Wind power is getting a lot of attention in the U.S. (it’s long been used as a significant source of energy in other parts of the globe!) This isn’t a story about windmills – picturesque as they are. This is a story about the other extreme – a much more concentrated forced jet of air….and the cost savings to be had through making use of it!!!
Researchers at the International Institute of Technology in Genoa have developed a 14-mm microturbine that can produce up to 30 watts of electrical power, exploiting fluid pressure coming from the environment or from industrial plants.
See the Award Recognition for INNOVATION this invention has already garnered! What other applications can you envision from this tiny power source???
Take a look around you right now. You may be sitting in front of a computer and, chances are, there’s a phone or some other “smart” device in your vicinity. There have been plenty of conversations about whether or not robots could – or should – be entrusted with life and death decisions. The United States Office of Naval Research announced a five year, $7.5 million grant to study the possibilities for creating moral robots. The five year program includes researchers from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and Tufts, Brown, Georgetown, and Yale Universities.
Besides all of the many technological challenges, the prospect of creating robots with morals raises an intriguing question: whose morals?
The basic idea is to create an infantile robot capable of acquiring moral sensibilities. That might result in a more human-like morality, but engineers have less control over the end result and there are risks in that, as well.
There are many questions about the ethicality of building moral robots, moral dilemmas which we have yet to work out. What’s your take?
3D Printing is going off-roading – or, more accurately, off-Earth-ing! Thanks to some really intense work done by Made In Space for NASA, the
While there are many unique challenges inherent in this endeavor, the aim is to provide a means for parts replication, food production, and other ‘manufactured’ items on-site in space to lessen the weight of the provisions which astronauts have been carrying from necessity in previous space missions.
Here are some other articles from various sources about the topic:
Can you offer your skills to address some of the hurdles that must be overcome to make this a viable reality for space travel? And maybe take a trip among the stars yourself??