A company from the small and unassuming country of Slovakia has taken the lead in the race to produce what they are calling the “world’s most advanced flying car.”
Alan Eustace, a senior vice president jumped from a balloon in the stratosphere 41.5km above New Mexico last Friday morning.
During his fall, Eustace broke the sound barrier as well as the previous altitude record set by Felix Baumgartner in 2012.
A Japanese company has recently demonstrated a system that displays simple 3D images in the air. They claim it is the first such system that does not need any type of screen to achieve this effect.
Three dimensional images suspended in the air are one of those science-fiction tropes that we’ve seen for countless years and should be (unlike faster than light drives and teleportation) fully realizable one day. The most famous example of this has to be the iconic image of R2D2 projecting the image of Princess Leia at the beginning of Star Wars: A New Hope. In one form or another, 3D images have existed for quite a while but most recently, a 3D renaissance (that no one really cared about) swept the flat-screen tv industry. This technology and the types used in the movies can be impressive but it’s still not Leia. It’s pseudo-3D, just tricks and optical illusions on a 2D surface. A true 3D image suspended in the air has been attempted as well and some looked promising but they still mostly depended on the light reflecting off some surface even if it were a misty cloud in the air. Cool but not quite what we really want.
It’s Nobel Prize time again and my favorite award, for physics of course, went to the inventors of the blue LED light for their achievement in the 1990s which allowed the development of white LED lights which are poised to turn this century into one lit by LEDs just as the 20th century was lit by incandescents.
Congratulations to Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano and Shuji Nakamura for their critical achievement that had eluded all others for decades.
According to AAA, three out of four drivers believe that hands-free technology is safe to use while driving. This may not be the case however; new research conducted by the Foundation for Traffic Safety, these features may actually be increasing mental distraction- because they are imperfect.
A new technique using Crystallography allows researchers to make movies of molecules in such a way that hundreds or thousands of labs worldwide will now be able to perform this feat instead of just 3.
Do you know what crystallography is? I hadn’t appreciated its full significance until I started researching this news-item and it’s fascinating. So how does it work?
I have a term for people who are incapable or unwilling to account for science, evidence, and logic when making extraordinary claims; reality-challenged. For whatever reason, they ignore the best evidence at hand, they fail to utilize the scientific method, and their arguments are rife with logical fallacies. And as such, the reality-challenged wind up making some of the more ridiculous comments on any given week, just like this past week. Here are the top ones for this past week, courtesy of the reality-challenged among us all.
Graphics chip maker, Nvidia, has produced a clever marketing campaign in which they use their Maxwell architecture based chips to render the lighting of the Apollo 11 lunar landing. They produced a video that shows in detail how they accounted for the behavior of light in the classic photo of Buzz Aldrin as he descended the ladder of the lunar lander.
Discovery Channel’s D News YouTube channel recently posted a video with host Julian Huguet gushing over a new car that “runs on salt water.” Don’t get excited just yet. While this is an interesting approach to battery technology, as you will see it is not an energy solution.