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Thorium-Fueled Automobile Engine Needs Refueling Once a Century - Industry Tap

Thorium-Fueled Automobile Engine Needs Refueling Once a Century - Industry Tap
By: David Russell Schilling | October 28th, 2013 Thorium Concept Car - Image Courtesy There are now over one billion cars traveling roads around the world directly and indirectly costing trillions of dollars in material resources, time and noxious emissions. Imagine all these cars running cleanly for 100 years on just 8 grams of fuel each. Laser Power Systems (LPS) from Connecticut, USA, is developing a new method of automotive propulsion with one of the most dense materials known in nature: thorium. Because thorium is so dense it has the potential to produce tremendous amounts of heat. Cadillac World Thorium Fuel Concept (Image Courtesy Current models of the engine weigh 500 pounds, easily fitting into the engine area of a conventionally-designed vehicle. The idea of using thorium is not new. According to Robert Hargraves, “low or non-CO2 emitting energy sources must be cheaper than coal or will ultimately fail to displace fossil fuels.” Related:  Batmanarchived

Stylin' bulletproof suit absorbs small-arms fire | Crave Bulletproof vests may be practical, life-saving garments, but they're hardly fashion-forward. Some people demand both fine tailoring and the ability to keep bullets from penetrating their bodies. Those people are putting orders in with Canadian tailor shop Garrison Bespoke for a bulletproof suit. Garrison specializes in luxury garments, so don't gasp when you find out the bulletproof suit starts at $20,000. "After receiving requests from high-profile clients who travel to dangerous places for work, we set out to develop a lightweight, fashion-forward bulletproof suit as a more discreet and stylish alternative to wearing a bulky vest underneath," says tailor Michael Nguyen. The material is more flexible than Kevlar, and weighs half as much. With its price and capabilities, the suit is destined for a pretty specialized market. (Via Discovery)

The Rodin Coil: Is It The Greatest Discovery of All Time? Free energy is easily one of the hottest topics in the world within alternative news. While mainstream news continues to ignore the growing interest around the subject, alternative news outlets are providing new information about the inventions, science, mathematics and suppression of free energy technologies. We even covered the subject in our new documentary The Collective Evolution III: The Shift. The trouble with the advancement of free energy as it stands now lies in a couple clear areas. 1. The current corporate powers and systems of our world would lose mass amounts of profit and control over people if they no longer required them for their energy needs. 2. 3. However, these hang ups are not stopping the spread of information surrounding not only the science but also the reality of these devices. “They say mathematics is the language of god, but until now nobody has been speaking god’s language”. Practical Implications Of This Technology

Romania Makes the Ultimate 4-Wheeled Superhero Vehicle | Autopia The world needs a four-wheeled hero. Superman with a diesel heart, the ability to ford rivers in a single bound, and more ground clearance than an elephant on stilts. It’s here and it’s simply called the Rescue, and we desperately — desperately — need one in our fleet. A cross between the original Hummer and Batman’s Tumbler, the Rescue hails from Romania, where Ghe-O Motors has set out to create the ultimate machine to serve humanity in the toughest conditions and most inaccessible places. Depending on the build, the Rescue can be customized for fire-fighting, medical support, or simply transporting 11 people across whatever hellish terrain you throw at it. Naturally, it’s all-wheel-drive and comes with a choice of abnormally large engines, including gasoline mills putting out 500 horsepower or an oil burner churning out 300 hp.

Neuro Cars to Be Driven by Thought, Mood and Emotion Kevin SamsonActivist Post The heavy global investment in neuroscience has been shown to have put an emphasis on military-level mind control and narrative psyops. As is typical, military research is beginning to trickle down in to the consumer market with an array of inexpensive devices that promise the ability to track brainwaves for a variety of applications. Naturally, the narrative being put forth to convince people to have their minds invaded focuses on safety and convenience. Nissan recently unveiled its Nismo smart watch that can monitor a driver's biometric information. The watch and car will be in constant communication, your car can update you via your watch whenever it needs an oil change or its tires rotated. What’s more it’s not just monitoring the car – it’s monitoring your vital signs, your heart rate, brainwave activity and skin temperature, allowing you to see how much adrenaline you worked up doing your best track, as well as improving safety. Yes, rather awesome.

Make taser-proof clothing with carbon-fiber linings On Hackaday, Shenzhen demonstrates some proof-of-concept "taser-proof clothing" created by adding carbon fiber to the clothes' lining. The carbon fiber textile can be procured in a variety of forms, including upholstery fabric (58" wide, $19.50/yard) and peel-and-stick 50cm tape rolls (this is vinyl, not carbon fiber). Shenzhen claims this will work even if the taser's prongs get to the wearer's body: "Electric current flows through the carbon tape and not through the human body. Always. Even if the taser's needle pierced the skin." Homemade carbon tape Taser-proof clothing (via Sean Bonner)

3D Printing Houses and the Barn-Raising of Tomorrow Brian BerleticActivist Post Chinese company WinSun Decoration Design Engineering has made headlines by constructing 10 houses in one day using a large-scale 3D printer. The gantry-style machine extrudes quick-drying concrete in layers to create blocks and other components that are then put into place for final construction. Conventional fittings such as windows and doors are then put into place. From pictures published by the International Business Times and a video by RT (seen below) the designs are simple, and based around what we typically think of when considering a "house." WinSun's project is not the first application of printing architecture. Hi-Tech Barn Raising Barn raising was a European-American tradition in which a community would gather together in cooperation to build a barn for one of their neighbors. Networks of hackerspaces (also sometimes called makerspaces) have begun stretching across cities around the world. What Can We Do Today?

New Sensor Paves the Way for Night Vision Contact Lenses Contact lenses sharpen our blurry vision, and free us from the hassle of pushing sliding glasses back up our noses. But the future of contacts is nigh: Researchers have created a super-thin infrared sensor that could lead to the development of night vision contact lenses. Night vision, presently, is a rather clunky technology — epitomized in the rainy Tyrannosaurus rex scene in the original Jurassic Park. To see in the dark, a person dons a set of binocular-shaped goggles strapped to the head. The devices also produce a lot of heat, so they need to be cooled, adding to the overall volume of mechanics required. Now, researchers from the University of Michigan are close to packing night vision’s clumsiness into technology that fits on your fingertip. Sensitizing Graphene If you look at graphite under a microscope, it’s comprised of thin layers of stacked carbon. Scientists already know that graphene can absorb the entire infrared spectrum, as well as visible light and ultraviolet light.

Self-Driving Pod Cars Are Coming to the U.K. in 2015 | Autopia Photo: Lee Durant/Ultra Global PRT The U.K. town of Milton Keynes isn’t waiting for Google or General Motors to bring autonomous cars to the masses. Instead, it’s enlisting a fleet of 100 self-driving pods to run between the city’s central train station, shopping center, and office parks beginning in 2015. The autonomous pods will carry two passengers, plus shopping bags, luggage, or a baby stroller, and will travel up to 12 mph in dedicated lanes inside the city. The first 100 pods are set to take to the streets in 2015 as part of a £65 million infrastructure investment by Milton Keynes, with a full roll-out of the pods coming in 2017, when passengers will pay £2 per trip and summon their rides through a smartphone app. The pods — similar to those used at Heathrow airport since 2011 — will be fully electric, with motors mounted at each wheel and charging handled by an inductive system set up along the route.

Long-distance running and evolution: Why humans can outrun horses but can’t jump higher than cats By Chris McGrath/Getty Images. At first glance the annual Man vs. Horse Marathon, set for June 9 in Wales, seems like a joke sport brought to us by the same brilliant minds behind dwarf tossing and gravy wrestling. Hear me out, sports fans—I'm a basketball nut myself, and so the joke is as much on me as anyone. There's no denying it—our kind started substituting brains for brawn long ago, and it shows: We can't begin to compete with animals when it comes to the raw ingredients of athletic prowess. The Wales marathon has helped demonstrate that. The oddsmakers would have known better if they'd been following the work of Harvard anthropologist Daniel Lieberman and University of Utah biologist Dennis Bramble. We’ve inherited large leg and foot joints from those ancestors, which spread out high forces that must be absorbed when running. Elite human runners, however, can sustain speeds up to 6.5 meters per second. Our "sustainable distance" is also hard to beat. But how did we get this way?

Incredible Technology: How to Use 'Shells' to Terraform a Planet Editor's Note: In this weekly series, explores how technology drives space exploration and discovery. One day, humans could re-make a world in Earth's image. Engineering an inhospitable world into a livable one, a process known as terraforming, could be a successful way to colonize another world after a long, interstellar journey, said Ken Roy, an engineer and presenter at last week's Starship Congress in Dallas, Tex. Roy's terraforming vision hinges upon what he calls "shell worlds." Upon arrival at an ideal planet, humans would literally encase the alien world inside of a protective shell made from Kevlar, dirt and steel. "We have a central world. While the planet's gravity would remain unchanged, the rest of the world could be made very similar to Earth after importing vital materials, Roy said. Industry and facilities that could benefit from access to a vacuum could use a port that connects to the outside of the shell. "That is not a bad thing," Roy said.

Keshe flying car - 08/08/2012 Boats You Have Never Seen Before Terrafugia the World's first Flying Car Terrafugia’s TF-X Transition Street-Legal Airplane, designed to be the flying car for all of us, able to takeoff vertically and reaching a speed up to 200 mph. Flying Car Terrafugia TF-X™ is the practical realization of the dream of countless visions of the future and will focus the program with clear goals that enhance the safety, simplicity, and convenience of personal transportation. Inventors around the world have been trying to combine the ease and utility of driving with the three-dimensional freedom of flying since the beginning of the 20th century. The “flying car” has become a pop icon of the dream that never quite comes true. Until now. The TF-X will carry four people in car-like comfort, will have a range of at least 500 miles, will fit in a single car garage, will be able to drive on roads and highways. According to Terrafugia website: Development of TF-X™ is expected to last 8-12 years. Related: