Stanford students rev up the electric car with laptop power.
By Michael StrohPosted 06.29.2004 at 4:00 pm 0 Comments
When General Motors and Toyota yanked the plug on their electric-vehicle programs last year, citing high costs and weak demand, many proud owners of gas-guzzlers no doubt nodded smugly: Batteries are for flashlights, not family cars.
An oversize printer could speed up building construction.
By Michael RosenwaldPosted 06.29.2004 at 2:00 pm 0 Comments
If Behrokh Khoshnevis has his way, the on-demand world of movies, TV, Internet connections, you name it, will have a home under on-demand roofs. Khoshnevis, a University of Southern California professor, says he’s a year away from essentially printing out a house from computer-generated blueprints wired to an apparatus that works like a giant inkjet printer. In this case, the printout is 3-D: An overhead gantry moves back and forth while an attached robotic nozzle oozes layer after layer of cement shaped by two automated trowels.
Paragon CRT Contacts: Lenses that reshape your eye while you sleep.
By Steve CasimiroPosted 06.29.2004 at 12:30 pm 0 Comments
PARAGON CRT CONTACTS
$1,500 initially, $300/year thereafter; paragoncrt.com Does it work? For me, wonderfully
I have seen my future, and it was sharp and clear, which is pretty amazing since I wasn't wearing my contact lenses or glasses at the time. It's thanks to a new procedure that corrects low to medium nearsightedness (and astigmatism to -1.75 diopters) without scary lasers and their slight but real risk of permanent damage.
Hate mowing? Try it from your lawn chair—with a remote.
By Joe BrownPosted 06.28.2004 at 2:00 am 0 Comments
Necessity? Bah. Laziness is the true mother of invention. Just ask Luis Medina, 36, an electrical engineer in Tarpon Springs, Florida, where the steamy summer days are ideal for growing grass, horrible for cutting it. Forced by his stringent neighborhood association to mow every week, Medina made a machine to ease his sweaty task: the Evatech RCLM2004S remote control lawnmower. â€Now I can kick back and relax in the shade,â€ Medina says. â€And laugh at the people who have to push their lawnmower.â€EVATECH RCLM2004SBase Price: $2,200
I'm lying in my cage half amused, half depressed, mulling over my new title as world's oldest mouse. I turned four this April. In your world, that means about 136. That's right: ancient. Even my doctor, Richard Miller, a pathologist here at the University of Michigan Geriatrics Center, is amazed at my longevity. Naturally, the PR folks want to capitalize on my death-defying
existence, so they have nicknamed
me Yoda. Certainly catchier than my given lab name, D053, but look or speak like Yoda I do not.
Rutan-designed vehicle makes history with first privately funded spaceflight--but not without glitches.
By Bill Sweetman and Eric AdamsPosted 06.21.2004 at 3:58 pm 0 Comments
MOJAVE, CALIF., June 21, 2004--Burt Rutan's revolutionary SpaceShipOne flew into space Monday morning, becoming the world's only successful privately funded space vehicle and making what could be the initial major step toward a viable space tourism industry. But the flight was marred by a potentially lethal control failure that is likely to delay Rutan's attempt to win the Ansari X-Prize for the first demonstration of a reusable, three-passenger spacecraft.
Q: Can I hack a standard flashlight to use LEDs, making it brighter and longer-lasting?
--Jacob Miller, San Diego, Calif.
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