London-based NetJets Europe has started a Climate Initiative to neutralize carbon emissions from all company activities by 2012. The company is investing in technological innovations designed to bring about changes in the environmental impact of aviation. NetJets is supporting research at Princeton University in an effort to develop an ultra-low emissions jet fuel. “We want to fix the problem, not just mitigate it,” says Mark Booth, chairman and CEO of NetJets Europe. “We are tackling issues in a meaningful way today, but our ultimate objective is to help find a solution to aircraft emissions long term.”
In the effort to find long-term solutions to aviation’s environmental challenges, NetJets is funding the Next Generation Jet Fuel Project at Princeton’s Dept. of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering. The project will identify the most promising ways to develop and commercialize green aviation fuel technology. The project will apply what is being learned in related research on bio-fuels and alternative jet fuels to its business jets with the goal of developing an ultra-low emissions jet fuel.
Sharon Glotzer and David Pine are hoping to create the first liquid hard drive with liquid nanoparticles that can store 1TB per teaspoon. They aren't the first to find potential data stores, as Harvard researchers have stored 700 TB inside a gram of DNA.
If you see a hitchhiker along the road in Canada this summer, it may not be human. That’s because a robot is thumbing its way across our neighbor to the north as part of a collaborative research project by several Canadian universities.
SpaceX has 3D printed and successfully hot-fired a SuperDraco engine chamber made of Inconel, a high-performance superalloy, using direct metal laser sintering (DMLS). The company's first 3D-printed rocket engine part, a main oxidizer valve body for the Falcon 9 rocket, launched in January and is now qualified on all Falcon 9 flights.
Stanford University researchers have found a way to realize what’s been called the “Holy Grail” of battery-design research -- designing a pure lithium anode for lithium-based batteries. The design has great potential to provide unprecedented efficiency and performance in lithium-based batteries that could substantially drive down the cost of electric vehicles and solve the charging problems associated with smartphones.
UK researchers have come up with a method for machining aerospace-grade, carbon fiber-reinforced composites, along with high-strength aerospace alloys, using an ultrasonically assisted machining device. It also works on high-strength aerospace alloys.
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