Boeing’s new hypersonic plane could circle the globe in 3 hours

February 5, 2018 by  
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Boeing has developed a hypersonic plane that is faster than a speeding bullet. So fast, in fact, that it could circle the globe in just three hours, according to the manufacturer. The plane is designed to use its own shockwaves to increase its speed, and it could herald an entirely new era of flight. The plane was revealed last month, though we are just now getting real details about what it is like. The hypersonic plane is a ‘waverider’ style, which means that it uses the shock waves it creates to increase its speed. It is being developed as a reconnaissance or strike plane, and if it enters production, it will be the fastest plane ever produced, hitting speeds of Mach 5 or higher (that’s a mind-bending 3,836 mph). The development of a hypersonic plane could change the way we engage in warfare, because it means that a threat could arrive so quickly, there would only be minutes to identify it and prepare a defense. It also means that if it were developed as a passenger plane you would be able to travel anywhere across the Atlantic in an hour, and anywhere across the Pacific in two hours. It would go more than twice as fast as the Concorde . Related: Skreemr concept jet aims to fly 5 times as fast as the Concorde Aviation fans are calling the unmanned aircraft “Son of Blackbird,” because it is expected to be the successor of the legendary Lockheed Martin-developed Blackbird SR-71 plane. Some people speculate that it is being called “Valkyrie II” within the industry. Lockheed Martin and Boeing have been locked in a battle to develop hypersonic travel. Lockheed Martin has also been developing its own hypersonic plane, called the SR-72. Only time will tell who breaks the speed barrier first. Via Daily Mail and Popular Mechanics Images via Lockheed Martin and Boeing

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New Passenger Drone can fly you to work hands-free with zero-emissions

September 28, 2017 by  
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Get ready to commute in style. For the past three years, Passenger Drone has been developing a zero-emissions , easy-to-use passenger drone that has the potential to eliminate stressful commutes. With 16 electric engines, the drone can travel up to 80 km/h while barely making a noise. Not only will the Passenger Drone limit air and noise pollution , it could reduce stress levels and improve the general health of commuters around the world. Daily commutes to the office can be quite burdensome to the average worker. In the United States, the average travel time to work is 25.4 minutes. Most of that time is spent sitting in traffic or in public transportation — environments that can produce stress even before the workday has begun. Passenger Drone seeks to improve the overall health of the populace and reduce pollution by improving daily commutes. The newly-unveiled electric aircraft is slightly larger than a car and allows commuters to select their destination, then sit back and relax. The quick-flying drone can travel up to 80km/h, and it features a lightweight body made of carbon fiber composites. The Passenger Drone’s 16 electric engines offer some distinct advantages – according to the company, the “engine system sheds the complexity of most quad-copters providing enhanced safety, performance, greater payload and range, and less noise than anything else available on the marketplace.” Related: Drones are planting an entire forest from the sky Passenger Drone envisions the aircraft becoming the “go-to” form of daily transportation for hundreds of thousands — if not millions — of commuters in the future. Said the company, “Air travel has historically been seen as an expensive proposition, due in great part to the small volume of production seen in today’s aerospace industry. Mass production of the Passenger Drone could potentially revolutionize traditional notions of transport .” + Passenger Drone Images via Passenger Drone

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Japanese scientists build tiny drone that pollinates like a bee

February 10, 2017 by  
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As concern over dwindling bee populations mounts, a team of chemists at a Japanese institution came up with a robotic solution. They designed pollinating drones : tiny machines that grab and deposit pollen in flowers . The scientists hope their drones won’t utterly replace bees, but would instead take some of the pressure off the remaining pollinators should more perish. Chemists from Japan’s National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology designed the little drones. On the underside of a two-inch G-Force PXY CAM drone they attached animal hair, and covered it in sticky gel. When the altered machines brushed up against Japanese lilies, they were able to pick up and drop off pollen. Related: Bees placed on the endangered species list for the very first time The journal Chem published a study this week about the advance. Paper co-author Eijiro Miyako told Gizmodo, “TV programs about the pollination crisis, honey bee decline, and the latest robotics emotionally motivated me. I thought we urgently needed to create something for these problems.” Miyako said this is the first instance of drones pollinating flowers, but the little machines aren’t yet ready to zoom out into the world. The scientists aim to add GPS, artificial intelligence , and high resolution cameras to the small machines, which also need to crawl inside certain plants, as bees do. Critics aren’t so convinced pollinating drones is the best solution to the worrying bee crisis. Biologist David Goulson of the United Kingdom’s University of Sussex wrote a blog post on the topic and said, “I would argue that it is exceedingly unlikely that we could ever produce something as cheap or as effective as bees themselves. Bees have been around and pollinating flowers for more than 120 million years; they have evolved to become very good at it. It is remarkable hubris to think that we can improve on that.” Goulson said there are roughly 3.2 trillion bees – which feed themselves at no cost to us but also give us honey – and argued to replace them with machines would be incredibly expensive. Gizmodo points out it could cost $100 per bee to employ pollinating drones. Plus, unless the machines could be made biodegradable , Goulson said we’d potentially experience a huge amount of drone litter. Via Gizmodo and Engadget Images via Eijiro Miyako and G-Force Hobby Facebook

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Earth’s water may not have originated with comet collisions after all

February 10, 2017 by  
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Scientists used to think our planet’s water arrived on Earth after comet collisions deposited ice. But a new study reveals that liquid so vital for life may have originated on Earth after all. Research led by University College Dublin shows chemical reactions between fluid hydrogen and silicon dioxide deep down in Earth’s mantle could create water. At high temperatures and pressures, fluid hydrogen and silicon dioxide in quartz can react to form liquid water, scientists discovered. They ran computer simulations, checking different temperatures and pressures similar to those found in the upper mantle 25 to nearly 250 miles below Earth’s surface. When fluid hydrogen and silicon dioxide are exposed to a pressure 20,000 times greater than the atmospheric pressure on Earth, and a temperature of around 2,552 degrees Fahrenheit, the two substances can produce water. Scientists thought water resulting from the chemical reaction would form on the quartz’s surface. But the water was instead trapped inside the quartz, building up pressure. The scientists think when this pressure is released, it could result in earthquakes under the Earth’s surface. Related: There may be water far deeper in our planet than previously thought The journal Earth and Planetary Science Letters published the study online in January. Along with two scientists from University College Dublin, three other researchers from Canada’s University of Saskatchewan and China’s Jilin University collaborated on the paper. Their findings lend further credence to Japanese 2014 experiments on fluid hydrogen and silicon dioxide. Paper co-author Niall English of University College Dublin said, “We were initially surprised to see in- rock reactions, but we then realized that we had explained the puzzling mechanism at the base of earlier Japanese experimental work finding water formation. We concluded that these findings help to rationalize, in vivid detail, the in-mantle genesis of water. This is very exciting and in accord with very recent findings of an ‘ocean’s worth’ of water in the Earth’s mantle.” Via University College Dublin Images via Pexels and James St. John on Flickr

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Futuristic, sustainable Urban Droneport could act as a hub for drone deliveries

December 5, 2016 by  
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Companies from Amazon to Facebook have bet on drones as the aerial vehicles of the future. But many locales lack the appropriate infrastructure to support the day-to-day management of hundreds of zooming devices. Enter architect Saúl Ajuria Fernández , who, as part of his master’s degree in architecture at Universidad de Alcalá , designed a solar-powered drone hub for Madrid called Urban Droneport. The futuristic dome-shaped Urban Droneport could allow companies to radically optimize package delivery. Spherical hangars allowing drones to take off with ease populate the outside of the droneport, while the interior would accommodate a logistics center and State Institute of Technology Development. Since the building would be close to three separate parks – Tierno Galván, Madrid Rio, and Lineal del Manzanares – the first floor of the Urban Droneport has been raised up so people could stroll around the base and connect to the different parks. Related: Avoid Obvious designs the first drone highway for a Utopian Chinese city Any futuristic design worth its salt incorporates sustainability , and Fernández’s design is no exception. In his description of the Urban Droneport he said prefabrication and modularity are two principles central to the design. “We opt for a metal structure with dry joints which allows both the assembly/disassembly and its expansion or modification. The building is modulated so that the details of its construction are solved with only one of its twelve slices,” Fernández said. Renewable energy would largely power the Urban Droneport; a system in the hangar doors could actually gather solar rays to provide almost as much energy as the building would need. A courtyard in the center of the Urban Droneport would facilitate natural lighting. While the Urban Droneport is designed for Madrid, Fernández said it could be easily adapted for other cities. He also said not only could the drone hub be used for package delivery, but also for drones ferrying medical supplies. + Saúl Ajuria Fernández Images courtesy of Saúl Ajuria Fernández

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This Danish grocery store selling expired goods is so popular that it’s opening a second branch

December 5, 2016 by  
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Slashing food waste is becoming trendy in Denmark. A grocery store in Copenhagen called Wefood is peddling expired goods – and it’s become so popular that it’s opening a second branch in the district of Nørrebro. Like the first store, the Nørrebro Wefood will be staffed with volunteers and it will donate profits to charity . It’s legal to sell expired food in Denmark , provided the goods aren’t dangerous and are openly advertised. Project leader Bassel Hmeidan told The Guardian, “We look, we smell, we feel the product and see if it’s still consumable.” Local supermarkets and food producers donate items to Wefood, and volunteers collect them and sell them. Locals can obtain food items at a 30 to 50 percent discount. Related: Denmark’s first supermarket for expired groceries cuts nation’s food waste Wefood is operated by DanChurchAid , an organization combating poverty . According to DanChurchAid, 800 million people are hungry when they go to bed at night, but more than a third of food produced globally is thrown away. Money collected by selling food at Wefood goes back to DanChurchAid for “emergency aid and social protection schemes as well as projects promoting agro-ecological production,” according to the organization. Not only does Wefood aim to address poverty and hunger, but the store’s concept of selling expired food could help in the fight against climate change . DanChurchAid says the food industry releases 3.3 billion tons of greenhouse gases into Earth’s atmosphere when so much food is tossed out. While the innovative store allows Denmark to cut down on food waste, The Guardian points out it isn’t a place to do regular grocery shopping. Goods vary daily since the store depends on donations, but locals can find deals and support DanChurchAid through shopping at Wefood. As she grabbed a bottle of normally expensive olive oil for just around $2.85, shopper Signe Skovgaard Sørensen told The Guardian, “It’s awesome that instead of throwing things out they are choosing to sell it for money. You support a good cause.” + Wefood + DanChurchAid Via The Guardian Images via Wefood Facebook

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Crazy 54-propellor super drone lifts off with a man aboard

September 3, 2015 by  
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Click here to view the embedded video. When is a drone not a drone? When it is 54-drone flying machine with a man aboard. A YouTube video uploaded by a British man who goes by his username gasturbine101  shows the drone-esque flying machine carrying a fully-grown male passenger as it lifts several feet off the ground and wobbles around in the air. This crazy flying machine is being called a “manned super drone” by its creators, who have also given it the more affectionate name “The Swarm” to the colony of tiny drones that keep it airborne. Read the rest of Crazy 54-propellor super drone lifts off with a man aboard

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World’s largest outdoor mural is completed in just four days

September 3, 2015 by  
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Journalist to Film Factory Farms from Above Using Drones to Get Around Ag Gag Laws

July 8, 2014 by  
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Footage of what happens on factory farms has horrified people in the past, so much so that several states have made it illegal to document livestock operations. But investigative journalist, Will Potter hopes to get around the “ag gag” laws by using drones to photograph the farms from the air. But he needs help raising the finances to undertake the project so he can pay for the equipment, legal expenses, video production and other equipment he needs to make a short documentary, create an e-book and document abuses at factory farms. His Kickstarter campaign (which ends today) has already raised $48,000, with a promise to match all donations above $45,000. Read the rest of Journalist to Film Factory Farms from Above Using Drones to Get Around Ag Gag Laws Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: ag , documentary , drone , factory , farm , feedlot , food , footage , gag , henner , journalist , kickstarter , laws , livestock , mishka , operation , potter , safety , Satellite , will

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Combating Urban Density with Airy Common Space in Bucharest

July 8, 2014 by  
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Population density is a major issue all over the world, and Bucharest is no exception. As the urban core continues to fill with residents, innovative new ideas for living spaces have to follow, and ADN Biru de Architectur? came up with an innovative plan to tackle it: a building that combines small living spaces with larger common areas, with the option of transforming units as the need arises. The Urban Spaces/Dogarilor Apartment Building has large windows all around the building, allowing natural light to permeate into every apartment. The hardwood floors and patios throughout the building were created with sustainable lumber, and the studio’s innovative ideas have helped this project make it to the shortlist for the World Architecture Festival . Read the rest of Combating Urban Density with Airy Common Space in Bucharest Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: ADN Biru de Architectur? , airy , Architectura , Biru , Bucharest , common space , common spaces , greenhouse , Light , natural light , open concept , population density , romania , shared space , Solar Power , studio , studio apartment , studios , sustainable lumber , sustainable timber , sustainable wood , urban density

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