During the 18th and 19th centuries, the most sophisticated new technologies often focused on agriculture. During the space shuttle's November trip, the high-tech marvel of the 20th and 21st centuries also focused on agriculture. The shuttle carried an Agricultural Camera, which took visible and infrared images of growing crops, rangeland, grasslands, forests and wetlands in the northern Great Plains and Rocky Mountain regions. The AgCam was built by students and faculty at the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks. Those photos should benefit farmers and ranchers and help them protect the environment. It will also aid in flood monitoring and wild fire mapping.
Researchers have been working on a number of alternative chemistries to lithium-ion for next-gen batteries, silicon-air among them. However, while the technology has been viewed as promising and cost-effective, to date researchers haven’t managed to develop a battery of this chemistry with a viable running time -- until now.
Norway-based additive manufacturing company Norsk Titanium is building what it says is the first industrial-scale 3D printing plant in the world for making aerospace-grade metal components. The New York state plant will produce 400 metric tons each year of aerospace-grade, structural titanium parts.
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