NASA’s New X-48C Flying Wing Airplane Uses 50% Less Fuel Than Standard Aircraft

January 25, 2013 by  
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Researchers at NASA have developed a revolutionary flying wing aircraft that uses 50% less fuel than standard planes. The new manta ray-esque X-48C is based on the X-48B Blended Wing Body aircraft , which flew 92 flights at NASA Dryden between 2007 and 2010. The X-48C improves upon its predecessor with its low-noise, fuel-efficient hybrid wing body (HWB) design. Read the rest of NASA’s New X-48C Flying Wing Airplane Uses 50% Less Fuel Than Standard Aircraft Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: aerospace , aircraft , flying wing , flying wing aircraft , fuel consumption , hybrid aircraft , manta ray , nasa , nasa aircraft , X-48B , X-48C

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LEGO PancakeBot Pushes the Boundaries of Brunch Technology

January 25, 2013 by  
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If you love pancakes but hate making them, then the LEGO PancakeBot is your dream come true. Designed by Miguel Valenzuela, the LEGO robot pushes the boundaries of brunch technology by using an X and Y axis to make a row of perfectly round silver dollar pancakes. The Lego PancakeBot just launched an Indiegogo campaign to help bring it to the Bay Area Maker Fair – support it here ! Read the rest of LEGO PancakeBot Pushes the Boundaries of Brunch Technology Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: automatic pancake maker , eco design , green design , lego , LEGO Pancakebot , Maker Fair , Miguel Valenzuela , sustainable design

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Why Google’s Autonomous Cars Probably Won’t Kill the Auto Industry

January 25, 2013 by  
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It’s undeniable the Google’s autonomous driving tech is pretty awesome—impressive enough that even a blind man can travel behind the wheel of one of the web giant’s self-driving cars. And there’s been a lot of buzz surrounding it, as Google became the first company to gain the legal right to test autonomous cars Nevadan roads, and autonomous cars were recently legalized in California . But, as a recently published editorial by Johann Muller in Forbes discusses, the successes of—and the hype surrounding—Google’s self-driving developments don’t necessarily pose a threat to the conventional auto industry. Read the rest of Why Google’s Autonomous Cars Probably Won’t Kill the Auto Industry Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: accident prevention , auto industry , automakers , autonomous car , autonomous vehicle , google car , google self-driving patent , google self-driving prius , google self-driving technology , self-driving car , self-driving technology , self-driving vehicles

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SpaceLiner Will Zoom from Europe to Australia in 90 Minutes Flat

January 25, 2013 by  
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Researchers at the German Aerospace Center are developing a hypersonic “ SpaceLiner ” that would zip half way around the world in 90 minutes flat. The 50-passenger airplane would piggyback off of a rocket to reach speeds of about 24 times the speed of sound. The super-fast SpaceLiner is hoped to propel passengers into the future by 2050, and it would be partially powered on liquid oxygen and hydrogen, leaving only a trail of water vapor and hydrogen in the atmosphere. Read the rest of SpaceLiner Will Zoom from Europe to Australia in 90 Minutes Flat Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: commercial space shuttle , eco design , German Aerospace Center , green design , hypersonic airplane , SpaceLiner , sustainable design

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