We hope this isn't a hoax, because it's something we really want. Badly.
Everyone has fantasized about having a Jetsons-type jet pack, most likely while stuck in traffic. That supposedly can now become a reality, with a futuristic setup called the "Rocket Belt" from Mexico's Tecnologia Aeroespacial Mexicana that's built specifically for your personal dimensions.
"The service includes a fully tested custom rocket belt, a machine to help you make your own rocket fuel, hands-on training including 10 flights in your own rocket belt and expert support," Luxist reports. Wait a minute ... … Read more
While U.S. high schools students dominate in the kegger-fueled, jackass video art form, their counterparts in Singapore are pulling ahead with what could be the most significant innovation in individual camouflage since the gilly suit--a military uniform that changes color.
The students accomplished this, shockingly, "by using a material that can change colours," the Singapore News helpfully explained. Actually they relied on electrochromism, a process that causes electroactive material to change color when an "electric field is applied."
The students belong to the Young Defense Scientists Program, which the country's leaders hope will create … Read more
Martha Stewart, the doyenne of home crafts, is trying her hand at prepping gourmet food for space travel.
At the behest of her friend Charles Simonyi, a software pioneer who will be the fifth tourist in space, Stewart has planned a gourmet menu to feed the crew at the International Space Station. Simonyi, of course, will be dining at the table.
On the menu: a six-course meal including quail roasted in Madrian wine, duck breast "confit" with capers, shredded chicken parmentier, apple fondant pieces, rice pudding with candied fruit, and semolina cake with dried apricots.
"I am … Read more
The solar-powered hat fan taught us how to survive the summer heat, but what about the winter doldrums? Enter the "Feel Bright Light" from Hollywood Gadgets. A set of LED bulbs affixed underneath the brim of a visor bathe your face in happy light to help ward off seasonal affective disorder, for a mere $200. Our take: We'd rather stay in a permanent funk.
The U.S. government's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has reportedly decided not to fund the next stage of an ambitious university project to map the human brain, according to a report from the New Jersey Star Ledger.
The project, called Biologically Inspired Cognitive Architectures (BICA), began in 2005 as a joint research effort of more than a dozen universities, including Rutgers, Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Their goal was to map the brain's billions of neurons in computer algorithms, paving the way for new software that could augment military operations with "smart" … Read more
If you're an airplane buff of any kind, you're probably aware of the Airbus A380, the new giant flying beast that currently holds the title of world's largest passenger airplane.
But if you are in the United States, you have not had the pleasure--until now--of seeing an A380 unless you left American soil and headed across the pond.
On Monday, that all changed when Airbus flew A380s into New York and Los Angeles on goodwill tours.
And judging by pictures I've seen, aviation fans were out in force to see the planes land.
Who can blame … Read more
A study of cereal grain production over 20 years shows rising temperatures have reduced the crop. The study covered wheat, corn and barley which are staples across the globe.
The loss of grain due to heat is not surprising. But the researchers said it's one more piece of evidence that climate change is already at work.
The unaswered question, says this study, is can agriculture adapt quickly enough to the shift in climate? How do farmers differentiate between natrual variability and long-term climate shift? Can we forestall a severe grain drain?
MONTEREY, CALIF.--Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group empire, laid out a timeline for the launch of his Virgin Galactic suborbital spacecraft here at the Technology, Entertainment and Design conference this past weekend.
Even though Virgin Galactic executives have said they expect the company to be first to take a group of tourists into space in 2008, it looks like 2009 is a better bet.
SpaceShipTwo, Virgin Galactic's spacecraft, "will be ready in 12 months. Then we'll do 12 months of extensive testing," Branson said during an interview on stage at the conference. "So … Read more
The Brits are using a simulated combat environment developed by the University of Southern California, to treat soldiers suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.
By bringing to life a "virtual Iraq," complete with the realistic thumps and bumps of battle, the program allows troops to "relive and confront psychological trauma." All this takes place in a graduated manner so as not to re-traumatize, according to the University of Reading's Visualisation Centre.
The Iraq simulation experience is "fully immersive," meaning that patients wear VR goggles that transport them to the virtual battlefield. There, an attending … Read more