Showing posts from September, 2018

Heart Monitor Taped on Skin

Organic Sensor & Organic Solar Cell Combine to Monitor Heartbeats

Very Flexible, Taped Heart Monitor on Your Finger
Scientists have developed an organic sensor powered by sunlight that performs as a self-powered heart monitor.  The scientists put a sensor device, an organic, electrochemical transitor, into a flexible organic solar cell.  The device successfully measures the heartbeats of humans under bright light conditions.

New Generation of Self-Medical Monitoring
This monitor, developed by scientists at the RIKEN Center for Emergent Matter Science and the University of Tokyo, is human friendly, ultra flexible with a solar powered sensor.  It can also be used to monitor brain function.  The development was reported in the journal Nature.  It's being hailed as the next generation of self-medical monitoring.  Such self-powered devices placed on the skin have great potential for medical applications.

Ending Malaria thru Gene Mutation

Genetically Putting Mosquitos on Self-Destruct

DNA Editing
Malaria is among the world's worst scourges.  In Africa in 2016, 194 million people were infected by malaria and nearly half a million died from it.  The deadly disease is caused by a parasite and transmitted by mosquito bites.

Imperial College London Biologists
A team of biologists at Imperial College London may have the weapon to end the scourge.  They've successfully gene-edited mosquitos to self-destruct.  They've targeted a patch of DNA that never varies.  By gene editing the female mosquitos into infertility, the population becomes extinct within 5 to 11 generations.

Potential:  Malaria Eliminated within 2 Decades
If this gene editing is as successful as lab tests have been, the scientists believe malaria could be eliminated within 2 decades.  Computer models indicate that in the wild mosquito populations could be made extinct by the technique within 4 years.

Jordan Turning The Desert Green

Desert Agriculture Enabled by Seawater and Solar Power

Ambitious, Innovative Project
Jordon has embarked on a very ambitious and innovative project to turn the desert green for farming. They have a pilot project underway in a location that's .62 miles from the Israeli border and 9.3 miles from the Red Sea.

Feeding the World
One of the most pressing needs facing humanity is feeding the world's growing population.  By 2050, food production needs to go up by 50% to feed the projected global population.  The problem is further complicated by the lack of good water, which is a big issue in Jordan.  Furthermore, food production totals 70% of global freshwater consumption and emits 25% of greenhouse gases.  Changes are clearly needed.  Jordan, which is the 2nd poorest water supply nation and three-quarters desert, is taking an innovative, problem solving lead.

Jordan Playing to Its Strengths
Jordan has plenty of sunshine and seawater.  Their solar-seawater solution to making their deser…

New, Smart Materials

Innovation to Increase Jet Fuel Efficiency

Potential to Reduce the Cost of Flying

Texas A&M scientists have developed a group of new, smart materials that could significantly improve the efficiency of fuel burn in jet engines.  That has the potential of cutting the cost of flying.

Brand New Materials with Great Potential

The materials could also reduce airplane noise over residential areas.  Scientists say there are additional applications in a variety of other industries.  They believe they are just scratching the surface of something new that could enable brand new technologies and brand new scientific research.  The lead researcher is Dr. Ibrahim Karaman, Chevron Professor and head of the university's Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering.

Smart Metals Changing Shape

The Texas A&M team brought together 2 new areas of materials science involving metal alloys which are metals composed of 2 or more elements.  One area involves shape-memory alloys.  These are smart metals…

Life Signs on Ancient Mars

New Research Says It's a Real Possibility

Evidence of Support for Underground Martian Life

New research by Brown University scientists has discovered that ancient Mars had a plentiful supply of key ingredients for microbes to live under the surface of Mars for millions of years.

Just Published Research

Based on basic physics and chemical calculations, the Brown researchers found that the subsurface of Mars had more than enough dissolved hydrogen to support microbial life.  Their study was just published in Earth and Planetary Science Letters.

Core Findings

The scientists found that radiolysis, which is a process by which radiation breaks down water into its basic particles of hydrogen and oxygen, would have created plenty of hydrogen 4 billion years ago on Mars.  They believe the Martian subsurface had the capability to support life for hundreds of millions of years.

Intriguing One Step Closer

Let's face it.  We are intrigued by the possibility of life that existed on Mars. Brown…

Facebook & Virtual Reality

Facebook Believes VR is Next Big Thing


Facebook unveiled a wireless VR headset this week called Oculus Quest.  The company is pushing to popularize the emerging technology by taking it to a mainstream audience.  Facebook acquired Oculus in 2014.  The headset Quest will be available in the spring of 2019.

Facebook Goals

Facebook leadership believes that VR is the next big thing in human communications after the mobile phone.  The company's goal is to get 1 billion people involved in VR.  Quest offers 6 degrees of freedom and Touch controllers.  It allow you to jump into action with no PC wires or external sensors.

VR Future

There are expert forecasts that VR headsets and devices will grow in sales by 31% for 2018 over 2017.  A number of heavyweights are investing in the field including Google, Sony and Apple.

Japan's Robot TV News Anchor

Erica Makes Robotic News

First Robot TV News Anchor

The world has its first robot news anchor.  Nippon Television, the Japanese TV network, has hired Erica to deliver the nightly news.  Erica is a highly advanced robot.  It was developed by the Director of the Intelligent Robotics Laboratory at Osaka University, Hiroshi Ishiguro.  He says Erica has one of the most advanced artificial speech systems in the world.

Likes to Chat

The news robot is loaded with the latest tech.  It's capable of holding conversations with humans thanks to speech generation algorithms, facial recognition technology and infrared sensors that track faces across a room.

Even Tells Jokes - Robot News Network

This robot is no joke.  Erica actually likes to tell jokes.  For now, she'll serve as a news reader. No on-the-road reporting assignments yet but that can't be too far behind on a potential channel called Robot News Network (RNN).

Thailand's Beachcomber Robot

Beachbot Cleans Thailand's Beaches

Beach Cleaning Robot

Thailand, with its beautiful beaches, is one of the world's top tourist destinations.  But as the crowds grow so does the debris left behind on the beach.  Thailand has dispatched a new cleanup crew -  the beach cleaning robot.

Bot Partnership

Thai oil and gas exploration company PTTEP and Prince of Songkla University have partnered to create the beach cleaning robot.  They're calling it the PTTEP Love Sea Love Beach project and it's proving effective.

WiFi Controlled

Beachbot can be controlled remotely by WiFi.  It travels along the beach using a vibrating sleeve to separate the trash from the sand.  It works on dry and wet sand and has a rechargeable battery that lasts for 2 hours.

More Beach Patrols

The team behind Beachbot are expanding its capabilities and plan to deploy more on Thai beaches.  It's robotic innovation making a positive impact on sustaining the beach and making a beautiful destination even more…

HiTech Straw Cleans Dirty Water

LifeStraw - Personal Water Filter Technology

Don't Drink the Water
Dirty water kills millions of people every year.  2.1 billion people globally don't have safe water to drink.  In fact, more people die from contaminated water than from anything else, including war and violence.  A Danish entrepreneur has developed a high tech straw that makes dirty water clean and drinkable.

Innovative Technology
The straw kills millions of microbes as the water passes through it.  It works like a normal drinking straw.  But it traps contaminants in a number of long, hollow fibers inside the plastic tube.  The company says it traps 99.9% of parasites and 99.9999% of bacteria, including those that cause cholera and typhoid fever.

3rd World Use
This technology is of particular importance to developing countries where clean, drinkable water is a scarce commodity.  By 2025, half of the world's population will live in regions where the demand for safe water exceeds supply.

Business Doing Good

Toyota's Flying Car Patent

Design with Rotors that Pop Out of the Wheels

Toyota's Quadcopter
Toyota has applied for a patent on its flying car design.  The wheels have spring-loaded, pop out helicopter rotors.  It has the appearance of a quadcopter.  If you decide you want to fly and get out of a traffic jam, you switch on the flying mode.  The wheels start to fold upwards.  Then, the wheels sprout rotor blades and spin up, providing lift.

Drives Like a Tank
According to the patent filing, the wheels and rotors would be electric powered.  It's not clear what type of engine would generate the electricity.  The source could be hydrogen fuel cells, EV batteries or some type of combustion engine.  In driving mode, the flying car would steer in a manner similar to tracked vehicles such as a tank.

Crowded Skies
There are quite a few flying cars getting close to entering the airspace.  Volvo announced it will start selling sister company Terrafugia's flying car The Transition in 2019.  Uber and Larry Page'…

Membrane Controls Blood Pressure - Medical Innovation

Promise of New & Better Blood Pressure Treatments

Breakthrough Research by Oregon Health and Science University
New research by scientists at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland reveals the 3-dimensional structure of a membrane that controls blood pressure.  The membrane is called the human epithelial sodium channel.  It has never been so precisely isolated and detailed as that done by the OHSU researchers.

Membrane Is Critical to Human Health
Using a cyro-electron microscope, the researchers generated a 3D model of the channel.  Besides being critical to controlling blood pressure, it's also impactful on other functions in the body. The channel enables sodium ions to be absorbed into tissue throughout the body including the kidney.  As such it's critical to human health by regulating sodium balance, blood volume and blood pressure.

Great Potential for New Therapies
This discovery is expected to lead to new and better blood pressure treatments.  Researchers als…

Google: Speech Recognition Next Big Tech

Google Forecast - Speech Will Be the Next Big Leap for the Internet

Google Turns Twenty

Google turned 20 on 9/24/2018.  And, the company, with a storied history of innovation, is forecasting that speech recognition and the understanding of language are the keys to the future of information and search.  They believe that is literally the future of the internet.

Better Understanding of Common Language

Advanced voice services will be the next big leap.  That's according to Google's head of search Ben Gomes.  He and Google believe what's crucial to the future of the internet is a better understanding of common language.  This is very complex territory as there are millions of problems that arise and need to be solved in the many languages used to search for information on the internet.

Google's Leadership in Speech Recognition Tech

Google has been at the forefront of voice recognition.  Voice recognition is built into Google search and its AI voice assistant is in billions of…

Arctic Melt Spews Sulfuric Acid

New Research:  Sulfuric Acid Speeding Erosion in the Artic

Runoff from Melting Permafrost in Alaska Flows Toward the Sea
The Arctic's ice melt from global warming seems to get worse with every new scientific study.  Melting permafrost is making the ground unstable and waterlogged.  But scientists now say it's also dissolving rocks and minerals embedded in it.

Acid Mix
Sulfite minerals in the ice are forming sulfuric acid as the ice melts.  That's creating an acid mix that's speeding erosion.

Dramatic Changes & CO² Releases
The Arctic is undergoing dramatic changes as temperatures rise and sea ice melts.  The Arctic is warming twice as fast as the rest of the earth.  The sulfuric acid and escalating erosion are just one more consequence of an ice melt process that threatens to release billions of tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere from the permafrost alone.

Can Organ Transplants Transmit Cancer?

Very Rare but Yes - New Research

European Case
It's well known that organ transplants can pass on infectious diseases from the donor to the recipient in rare cases.  New scientific research shows that passing cancer from a donor to a transplant recipient is extraordinarily rare but can happen.  In fact, a donor's undetectable cancer cells caused 4 transplant recipients, including a man, to develop breast cancer.  3 of them died.  This case emerged in Europe and was published in the scientific journal Transplant.

Donor History of No Detectable Cancer
The 53 yr old donor died of a stroke and had no detectable signs of cancer.  But doctors traced back the DNA in the cancer cells found in the 4 recipients.  The DNA matched that of the donor.  Scientists say the chance of something like this happening is 1 to 5 in 10,000 cases.  But, it's important research findings and something to be aware of.  The incidences are extraordinary rare but possible.

Rockabye Baby in Robo-Cradle

SNOO Smart Sleeper

Sensors, Robotics and Microphones Concealed

It's called the SNOO and was designed by a Swiss innovator.  Its sensors immediately pick up your baby's cry and automatically rocks the baby back to sleep.  It customizes the best white noise and rocking motions for the child.  The manufacturers claim it's able to add an hour or more to your baby's sleep every night.  For parents of newborns that means an hour or more for them too.

Sleep Sack

Another important feature.  It has a special sleep sack that attaches to the bed to swaddle the baby and importantly has the baby sleeping on their back, which is the safest position.  Swiss designer Yves Behar calls his innovation "technology with a deep sense of humanity" as it performs an important function for parents and babies.

Minimalist Design

The minimalist design conceals the sensors, robotics and microphones.  All the white, the SNOO encloses the baby in soft, washable material.  It's designed a…

Greenland Glacier Collapse & CC

Quest to Forecast Ice Melt, Rising Waters and Climate Change

Helheim Glacier Collapse
Several scientists and a Reuters news team in 2018 witnessed the collapse of the huge Helheim glacier in Greenland.  Billions of tons of ice collapsed into the sea.  A 4 mile wide chunk of the glacier broke apart leaving a huge breach and demonstrating the impact of climate change.

NASA & NYU Research
NASA and NYU scientists are in Greenland and Iceland to discover how warming oceans are melting the ice from below.  It's part of their Oceans Melting Greenland (OMG) research mission.  They're measuring loss to the country's ice with highly sophisticated technology both on the ground and from planes.  This is very important research because scientists lack clarity on how fast warming oceans are melting polar ice sheets.  As a result projections on rising sea levels vary widely and some question if Climate Change is happening.

Many Chilling Signs
Besides the huge collapse, the scientists ha…

Spray-on Antennas Impower Communications

Turning Objects into Connected Technology by Spray

New Research Development from Drexel Labs

This is extraordinary scientific research  and results.   Spray on antennas for a wide variety of objects and surfaces without adding weight, circuitry or requiring rigid surfaces.  Scientists at Drexel University in Philadelphia have done it.  They've developed a method to spray on invisibly thin antennas onto flexible materials.  The exceptional conductivity of the material allows it to transmit and direct radio waves.

Exciting Possible Uses

The potential exists that this new technology could unlock new opportunities in the future of communications.  Antennas are crucial for communications between devices.  The spray on antennas offer new ways to set up networks and collect data.  Drexel researchers believe they will make wearable monitors, smart clothes, industrial and medical sensors much more effective because the antennas are lightweight, transparent and flexible.

Materials Science


Ancient Shipwreck Found off Portugal

16th Century Ship Called Biggest Marine Archeological Find of the Century

Ancient Buried Treasure Found by Divers with 21st Tech

Maritime archeologists found the shipwreck off the Portuguese city of Cascais near Lisbon.  They believe it sunk between 1525 and 1625.

Treasures Aboard

They found Chinese ceramics from the Ming Dynasty, spices including pepper and cowpies which are a type of shell that was used as currency in the slave trade.  They also found the ship's bronze cannons engraved with the Portuguese coat of arms.  The scientists believe the ship was returning to Lisbon from India.

Dives and Discovery Continue

The ship was discovered as part of an underwater investigative project by the Portuguese government and Navy, the city of Cascais and Nova University of Lisbon.  The ship was under 40 feet of water.  Divers continue to explore and document the shipwreck and researchers are trying to identify the name of the ship.

Yale University's Robotic Skin

Turns Everyday Objects into Robots

Robotic Skin

Yale University researchers just turned tech around.  Robots are usually rigid, solid and built for specific purposes.  According to the Yale roboticists, their robotic skin is breakthrough innovation and can change everyday objects into robots and animate the inanimate.

NASA Partnered on the Research

NASA partnered on this research with the lab of Asst. Professor Rebecca Kramer-Bottiglio and her team of mechanical engineers and materials scientists. The soft robotic system is a collection of sensors and actuators.  It's mounted on a flexible substrate that's placed on a flexible object that serves as the structure.

Make Your Own Robot

The scientists say this tech will allow you to create multi-functional robots. For instance, when placed on a toy horse, it can make the horse's legs move.  The researchers say it can be used for everything from search and rescue to wearable tech.  NASA wants to use it to reduce weight on its spac…

Japanese Rovers Land on Asteroid

Japan Makes Space  Innovation History

Rovers Already Taking Photos

Japan just made history.  It's landed 2 hopping rovers on the asteroid Ryugu.  The rovers are in good condition and have already started transmitting data and photos, as you can see in the above photo.


The rovers' mobility on the asteroid is historic.  NASA landed a spacecraft on an asteroid in 2001 but it was stationary.  The rovers are equipped with 7 cameras.  They hop around the asteroid which has a low gravity environment.  The rovers are the world's 1st, man-made objects to explore movement on the surface of an asteroid.

Rich Resource

Asteroids greatly interest scientists researching the history and origins of the universe.  Some experts believe they also have tremendous commercial potential for mining valuable metals like platinum.  The hopping rovers are part of Japan's MINERVA-ll1 program.  A larger rover will be sent to the asteroid Ryugu in October and another tiny hopping rover in 201…

Elon Musk Unveils Base on Mars

Space X CEO Elon Musk Unveils His Base on Mars

Space X CEO Elon Musk provided this artist's rendering of his planned Mars Base Alpha.  He plans to settle people on Mars in 2024.  In 2023 he'll send a manned mission to explore Mars.  In 2022, he plans on cargo missions to Mars.  And in order to keep on schedule, he started test launches of his Big  Falcon Rocket (BFR) space ship in 2019.

Powerful Space Launch Vehicle

Interplanetary Travel
Musk provided an updated version of the BFR.  When it's finished he claims it's going to be the largest, most capable and most powerful launch vehicle ever built.  Musk says it's an interplanetary transport system capable of going from Earth to anywhere in the solar system.

Lunar Mission with Tourists on Board
Musk is planning Space X trips to the moon.  BFR will take off, have booster separation, go into orbit, fly around the moon and come back to earth in 4 or 5 days.  Several tourists will be onboard for their "moon vacation&…

Germany's Hydrogen Fuel Cell Trains

World First & No Emissions

Emission Free Rail Travel
The train is officially called the Coradia iLint.  It's clean energy rolling through northern Germany. It provides regular passenger service in the Lower Saxony Region.  This is the first time that commercial trains powered by hydrogen-based cells have gone into use for passengers.

French Manufacturer
Two trains are in service. 14 more are on order for 2021. They're being manufactured by French based Alstom, which is one of Europe's biggest railway manufacturers.  The hydrogen trains are being touted as important innovation delivered by Germany and France.

Train Green Tech
The trains are low noise, have zero emissions and can reach speeds of 140 kmh. Germany specifically invested in them to reduce diesel fuel train emissions.  The fuel cells convert hydrogen and oxygen into electricity to power the trains.

Many Advantages Over Diesel
The trains are refueled at a mobile hydrogen fill-up station next to the tracks in Brem…

AI Powered Gliders Flying Like Birds

Soaring Like a Bird

Nature Inspired Breakthrough Innovation

Scientists at the University of California, San Diego have built an artificial intelligence powered glider - an autonomous, fixed wing drone - that learns to fly with the dexterity and maneuverability of birds.  This is another fascinating example of highly advanced technology imitating nature.  It also has ramifications for future drones. By riding air currents, they'd be able to fly longer and more efficiently.

Advanced Algorithm

They've equipped the drone with an advanced algorithm and control system.  That enables it to navigate wind currents like birds do.  The glider is totally dependent on the wind. It has learned to seek updrafts which enable it to stay aloft indefinitely.

Very Smart Glider

Bottom-line:  this is a very smart glider.  It can tell when it's approaching an updraft and then use the wind to maximize its time in the air.  The scientists' research and results were just published in the journal N…

Japan About to Land Rovers on Asteroid

Space First for Japan and the World

Japan Making Space & Innovation History with the Asteroid Ryugu

If touchdown goes as planned, Japan will be the first to land rovers, two of them, on an asteroid.  Japan's Hayabusa-2 spacecraft started on the mission in 2014 and has recently arrived on the 3000 foot wide Ryugu asteroid.

Mission Possible for Japan

2 of the 4 onboard rovers will be deployed on Friday 9/21/2018.  They're 7 inch wide devices that will hop around the space rock to take photos and temperature readings.  They hop rather than roll because of the asteroid's low gravity readings.

Next Stops - Incredible Research Opportunities About the Earth

2 larger landers will be released to collect data and rock samples over the next year. The spacecraft will depart in 12/2019 and bring back the samples and data to researchers.  The Japanese research mission is looking for evidence of water and organic materials similar to that on earth to determine if  space rocks like Ryugu…

DARPA's Mind Command and Control Research

Controlling Drones and Aircraft by Brain Waves

Mind over Matter

The US Defense Department's Advanced Research Projects Agency DARPA is working on highly innovative technology that enables humans to control drones and full-sized aircraft by their minds' brain waves.  It's command and control by thoughts.

Microchip Implant that Sends and Receives Data

For the DARPA research, a micro-chip was implanted into a volunteer's brain. In simulations with drones on computer screens, the person was able to command and control the drones. DARPA also disclosed at a recent symposium the system works with swarms of drones and multiple aircraft.  The user is able to steer multiple jets at once. The user of the microchip can send and receive signals from the aircraft and understand the dynamics of its environment.

Innovative & To Some Controversial Thinking

To some this is controversial research.  DARPA's mission is to provide the US military with overwhelming technological advanta…

Dolphins Smarter Than You Think

New  Scientific Research:  Dolphins Cooperate, Coordinate & Synchronize to Problem Solve

Coordinated Success

Scientists at the Dolphin Research Center in the Florida Keys have taught teams of dolphins to accomplish complex tasks through teamwork.  The Dolphins coordinated and timed their actions with precision to receive rewards.

Cooperation and Precision

The task for the dolphins was to swim to the end of a lagoon and press a button simultaneously as a team of 2 dolphins.  Once the dolphins realized the task required cooperation with each other, they were able to coordinate their actions with precision.  They even waited for their teammate to catch up to them so that they could press the button at the same time.  They did so with precision - on average within 1/3 second of each other.

Language to Solve Problems

The scientists just published their findings in the journal Proceeds of Royal Society B.  The scientists observed that teamwork comes naturally to dolphins.  They seem to hav…

Astronomers Discover Spock's Planet Vulcan

Exoplanet Discovered that Orbits a Star Identified with the Science Officer from Star Trek

Spock's Home Planet Vulcan Discovered

No aliens spotted so far but University of Florida astronomers have discovered an exoplanet orbiting a star - 40 Eridani A, a star known to "Star Trek" movie fans as the host star of Science Officer Spock's home planet Vulcan.

Vulcan the Exoplanet

The exoplanet is 16 light years away from the Earth and located in constellation Eridanus.  What's most intriguing is that the planet orbits the sun-like star, just inside the zone where water and life could exist.

Innovative Space Discovery

The University of Florida team wasn't looking for the exoplanet. They found it through their planetary research explorations.  The exoplanet is two times the size of the Earth and it's the closest super Earth orbiting a sun-like star. The lead researcher, Dr. Jian Ge hopes the International Astronomical Union will name it Vulcan in honor of the inspir…

India to Satellite Bandwidth Speed to Rural Areas

India's Fascinating Ramp Up of its Space Program

Satellites Delivering Bandwidth Speed to Rural India

India just announced its going to launch 3 more satellites.  Together the satellites will provide international level bandwidth speed to rural areas of India that currently don't have any or inadequate internet access.  This is yet another of India's innovative programs building for itself a growing leadership role in space.  India's space agency also announced its next mission is to launch 30 small satellites for third parties.

Space Missions Every Two Weeks

Just days after successfully launching two satellites for the UK, India announced it's going to launch space missions every two weeks.  The satellites will be launched from India's PSLV or Polar Satellite Launch Vehicles that rocketed the UK satellites to space on Sunday.  The UK pair are commercial satellites that will map melting ice, forests and land use.

Space Partnership with France

India is aggressively…

Russia's Google: IT Giant Yandex

Russian Tech Giant Innovating & Growing

Global Search Engine Heavyweight

Google is the world's biggest search engine, followed by Bing, China's Baidu and Yahoo.  You can add another heavyweight to the list - Yandex of Russia.

Russia's Google That's Now Rolling Out Self-Driving Cars

Like Google, Yandex is focused on developing innovation across industries.  It's one of the world's biggest IT companies.  It's also working in fields like self-driving cars.  It just rolled out an autonomous taxi service in Russia that some experts believe will eventually be deployed throughout Europe.  And, it's very active in AI, online marketplaces, personal assistants, online translating and smart speakers.

Russia's Uber, Spotify and Google

People like to call Yandex the Google of Russia.  But founder and CEO Arkadiy Volozh says it's much more than that.  He says it's also the Uber of Russia, the Spotify of Russia and much more.  Yolozh founded Yandex in the…

Elon Musk's Next Space Adventure

Japanese Billionaire & Artists To Explore Space Aboard Space X

Big Trip for Space X, Bringing Tourists to Space

This is a big step toward the realization of one of innovator Elon Musk's dreams:  to commercialize space and make space travel accessible to everyone.  Musk has booked his first private passenger for a trip around the Moon on Space X's Big Falcon Rocket (BFR) spaceship.  The passenger is a Japanese billionaire and innovator like Musk.  The pioneer is Yusaku Maezawa, who founded the very popular online fashion retailer Zozo.

Yusaka and Friends to Orbit the Moon

Yusaka says he will invite a group of 6 artists, sculptors, painters and architects to join him on the historic tourist trip to orbit the moon.  The week long space voyage is scheduled at the earliest to take off in the BFR rocket in 2023.  The adventure is designed to inspire the dreamers in all of us.

BFR Spaceship

The BFR hasn't been built yet.  But Musk plans to use it for an unmanned Mars mission in …

High Tech Heated Clothing

Battery Powered Jackets To Stay Warm on the Slopes

Wearable Innovation
Here's a case of practical, wearable innovation.  A Utah company GOBI Heat has innovated battery powered, heated clothing for outdoor winter activities.  The apparel includes jackets, hoodies, vests, pants, gloves, socks.  They come with a small battery that the company says will warm the clothing in 30 seconds against winter's chill.

7.4 Volt Small Battery
The 7.4 volt battery gives you up to 12 hour use on low heat and 7 hours on high heat.  It has a one touch LED controller that can be set on low, medium or high depending on weather conditions.  The company says their clothing is waterproof, surge-proof and have an emergency shut-off functionality. The jackets have 3 zone heating with 2, carbon fiber heating elements on the chest and a large one on the back. It gives new meaning to bringing the indoors, outdoors in freezing weather conditions.

Flying Robot with Insect Agility & Speed

Novel, Tiny Robot Has Big Applications for Drones

New Robot Mimics Insect Flight

Researchers at Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands have developed a novel flying robot that mimics the flight control and dynamics of insects.  Its flying wings beat 17 times per second.  And it generates enough force to stay airborne and controls the flight by slight changes in wing motion.

DelFly Nimble

The engineers have named it DelFly Nimble. The tiny robot is autonomous.  It can hover on the spot,  do 360реж flips and fly any direction with agility like an insect.  Right now it has top speeds of 15.5 mph and excellent power efficiency with a flight range of 1 km on a fully charged battery.

Important Applications

DelFly Nimble has exceptional flight qualities which open up new drone applications.  Scientists say it's also exceptionally well suited to advance biological and engineering research into insects and their flight control and dynamics.

5G Big Debut 2019

5G Smartphones Coming

Real 5G

Experts say 2019 will usher in real 5G smartphones on real 5G networks that you can sign up for.  They're not talking just tablets but real phones.

Hyped for Years, Now Due to Arrive

What 5G truly promises has been hyped for years.  But in 2019 the real deal arrives.  5G is designed to deliver faster speeds, higher capacity and more consistent performance.

Carrier Locked Devices

To start, there are some unintended consequences in the short term.  The arrival of 5G smartphones, because of their unique demands and network specifics, won't be transferable between networks.  So your device will be locked to your carrier's network.  But some experts forecast it will be resolved in the near term through standardization of what is now the fragmented state of 5G

Elon Musk's Not Boring Boring Co.

Musk Gets OK to Test His Loop Lift from Hyperloop Tunnel to Home Garage

Boring Company's Loop Lift

Hawthorne City, CA City Council just gave Elon Musk and his Boring Company the okay to build a proof of concept prototype of his Loop Lift.  The concept involves an elevator lift to connect, for the test, a ground level garage to an underground Hyperloop tunnel.


The plan is to connect a one mile long Hyperloop tunnel that's on the campus of Musk's Space X to a private house that's owned by a Musk company.  The vision is to cut future traffic from the roads by parking vehicles in underground tunnels and then, for this test, connecting them to the Hyperloop transportation system by the elevator lift.

Musk's Vision of the Loop Lift, Hyperloop and Flying Cars

Musk envisions a network of underground tunnels and elevator lifts built in the basements of homes, office buildings, malls, you name it.  He believes that the key to cutting traffic gridlocks in major cities …

Countdown Underway for India's Space Shot

India Launching 2, UK Satellites

India's PSLV rocket is about to launch into space 2 British commercial satellites. Blastoff is scheduled for today at Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota, India.  It underscores the growing importance of India in space for both exploration and commercialization.

Earth Observation Satellites

The UK vehicles are earth observation satellites.  They'll map ice melt, forests and land use. They'll also monitor disasters.  The satellites belong to Surrey Satellite Technologies of the UK.  Surrey made a commercial satellite launch arrangement with Antrix, the commercial unit of ISRO, India Space Research Organization.

Satellites Focused on Global Ice Melt

On Saturday, September 15, NASA launched ICESat-2, equipped with its most powerful laser.  The satellite's 3 year mission is also to measure and monitor the Earth's polar ice melt, ice sheets, glaciers and sea ice.

Longest Nonstop Commercial Flight in US History

Hawaiian Airlines Unstoppable Boston to Honolulu

Boston Gets Its First Aloha

This historic, upcoming flight service is a first in US aviation history.  Hawaiian Airlines just announced it's introducing the longest non-stop flight service  in the US.  Non-stop Boston to Honolulu.  The 5,095 mile trip starts daily service in April 2019, 5 days a week.

Time and Distance

Boston has been the only major US city without direct, nonstop service to Hawaii.  To initiate it, Hawaiian Airlines will use an Airbus A 330 aircraft.  Boston to Honolulu will take 12 hours nonstop.  Honolulu to Boston 10 hours non-stop.  For the airline, the market potential right now is 500 passengers who go between eastern New England and Hawaii everyday.  That's a market that could grow. Interesting and historic innovation in the airline industry.

Smart Phone Ultrasound

New Tech Could Lower Scan Cost to $100

Potential Use for 24/7 Self-Monitoring by Smart Phone
Engineers at the University of British Columbia have developed a new ultrasound transducer or probe.  It could lower the cost of an ultrasound scan to $100.  This is patent-pending breakthrough tech.  It's portable, wearable and can be powered by your smart phone.  It's no bigger than a band-aid.  The researchers say the potential is endless and could provide 24/7 monitoring of your arteries and veins to warn of the danger of heart attack or stroke.

How Did They Do It?
To simplify, they replaced piezoelectric crystals used to create images and deliver sonograms in conventional scanners with tiny vibrating drums of polymer resin.  The cost saving is dramatic and the image quality is as good or better than conventional systems according to published reports. The UBC transducer needs only 10 volts to operate and can be powered by a smart phone.

Next Steps
Clinical tests need to be done. But …

NASA's ICESat-2 Lifts-Off& In-Orbit

NASA Satellite Will Track Global Ice Melt

ICESat-2 Global Ice Melt Tracker
NASA launched its ICESat-2 satellite into space. The satellite contains NASA's most high powered laser.  It will provide unprecedented, highly valuable observations on how glaciers, ice sheets and sea ice are changing.  It will precisely measure the thickness of Earth's polar ice sheets, snow cover and permafrost.

Bonus on Board
A surprise bonus is also on board.  2 ELFIN CubeSats.  They're a pair of tiny satellites that will study how energetic electrons make their way from space to the earth's atmosphere.

Measuring Ice and Melt
ICESat-2's laser splits into 6 beams to precisely measure the Earth's polar ice formations.  The calculations are done by the amount of time it takes the laser beam to leave the satellite, hit and bounce off the ice and arrive back at the satellite.

Massive Data & Important Climate Change Insights from this Mission
This is a 3 year mission that will provide data…

India Ramps Up Global Space Program

International Commercial Launches

India in Space

India's PSLV - Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle - is going to put into orbit 2, foreign satellites on September 16.  The satellites are both from the United Kingdom.  They are the NovaSAR and the S14.  The launch underscores India's growing importance in the exploration and commercialization of space.

Innovation Hub

India is a global force in breakthrough innovation and it's becoming a growing leader in the race to space.  It just finalized an agreement with France to partner on technology and space medicine for the manned space flights that India is planning.

UK Launch and Mission

The launch of the 2 satellites is for commercial purposes.  The satellites belong to Surry Satellite Technologies of the UK.  They are earth observation satellites.  Their mission in space is to map forests, land use and ice cover.  They will also monitor flooding and any other disasters.

Hyperloop Latest - Revolutionary Travel Tech

Virgin Hyperloop One

Proof of Concept and Tested

Virgin Hyperloop One is among a number of businesses developing hyperloop systems.  The hyperloop is a revolutionary technology that will dramatically cut travel times between cities. Virgin Hyperloop One has a lot of money behind it - $295 million from Sir Richard Branson's Virgin, GE Ventures and SNCF. The company has already built a proof of concept vehicle.  It's been successfully tested.  The "pod" levitated, accelerated, glides, breaked and came to a stop. The company continues to move the technology forward.

Levitation and Gliding

Virgin Hyperloop One uses magnetic levitation to lift the train or pod above the tracks.  Electric propulsion accelerates it through a low pressure tube.  The vehicle is capable of gliding at airline speeds.  The promise of this technology is to go 700 to 800 mph.

Elon Musk

Elon Musk originally introduced the concept of hyperloops.  Virgin Hyperloop One says it has made substantial change…

Moon Orbit - Space X 1st Passenger

Elon Musk & Space X Take Big Step into Space

Flying to the Moon

It's the dream of innovator Elon Musk to make space travel accessible to everyone.  His company just took a big step toward that goal.  They've just announced that they've signed the 1st private person to fly around the Moon.  The trip will be aboard Space X's BFR, the Big Falcon Rocket, which is a giant new rocket ship.

Rocket Man

This is a first and a very big step forward to commercializing space travel.  However, the BFR is still being prototyped and is a yet unproven spacecraft.  Eventually, Space X wants to use the rocket to launch the 1st manned mission to Mars.  Space X says it will identify the person and their purpose next week.

Google's Big Plans for Pixel 3 Phone

Pixel 3 to be Unveiled With Fanfare

Dual Global Press Conferences

Google will unveil its next Pixel series in October.  But the announcement is much bigger than in previous years.  It's holding dual news conferences for the international news media.  One is scheduled for New York and a simultaneous one in Paris. The press invitations went out a day before Apples 2018 iPhone presser.

Big Expectations

The high profile for the unveiling underscores Google's big expectations for this new Pixel series.  Analysts also expect Google to unveil other new hardware, including new Home products, new Pixelbooks and new Chromecast;  We'll get all the details in just a few weeks.

Sipping Champagne Zero Gravity in Space - Cheers!

High Tech Bottle Gets Flight Test

Orbiting Champagne for Space Tourists at Zero Gravity

Future space tourists on the journey of their lifetime may have the added adventure of sipping champagne in orbit.  In terms of technology, that's not an easy thing to provide at zero gravity.  A French designer/innovator Octave de Gaulle has designed a bottle that may dispense champagne at zero gravity.

Airbus Testing It

It's being tested by an Airbus Zero-G plane that makes deep climbs and dives to create 20 second intervals of weightlessness.  That puts the bottle to the test to see if it works and dispenses champagne at zero gravity in space.

This Tech Not for Astronauts

US astronauts are not allowed to consume alcohol in space.  This is being designed for future adventurous tourists who travel to space.  Concerning the tech:  the wine, in the upper portion of the bottle is released by a finger controlled valve that uses the champagne's own carbon dioxide to drive out small amounts of …

Data from Satellites to the Cloud

Geospatial Cloud Analytics

A New Mexico startup company Descartes Labs is receiving up to $7.2 million from the US government to bring geospatial data from satellites to the Cloud.   The volume of data is huge, in the terabytes, unwieldy and of the highest value. Descartes has been tasked by the government to use machine learning to process massive amounts of visual data from satellites.

Images of Earth and Space

Images of the Earth including heat imagery are available in massive volume from many satellites.  They contain rich and compelling information on such dynamic issues as changing global oil supplies, potential food shortages and climate change.  This is very big data from many sources that can't be fully capitalized on because it's not organized and centralized.

Cloud Infrastructure

Descartes Labs will build out cloud infrastructure to import, store, process and curate the data.  They'll integrate 75 different types of data from a variety of sources. It's going t…

Probiotics Unequal Benefits

New Research: Not Everyone Benefits from Probiotics

Israeli Study Finds Unequal  Benefits
Many people take probiotics through food and supplements to boost their digestive health.  Israeli scientists at the Weizmann Institute of Science have released a study that shows the so-called good bacteria benefits some people more than others. And in fact it sometimes can do more harm than good.

Customized Probiotics
The scientists suggest a new approach to the use of probiotics.  Their conclusion is that probiotics shouldn't be given out as a "1 size fits all supplement".  Instead they should be individualized based on the microbes present in the person's stomach to maximize beneficial results.  They also discovered that probiotics can have a potentially harmful effect if given after antibiotics. Their study was  published in the journal Cell.

Brand New Apple Watch Series 4

Apple Just Unveiled its 4th Generation Apple Watch

What's News
As always, the Apple Watch unveiling was on everyone's watch list.  They just unveiled it.  What's new:  Apple has increased the amount of info you can pull in on the display and they've significantly upgraded the health tracking capabilities.

Upgrades for Apple Watch

The face is slightly bigger but remains a square, minimalist model. The OLED display is larger to  capitalize on the slightly larger and thinner case size.

Health Tool - Electrocardiogram Included

This is just awesome.  Apple continues to pitch Apple Watch as a health tool.  The Series 4 has upgraded heart monitoring hardware to provide electrocardiograms showing the electrical activity of the user's heart even during vigorous exercise.  This can document for treatment abnormal heart rhythms and other conditions that can lead to a heart attack and possibly prevent it.

Other Upgrades

This is the first Apple Watch to go to a 64-bit operating sys…

NASA Launches Sat Tracking Ice Melt Saturday

Satellite will Provide Vital Information on Climate Change's Impact


NASA will launch its ICESat-2 satellite that will track the Earth's melting poles and disappearing sea ice on Saturday Sept. 15.  It will document how ice sheets, glaciers and sea ice are changing. And the information will help to generate new insights into how the changes are impacting people, animals and the environment.  The data also will be used to forecast conditions going forward.

NASA's Most Advanced Laser

ICESat-2 is NASA's most advanced laser instrument. It measures the height of glaciers and sea ice by precisely timing how long it takes individual photons to leave the satellite, bounce off the earth and return to the sat.  The laser beam splits into 6 beams to cover more ground.  The mission will last for 3 years.

DARPA Takes On Botnet Adversaries

DARPA Protecting World Wide Web

Goal:  Take Them Out Before They Take Out Your Website
DARPA, the US Defense Department's Advanced Research Projects Agency, has just launched a program that targets botnet hacking.  The goal is to develop tools to dismantle botnets before they destroy websites, companies and even nations.

Contract Awarded
DARPA just awarded a $1.2 million contract to the cybersecurity frim Packet Forensics.  Their mission is to identify and locate hidden online armies.  DARPA wants an arsenal of tools that troll the internet, identify and counter cyber adversary system programs before they attack.

System Automatic & Undetectable
The system DARPA wants to deploy would be automatic.  It would automatically spot botnet-infected systems and disable the malware without their knowing. To build botnets, hackers infect devices connected to the internet with malware that lets them do harm from a remote server.  The virus is dormant most of the time so you don't know yo…

Geothermal Food Growing - Colorado Model Experiment

Could Hot Springs Be the Future of Agriculture?

A Grand Experiment: Geothermal, Renewable, Sustainable Farming
A small Colorado town Pagosa Springs is using its hot springs to grow food for the community year round.  It's a 5 year experiment by the Geothermal Greenhouse Partnership, a non-profit, volunteer organization that's pushing innovation with great potential.

Geothermal Energy 24/7/365
The group is turning the world's largest and deepest geothermal hot spring into a lot more than a tourist destination.  They're using the renewable energy source that's available 24/7/365 to grow food year round for the community.

Geothermal Farming
Geothermal energy is energy harnessed from the earth's heat.  Geothermal farming is something new,  different and very promising.  The reason is geothermal energy is abundant in the US and could provide a renewable energy source for farming.  The Colorado experiment could be a model for the US.  Experts believe the potential for t…