Electric Cars: Mitsubishi (Now), Nissan 2010, BYD 2010, Toyota 2012, Honda by 2015

According to the director of EV [electric Vehicles] solutions at the California based company Aerovironment, full EVs currently in the development stages and expected to be ready for production within the next three years outnumber the plug-in hybrids and EREV [extended range electric vehicle] expected to reach the market within the same time frame.Aerovironment director …

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DARPA Strategic Plan Report 2009

Network World has coverage of a 57 page DARPA project report. Some of the highlights: DARPA’s Structural Amorphous Metals (SAM) program is building a new class of bulk materials with amorphous or “glassy” microstructures that have previously unobtainable combinations of hardness, strength, damage tolerance and corrosion resistance. Calcium-based SAM alloys are being developed for ultralight …

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Major Breakthroughs Towards Cellulostic Biofuel: Updated

UPDATE: MIT Technology Review provides coverage fo the Mascoma Cellulostic biofuel advances and provides an estimate of the cost improvement. Mascoma, a cellulosic biofuels company based in Lebanon, NH, reports significant advances in its goal of simplifying the cellulosic ethanol process by skipping the use of costly enzymes, which could potentially reduce cellulosic ethanol’s production …

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Friedwardt Winterberg on Starship Design

Centauri Dreams has a new interview with Friedwardt Winterberg on Starship Design. Note FYI: A reader told me that when they tried to reach this article via a Google news alert they were redirected to a spyware site. Going directly to this article was not a problem. Nextbigfuture has covered the micro-fusion for space propulsion …

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Momentum Towards Making Mother Nature a Genetically Engineered and Geoengineered Bitch

This is a brief overview of the current trends toward larger scale genetic engineering of agricultural crops and animals and geoengineering and mega-engineering adaptation to offset or adapt to environmental changes. Primarily these are observations at which solutions are getting significant increases in research and development resources and are getting or are close to being …

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NASA Smart Shape Changing Helicopter Rotor

NASA is working on smart shape changing helicopter rotors. Twenty years from now, large rotorcraft could be making short hops between cities such as New York and Washington, carrying as many as 100 passengers at a time in comfort and safety. Routine transportation by rotorcraft could help ease air traffic congestion around the nation’s airports. …

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Real Soldier Offensive Capability Will Exceed Science Fiction

Science Fiction had the Armored Personnel Units of the Matrix. Reality has the Auto Assault-12 (AA-12) shotgun (originally designed and known as the Atchisson Assault Shotgun). The AA-12 can fire in semi-automatic or fully automatic mode at 300 rounds per minute (5 every second) and has a magazine of 32 rounds. The AA-12 can fire …

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Brain Performance Enhancement Targets

From New Scientist: Intelligence is strongly genetic, that doesn’t mean it cannot be improved. “It’s just the opposite,” says Richard Haier, of the University of California, Irvine, who works with Thompson. “If it’s genetic, it’s biochemical, and we have all kinds of ways of influencing biochemistry.” Myelin integrity is an especially promising target for manipulation, …

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Almost Everyone Will Not Be Ready For A Singularity or Radically More Capable Technology

If radically improved technologies start arriving and being deployed over the next few years and then continue to be introduced at a faster pace, then almost everyone will not be ready. This site has profiled various technologies that have a possibility of having very disruptive capabilities. If those technologies interact for more rapid dissemination then …

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