Technology


Nanotubes and crystals can improve efficiency of new technology and lead to new technologies.

Making really small things is more helpful than you think. Some new developments hold promise for artificial limbs, efficient hydrogen fuel cells, and space travel.
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The Air Force created aUAV wing and will deploy the new MQ-9 Reaper hunter-killer UAV. The Reaper effectively replaces piloted fighter-bombers like the F-16.
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A new generation of nuclear power plants are being designed. The most prominent type is the pebble-bed reactor.

Popular Mechanics looks at the future of nuclear power
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The standard shipping container is 20 foot by 40 foot and is so simple yet revolutionary. It’s so ubiquitous that you hardly notice it. This box spread in the 1950s and 60s caused a major infrastructure change in the US. The Container drastically increased productivity and speed of transportation and has helped globalization of trade. The once powerful Longshoremen Unions were obliterated.

We miss small wonders of our world. Hardly anyone looks at a 20×40 foot metal box and is impressed. We should be.
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Freeman Dyson writes about Biotech developments in the 21st century.

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Small Wars Journal posted a interesting bit about Personal Fabrication.

Gershenfeld and the fellows at MIT created a process and toolset for general-purpose design and personal manufacturing. SWJ imagines these tools can be used to fix gaps in the logistical system by allowing front-line troops to design critically needed goods on the spot. Indeed, the military will probably use it extensively before it reaches the civilian markets. It can be used by NGOs in third world countries for the same reason.
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Here is an interesting development. Researchers are trying to create a functional laser hard disk drive.

It would outperform magnetic hard drives, to say the least. Light-speed information travels “in speeds measured in quadrillionths of a second”

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