February 10, 2009 The Foiljet MR1 is a new personal watercraft concept that takes the best features of a motocross bike and jetski, throws in two hydrofoils plus a silent, energy efficient electric motor to create what would have to be a surefire recipe for outrageous fun. The design looks something like a motocross bike, but instead of wheels there are beams with small hydrofoil wings mounted at the ends that can be raised or…"Motocross bike for water:Foiljet MR1 Concept"
If money is no object to you, but environmental concerns are, then LUXURY’s MIG 675 might be your kind of boat. The 22 x 8-foot (6.7 x 2.5-meter) cruiser seats three, has a top speed of 70 mph (113 km/h), and produces emissions consisting of nothing but water vapor – this sucker is hydrogen-powered. It’s where that hydrogen reportedly comes from, however, that may really raise a few eyebrows. Unfortunately, the Quimperlé, France-based boat manufacturer…"The LUXURY MIG 675 is a 70-mph hydrogen-powered motor boat"
When someone mentions drug running, most people probably picture a person coming through an airport carrying a suitcase with a false bottom or with balloons stuffed up their nether regions. We don’t usually imagine things like submarines. Unfortunately, the South American drug cartels not only imagine them, but they build and operate them. To help combat these underwater smugglers, the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (S and T) is operating their own…"PLUTO off the coast of San Diego :Homeland Security"
A team that has created a supersonic jet design resembling a flying shuriken has been awarded a US$100, 000 grant from NASA’s Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) program to continue development of the aircraft. Aside from looking suitably futuristic, the concept plane’s four-pointed star design serves a practical purpose. By rotating in mid air, the plane can transition between broad-wing subsonic and shorter wingspan supersonic configurations. Aircraft design is usually a compromise between subsonic and supersonic…"The supersonic bi-directional flying wing aircraft in high-speed configuration"
When they’re living aboard spacecraft, astronauts presently rely on mechanically-driven life support systems. Not only is there a danger of these systems breaking down, but maintenance can be challenging, as they’re always in use. While redundant duplicate systems could take over in such situations, they add to the expense and weight of a spacecraft, and also take up valuable space. Instead, NASA is exploring another possibility – the passive “Water Walls” system, which would use…"International Space Station have contributed to the development of the Water Walls system"
There’s no denying that tablet computers have carved out quite a substantial niche over the past couple of years, but they’re not exactly an ideal productivity solution for those of us who spend much of our lives tapping away on a keyboard. Lenovo generated a flutter of excitement at CES 2010 when the company revealed its intention to combine tablet convenience with the power of a notebook in the form of the U1. Sadly, this…"TAICHI is powered by 3rd generation Intel Core i7 processors"
Anyone in the market for one of Apple’s new Thunderbolt-equipped 2011 MacBook Pros would be forgiven for thinking the machines only support up to 8GB (2 x 4GB) of RAM since that’s what’s listed on the tech specs and is the maximum build-to-order option available through Apple. However online store OWC says the new 2011 MacBook Pro models can actually support up to 16GB (2 x 8GB) and is selling the 8GB sticks you’ll need…"16GB OWC Memory Upgrade for MacBook Pro"
As computers become more sophisticated, they sometimes seem almost human – especially when they refuse to download a page when you’re in a hurry. At the Intel Developer’s Forum in San Francisco, Intel revealed that it is taking that a step further by giving their new line of Ultrabooks “human-like senses to perceive the user’s intentions” thanks to a new generation of processors. The new Ultrabooks will use low-power fourth generation Intel Core processors based…"Voice recognition and gesture interfaces are included to Next generation Intel Ultrabooks"
It’s a bit like enzymes (if you know your chemistry): you fix onto a molecule or two, then twist or pull or push in a precise way until a chemical reaction happens right where you want it. This happens in a vacuum, so you don’t have water molecules bumping around. It’s a lot more controllable that way. So, if you want to add an atom to a surface, you start with that atom bound to…"Nanotechnology And mechanochemistry:how dose mechanochemistry work?"
It’s a proposed new appliance, something that might sit on a countertop in your home. To build a personal nanofactory (PN), you need to start with a working fabricator, a nanoscaledevice that can combine individual molecules into useful shapes. A fabricator could build a very small nanofactory, which then could build another one twice as big, and so on. Within a period of weeks, you have a tabletop model. Products made by a PN will…"Nanotechnology and personal nanofactory"