“(cnet.com)– A new patent granted to Boeing is taking its cues from science fiction. Just like the glowing energy shields seen protecting troops, machines and even spacecraft in Star Wars and Star Trek, the design — named “Method and system for shockwave attenuation via electromagnetic arc” — uses energy to deflect potential damage.” Read more
“Anything one man can imagine, other men can make real” – Jules Verne
“(gizmag.com)– The 2014 Grand Prix season was a very good one for Mercedes. It won the drivers championship and the constructors championship. No one else came close. The 2015 season is right around the corner and Mercedes has unveiled the new car it will use in defense of its title – the F1 W06 Hybrid Silver Arrow.” Read more
“(engadget.com)– One week in Vegas, several halls filled with tech, but only one official Best of CES Awards. After a few tortuous nights of shouting at each other, debating the merits of each of our finalists, we eventually decided on our winners. Congratulations to all our finalists and winners, and to anyone who’s survived this week of tech announcements, Vegas razzle-dazzle and occasionally-dubious celebrity endorsements.” Read more
“(spectrum.ieee.org) — Until our ever-smarter cars can finally take the wheel, the main problem will be to get them to cooperate with us—to sense our intentions, exploit our abilities, and anticipate our errors.
Swedish researchers say they’ve made a step in that direction by explaining the longstanding problem of why people drive so jerkily. Until now, the consensus was that it had to do with our difficulties in tracking the road; the researchers say that it is better understood as a reaching problem.” Read more
“NASA Langley researchers want to get a better idea about conditions on our nearest planetary neighbor, Venus, so they have come up with HAVOC or a High Altitude Venus Operational Concept – a lighter-than-air rocket ship that would help send two astronauts on a 30-day mission to explore the planet’s”