Siemens spider robot

Gizmos & Gadgets: Spider Robots Bring Portability and Autonomy to 3D Printing

May 2, 2016 – If Siemens is right then the future of manufacturing on assembly lines will be crawling with spider robots that extrude, not silk, but plastics and other materials. ... Continue Reading →
Baxter working with a human

May Day is a Good Time to Talk About Robots and Labour

May 1, 2016 – Traditionally in much of the Western World there are two days every year that celebrate labour. May 1st and the first Monday in September. So I thought it appropriate ... Continue Reading →
Image from Earth System Dynamics on global warming

An Update to Why 1.5 is a Better Number Than 2.0 When it Comes to Climate Change

April 30, 2016 – A little over a week ago I wrote a piece entitled, Why 1.5 is a Better Number Than 2.0. At the time I had not yet seen the latest research appearing in a new ... Continue Reading →
mars-colonial-transporter

SpaceX to Land an Unmanned Dragon on Mars in 2018 States Elon Musk

April 29, 2016 – The commercial space company SpaceX announced this week it intends to send one of its Dragon capsules on a voyage to Mars in 2018 with the support of NASA. The ... Continue Reading →
healthcare sustainability

Technology and Sustainability Go Hand-in-Hand in a World Dealing with Climate Change

April 29, 2016 – A new guest writer, Daphne Lefran, provides her first contribution to 21st Century Tech blog with a piece that speaks to one of the challenges technology innovation ... Continue Reading →
Pluto & Charon

VR Film About Pluto to be released to New York Times Subscribers with 300,000 Free Google Cardboards

April 28, 2016 – Google and The New York Times are partnering to provide a virtual reality film that will give viewers a stereoscopic fly over Pluto. The film, “Seeking ... Continue Reading →
rust resistant wheat

GMO Crop Haters Point to Planting Acreage Decline as Victory – It’s Not

April 27, 2016 –  The year 2015 saw a 1% decline in acreage dedicated to genetically modified crops. For the anti-GMO movement it was seen as a victory of sorts, the beginning ... Continue Reading →
Carbon tax and price of pollution

World Bank and International Monetary Fund Call for Global Carbon Tax

April 26, 2016 – In the run up to last Friday’s gathering of national leaders at the United Nations to sign the Paris climate agreement, the heads of both the World Bank ... Continue Reading →
BMW i3s in the Netherlands

Netherlands Propose Ban on “Carbon” Cars while San Francisco Goes Solar on Buildings

April 25, 2016 – A big ship takes a long time to change direction starting from the senior officer at the helm requesting a route alteration to the rudder and engines finally ... Continue Reading →
Heather Hava

Gizmos & Gadgets: Robo Gardener Invented for Farming on Mars

April 24, 2016 – An aerospace engineering student at University of Colorado boulder, Heather Hava, has just one a $15,000 “Eat-It” undergraduate prize for inventing ... Continue Reading →