BIG Selected to Develop the Master Plan of the Smithsonian Institute Campus

March 13, 2013 by  
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Danish architect Bjarke Ingels is known for designing modern, unconventional buildings, so it comes as a bit of a surprise to learn that Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) has been selected to redesign the historic Smithsonian campus in Washington, DC. BIG will lead a design team that will include Surface Design, Traceries and Robert Silman Associates, which will be tasked with re-imagining the world’s largest museum and research complex. BIG won’t be designing any new buildings—at least for the time being—so we don’t expect any mountain-shaped forms to spring up on the National Mall, but the question of how, exactly, BIG will rethink the historic campus is still open. Read the rest of BIG Selected to Develop the Master Plan of the Smithsonian Institute Campus Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: big , bjarke ingels , Bjarke Ingels Group , National Mall , Smithsonian Campus , Smithsonian Castle , smithsonian institute , Smithsonian Institution , Smithsonian master plan , smithsonian museum , The Smithsonian , Washington DC

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DARPA Plans to Send Robots into Space to Recycle Dead Satellites

December 17, 2012 by  
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The Defense Advance Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has helped establish the world’s computer networking and technology in the air, land, sea and space—and now they’re turning their intelligent eyes to recycling. Once satellites stop functioning, they are caught in a veritable death orbit, adding to the collection of space junk that has been collecting since the late 1950s. Rather than letting the disused satellites orbit endlessly, DARPA is exploring how robots could be sent into space to recycle the dead equipment. Read the rest of DARPA Plans to Send Robots into Space to Recycle Dead Satellites Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: darpa , Defense Advance Research Projects Agency , disused satellites , eco design , green design , nasa , recycled satellites , space junk , Sputnik , sustainable design

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DARPA’s Mule-like Robotic Squad Support System (LS3) Can Carry Up To 400 Pounds!

September 14, 2012 by  
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DARPA are experts as creating robots , such as the Cheetah , which can reportedly run faster than Usain Bolt. This week, the defense research agency unveiled their two robotic ‘pack mule’ prototypes known as the Legged Squad Support System (LS3). The ‘pack mules’ are designed to aid soldiers in combat environments by carrying up to 400lbs of equipment in rough terrain. They are even capable of following verbal and visual commands! Read the rest of DARPA’s Mule-like Robotic Squad Support System (LS3) Can Carry Up To 400 Pounds! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: big dog , Boston Dynamics , cheetah , cheetah bot , darpa , Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency , legged squad support system , ls3 , pack mule , robot , robotic pack mule , robotics , usain bolt , world’s fastest man

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MIT Develops Cheap, Lightweight Penny-Sized Microthruster For Satellites

August 20, 2012 by  
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An associate professor of aeronautics and astronautics at MIT has designed a penny-sized rocket thruster that could be used to power the smallest satellites in space. Paulo Lozano ‘s device aims to replace current bulky satellite engines, which are heavy and require more fuel to power. Lozano’s system is a flat, compact alternative that is covered with 500 microscopic tips that, when stimulated with voltage, emit tiny beams of ions propelling the satellite forward. Read the rest of MIT Develops Cheap, Lightweight Penny-Sized Microthruster For Satellites Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: astronautics , biomimicry , cubesats , darpa , ion propulsion , lightweight , microthrusters , MIT , nanosatellites , paulo lozano , satellites

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Harvard Scientists to Build Endurance-Prolonging Smart Suit for U.S. Military

July 29, 2012 by  
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Scientists at Harvard are working toward a “novel wearable system” that could prolong the physical endurance of soldiers in the field. While this may seem a bit too much like they’ll be saving Gotham City, ahem – real life Batsuits , the   Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency  has already granted $2.6 million to the university’s  Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering  for the project.   Click ahead to read more about the high-tech suit and how it will delay the onset of fatigue. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: darpa , darpa grant , harvard , military designs , performance enhancement , performance enhancement suit , smart suit , wearable technology , wyss institute

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DARPA’s New Fire Suppression System Extinguishes Fires With Sound!

July 16, 2012 by  
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The geniuses at DARPA are at it again – in the past they have created the internet, designed super fast cheetah robots and next-generation flight systems , and now they’ve developed a new system that is able to put out fires using sound waves. The U.S. defense agency’s “ Instant Fire Suppression ” program could have life-saving benefits, especially in enclosed spaces such as aircraft cockpits and ship holds where fires can be devastating. Read the rest of DARPA’s New Fire Suppression System Extinguishes Fires With Sound! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: darpa , DARPA fire suppression system , darpa military , extinguisher , fire extinguisher , instant fire suppression , naval systems

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DARPA’s Robotic Cheetah Breaks World Land Speed Record

March 6, 2012 by  
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The researchers at the United States’ Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) are geniuses – so far they’ve invented GPS , stealth technology, and the Internet. Now they’ve made a massive step forward in robotics by developing a cheetah bot that just shattered the world speed record for legged robots! Read the rest of DARPA’s Robotic Cheetah Breaks World Land Speed Record Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: cheetah robot , cheetah robot speed record , DARPA Boston Dynamics , DARPA Boston Dynamics azzi , DARPA Boston Dynamics break speed record , DARPA Boston Dynamics cheetah , DARPA Boston Dynamics cheetah robot , DARPA Boston Dynamics petman , DARPA Boston Dynamics robot , DARPA Boston Dynamics robotics , DARPA Boston Dynamics speed record , robot cheetah speed record

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Mercedes Unveils Invisible Zero-Emission F-Cell Car

March 6, 2012 by  
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Invisible cars are no longer reserved for the likes of James Bond! In order to promote their new F-Cell Hydrogen Electric car , Mercedes-Benz has transformed one of their F-Cell vehicles into an awe-inspiring zero emission vehicle that is almost undetectable to the naked eye. So how did they do it? Read the rest of Mercedes Unveils Invisible Zero-Emission F-Cell Car Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: fuel cell , Hacks , hydrogen Mercedes , invisible car , invisible Mercedes , invisible Mercedes F-cell , LEDs , Mercedes F-Cell hydrogen , Mercedes-Benz , Zero Carbon , zero-emissions

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Rush Limbaugh Says Solar And Wind Energy Industries Don’t Exist

March 6, 2012 by  
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Not content with alienating most of the US’ young female population and a large chunk of his advertisers , controversial radio host Rush Limbaugh has targeted, yet again, the alternative energy industry. Well, not quite – he refuses to believe that the solar and wind industries even exist in the first place. Oh Rush… Read the rest of Rush Limbaugh Says Solar And Wind Energy Industries Don’t Exist Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: alternative energy , Rush Limbaugh , Rush Limbaugh advertisers , Rush Limbaugh alternative energy , Rush Limbaugh alternative power , Rush Limbaugh chevy volt , Rush Limbaugh controversy , Rush Limbaugh energy controversy , Rush Limbaugh slut comment , Rush Limbaugh solar energy , Rush Limbaugh solar wind power , Rush Limbaugh wind energy

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Donate to Save Buckminster Fuller’s Geodesic Dome Home!

March 6, 2012 by  
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Richard Buckminster Fuller is considered by some to be the grandfather of the American green movement – an avid inventor and professor , “Bucky” is credited as the first designer to introduce the geodesic dome to the American landscape. Fuller’s own dome-shaped house in Illinois is an educational tool that students have enjoyed for years, however it has experienced its fair share of wear and tear after decades of use and it’s in need of a renovation. Thankfully, the Fuller building has just won the  Save America’s Treasure Federal Matching Grant of $125,000, which will go towards its restoration. The grant will match each and every dollar donated to the Fuller Dome Home up to $125,000 – and each $100 donation underwrites a specific triangle of the dome’s structure, giving contributors a chance to support a piece of green design history. Donate today ! Read the rest of Donate to Save Buckminster Fuller’s Geodesic Dome Home! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Buckminster Fuller , buckminster fuller dome , buckminster fuller dome home , buckminster fuller home , buckminster fuller house , buckminster fuller news , domes , eco design , eco home , federal grants , geodesic , geodesic building , geodesic dome , green design , green home , save americas treasures , sustainable design , sustainable home

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