Two Russian physicists are fundraising to realize their project for wireless energy transmission once proposed by brilliant 20th-century scientist Nikola Tesla. Solar panels and an upgraded Tesla Tower could solve global energy hunger, they say.
Leonid and Sergey Plekhanov, graduates of the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, claim they have spent years scrutinizing the Nikola Tesla’s patents and diaries and they believe that with his most ambitious project – transcontinental wireless energy transmissions – Tesla came very close to unprecedented scientific discovery that could be brought to fruition.
The enthusiasts say they need about $800,000 to reconstruct the famous Wardenclyffe Tower once created by Tesla himself to implement his ideas and find a commercial application for his ideas on long-distance wireless energy transmission.
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In 2012, NASA physicist Harold White revealed that he and a team were working on a design for a faster-than-light ship. Now he's collaborated with an artist to create a new, more realistic design of what such a ship might actually look like.
In 2011, Poland's prime minister Donald Tusk gave United States president Barack Obama a copy of The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings. The US Commander-in-chief has not forgotten that gesture, specifically mentioning The Witcher series this week during an appearance in Poland. Obama said the acclaimed role-playing video game series developed in the country by CD Projekt Red is a "great example" of how Poland contributes to the global economy.
"The last time I was here, Donald (Polish prime minister) gave me a gift, the video game developed here in Poland that's won fans the world over, The Witcher," Obama said during the event, as translated by CD Projekt Red's PR agency. "I confess, I'm not very good at video games, but I've been told that it is a great example of Poland's place in the new global economy. And it's a tribute to the talents and work ethic of the Polish people as well as the wise stewardship of Polish leaders like prime minister Tusk."
On June 5, CD Projekt Red will hold its annual Summer Conference. During this event, the developer is expected to release a new trailer with in-game footage for 2015's The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.
Researchers at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago Center for Bionic Medicine have created a prosthetic leg that reads motor intentions from tiny muscle contractions. Compared with prosthetics that are not able to "read" the intent of their wearers, the programmed robotic leg reduced the kinds of errors that cause unnatural movements, discomfort and falls by as much as 44%.
Researchers from the Central Veterinary Research Laboratory in Dubai say that have just successfully hatched a rare bird species from the egg of a chicken. In a development being heralded as a major advancement for conservation, a team of scientists have proven that embryonic transfer from one bird species' egg can successfully develop in that of another. Fertilized yolk from a houbara bustard, a threatened desert bird native to the Middle East, was placed into the 'white' of a surrogate chicken egg.
Using 3D-printing, NASA has produced a rocket injector plate that can sustain 20,000 pounds of thrust. The original machined injector plate was made up of 115 small parts, whereas the 3d-printed plate is comprised of only 2. Such parts could one day reduce rocket costs while potentially increasing safety, since they're less-complex and have fewer points of failure.
A group of students in London has developed an electrically conductive paint, which could change the way the world is wired. Unlike conventional wires, it can be applied to almost any surface, including paper, plastic, metal and even fabric.
Not too long ago, a couple of MIT scientists asked themselves a lofty question: "Can you 3-D print an airplane?" It didn't take long for them to realize that 3D printing anything on that scale was impractical. But 3D-printing thousands of small, Lego-like building blocks? That could work.
Geochemists from the University of Lorraine in Nancy, France have analysed xenon gas found in South African and Australian quartz, which had been dated to 3.4 and 2.7 billion years respectively. The gas sealed in this quartz is preserved as in a "time capsule," allowing researchers to compare the current isotopic ratios of xenon, with those which existed billions of years ago. Recalibrating dating techniques using the ancient gas allowed them to refine the estimate of when the Earth began to form. This allows them to calculate that the Moon-forming impact is around 60 million years (+/- 20 m. y.) older than previously thought.
We may not have Star Trek-esque transporter technology any time soon—or ever—but Dutch researchers this week reported a breakthrough in the quantum teleportation of information, opening the door to a potential revolution in computing and networking.
Scientists at the Delft University of Technology's Kavli Institute of Nanoscience managed to transfer information contained in one quantum bit, or qubit, to another "entangled" qubit about 10 feet away "without the information having travelled through the intervening space," Prof. Ronald Hanson, head of the research group wrote in a summary.
An underwater pyramidal structure was identified at a depth of 40 meters off the coast of Terceira Island. The perfectly squared structure was sighted by a private yacht owner, Diocleciano Silva, during a recreational trip. Estimated to be approximately 60 meters high, the enigmatic structure was recorded through CPS digital technology. “The pyramid is perfectly shaped and apparently oriented by the cardinal directions,” Silva told Diário Insular, the local newspaper.
After 2,000 years, a long-lost secret behind the creation of one of the world’s most durable man-made creations ever—Roman concrete—has finally been discovered by an international team of scientists, and it may have a significant impact on how we build cities of the future.
Through stem cells, the Institute of Molecular Biology (IMB) in Austria has managed to grow some tiny (3-4mm) human brain models that include parts of the cortex, hippocampus and retinas. The lab-grown tissue will allow researchers to peer into the early stages of human brain development in far higher detail than ever before.
Researchers at the Nano/Bio Interface Center at the University of Pennsylvania recently discovered a novel to way to generate solar power by shining light onto gold nanoparticles. The discovery has far-reaching implications in the realm of nanotechnology, and may open the door for everything from self-powering molecular circuits to super-efficient data storage.