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For all the futuristic advancements packed into modern space-based telescopes, they all still rely on the same bulky, heavy glass optics that Galileo used centuries ago. But thanks to this DARPA project, future telescopes could eventually use optics as thin as saran wrap to peer into deep space.
Just a decade after entering the space race, China is headed to the moon. With the successful launch of a Long March rocket carrying the Chang’e 3 lunar lander earlier this morning, China is attempting to become the third nation in history to land (rather than crash) a spacecraft on the lunar surface.
Getting around in a wheelchair is difficult enough, even when one still has use of their upper extremities. Quadriplegics face an exponentially more difficult challenge: controlling the wheelchair by sucking or blowing air through a straw. But this new powered wheelchair from the Georgia Institute of Technology will respond to a flick of the user’s tongue.
Cold fusion is the Holy Grail of energy production. The technology could theoretically produce virtually unlimited energy for next to nothing except that nobody’s been able actually get the system to work despite decades of worldwide research. However one Italian scientist claims to have finally gotten the cold fusion right, you’ll just have to shell out $US1.5 million to see if he’s telling the truth.
Because they only have their main engines for propulsion, today’s massive modern jet liners can burn hundreds of pounds of fuel just taxiing from the boarding gate to the runway. That translates to multiple lots of wasted fuel every year and more than $US1.1 billion in added operating expenses. But with this new electrical wheel drive, airliners will finally only need their engines for flying, not driving.
President John F. Kennedy had numerous brushes with death before an assassin’s bullet ended his life 50 years ago today. Sickly throughout a childhood he wasn’t expected to survive, JFK had to leverage his family’s considerable political influence just to “pass” his Navy physical. And while serving in the South Pacific during World War II he once again narrowly escaped death aboard the most effective fast attack craft of the era: the Patrol Torpedo boat.