Engineering for athletes to exceed their limits

MIT 3-Sigma Sports aims to solve the biggest engineering problems across sports. The program connecting students and faculty with alumni and industry partners who work together to improve athletic performance by using engineering to enhance endurance, speed, accuracy, and agility in sports. Graduate students and former varsity athletes Sarah Fay and Jacob Rothman have both …

Read more

IBM launches IBM Q initiative to create 50+ qubit universal quantum computer

IBM Q is an industry-first initiative to build a commercially available universal quantum computers for business and science. While technologies like AI can find patterns buried in vast amounts of existing data, quantum computers will deliver solutions to important problems where patterns cannot be seen and the number of possibilities that you need to explore …

Read more

Ebola vaccine provides high protection against disease

An experimental Ebola vaccine was highly protective against the deadly virus in a major trial in Guinea, according to results published in The Lancet. The vaccine is the first to prevent infection from one of the most lethal known pathogens, and the findings add weight to early trial results published last year. The vaccine, called …

Read more

US Defense modelling shows upgrading all Big Navy and Army Guns with hypervelocity projectiles would shoot down most of a 100 missile barrage

US Defense Department modeling shows that “if we can close the fire support with a controlled solution,” the hypervelocity projectile (HVP) weapons would be able to shoot down most of a 100-missile raid. The Pentagon has shifted emphasis away from the electromagnetic rail gun as a next-generation missile defense platform, sees a new hypervelocity powder …

Read more

South Korea mass producing tritium breeder pebbles for the $20 billion international experimental nuclear fusion reactor project

South Korea’s state-run laboratory said Wednesday that it has successfully developed a technology for the mass production of tritium breeder pebbles for nuclear fusion energy. The technology allows the annual production of more than 50 kilograms of tritium breeder pebbles, which is one of two core fuels used for nuclear fusion energy, according to the …

Read more

NASA seeks Small spacecraft Tipping Point technologies

NASA announces opportunities for public-private partnerships to achieve the agency’s goals of expanding capabilities and opportunities in space. NASA seeks to enable industry to develop and qualify selected technologies for market through the solicitation titled “Utilizing Public-Private Partnerships to Advance Tipping Point Technologies” released on August 10. NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) is seeking …

Read more

SkyCity 202 story skyscraper forced to move because of wetland designation at current site

Authorities in the southern city of Changsha last month designated the area where the 202-story Sky City project site was to be located as a protected wetland area. Broad Group, a manufacturer of air conditioners which has made a reputation for trying out eye-poppingly fast building techniques using prefabricated modules, previously said it would take …

Read more

Rice University’s single-molecule submersibles gain better fluorescent properties

The next generation of nanosubmarines being developed at Rice University has been upgraded with tags that fluoresce longer, which enables the submersibles to be tracked for greater periods while being driven through a solution. The single-molecule vehicles introduced by the Rice lab of chemist James Tour last year may someday be used to deliver drugs …

Read more

Russia Test-Fires Hypersonic Zircon Missiles

The first tests of the Russian Navy’s new hypersonic Zircon cruise missiles have been launched in Russia. The cruise missiles are expected to reach five or six times the speed of sound (Mach 5 or Mach 6). It will be mounted on Russia’s newest fifth-generation Husky-class nuclear submarines which are currently under development. Modern Russian …

Read more

China underreported emissions by a billion additional tonnes of carbon dioxide each year

Official Chinese data, reported by the New York Times on Wednesday after being quietly released earlier this year, suggests China has been burning up to 17% more coal each year than previously disclosed by the government. The revelation – which may mean China has emitted close to a billion additional tonnes of carbon dioxide into …

Read more

Combining the best parts of supercapacitors and Batteries with production like printing DVDs

A group at the University of California, Los Angeles, has created microsupercapacitors using a simple DVD burner to forge the one-atom- thick sheets known as graphene on which these devices are formed, in arrays. Together with a battery, such supercapacitors could run a cellphone for days. And because an array is less than 10 micrometers …

Read more