Paris, France —What will amaze our descendents most when they open satellite KEO's time capsule in 50,000 years? Evolutionists say the pinky toe is on its way out, so imagine finding that your species used to have extra digits. They simply won't understand what all the talk of stubbing was about.
KEO is scheduled for launch next year. This time capsule-with-a-twist should stay aloft for about 50,000 years in a gradually decaying orbit. With large decorative wings that beat in response to temperature changes, the spacecraft is made of materials sensitive enough to deflect cosmic radiation, but strong enough to survive its eventual crash to earth. It will even float if it lands in water. The cargo will carry a record of what once was in a stack of CDs, ideally containing enough digital space to store a 6,000 character message from each person alive today.
Anyone can submit messages to the non-profit program through the website, www.keo.org. All messages will be uncensored, stored in their original language, and available for viewing on the organization's website. So don't write anything you don't want your Mom or your great, great, great, great…grandchildren to read.
In a bid to boost the viability of lithium-based electric car batteries, a team at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has developed a chemistry that could possibly double an EV’s driving range while cutting its battery cost in half.
Using Siemens NX software, a team of engineering students from the University of Michigan built an electric vehicle and raced in the 2013 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. One of those students blogged for Design News throughout the race.
Robots that walk have come a long way from simple barebones walking machines or pairs of legs without an upper body and head. Much of the research these days focuses on making more humanoid robots. But they are not all created equal.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.