Using Insects to Advance Cybernetics

Credit: UNIST/American Chemical Society

Credit: UNIST/American Chemical Society

While a majority of the attention on cybernetic technology has been paid to human test subjects, more researchers are now looking into what the interface between animals and machinery might soon look like. Graphene and carbon nanotubes have been melded together into a single mesh that works on a monolithic architecture. This flexible electronic device can then actually interface with living things. Read More →

Defective Nanotubes Turned into Light Emitters

A diagram of the device proposed by the UPV/EHU’s NanoBio Spectroscopy Group. The result has led to the patent for a new source of light emission; its main feature is that it emits across the whole of the visible and ultraviolet spectrum at ambient temperature, and can be produced using standard manufacturing methods.

A diagram of the device proposed by the UPV/EHU’s NanoBio Spectroscopy Group. The result has led to the patent for a new source of light emission; its main feature is that it emits across the whole of the visible and ultraviolet spectrum at ambient temperature, and can be produced using standard manufacturing methods.

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Let’s Explore Orbital Elevators

Orbital elevator technology could become a serious reality despite the fact that progress over the last ten years has been less than promising. The individuals involved with the LiftPort Space Elevator project believe that humanity is not that far away from designing a usable surface to orbit infrastructure. While there are those that remain skeptical, the project does show promise. I had tons of questions when I first heard of this. How does it work? What’s the difference between a ‘space elevator’ and ‘orbital elevator’. Is this technologically feasible? Is there going to be actual elevator music on the way to the moon (if so, count me out)? Here’s a little information I’ve discovered based on my research thus far. Let me know what you think of all of this. I personally think it has potential. Read More →