Category Archives: Innovation
From space.com, a nice post recapping the last attempt to land a SpaceX Falcon 9 booster on an ocean-going drone platform: Over at io9.com there are some other interesting comments, too.
For the first time, images from NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft are revealing bright and dark regions on the surface of faraway Pluto – the primary target of the New Horizons close flyby in mid-July. The images were captured in early … Continue reading
Yesterday’s landing attempt for the SpaceX Falcon-9 booster almost succeeded. The rocket came down on the robotic recovery ship, but had too much lateral velocity and tipped over. Meanwhile, the main mission to resupply the International Space Station is on track for … Continue reading
From Michael Zhang, writing at PetaPixel: A few months ago, we shared a chart showing how sales the camera market have changed between 1947 and 2014. The data shows that after a large spike in the late 2000s, the sales of … Continue reading
Apparently, large commercial airline pilots already spend less than 7 minutes actually controlling their plane, according to a recent survey. Fully automated flight is pretty much already in place, including examples like the Centaur Optionally Piloted Aircraft. The military has … Continue reading
From Popular Mechanics, an article about 3-D printed bugs that work toward a common goal: Ants are known for their selflessness, working collectively for the greater good of the colony in order to move giant crumbs up giant anthills. That’s also … Continue reading
As reported on the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s web site: Scientists led by Martin Burke, an HHMI early career scientist at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, used a single automated process to synthesize 14 distinct classes of small molecules … Continue reading
SpaceX successfully navigated its Falcon 9 booster rocket back to a floating platform Saturday, but the landing was too hard to count as a success. However, “it bodes well for the future” says Elon Musk. The rocket “ran out of hydraulic fluid … Continue reading
“Athena”, flying from Germany to Los Angeles.
MIT Tech Review has a good article about the brewing intellectual property battle over CRISPR-Cas9 DNA editing. The ease with which human DNA (or that of any eukaryotic organism) can be edited with the genetic engineering technique is astonishing, and will undoubtedly … Continue reading