Most engineers would probably say that cold hard facts are enough to settle even the thorniest debates about a technology’s merits. Well, they’re wrong. Amateur skeptics hold a vast array of innovations in contempt. Here we take a look at why.
Researchers at NASA's Ames Research Center are developing a Common Bus spacecraft made of stackable octagonal rings and off-the-shelf parts to form small landers, orbiters, or rovers. CAD software optimizes each section before it's built.
Consider scrapyards: These dirty outdoor environments are filled with objects of every shape, size, and material. Controls on machinery that manipulate scrap need sensors to detect when conveyor belts are empty, bales are present, and bins are full.
New software optimizes kinematics and plans paths for custom robots handling multiple axes. Flexible Robotic Environment (FRE) software was written by Bicommerce LLC, Rapid City, S. D., and it also acts as a motion platform.
Global energy demand outpaces supply, so within the next decade, Americans can expect gasoline shortages, blackouts, and the general instability of an energy crisis. Sale gas buys us time ... but like energy use, global water demand outpaces practical supply.