Tech Stuff 20

 

This is a sort of search and discover newsletter of my findings of things that may relate to technology in one way or another.  It might be the latest gosh wow tech, it might be something as old of humanity.  It might relate to science large or small.  It might be art for art’s sake.  Or somebody just doing something funky. Because I think that technology is just the representation of human creativity and breaking boundaries.  So I’m certainly not going to place boundaries here except that it won’t be the same old, same old.  So almost no gadgets or yacking about the latest phone or whatever, unless of course it involves taking them apart or destroying them in unusual ways.  Or putting them to work in imaginative and remarkable  ways that most people won’t even think of.  So buckle up, it’s going to be a fun ride.

Artificial chimeras?

http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2016/05/18/478212837/in-search-for-cures-scientists-create-embryos-that-are-both-animal-and-human

Somehow, not a good idea comes to mind.

On the other hand brickmuppet does have a point.

http://brickmuppet.mee.nu/burying_the_lede_at_npr

Ivanpah has a misalignment.

http://gizmodo.com/the-world-s-largest-solar-plant-just-torched-itself-1777767880

Great article on the AT AT attack at the beginning of “Empire Strikes Back”
http://www.sfchronicle.com/movies/article/At-the-AT-AT-s-birth-the-improvising-of-an-icon-7695025.php?t=6eef926a1e0a4808f6&cmpid=twitter-premium

Drone catches sharks chowing down on whale.

http://sploid.gizmodo.com/drone-catches-incredible-70-shark-feeding-party-1778144163?utm_campaign=socialflow_gizmodo_twitter&utm_source=gizmodo_twitter&utm_medium=socialflow

Making watch bands.

Tsukiji at work.

Making new metal alloys.

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/mixed-up-metals-make-for-stronger-tougher-stretchier-alloys/

Exotic materials for exotic uses.

Like this one. Going very fast to figure out how to go very fast.

http://www.gizmag.com/hifire-mach-7-woomera-hypersonic-flight/43409/

India launches a mini shuttle.

http://www.space.com/32954-india-mini-space-shuttle-test-launch-pictures.html?utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=Twitter&utm_campaign=socialtwitterspc&cmpid=social_spc_514648

Experiment repeated, myth confirmed.  A while back, the Mythbusters did some traffic jam experiments.  Well somebody repeated the experiment and got the same result. Science!!

http://twistedsifter.com/videos/how-inadvertent-braking-causes-traffic-jams/

Shockwave Jam

The longest railway tunnel is opening

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-3606359/World-s-longest-railway-tunnel-open-17-years-construction-Trains-Switzerland-travel-155mph-35-miles-mountain-thanks-10-6billion-project.html

A lineman working on a TV tower. Drone footage.

A long way to go up to change a light bulb.

New physics?

http://www.popsci.com/could-nature-be-hiding-fifth-fundamental-force

Bendable concrete?

The factory that makes those Hillary and Trump masks.

Inside the Chinese Factory That’s Already Sold 500,000 Trump and Clinton Masks

 

 

Video  of the week.  The making of a Steinway.

The Tech Stuff Series.

Tech Stuff 19.

https://theartsmechanical.wordpress.com/2016/05/27/tech-stuff-19/

Tech Stuff 18.

https://theartsmechanical.wordpress.com/2016/05/20/tech-stuff-18/

Tech Stuff 17.

https://theartsmechanical.wordpress.com/2016/05/13/tech-stuff-17/

Tech Stuff 16.

https://theartsmechanical.wordpress.com/2016/05/06/tech-stuff-16/

Tech Stuff 15

https://theartsmechanical.wordpress.com/2016/04/29/tech-stuff-15/

Tech Stuff 14.

https://theartsmechanical.wordpress.com/2016/04/22/tech-stuff-14/

Tech Stuff 13.

https://theartsmechanical.wordpress.com/2016/04/15/tech-stuff-13/

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33 comments

  1. MadRocketSci · June 3, 2016

    Re this superalloying stuff:
    Making new metal alloys.
    http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/mixed-up-metals-make-for-stronger-tougher-stretchier-alloys/

    Wrt mixing almost even amounts of various alloying elements in an alloy: How is this something that hasn’t been tried before? It’s an unbelievably simple idea relative to the vast amounts of creative cleverness poured out since the industrial revolution. Why is it that for all our metallurgy, we’ve only stuck to things that are very slight modifications to a base metal, until recently? What’s changed between now and then that would make this something we would try today, but turn-of-the-century metallurgists wouldn’t try back then?

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