Sci/Tech

When Military Technologies Don't Work as Planned

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Len Rosen's picture

The horror of 298 lives snuffed out by a missile is reverberating around the planet this week after last Thursday's downing of a Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777. How could missile technology meant to shoot down warplanes get used to destroy a civilian aircraft?

When Everyone Becomes Blackmailable

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On a recent driving trip, my wife and I became immersed in the audio version of one of Tom Clancy’s last novels, titled “Threat Vector.” Without giving away too much of the plot, a Chinese super-geek villain has hatched a plan to hack into our most secure networks and blackmail people with their darkest secrets to subversively cause chaos and disruption for the American government.

South Korea Attacks Disruptive Technology with 10 Year Plan

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The government in South Korea is organizing its manufacturing sector along with academics and ministries to tackle and develop 3D printing as an economic opportunity. Rather than rely on the hits and misses of free enterprise, the South Korean leadership is directing all interested players within the country to come up with a roadmap that will lead to innovation in manufacturing and the creation of new jobs.

Gizmos & Gadgets: A Family Robot Named JIBO

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On Indiegogo this month, in fact since posting on July 16th, two days ago, a robotics project has received over 580% of its funding target of $100,000 U.S. Named JIBO, the device created by world famous, Dr.

Can Tetrahedrite Help Generate Cheap Thermoelectric Energy?

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Len Rosen's picture

Never heard of tetrahedrite? It's a copper-antimony sulfide. It can contain silver, copper, zinc, mercury or iron. The antimony could be replaced by arsenic or tellurium. And the sulfur may be substituted by selenium or tellurium. It has a crystalline appearance, seen here in a steel-gray metallic appearance in combination with quartz crystals.

Space Updates: We Are a Year Away from Pluto Close-up and New Earth 20 Years Away

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Len Rosen's picture

NASA in the news the last few days is getting prepared for Pluto and beyond while some of its scientists further speculate on finding alien life on a New Earth within the next two decades. Wasn't it just a couple of weeks ago when the SETI folks said something similar? In any event, here are the stories that made middle-page headlines in the last week.

The Improbable Scenario of the Runaway Future: Deconstructing the Singularity

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Michael Lee's picture

It was time to celebrate what technology in medicine can do when 23-year-old Ian Burkhart, who was paralyzed a few years ago in a swimming accident, was able to use his thoughts to move his hand again. The technology deployed a microchip implanted into his brain, with 96 electrodes for “reading” some of his thoughts it could recognize, like a pre-programmed code. Empowering a patient in this way to regain some control over paralyzed muscles and limbs must have been incredibly liberating.

Anti-Missile Defense Systems - Can They Work?

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In the latest Middle East flare up between Israel and its neighbors, the country has been subject to a barrage of short and long-range missiles. These rockets are launched seconds away from the Gaza-Israel border and at their furthest have a range of 150 kilometers (93 miles). It doesn't take very long to reach an intended target when you are talking about such short distances.

Small E-Airplanes Take Flight but No Commercial Passenger Planes in the Near Future

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Len Rosen's picture

A new type of airplane is emerging in the 21st century - the E-Airplane and its cousin the e-Hybrid airplane. The technology is being driven by a number of small designers and one very large one, Airbus. Why? Because of green initiatives and better battery and electric power technologies. Among the latest E-Airplanes to soon appear at your local airport are the following.

To Garden in Space We Need All Kinds of Robots

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When existing in outer space becomes second nature to humanity it will be accompanied by gardens and robotic helpers to ensure their survival. By gardens I'm not referring to the planting of rose bushes. I'm talking about food gardens.

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