Boeing is frantically trying to save face in the wake of several electrical failures and at least one fire on several of its its much ballyhooed 787 Dreamliner airliners. Authorities in the U.S. and Japan are currently investigating the fires, and now one of the world’s best known inventors has chimed in by criticizing the battery technology onboard the planes.
A cashless society has long been a staple of sci-fi. Star Wars and Star Trek both have their version of credits, though more materially obsessed cultures do keep a form of hard currency around. It’s also a common trope in dystopian fiction, where money is completely electronic and usually controlled by either the government or mega-corporations.
Speaking as a citizen of a country that isn’t ready to let go of the penny, I’m not sure everyone is ready for a cashless society. Ready or not, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (Mines), and possibly all of surrounding Rapid City, are about to embark on a pilot program for a cashless society in partnership with Nexus USA’s Smart Pay system. Continue reading
An international team of scientists plans to test a working asteroid deflection system in hopes of averting a devastating collision with a killer near-Earth asteroid—and they’re asking for your help.
Sadly, the answer to every problem in life can’t be found in a spray can. This is something to which anyone that’s had the misfortune to try spray cheese can attest. For awhile, spray cans were nearly considered heralds of the apocalypse, thanks to the ozone destroying chlorofluorocarbons contained therein. How times have changed.
Chamtech Enterprises has developed a spray-on antenna that has the potential to fundamentally shift communications technology. Most standard communications technology still uses some form of copper wire to transmit or receive signals, in a similar fashion to how radio technology was first developed.