Recent advances in an alternative battery technology using Betavoltaics could potentially power future cars and spaceships using electrons from radioactive decay.
Arizona State University researchers have built a prototype “JetPack” that won’t let anyone fly but aims to help soldiers run 4 minute miles even loaded with gear.
Let me get this out of the way first. This is NOT A JETPACK. Everyone’s calling it a jetpack (including researchers) but just strapping a jet to your back doesn’t make it a jetpack unless you can fly with it. Am I right or am I right?
Ok, I feel a little better.
New millimeter sized radios using pennies-worth of silicon and requiring no batteries could usher in a new interconnected era in which everything can communicate with everything else.
Are you ready for a radio small enough for your pet ant to carry? It may seem like just a crazy-small electronic device and nothing more but the implications could be like us looking back to the pre-internet era and wondering how the hell we got anything done.
Novel yet mysterious electronic materials with tremendous potential can now be examined at the atomic level potentially speeding up the creation of tomorrow’s electronic wonders
Todays electronics are marvels of engineering and computer science. Yet, the potential of materials other than modern semconductors could greatly exceed the usual “That’s Cool” reaction and bring it to a new level I’ll call the “Holy Crap” range.
Harvard scientists have created 1,000 interacting robots forming the biggest robot swarm ever.
Not impressed? The biggest interacting swarm until now had consisted of only a couple hundred robots. This is incredibly hard to pull off since the algorithms and software required to control so many bots at once is fiendishly difficult.
If you’re imaging hundreds of walking interacting terminator-style robots then I admire your imagination but you’re way off. We’re not talking about Asimo or even that little black rolling beeping robot on the death star. Anything like that is incredibly expensive and time consuming to build. We have to work out the basics of interaction before we attempt that.These robots were cheap and easy to assemble ($14 USD) and tiny (penny sized). They had no legs of course, not even wheels. They’re each supported by three stiff toothpick-like legs and they move by vibrating and skittering across the floor.
SGU Episode 473 is in the archives, but getting there always means leaving “casualties” behind, and by casualties, I mean some news items which we couldn’t squeeze into our 80-minute time allotment. Here are a few of the items which hit The SGU cutting room floor.