Lasers poised to supercharge underwater communications


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Li-Fi, the technology which allows light in the visible spectrum to be used to transfer data, will someday soon give us all super-fast Internet connectivity through our desk lamps. That eventuality, however, won’t only benefit those sitting at their desk. Submarines and ROVs already communicate by something like Li-Fi, though their data speeds aren’t exactly impressive.

Silent, localized underwater communication is clearly something submarine captains could use to their benefit, but current tech tops out at one gigahertz. That’s slower than even the crummier Wi-Fi connections out there, which is why underwater vessels tend to rely on acoustic systems. Thankfully, a new technology under development at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) will use meta materials to boost these underwater Li-Fi speeds by up to 76 times by increasing the maximum rate at which the light sources transferring the data flicker.

The tech recently garnered UCSD professor Zhaowei Liu a $500,000 grant to make these high-speed underwater data connections a reality in the next three years. If he’s successful, Liu could easily get Li-Fi connections working on submarines before we even have the chance to test it out top-side. Of course, this faster blink-rate could also find its way to increasing the download speeds of your Li-Fi enabled desk lamp, already theorized to be capable of hitting 10 GBPS in the next year or so. Either way, the bright, shiny future of high-speed data rates is coming, and it’s coming soon.

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NASA is planning to make water and oxygen on the Moon and Mars by 2020


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NASA is forging ahead with plans to make water, oxygen, and hydrogen on the surface of the Moon and Mars. If we ever want to colonize other planets, it is vital that we find a way of extracting these vital gases and liquids from moons and planets, rather than transporting them from Earth (which is prohibitively expensive, due to Earth’s gravity). The current plan is to land a rover on the Moon in 2018 that will try to extract hydrogen, water, and oxygen — and then hopefully, Curiosity’s successor will try to convert the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere into oxygen in 2020 when it lands on Mars.

In 2018, NASA hopes to put a rover on the Moon that will carry the RESOLVE (Regolith and Environment Science and Oxygen & Lunar Volatile Extraction) science payload. RESOLVE will contain the various tools necessary to carry out in-situ resource utilization (ISRU). Basically, RESOLVE will sift through the Moon’s regolith (loose surface soil) and heat them up, looking for traces of hydrogen and oxygen, which can then be combined to make water. There is also some evidence that there’s water ice on the surface of the Moon — RESOLVE will find out for certain by heating the soil and seeing of water vapor emerges.

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A similar payload would be attached to Curiosity’s successor, which is currently being specced out by NASA and will hopefully launch in 2020. This second IRSU experiment will probably suck in carbon dioxide from the Martian atmosphere, filter out the dust, and then process the CO2 into oxygen.

If either tech demonstration works as planned, future missions might include large-scale ISRU devices that are capable of producing significant amounts of hydrogen, oxygen, and water on the Moon or Mars. This would probably be the most important advance since we first landed on the Moon in the ’60s. Basically, as it stands, space travel needs lots of hydrogen and oxygen (rocket propellant) and water (to keep astronauts alive). Water has the unfortunate characteristic of being both heavy and incompressible, meaning it’s very difficult and expensive to lift large amounts of it into space (gravity can be really annoying sometimes). Likewise, unless we come up with some other way of powering our spacecraft, it’s infeasible to carry the rocket fuel that we’d need for exploration from Earth.

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In short, if we want to colonize space, we really, really need some kind of base outside of the Earth’s atmosphere, preferably on the Moon — but Mars would be good, too.

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Human Implantable Battery Uses Heart Beats To Charge Itself


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A team of American and Chinese researchers have recently revealed a tiny implantable battery which they used to power a pacemaker. The battery converts the constant movement of organs like the heart, diaphragm and lungs into electrical energy.

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These tiny powerplants are made of lead zirconate titanate nanoribbons, housed in biocompatible plastic and are piezoelectric in nature (convert stress into electricity). The researchers say that the batteries could be used to power a range of gadgets in the future, including our mobile phones. The integrated rectifier, which converts the electric signal, and the tiny rechargeable battery are all housed in the same plastic casing.

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So far, the team has successfully implanted the battery on to the heart of a cow. They have successfully installed two units, doubling the power output, and hope that this technology will be used in medical implants soon. Here is a short clip showing the new implantable battery in action:


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Engineers Create Robot Muscles Than Are 1000 Times Stronger Than Human


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Robotics is finally taking the form of reality and what was once considered only fiction is right here in front of us. We have always seen robots being portrayed as powerful machines that are capable of lifting heavy stuff and able to perform feats of great strength. Today’s post is about one such research which is being carried out at UC Berkeley that aims to provide us with robots that which the same Superman strength.

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These muscles have employed the use of vanadium dioxide and its unique properties which allow for such a miracle to occur. This compound is capable of changing from an insulator to a conductor at a temperature of 67 degrees Celsius. The transition results in huge quantity of strength. Berkeley Labs had this to say about the robotic muscle strength; ‘able to catapult objects 50 times heavier than itself over a distance five times its length within 60 milliseconds — faster than the blink of an eye.’

Now just imagine a robot pulling off such a feat. The Berkeley labs are sure that this invention will be fueling the limbs of the future, the ones which are robotic in nature. They are also pinning their hopes to this invention in context of breaking through and coming up with a new volume of energy-efficient electronics. Muscles that employ vanadium dioxide have successfully been tested at 200,000 RPMs and you’d be surprised to know that there was no breaking down of any kind whatsoever.

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The future sure looks bright. However, we would strongly suggest that you do not anger these robots or we might have to look for you all over the city.

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14 Secret Suppressed Inventions


Invisibility Cloak

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The invisibility cloak from the Harry Potter books is “real” and you can thank Canada for it. The Canadian firm HyperStealth Biotechnology Corp. claimed to have invented an invisibility cloak but the details are classified. Purportedly, the cloak is made of light-bending technology that reflects the surroundings of the wearer. While there’s a debate over how “invisible” this really makes someone, some believe the technology will develop to the point it actually does becomes effective.

Disappearing Device

Disappearing Device

CBS News says that scientists at UC Berkeley have made material which can cause objects to disappear. The material consists of silver mirror, silicon oxide and silicon nitride, allowing it to cover three-dimensional objects and bend light away from them to conceal the bump they would otherwise make beneath the fabric. Majid Gharghi, the head of the research team, has said they have only been able to make objects the size of a red blood cell “disappear.”

Orgone Accumulator

Orgone Accumulator

Psychoanalyst Wilhelm Reich claimed the world is full of the energy of untapped life forces, or orgone energy. Reich theorized that all life and life actions (including sex) created orgone energy. Traumatizing events, on the other hand, blocked this energy and could cause illnesses. In 1940, Reich invented an orgone accumulator, a cube constructed of layers of organic and metallic materials, which attracted orgone energy and the transmitted it into the body of the human inside the accumulator. Reich said his orgone accumulator could cure cancer, but the FDA ordered it destroyed. After disobeying an injunction, Reich spent the rest of his life in jail, dying in 2007. His will stipulated that his work on the accumulator be sealed for fifty years.

Advanced Drones

Advanced Drones

While congressional hearings on drones focus on the legal and ethical issues surrounding the use of hardware like Predator and Reaper, analysts suspect the technology has moved way beyond anything publicly declared. Purportedly there are drones in development that can do more than survey and bomb. The Russian Mikoyan Skat is rumored to be able to attack enemies in the air — a sort of remote-controlled dog fight. The EADS Cassidian Barracuda, developed by Germany and Spain, supposedly can strafe and perform direct ground attacks. All of these projects, however, are still kept closely under wraps.

Searle Effect Generator

Searle Effect Generator

For over sixty years, John Searle has held the secret to abundant, fuel-less energy. In the 1940s, he came up with the Searle Effect Generator, a machine that used magnetic rollers rotating around a fixed point to generate a clean and sustainable energy source. By the 1960s, he embarked on a major advertising campaign to publicize his ideas and get the funding necessary to scale up production. But rather than embrace Searle’s innovation, the U.S. government shrugged him off, which hurt his credibility with the scientific community. Searle, however, is so confident in his invention that even today he is still sharing his vision through the internet.

Antigravity

Antigravity

In 1992, maverick Russian scientist Yevgeny Podkletnov found a way to shield an object from the full effects of gravity. When he place on object over a superconducting ceramic disc, he was able to reduce its weight by about 2%, the first indicator that an antigravity machine is possible. NASA, Boeing, and other organizations have looked into Podkletnov’s work, even while publicly proclaiming that it can’t be possible. Some conspiracy theorists believe that these huge research facilities have actually perfected Podkletnov’s technique but are unwilling to go public with their findings.

Hidden Tanks

Hidden Tanks

BAE Systems AB is the company behind Adaptiv, the technology that gave us the UK’s “invisible tank.” Adaptiv is a super-secret project that uses dragon-like scales to change the heat signature of an object. When viewed through infrared goggles or radar, BAE says a tank can “disappear.” So why aren’t we using it yet?

HAARP

HAARP

At the top of any list of conspiracy theories is the High-Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP). The official story is that HAARP uses a high-powered transmitter to “excite the ionosphere” for scientific study. Supposedly, these power blasts affect a radius of only a few miles and, while they are supposed to mimic the effects of the sun on the earth’s atmosphere, they are in no way powerful enough to actually change weather patterns. But since HAARP went online in the early 1990s, the number of severe weather events has skyrocketed worldwide. Can the facility trigger earthquakes? Has it developed a death ray?

Mind Control

Mind Control

Another conspiracy theory about HAARP is that the radio waves can be used for mind control. The technology to create a “Manchurian Candidate” assassin would be a powerful tool, should it exist. In that scenario, messages can be sent direct to people’s minds via radio waves or even psychically using “remote influencing,” which is the dark side of remote viewing, a type of ESP which governments have dabbled in.

Reverse-Engineered UFO Technology

Reverse-Engineered UFO Technology

Since 1947, some incredible technology has come out of U.S. government projects: transistors, fiber optics, night vision goggles, Kevlar body armor, and stealth technology, to name a few. Many conspiracy theorists believe that some of the biggest technological breakthroughs are the result of the reverse-engineering of alien technology, specifically from the UFO that crashed at Roswell in 1947.

Natural Cures

Natural Cures

One argument for saving the rainforest is that there are thousands of natural cures that may free humankind from disease. (Some say that the homeopathic and ayurvedic medicines already possess that power.) However, since many popular prescription drugs meant merely to manage symptoms, Big Pharma has millions of people “addicted” to their drugs, with no monetary motivation to find a cure. While there may be a cure for cancer in the rainforest or the Himalayas, if it can’t be monetized, it may never be “discovered.”

Weather Weapons

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During the Vietnam War, the U.S. military seeded clouds above the Ho Chi Minh Trial with silver iodide, causing downpours and slowing the Vietcong supply effort. When the project was made public in 1972, the military said it would stop using weather as a weapon. But what about the torrential Pakistani floods or the Russian heatwave of 2010? A Russian Foreign Ministry publication wrote, “Climate weapons may be reaching their target capacity and may be used to provoke droughts, erase crops, and induce various anomalous phenomena in certain countries.” However, there is no evidence the U.S. modified the weather to weaken their “enemies.”

Alien Spacecraft

Alien Spacecraft

We’re not inventing this one so much as borrowing it. At Area 51, the nearest military base to the Roswell crash, a number of secret aircraft tests that have taken place in the skies over New Mexico. Even if aliens aren’t involved, there is suspicion that we have taken downed spacecraft and turned them into American military aircraft. Not with the previously-mentioned “reverse engineering,” but just… using the exact same spaceship.

From 1947 to 1969, Project Blue Book operated out of Hangar 18 and documented 12,618 UFO sightings. Some think that the sightings were actually salvage missions in which the government collected alien technology for later use.

Teleportation

Teleportation

In 1943, at the height of WWII, the naval shipyard in Philadelphia, PA, was the site of the Philadelphia Experiment, in which the harbor filled with a greenish fog and, when the mists lifted, a fully-staffed destroyer had disappeared. When the USS Eldridge reappeared several minutes later, the surviving crew reported feeling disoriented and nauseous. Purportedly, the experiment in teleportation (which would have greatly improved trans-Atlantic troop movements) was a disaster.

But since then, rumors about the Montauk Project, a series of tests about teleportation, time travel, and psychic manipulation conducted in the 1960s and 70s with the support of the Department of Defense, have made it clear that teleportation is still being explored. Could it already have been fully achieved and we just don’t know it yet?

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What your favorite drink looks like under a microscope


Are you seeing strange colors after one too many vodka shots? You may not be hallucinating after all. In 1992, a research scientist named Michael Davidson stumbled upon a genius idea right under his nose – literally. In his 25 year career through the many facets of microscopy, he had taken photographs under the microscope of a collection of items – DNA, biochemicals and vitamins. Davidson took his micro photography a step further. Along with mixed drinks, he picked out a few favorite brews and wines too, took some shots of the beverages under his microscope and the Molecular Expressions Cocktail Collection was born.

Drink looks like under a microscope

Belgian Dark Ale

Belgian Dark Ale drink

Bourbon

Bourbon

 

Champagne

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English Oatmeal Stout

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Gin

Gin

 

Margarita

Margarita

 

Pina Colada

Pina Colada

 

Red Wine

Red Wine

 

Sake

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Scotch

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Tequila

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Tequila Sunrise

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Vodka

Vodka

 

White Wine

White Wine
 
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Astronauts Might Soon Be Able To Fry French Fries In Space


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Space-Food

We covered an article about how food in space has gone through transformation. However, the food choice is still quite limited up there at space and we do feel sorry for the astronauts, who have to live with the pre-prepared and pre-packaged foods. Like how do they even manage? European Space Agency probably felt the same way for astronauts and has started supporting the work being carried out at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece, where chemists are busy experimenting deep frying in space, so that it can be made possible.

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Cooking in space is next to impossible because of the absence of gravity. Even the physics of heat distribution will betray you, since it gets completely bizarre in the space. For example, take a simple procedure of making coffee. You won’t even be able to mix water and coffee. Both would simply float and that’s about it. And if you’re thinking of using fire for cooking, then rest assured you would end up being the reason why your workstation went ka-boom. Fire does not take its usual shape once again, thanks to the absence of gravity.

Here’s another fact for you; it is quite difficult to simulate absence of gravity. Hence, the chemists decided to go in the other direction. They carried out experiments in enhanced gravity – take Jupiter – and observed how the increase in gravity affected the cooking of French fries. They key element that was observed was how the oil reacted with more gravity acting on it. The heated oil basically rises due to convection and in increased gravity this process becomes quickened.

The way this increased gravity was achieved was peculiar as well; a deep fryer with oil and potato strips was attached to a centrifuge and it was spun at a high RPM to simulate increased gravity.  Chemists kept a record of the temperature of crust of French fries. The result is the finding that cooking at a gravity of 3g will result in optimum French fries that are also quite yummy to eat.

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By making use of this information, the research team is hoping to work with less gravity and find out how cooking can be performed in such environment. With all the Mars colonization being planned, who knows when the famous food brands decide to move to space? This research would be quite handy at that time indeed.

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