Tech: NASA’s Newest Z-2 Spacesuit Designs

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NASA is pretty cool, they have 3 next generation spacesuit designs concepts and are letting the public vote on which one they will move forward with… NASA’s Z-2 Suit is the newest prototype in its next-generation spacesuit platform, the Z-series. As a follow-up to the previous Z-1 suit, which was named one of Time Magazine’s Best Inventions of 2012, the Z-2 takes the next step in fidelity approaching a final flight-capable design. Most exciting, the Z-2 marks several milestones for NASA:

  • First surface-specific planetary mobility suit to be tested in full vacuum
  • First use of 3D human laser scans and 3D-printed hardware for suit development and sizing
  • Most advanced use of impact resistant composite structures on a suit upper and lower torso system
  • First integration of the suit-port concept with a hard upper torso suit structure
  • Most conformal and re-sizeable hard upper torso suit built to date

Check out the 3 newest space  spacesuit designs and letting the public vote on which one they will move forward on…

Check out the designs and vote here. 

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These giant glass biodomes could help revive endangered species

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A green, tree-lined valley in Yeongyang-gun, South Korea could soon be turned from a picturesque slice of nature into a scene out of a sci-fi film, complete with giant glass domes encapsulating the landscape. Despite disrupting nature in the short term, the plan is actually a national research and conservation effort, and architect and engineering firm Samoo recently unveiled its winning designs for the project, the National Research Center for Endangered Species, to be built there.

Most eye catching are the giant glass biodomes that will be build along the hillside. According to FastCo Exist, these closed-off ecosystems will be used to breed and raise endangered birds before releasing them back into the wild. The domes’ looming height is apparently a necessity to allow the birds to adapt. Another group of buildings will reportedly focus on breeding and studying other endangered species, including certain fish, frogs, tortoises, foxes, and deer.

Check the whole article via The Verge

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Video: Air Purifier Uses Plants to Clean the Air in Your Home

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The Andrea Air Purifier is a brilliant partnership between man and plant that accelerates nature’s natural ability to clean air in order to detoxify the atmosphere inside your home. amplifying the air cleaning ability of a plant with the help of a mechanical fan that moves air past the plant’s leaves, through the soil and roots and out through a water tray that collects toxins. Check out the interview with designer Tom Hadfield from Andrea to talk about how this amazing gadget is able to clean the air in your home 1000% better than a normal houseplant. Check out the video interview above!

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Rawlemon, The Future of Solar Energy Looks Pretty Cool

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Believe it or not you could be looking at the future of solar energy. Say hi to Rawlemon, a solar ball lens that is quickly making its way to market…The future of energy looks pretty cool.


This perfectly spherical glass ball is the work of a German architect named André Broessel, who began working on it three years ago with the aim of making solar power more efficient and less expensive, a technology available to everyone, everywhere. “Our product is democratic,” he told me recently over email. “Imagine, we are conceiving autonomous products able to concentrate the light even during a cloudy day, which are generating sun powered energy wherever you are in the world. Energy for free.”

Check the whole Gizmodo article here 

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How Siri Found its Voice

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Technology companies have been trying to make computers speak “naturally” since before the PC was first introduced. Now, with more advanced software and an elaborately crafted process, companies are getting closer to making computer-human interaction seamless. In this feature, take a look at how Nuance Communications, the company behind Siri, makes machines that can talk to us. [Read more...]

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Cool Stuff: The Seabreacher X Submersible Vehicle

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Looks like a lot of fun!

Innerspace Productions, develops customized high performance submersible watercrafts called Seabreachers.  Founded in 1997 by Rob Innes (a New Zealand boat builder) and Dan Piazza (a machinist), the vessels can go up to 40mph on the surface and 20mph under water. Because they are positively buoyant, the vessel cannot sink. When diving too deep, the engine will immediately lose power and the craft will float back up to the surface. The watercraft can jump, dive and roll much like  the sharks and dolphins they were designed to mirror.

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L.A. To SF In 35 Minutes: Futuristic ‘Hyperloop’ Plan

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The SpaceX founder’s “Hyperloop” concept, which he promises will transport people between Los Angeles and San Francisco in just 35 minutes, was revealed today via a 57-page online proposal. Musk notes in his blog post that he “was quite disappointed” when California’s high-speed rail system was approved. Most disenchanted by the slow speed of the rail, Musk hardly sat around and complained about the Golden State’s lackluster transport options. He envisioned his own futuristic option, one that he feels is “the right solution for the specific case of high traffic city pairs that are less than about 1500 km or 900 miles apart.”
Musk, 36, writes in his “open source transportation concept” proposal, “Short of figuring out real teleportation, which would of course be awesome (someone please do this), the only option for super-fast travel is to build a tube over or under the ground that contains a special environment.” He then elaborates on some of the technical hurdles associated with various design possibilities. “At one extreme of the potential solutions is some enlarged version of the old pneumatic tubes used to send mail and packages within and between buildings.” But Musk notes that “the friction of a 350 mile long column of air moving at anywhere near sonic velocity against the inside of the tube is so stupendously high that this is impossible for all practical purposes.”
“Another extreme is the approach, advocated by Rand and ET3, of drawing a hard or near hard vacuum in the tube and then using an electromagnetic suspension,” writes Musk. “The problem with this approach is that it is incredibly hard to maintain a near vacuum in a room, let alone 700 miles (round trip) of large tube with dozens of station gateways and thousands of pods entering and exiting every day.” [Read more...]

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Send Money through Email?

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With the progression of technology comes the ability to complete many tasks without being physically present. Recently, the landscape of mobile and micro payment has been evolving to further simplify the process of transferring funds. [Read more...]

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Apple Debuts Real-Life Video Game by Anki

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Lets just say….cray! Peep video [Read more...]

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Sony Playstation 4

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Unlike its biggest competitor, the Sony Playstation 4 ($400) isn’t a one-room-entertainment system. Sure, it has all the things we expect from a next-generation console: a blazing-fast processor, lots of memory, and killer graphics (thanks to an 8-core x86 chip and 8 GB of GDDR5 RAM). And it has all the video services you’d expect, though it won’t connect to your cable, or respond to gestures and voice commands. But it does have something, in addition to the cheaper price point, that Playstation fans and maybe some converts will love. Sony places none of the restrictions on used games that its competitor enforces, and it doesn’t require you to be online to play. We like that a lot.

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Acoustic Levitation

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Whoa, pretty cool!

The frequencies used are just above the audible range at about 22 kilohertz and when the two speakers are aligned they create two sets of sound waves, perfectly interfering with each other creating a phenomenon known as a standing wave. This allows the objects to levitate in areas within the waves known as nodes as the acoustic pressure is enough to cancel the force of gravity.

 

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Windows spot features Apple vs. Samsung in a smackdown

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In the war for tech geek mindshare, Microsoft has never been shy about going after the competition. Check out the spot here [Read more...]

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GIGS.2.GO TEAR-AND-SHARE USB DRIVES

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Over the years flash drives have become smaller and more portable, but this set of four 1GB drives packaged in a business card-sized configuration is among the most inventive designs we’ve seen yet. Developed by Kurt Rampton and the BOLTgroup, the gadget goes by the name GIGS.2.GO and is constructed with 100% post-consumer molded paper pulp with zero plastic. Best of all, each individual drive can be torn off 1 gigabyte at a time for easy tear and share use. And since it’s made of paper, labeling is as easy as grabbing a pen and writing directly onto the surface of each tab. Check out more [Read more...]

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Samsung’s New OLED Technology (OLED) organic light-emitting diode

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Things are about to get crazy, to watch video [Read more...]

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How It Feels [through Google Glass]

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For those who don’t already know, Glass is basically a computer that is built into the frame of a pair of glasses. Essentially, it’s the device that will make augmented reality part of our daily lives. To see video and learn more [Read more...]

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The effects of Violent Video Games

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The young men who opened fire at Columbine High School, at the movie theater in Aurora, Colo., and in other massacres had this in common: they were video gamers who seemed to be acting out some dark digital fantasy. It was as if all that exposure to computerized violence gave them the idea to go on a rampage — or at least fueled their urges.
But did it really? [Read more...]

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All Hands On Detroit: People Who Make a Difference

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Many individuals here in Detroit have made a difference with projects, from demolishing abandoned buildings to converting land into gardens so that locals have access to fresh produce. To view video [Read more...]

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Lycra joins Levi’s, Nike in move aimed to shrink carbon footprint

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Next time you see a group of oversized January dieters jumping around in undersized lycra, try not to be so offended, because the makers of the stretchy fabric are taking steps to go green. Swiss company INVISTA, owner of the Lycra brand, announced last week that it has joined the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), which counts high profile brands including Nike, Marks & Spencer and Levi’s among its members. SAC last year unveiled the Higg Index aiming to help clothing companies identify opportunities to reduce the environmental and social impacts of their products. INVISTA has said it will now help SAC further refine the index, providing data and resources to the group so that its partners can better calculate the environmental impact of the lycra they use in garments.Bob Kirkwood, INVISTA Apparel executive vice-president of marketing and technology, said environmental stewardship is a core principle of its operations around the globe. “INVISTA pursues its sustainability vision through its commitment to manufacturing processes, our products and the environment- while seeking to minimize waste and improve the environmental, health and safety aspects of its products and processes,” he said.

“As a global leader and integrated supplier for the textile industry, we look forward to working with the SAC to advance environmental stewardship and sustainability.”

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