough to suspend its own weight at the huge distances involved (around 100,000 kilometers). But then, carbon nanotubes were discovered, and they have the required strength to make the cable for a space elevator, when […]

Autonomous Ships

Ships that can operate themselves are in our future. Solving navigation and normal operations problems are not difficult with modern technology. Adapting “fly-by-wire” methodology from aviation to ocean going ships will allow all the ships systems to be controlled from a computer interface instead of manual controls. In fact, many modern ships are already in […]

3D Printing Stem Cell Bio-Ink

3D printing accumulates finely articulated layers to create complex three dimensional objects by extruding the material through jets, like ink-jet printers. Stem cells have shown tremendous potential to regenerate and replace tissues in human bodies. Using a polymer extracted from seaweed, researchers have created a “bio-ink” that contains stem cells and can be used in […]

Allen, Bezos, Branson, Musk: A New Space Race

NASA is headed toward irrelevance. The future of space exploration will be done by private companies. The early pioneers include: Paul Allen (money from Microsoft) – founder and CEO of Vulcan Inc, including a division known as Vulcan Aerospace, and its subsidiary, Stratolaunch Systems, which is developing an air launch vehicle capable of carrying an […]

1948 – Moravec – bio

Hans Moravec was born in Austria in 1948 and has contributed influential work in robotics and artificial intelligence. He has also done work in the fields of transhumanism and space tethers (space elevator). In 1998, in “Mind Children”, he wrote, “it is comparatively easy to make computers exhibit adult level performance on intelligence tests or […]

A Mass Migration into Space

A great migration into space is beginning. As space exploration evolves from the control of national space programs to commercial enterprise, the nature of the effort is changing. There is a German word, “zugunruhe”, that describes anxious, restless movement, often associated with migration. When a change comes, some species feel the urge to migrate. They […]

Space Elevator Fundamentals

A space elevator is a long thin cable, anchored on the Earth end and held in place on the space end by a counterweight of ballast. The central balance point of the cable is located at a geo-synchronous orbit level, keeping the cable steady over the anchor point. The weight of the cable (and ballast) […]

The Future of Fog Computing

We have become used to the idea of “cloud” computing, which means both storing data and and doing processing that is distributed across many remote systems. We are just beginning to understand “the internet of things” (IOT) which is the concept that most “things” in our day to day life can become connected, can handle […]

Malleable Morphing Materials

Claytronics is a conceptual cross-section between nanotechnology and programmable robotics. Add in 3D printing and we’re talking about using digital processing to create programmable materials that can change form. Create Anything You Want With Programmable Matter – [youtube.com] What if you could fax someone a real, three-dimensional object? The solution might come in the form […]

30 Min Deliveries From Amazon Prime Air

This Amazon Prime Air commercial shows some of the potential of robotic drone deliveries. If they make this work, other companies will follow and expand use cases to many different business sectors. Further, Amazon might be able to sell their delivery infrastructure to smaller companies allowing them to offer the same delivery service. Amazon Prime […]