Monthly Archives: September 2012

The Billion Year Plan | Kurzweil AI

Lt Col Garretson — one of the USAF’s most farsighted and original thinkers — has been at the forefront of USAF strategy on the long-term future in projects such as Blue Horizons (on KurzweilAI — see video), Energy Horizons, Space … Continue reading


You won’t need a driver’s license by 2040 | Wired

(Wired) — The timeline for autonomous cars hitting the road en masse keeps getting closer. GM’s Cadillac division expects to produce partially autonomous cars at a large scale by 2015, and the automaker also predicts it will have fully autonomous … Continue reading

Posted in Automation

Innovation in Manufacturing Takes A Village | MIT Technology Review

For expensive manufacturing research on solar panels and 3-D printing, a new push toward shared pilot production facilities. Inside an 18,000-square-foot warehouse in Halfmoon, New York, a town north of Albany, a researcher gingerly lifts a photovoltaic cell from an … Continue reading

Posted in Manufacturing

Container Ships Become More Energy-Efficient | Siemens

Technology and Software from Siemens are making the world’s largest container ships more energy-efficient. The Korean shipbuilding company Daewoo is building 20 container ships for the Danish shipping company Maersk, each with a total carrying capacity of 18,000 standard containers. … Continue reading

Posted in Efficiency, Energy Harvesting

New ‘stamping’ process to pattern biomolecules at high resolution | Nanowerk

(Nanowerk News) Fabricating precise biomolecular structures at extremely small scales is critical to the progress of nanotechnology and related fields. Traditionally, one of the ways this has been accomplished has been through the use of rubber stamps with tiny features … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized

Vision Industries Enters Into a Joint Development Agreement With Balqon to Build Its Fuel Cell Powered Zero-Emission Terminal Tractor (Zero-TT) | NASDAQ

TORRANCE, Calif., Sept. 21, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Vision Industries Corp.(OTCBB:VIIC) announces that the Company and Balqon Corporation have entered into a Joint Development Agreement to build its zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell /electric hybrid terminal tractor, the Zero-TT. The intended … Continue reading

Posted in Fuel Cells

Tough Questions Drive the Discussion About Alternative-Fuel Vehicles | NJ Spotlight

In New Jersey last year, 236 electric vehicles were sold, a seemingly huge increase over the previous year when consumers bought only six plug-in cars. It may sound encouraging, but the numbers aren’t thrilling automotive retailers. They face increasingly tough … Continue reading

Posted in Efficiency, Energy, Fuel Cells, POLITICS