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Making Metallic Hydrogen

Hydrogen is the simplest atom, composed of a single proton in the center and a single electron around the edge. We think of it in a natural form as a gas, but at low temperatures (-423 F) it will liquefy. Once it’s in liquid form, adding a lot of pressure (5 million atm) can force […]

Wearable Soft Robotic Assist Suit

The future of wearable soft robotics will range from skin-like thin suits to rigid full exoskeletons that add strength and other abilities to human effort. Mobility Enhancing Soft Exosuit at Harvard – [youtube.com] Soft Exosuits – [harvard.edu] We are developing next generation soft wearable robots that use innovative textiles to provide a more conformal, unobtrusive […]

Light Speed Is Relatively Slow

We usually think of light as being extremely fast because it is the fastest thing we have been able to observe so far. The physics of relativity theory by Einstein suggests to us that the speed of light is an absolute limit built into the fabric of space and time as we observe it. This […]

GAIA Space Observatory Searches for New Asteroids

The GAIA space observatory platform was launched in 2013 into a stable Lagrange orbital point known as L-2. L-1 is a stable point on the Sun side of Earth and L-2 is a mirror of that but on the opposite side of Earth from the Sun. GAIA is a project of the European Space Agency […]

Augmenting Reality

The current definition of “augmented reality” is when extra abstracted information is added to our view of reality. This is mostly envisioned as being overlays of information that are added to a viewing device, like a heads up display. The viewer can look around and see a real viewscape, but they are also offered a […]

Sell Mexico Solar Power Generated by Trumps Wall

Implementing this idea will be subject to political winds. But it raises the concept of using other pieces of infrastructure to collect solar power. Roads, railroad tracks, power lines, pipelines, and more structures in our society negotiate “right of way” contracts to use the land. We could be using all of these to both collect […]

Robots in Space

We often use robots in environments that are harsh or unfriendly to humans. In space, there is a starkly drawn line between friendly and unfriendly environments – it’s called inside and outside. Inside the space habitats we will live in, it will be warm and well lit and safe. Outside it will be cold and […]

Japanese Space Elevator

Japanese firm wants to build a space elevator by 2050 – [youtube.com] The Space Elevator Construction Concept – [obayashi.co.jp] Concept Outline The space elevator is planned to be built by the year 2050 with a capacity to carry 100-ton climbers. It is composed of a 96,000-km carbon nanotube cable, a 400-m diameter floating Earth Port […]

A Knowledge Revolution

This documentary video describes a new industrial revolution. The revolution that is now upon us, however, is more about change in knowledge and the engineering of knowledge that it is about change in industry. Changing the way we handle and use knowledge will no doubt create ripples in the world of industry and economics. Documentary […]

Space Launch Costs Will Become Increasingly Irrelevant

Historically, one of the greatest impediments to the process of humanity moving out into space has been the extreme costs of launching payloads out of our gravity well. There are two factors that will contribute to a dramatic decrease in the affect of launch costs on space migration. Space elevators will greatly reduce the effort […]