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The State Of 3D Printing Is Beyond What Sci-Fi Predicted

The State Of 3D Printing Is Beyond What Sci-Fi Predicted | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it
We have heard about 3D printing for a long time, and there are new concepts which are presented often.

 

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Printing any tools we might need is no longer far off in the future. As a matter of fact, it can already be done.

 

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Permanent magnet motor demonstration by Muammar Yildriz at Delft University, Netherlands

Free Tesla Energy is possible says Muammer Yildriz at the university of Delft, presenting energy from magnetism...

Yildriz demonstrates a magnetic motor at the University of Delft in the Netherlands, after which the motor is disassembled and the parts passed around for inspection to the attending students and faculty.

Permanent magnets arranged in a specific way are used as the prime mover in this motor. 

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Just Bill me's comment, June 17, 2012 9:35 PM
You can have your own example of this technology for less than ten dollars plus shipping from Amazon.com. Brushless electrec motors have been around for a LONG time. lol

http://www.amazon.com/Fascinations-TOPS1-Top-Secret/dp/B00362829U
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French company uses wind turbine to create fresh water

French company uses wind turbine to create fresh water | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it
(Phys.org) -- French company Eole Water has announced that they have developed and are now in the process of selling wind turbines that have been modified to produce fresh drinking water.

 

"The turbines work by combining two current types of technology; traditional generation of electricity using wind as the driving force, and compressors commonly used by dehumidifiers and refrigerators."

 

"The water that is produced drips down to the base of the turbine tower where it is filtered and delivered for use."

 

"The new turbines do have one major drawback and that is the price..."

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How to power an entire neighborhood with Solar Energy

How to power an entire neighborhood with Solar Energy | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

"How do you help a community transition from passive consumers of energy into active producers?"

 

"One way to accomplish this is to start a neighborhood solar co-op."

 

"That’s just what the Mount Pleasant neighborhood of Washington, D.C. did. How did they do it?"

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Self Powered Laser pistol will revolutionize warfare

Self Powered Laser pistol will revolutionize warfare | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

"Five years ago, Dr. Victor Klimov at Los Alamos National Laboratory produced a permanent solution to the world’s energy crisis." 

 

"Nanocrystalline power is what we’re talking about here folks. The solution to the world’s energy crisis lies in tiny nanoycrystalline solar cells which can absorb the light of a specific wave length in such a way that one photon input to a solar cell can energize more than one output electron."

"It appears that Klimov’s team and its work is being used presently to develop super-powerful but exceptionally small ultra laser weapons that will revolutionize modern warfare. E.g., a powerful, self-powered Klimov laser weapon the size of a bazooka and carried by one infantryman can in principle be developed that can destroy large buildings, destroy hostile tanks and vehicles easily, destroy ships and boats and trains, shoot down hostile aircraft..."

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ExtraOrdinary Technology Conference Program - July 26 to 29, 2012

ExtraOrdinary Technology Conference Program - July 26 to 29, 2012 | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

Practical Home Metallurgy
John Milewski

 

"Learn how to assay, cupel, melt and smelt your precious metals in a microwave oven at home. Any600 to 900 watt kitchen microwave will do to illustrate melting and casting metals in a microwave. The gold process takes three to four iterations. The melting is impressive and one can see that the temperatures to get the gold processing going is easily achievable."

 

"We will demonstrate each process and reveal what type of processing units are required to perform each type of metal processing. Attendees will observe melting of gold dust into buttons, as well as up grading placer gold and old jewelry to 95 % plus. In addition, you will learn how to assay and cupel your gold and silver ores sample in a low cost kitchen microwave."

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New 'terahertz' scanner lets mobile phones see through walls

New 'terahertz' scanner lets mobile phones see through walls | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it
A hi-tech chip allows a phone to 'see through' walls, wood and plastics - and (although the researchers are coy about this) through fabrics such as clothing.

 

"Doctors could also use the imagers to look inside the body for cancer tumours without damaging X-Rays or large, expensive MRI scanners."

 

"The terahertz band of the electromagnetic spectrum, one of the wavelength ranges that falls between microwave and infrared, has not been accessible for most consumer devices."

 

‘We've created approaches that open a previously untapped portion of the electromagnetic spectrum for consumer use and life-saving medical applications,’ said Dr. Kenneth O, professor of electrical engineering at UT Dallas.

 

(My comment:) 

 

This opens up vast possibilities of consumer-accessible imaging technologies that are less damaging than x-rays. Imagine your tricorder decked out with a terahertz chip...

 

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Cyclone Power Adds A Modern Twist to the Steam Engine

Cyclone Power Adds A Modern Twist to the Steam Engine | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it
Cyclone Power Technologies, a Pompano Beach, Florida company, focuses on solving our dependence on fossil fuels with its heat regenerative external combustion engines.

 

"This engine works when steam enters the top of each of the six radially arranged cylinders (20) and pushs the pistons (54) downward in sequence."

 

"The rotating action of the pistons connected through the spyder bearing (60) turns the crank shaft (24) in an orbiting motion around the central longitudinal axis of the crankshaft (24)."

 

"The engine does not use motor oil as water is both the working fluid and the lubricant."

 

"The engine can run on any source of heat, including waste heat from industrial sources."

 

(My comment:)

 

This could enable distributed, backyard concentrated solar power generation applications. Now we just need good storage technology for the electricity.

 

There's also a video, which you find here...

http://www.cyclonepower.com/whe_video.html ;

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Scientists and citizens: Could a new wave of networked, citizen science help with environmental problems?

Scientists and citizens: Could a new wave of networked, citizen science help with environmental problems? | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it
Could a new wave of networked, amateur scientific endeavour speed the discovery of solutions to pressing environmental problems? Sam Geall reports.

 

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This is a report in "chinadialogue" which finds examples of citizens figuring out accessible ways to monitor environmental conditions and actually having better results than ongoing official efforts in this direction. 

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Artful: Wind Power Without the Blades

Artful: Wind Power Without the Blades | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it
Tall, cattail-like stalks generate electricity by swaying in the wind.

 

"The designers came up with the idea for the planned city Masdar, a 2.3-square-mile, automobile-free area being built outside of Abu Dhabi. Atelier DNA’s "Windstalk"project came in second in the Land Art Generator competition a contest sponsored by Madsar to identify the best work of art that generates renewable energy from a pool of international submissions."

 

"The carbon-fiber stalks, reinforced with resin, are about a foot wide at the base tapering to about 2 inches at the top. Each stalk will contain alternating layers of electrodes and ceramic discs made from piezoelectric material, which generates a current when put under pressure."

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Evacuated tube travel to replace trains, planes and automobiles?

Evacuated tube travel to replace trains, planes and automobiles? | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

"Some people spend their life watching the tube, but Daryl Oster is spending his trying to get people to travel in one."

 

"To be fair, Evacuated Tube Travel might be even bigger — Oster is proposing uisng magnetic levitation to send car-sized capsules through giant long vacuum tubes at speeds of up to 4,000 miles per hour."

 

"The passenger vehicle is pressurized and has plenty of air, but moves through the airless tube on a magnetic track and all movement is controlled by manipulating the magnetic forces that are at play between the track and the capsule, according to Discovery."

 

"Oster and his team are selling licenses for the rights to build the tracks and tubes, but says the ultimate network will need both private and public funding. He also plans to start a Kickstarter campaign in hopes of raising funds for a documentary about ETT."

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Sand Flea Jumping Robot

Sand Flea is an 11-lb robot with one trick up its sleeve: Normally it drives like an RC car, but when it needs to it can jump 30 feet into the air.

 

An onboard stabilization system keeps it oriented during flight to improve the view from the video uplink and to control landings.

 

Current development of Sand Flea is funded by the The US Army's Rapid Equipping Force.

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Endless Electric Field Generator [Video]

Endless Electric Field Generator [Video] | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

This is a short item about a solid state electric generator that could power electronics...

Imagine being able to provide power on the circuit board to each component that needs power, continuously, from the surroundings, so that no battery is required; and no charging of the device is needed. Imagine no heating issues from the power, no overcharge; and all this being cheaper than the present method of using batteries and power supplies.

 

Latest news from Sterling about it:

I received the following input about the EEFG: "They have the next generation now and it knocks the socks off the first ones with much greater power generation. This will be the power source for the next 100+ years. I'm really excited." 

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Interviewing Joe Justice from Team Wikispeed on the Future of Manufacturing (and Consumption)

Interviewing Joe Justice from Team Wikispeed on the Future of Manufacturing (and Consumption) | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it
Joe Justice is the ideator of Team Wikspeed: a team of volunteers distributed around the world who recently created a prototype car that is open source, modular and ultra-efficient in just three mo...

 

...YES, in just three months compared with the years it takes traditional car manufacturers to bring out a new model.

This is an extremely interesting interview with Joe Justice ... it gives the gist of where the manufacturing revolution is going.

The interview is in both English and Italian. 

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“Internal Combustion Boundary Layer Turbine Engine,” a Product of Control System Development LLC, Produces High Output at Low Cost

“Internal Combustion Boundary Layer Turbine Engine,” a Product of Control System Development LLC, Produces High Output at Low Cost | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

The “Internal Combustion Boundary Layer Turbine Engine (BLTE),” a derivation of the Tesla Turbine Engine is now being presented as a premier “Internal Combustion Prime Mover.”

 

The BLTE is capable of producing phenomenal output power for its size due to the fact that so little energy is being used internally to run the engine itself.

 

This invention can be used in place of any reciprocating engine application (automotive, aerospace, marine, power tools, and as a replacement to many battery applications...

 

Read more: http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/695055#ixzz1uIcKLwqC

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Clean drinking water for everyone

Clean drinking water for everyone | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it
Nearly 80 percent of disease in developing countries is linked to bad water and sanitation. Now a scientist at Michigan Technological University has developed a simple, cheap way to make water safe to drink, even if it’s muddy.

 

"It’s easy enough to purify clear water. The solar water disinfection method, or SODIS, calls for leaving a transparent plastic bottle of clear water out in the sun for six hours."

 

"It’s a different story if the water is murky... to purify your water, you first have to get the clay to settle out, a process called flocculation. Working with student Brittney Dawney of Queen’s University in Ontario, Pearce discovered that one of the most abundant minerals on Earth does this job very well: sodium chloride, or simple table salt."


"Salt is inexpensive and available almost everywhere. And it doesn’t take very much to make muddy water clear again."

 

 

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New material filters and polarizes terahertz radiation

New material filters and polarizes terahertz radiation | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it
Stacked layers of graphene could make effective shields...

 

"Despite being just one atom thick, graphene is a strong absorber of electromagnetic radiation over a wide range of wavelengths – particularly in the far infrared and terahertz parts of the spectrum. This is extraordinary because conventional materials normally need to be thousands of atoms thick to be as effective."

 

"Phaedon Avouris and colleagues at IBM's TJ Watson Research Center in New York have created a film comprising alternating layers of graphene and an insulator. The team has shown that a film containing just five layers of each material can shield electromagnetic radiation in the terahertz and microwave ranges by up to 97.5%, while remaining transparent to visible light."

 

"Graphene could be used as a transparent terahertz and microwave shielding material and so help prevent external electromagnetic interference in high-accuracy electronic equipment," he said. "Such a shield could even help protect people from radiation at these wavelengths, which are hazardous to human health, according to the World Health Organization."

 

http://nanotechweb.org/cws/article/tech/49418

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Archaeopteryx - A brief overview for english readers [Video]

Archaeopteryx - A brief overview for english readers [Video] | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

Archaeopteryx is a composite glider plane that can take to the air like a hang glider with a running start down a hill. It lands on a meadow or an airfield.

 

Swiss made, fun, and reasonably priced. 

 

There are several videos that show different methods of taking flight and of landing.

 

This is a really neat evolution of ultra-light flight.

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Forget WiFi and Radio Waves, LiFi Uses Lightbulbs to Connect to the Internet

Forget WiFi and Radio Waves, LiFi Uses Lightbulbs to Connect to the Internet | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it
One German physicist, Harald Haas, has come up with a solution he calls "data through illumination" - taking the fiber out of fiber optics by sending data through an LED lightbulb that varies in intensity faster than the human eye can follow. It's the same idea behind infrared remote controls, but far more powerful.

 

"You can imagine all kinds of uses for this technology, from public internet access through street lamps to auto-piloted cars that communicate through their headlights."

 

"And more data coming through the visible spectrum could help alleviate concerns that the electromagnetic waves that come with WiFi could adversely affect your health. Talk about the bright side."

 

(My comment:) Since the transmission is of several contemporaneous data streams using different wavelengths or colors of light, there should not be any low frequency data 'packets', nor should there be the potential of heating of tissues which is inherent in microwave technology.

 

Lasers for point-to-point connection between users and light from modulated LED light bulbs for the in-house distribution of data.

Sounds like the perfect independent citizen-owned network... 

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Cyclone Power Technologies - WHE: The Waste Heat Engine [Video]

Cyclone Power Technologies - WHE: The Waste Heat Engine [Video] | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

This is a video about Cyclone Power's Steam Engine Technology. 

Why do I think that this essentially very simple, low tech engine/generator is a big deal?

It is a game changer in the utilization of heat energy.

So far, the only options were huge generators that needed high grade steam (high pressure, high volume) or little toys or throwbacks to the beginnings of heat engine technology. Nothing solidly engineered to use low grade energy that normally goes to waste in many industries.

The Waste Heat Engine also allows the utilization of solar concentrated energy on a small scale ... backyard solar energy production with a serious output. 

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A Construction Industry Breakthrough Technology - The Captive Column

A Construction Industry Breakthrough Technology - The Captive Column | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

"The Captive Column is an invention that could revolutionize the construction industry. It can be used to make just about anything: Airplanes, Bridges -- you name it."

 

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I have come across this before and want to link it here to keep track.

 

The captive column is an invention that allows the fabrication of ultra-light yet incredibly strong structural members, to be used in anything from bridges to airplanes, from cars to whatever you might think of. 

 

The technology is open source, since the patent expired in the 1980s. The inventor, who obviously never was able to "sell" his idea to someone who would put it into production, got someone to make a website for him.

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Taylor Wilson: Yup, I built a nuclear fusion reactor | Video on TED.com

Taylor Wilson: Yup, I built a nuclear fusion reactor | Video on TED.com | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it
TED Talks Taylor Wilson believes nuclear fusion is a solution to our future energy needs, and that kids can change the world. And he knows something about both of those: When he was 14, he built a working fusion reactor in his parents' garage.

 

"Taylor Wilson built a nuclear reactor -- in his backyard when he was fourteen years old."

 

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That's what I like. A kid trumping all of the adults around inventing stuff that our mainstream scientists can't seem to wrap their minds around even with the best of funding ...

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Scientist Develops Self-Sustaining Solar Reactor That Produces Clean Hydrogen Fuel

Scientist Develops Self-Sustaining Solar Reactor That Produces Clean Hydrogen Fuel | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it
A doctoral student at the University of Delaware has developed a prototype for a self-sustaining, emissions-free solar reactor that produces hydrogen fuel.

 

"The reactor is capable of using sunlight to increase the heat inside its cylindrical structure above 3,000 degrees Fahrenheit. Zinc oxide powder is then gravity fed through 15 hoppers into the ceramic interior where it converts to a zinc vapor. At that point the vapor is reacted with water separately, which in turn produces hydrogen."

 

"If the reactor proves to be a success it can apparently be scaled up relatively easily to produce hydrogen at an industrial level."

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Open Source Tricorder

Open Source Tricorder | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

This is about a great project to make an open source, universal sensing instrument. The name was popularized in a science fiction series - Star Trek I believe it was - where they were never without one when visiting a new planet or some unfamiliar environment. 

 

While this one starts out very modestly, it has the potential to become a real powerhouse of personal sensor, better than anything we have today.

 

"The Tricorder X-Prize aims to bring a diverse array of inexpensive sensors together in an accessible, easy to use, handheld design. On Jan 12, 2012, the contest was officially opened at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas."

 

"Dr. Jansen’s Mark 2 runs on Linux. The hardware includes an ARM Atmel microcontroller squeezed into a clam-shell with two OLED touchscreens. Schematics, board layouts, and the firmware is all available free and includes the initial proof-of-concept device."

 

There is also a blog about how it's made, by the guy behind the project...

 

http://www.tricorderproject.org/

 

 

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Kimmel Foundation Supports Cold Fusion

Kimmel Foundation Supports Cold Fusion | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

It looks like we have Cold Fusion emerging into the mainstream.

 

Sidney Kimmel, a philanthropist who founded The Jones Group—which encompasses fashion industry pillars such as Jones New York, Anne Klein, Nine West and Gloria Vanderbilt—made the largest donation ever given by a non-alumnus to the University of Missouri (MU).

 

The $5.5 million is to be used to create the Sidney Kimmel Institute for Nuclear Renaissance (SKINR), which will study effects related to low-energy nuclear reactions (LENR).

 

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