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10 Interesting Futuristic Materials

10 Interesting Futuristic Materials
1. Aerogel Aerogel holds 15 entries in the Guinness Book of Records, including "best insulator", and "lowest-density solid". Sometimes called "frozen smoke", aerogel is made by the supercritical drying of liquid gels of alumina, chromia, tin oxide, or carbon. 2. Carbon nanotubes are chains of carbon held together by the strongest bond in all chemistry, the sacred sp2 bond, even stronger than the sp3 bonds that hold together diamond. 3. "Metamaterial" refers to any material that gains its properties from its microscopic structure rather than bulk composition. 4. We're starting to lay down thick layers of diamond in CVD machines, hinting towards a future of bulk diamond machinery. 5. Diamonds may be strong, but aggregated diamond nanorods (ADNRs) are stronger. 6. Amorphous metals, also called metallic glasses, consist of metal with a disordered atomic structure. 7. A superalloy is a generic term for a metal that can operate at very high temperatures, up to about 2000 °F (1100 °C). 8. 9. Related:  Futur

10 Futuristic Materials Lifeboat Foundation Safeguarding Humanity Skip to content Switch to White Special Report 10 Futuristic Materials by Lifeboat Foundation Scientific Advisory Board member Michael Anissimov. 1. Aerogel protecting crayons from a blowtorch. This tiny block of transparent aerogel is supporting a brick weighing 2.5 kg. Aerogel holds 15 entries in the Guinness Book of Records, more than any other material. Carbon nanotubes are long chains of carbon held together by the strongest bond in all chemistry, the sacred sp2 bond, even stronger than the sp3 bonds that hold together diamond. “Metamaterial” refers to any material that gains its properties from structure rather than composition. We’re starting to lay down thick layers of diamond in CVD machines, hinting towards a future of bulk diamond machinery. Diamonds may be strong, but aggregated diamond nanorods (what I call amorphous fullerene) are stronger. Transparent alumina is three times stronger than steel and transparent. inShare28 Materials

27 Science Fictions That Became Science Facts In 2012 We may never have our flying cars, but the future is here. From creating fully functioning artificial leaves to hacking the human brain, science made a lot of breakthroughs this year. 1. Quadriplegic Uses Her Mind to Control Her Robotic Arm At the University of Pittsburgh, the neurobiology department worked with 52-year-old Jan Scheuermann over the course of 13 weeks to create a robotic arm controlled only by the power of Scheuermann’s mind. 2. Once the robot figures out how to do that without all the wires, humanity is doomed. 3. Photo Courtesy of Indigo Moon Yarns. At the University of Wyoming, scientists modified a group of silkworms to produce silk that is, weight for weight, stronger than steel. 4. Using an electron microscope, Enzo di Fabrizio and his team at the Italian Institute of Technology in Genoa snapped the first photos of the famous double helix.Source: / via: davi296 5. 6. ReCell by Avita Medical is a medical breakthrough for severe-burn victims. 7. 8. 10.

Don Harper Mills: 1994's Most Bizarre Suicide This story can be found in many places on the Web, usually without attribution, and claims that it is true. But the story of its origin, and how to spot it must be an UL, can be found at Deconstructing Ronald Opus At the 1994 annual awards dinner given by the American Association for Forensic Sciences, AAFS President Don Harper Mills astounded his audience in San Diego with the legal complications of a bizarre death. On March 23 the medical examiner viewed the body of Ronald Opus and concluded that he died from a gunshot wound of the head caused by a shotgun. Ordinarily a person who starts into motion the events with a suicide intent ultimately commits suicide even though the mechanism might be not what he intended. Further investigation led to the discovery that the room on the 9th floor from whence the shotgun blast emanated was occupied by an elderly man and his wife. When one intends to kill subject A, but kills subject B in the attempt, one is guilty of the murder of subject B.

Les nouvelles technologies façonnent un marché du travail à deux vitesses Alors que la France est dans une phase de croissance molle ou quasi-nulle, deux visions économiques s’affrontent. Pour l’une, celle du gouvernement français notamment, le retour de la compétitivité ramènera la croissance, qui ramènera le plus important: l’emploi. Christopher Mims, qui publie un article sur Quartz, serait sans doute en désaccord avec ce schéma. Car c’est oublier que les gains de productivité conquis par l’homme grâce à la machine ont eu un effet pervers: le remplacement du travail manuel humain par des machines. Or selon Christopher Mims, les travailleurs des services pourraient connaître le même sort que celui des ouvriers de l’industrie: être remplacés par des automates, en l'occurrence des logiciels. Les travailleurs routiniers de l’économie tertiaire («routine cognitive jobs») risquent d’être les grands perdants de la transformation. Car pour les travailleurs les plus compétents et les plus diplômés, ces changements technologiques sont au contraire une aubaine.

64 Things Every Geek Should Know - The term ‘geek’, once used to label a circus freak, has morphed in meaning over the years. What was once an unusual profession transferred into a word indicating social awkwardness. As time has gone on, the word has yet again morphed to indicate a new type of individual: someone who is obsessive over one (or more) particular subjects, whether it be science, photography, electronics, computers, media, or any other field. A geek is one who isn’t satisfied knowing only the surface facts, but instead has a visceral desire to learn everything possible about a particular subject. A techie geek is usually one who knows a little about everything, and is thus the person family and friends turn to whenever they have a question. If you’re that type of person and are looking for a few extra skills to pick up, or if you’re a newbie aiming to get a handhold on the honor that is geekhood, read on to find out what skills you need to know. 1. USB – Universal Serial Bus GPU – Graphics Processing Unit 2. 3.

NASA OKs Feb. launch of private space station trip CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A private California company will attempt the first-ever commercial cargo run to the International Space Station in February. NASA announced the news Friday, one year and one day after Space Exploration Technologies Corp., or SpaceX, became the first private business to launch a capsule into orbit and return it safely to Earth. On Feb. 7, SpaceX will attempt another orbital flight from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. This time, the unmanned Dragon capsule will fly to the space station and dock with a load of supplies. NASA stressed it is a target date. "Pending all the final safety reviews and testing, SpaceX will send its Dragon spacecraft to rendezvous with the International Space Station in less than two months," said NASA's No. 2, deputy administrator Lori Garver. NASA has turned to industry to help stock the space station now that the space shuttles are retired, investing hundreds of millions of dollars in this startup effort. Online: SpaceXNASA

Est-ce que la technologie sauvera le monde Par Hubert Guillaud le 28/10/10 | 5 commentaires | 8,804 lectures | Impression L’université de la singularité est une étrange école, explique Nicola Jones pour Nature. Elle ne décerne pas de diplôme. C’est une école qui, depuis 2009, propose un cursus de 10 semaines à destination d’une élite d’étudiants provenant des meilleures universités et des meilleures entreprises du monde. La SU a été cofondée par Peter Diamandis (Wikipédia), celui qui lancé la fondation X-prize à l’origine du lancement du premier vol spatial habité privé et l’université spatiale internationale à Strasbourg (qui vise à former les futurs dirigeants des agences spatiales du monde entier) et par le futuriste Raymond Kurzweil (Wikipédia), l’auteur du concept de Singularité, qui soutient que l’accélération des découvertes technologiques va conduire l’humanité à des améliorations exponentielles de la durée et qualité de vie humaine. Elargir l’horizon ou le technocentrer ? Le principe du programme divise. Hubert Guillaud

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