Archive for April, 2012

Crazy blimp may soon power remote villages

Publication: msnbc.com   Date: April 27, 2012   View Article

A helium-filled, doughnut-shaped blimp with a wind turbine for its filling may soon be the go-to power source for remote villages and industrial operations.

“Definitely one of our use cases is providing a consistent, reliable source of power in remote communities and island nations,” Ben Glass, who invented the turbine at MIT, told me on Thursday.

Robots: The gateway to ‘mind-blowing sex’?

Publication: msnbc.com   Date: April 25, 2012   View Article

Robotic sex won’t just blow your mind, it may curb many of society’s ills, says a new paper that envisions Amsterdam’s red light district staffed by androids that perform a full menu of sexual services.

Lap dances and intercourse with robot prostitutes could help combat human trafficking and the spread of sexually transmitted diseases while teaching us to be better lovers, according to the arguments laid out in the May issue of the journal Futures.

Big ‘Green’? IBM works on 500-mile-per-charge battery

Publication: msnbc.com   Date: April 20, 2012   View Article

An electric car that can go from Boston to Detroit on a single charge could hit showroom floors sometime in the next decade, if all continues to go smoothly for IBM.

Yes, IBM. The company, best known these days for its trivia-champ computer Watson, is making a risky bet on the development of lithium-air battery technology in a bid to accelerate adoption of electric vehicles.

A tiny, golden way to curb carbon emissions

Publication: msnbc.com   Date: April 13, 2012   View Article

Once – or if – we decide to seriously fight climate change, there will be riches to be found in technologies that turn the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide into something useful, such as fuel. One such method may truly be golden, according to new research.

The story starts with another metal – copper, the stuff of pennies. It is well known as one of the few metals that can turn carbon dioxide into fuels such as methane and methanol.

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