3D printer constructs house in 24 hours

By Vanessa Bates Ramirez 3D printing is being used to produce more and more novel items: tools, art, even rudimentary human organs. What all those items have in common, though, is that they’re small. The next phase of 3D printing is to move on to things that are big. Really big. Like, as big asContinue reading “3D printer constructs house in 24 hours”

China Mulls Construction of a High Speed Train to the U.S.

by Daniel Politi It sure sounds far-fetched but a story in the Beijing Times claims China is considering building a high-speed train that would connect China’s northeast with the United States. The project would cross Siberia and the Bering Strait to Alaska, and then go across Canada into the United States, according to the English-languageContinue reading “China Mulls Construction of a High Speed Train to the U.S.”

Recycled Concrete Houses 3D-Printed in 24 Hours in China

A Chinese construction firm based in Shanghai has succeeded in building 10 houses each measuring 200 square metres in 24 hours by using an enormous 3D printer. The houses are all eco-friendly and constructed from 3D-printed building blocks made from layers of recycled construction waste and glass fibre and mixed with cement. Each home costsContinue reading “Recycled Concrete Houses 3D-Printed in 24 Hours in China”

Meet Lady Bird, a massive machine digging out a solution to D.C. wastewater woes

By Ashley Halsey III A massive machine — longer than a football field — is munching away beneath Washington like a giant earthworm. Before it’s done, it will devour about 2 million cubic yards of soil that has been sitting under the city since the days of the dinosaurs. It is the most amazing andContinue reading “Meet Lady Bird, a massive machine digging out a solution to D.C. wastewater woes”

Electricity-Generating, Transparent Solar Cell Windows

A team from UCLA has developed a new transparent solar cell that has the ability to generate electricity while still allowing people to see outside. In short, they’ve created a solar power-generating window! Described as “a new kind of polymer solar cell (PSC)” that produces energy by absorbing mainly infrared light instead of traditional visibleContinue reading “Electricity-Generating, Transparent Solar Cell Windows”

New bionic hand allows person to feel what they are touching

The first bionic hand that allows an amputee to feel what they are touching will be transplanted later this year in a pioneering operation that could introduce a new generation of artificial limbs with sensory perception. The patient is an unnamed man in his 20s living in Rome who lost the lower part of hisContinue reading “New bionic hand allows person to feel what they are touching”

Lab rats given a 6th sense through a brain-machine interface

Duke University researchers have effectively given laboratory rats a “sixth sense” using an implant in their brains. An experimental device allowed the rats to “touch” infrared light – which is normally invisible to them. The team at Duke University fitted the rats with an infrared detector wired up to microscopic electrodes that were implanted inContinue reading “Lab rats given a 6th sense through a brain-machine interface”

DARPA eyes pop-up deep sea sensors with project Upward Falling Payloads

In a proposal almost as fanciful as the fictional 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency kicked off a research project last Friday to develop sensor systems that could be placed miles below the surface of the ocean and activated when needed by a remote command. DARPA saidContinue reading “DARPA eyes pop-up deep sea sensors with project Upward Falling Payloads”

Norway Begins Four Year Test Of Thorium Nuclear Reactor

A Norwegian company is breaking with convention and switching to an alternative energy it hopes will be safer, cleaner and more efficient. But this isn’t about ditching fossil fuels, but rather about making the switch from uranium to thorium. Oslo based Thor Energy is pairing up with the Norwegian government and US-based (but Japanese/Toshiba owned)Continue reading “Norway Begins Four Year Test Of Thorium Nuclear Reactor”