Woburn (MA) - A company called Terrafugia is currently developing a plane that transitions into a car. For a mere $148,000 you too can own a Transition. When completed in late 2009, it will have an average cruising speed of 115 mph, gets over 25 mpg in the air. It's classified as a Light Sport Utility vehicle and weighs only 1320 lbs. It will be powered by a 100 hp, 4-stroke Rotax 912 ULS. This engine is FAA certified to run on both 91+ octane autogas as well as 100LL. The same engine is used to power the rear push-prop and front wheels, using a
Los Angeles (CA) – A design challenge of future cars has become a tradition at the L.A. Auto Show and this year certainly has revealed the wackiest concepts yet. General Motors’ Advanced Design California division has taken away the first prize in the past two years and has another good shot at coming out on top this year: The company imagines an “Ant” that can reconfigure itself into infinite shapes and that could carry today’s gas guzzling cars in 50 years.
Pasadena (CA) - NASA reported on Tuesday that after years of research, a team of scientists have assembled data showing that normal, decade-long changes in Arctic Ocean currents are largely responsible for the major Arctic climate shifts observed over the past several years. These periodic reversals in the ocean currents move warmer and cooler water around to new places, greatly affecting the climate. While they are not ruling out the possibility of a continual warming trend, the rate at which the Earth is warming seems to be far more stable than the Arctic would indicate.<
Pittsburgh (PA) - Penn State University researcher Bruce Logan and his team have developed a unique method of harnessing hydrogen gas. By creating a type of controlled microbial soup out of materials straight from a salad bar, a bacteria-induced chemical reaction takes place, ultimately resulting in large quantities of hydrogen gas. But just how much hydrogen is produced? The numbers dwarf other methods of producing hydrogen making this a very promising solution.
Copper's still got some flash! Copper could ultimately prove an inexpensive alternative for high-speed communications. In a couple process technology generations we could have copper transmitting 100+ Gbps oer 100 meter lengths.
Dallas (TX) - Researchers at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center have announced a discovery which could have a profound impact in the treatment of lung cancer, certain types of breast cancer and some other cancers. Lead researcher Xiaodong Wang, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator at UofT, has developed a therapy which has been shown to cause implanted human cancer cells in mice to commit suicide.
CERN - A team of scientists have put the final piece of equipment, a Vertex Locator called VELO, into a 27 km long supercollider. Designed to probe the very workings of the universe, and specifically to measure b-quarks, the extremely fragile VELO was finally put into place without breaking any of its 84 delicate components, each which would've required 1,000 hours to replace. The stage is now set for the beauty experiment at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, which will involve 663 scientists from 47 universities, to begin early in 2008.