Autonomous Vehicles and the “Trolley Problem”

July 27, 2017 – Maura Morrison has kindly sent me this infographic that illustrates the “trolley problem” dilemma that an autonomous vehicle may face in the future. ... Continue Reading →

Habitat Being Built by NASA for Planned Lunar Orbit Deep Space Gateway

July 26, 2017 – NASA continues to have aspirations to develop a Deep Space network which includes a habitat in permanent lunar orbit. So the agency has looked in its closet of ... Continue Reading →

Novel Biomedical Uses for Robots

July 26, 2017 – Robots are finding their way into medical practice in many ways. Here are two innovations, one already in use to make current procedures safer, and the other presenting ... Continue Reading →

Toyota’s 2022 Electric Car Will Use Solid-State Batteries Rechargeable in a Few Minutes

July 25, 2017 – If the electric car is to become ubiquitous, then what Toyota is planning to introduce in a little more than four years may prove to be a game changer. Instead ... Continue Reading →

Union of Concerned Scientists Try to Calculate Cost of One Meter Sea Level Rise

July 23, 2017 – To ignore sea level rise is to ignore the most visible evidence of global warming. Our seas are rising 3 to 4 millimeters per year. That’s not a big number ... Continue Reading →

If You Never Heard of Fermions Then Take Note: You Soon Will

July 22, 2017 – In fact right now! What is a fermion? According to Quora and Alex Klotz, a Ph.D. in physics, “A fermion is a particle that A. has an intrinsic angular momentum ... Continue Reading →

In Canada’s North the Permafrost Thaw is Pockmarking the Landscape as Methane Gets Released

July 21, 2017 – Permafrost is a great carbon sink except when it is melting. And that’s what is happening in Canada’s Arctic. Methane (CH4) release is changing the ... Continue Reading →

Gizmos & Gadgets: $99 Augmented Reality Mira Prism May Prove to be a Breakthrough Technology

July 20, 2017 – When Google Glass was first introduced it didn’t really catch on because the technology was considered to be intrusive to wear. I’m not sure that any ... Continue Reading →

SpaceX Now the Predominant Space Launch Company

July 19, 2017 – In case you missed it, from June 23rd to July 5th of this year, SpaceX, Elon Musk’s private rocket company, successfully put 12 satellites into space, two ... Continue Reading →

How Did We Know That the Larsen C Antarctic Iceberg Calved When it was in the Dark of Winter?

July 19, 2017 – I asked myself the above question when the first images came in showing that the final piece of ice holding the Delaware-sized iceberg cracked open in the last ... Continue Reading →