Need to get away for the holidays? Really far away? Try spending your next vacation in outer space.
The Great Space Elevator
Plans are afoot to create an actual elevator that ascends all the way into space, suspended by a paper-thin ribbon made of carbon nanotubes and powered by lasers. Watch the following video for a full description of this fascinating idea.
Meet the Elements
Learn more about the periodic table with this cute video for “Meet the Elements”, a song by They Might Be Giants.
Sound Waves on Fire
Ever wondered what sound waves look like? Now you can see them physically manifest in this awesome physics experiment.
2009 Solar Decathlon in Washington, DC
Sponsored by the Department of Energy, the decathlon is a competition in which teams of college and university students compete to design, build, and operate the most attractive, effective, and energy-efficient solar powered house.
Watch this cool video on the history of skyscrapers.
A group of engineering students from the University of Colorado have created an automated, real-life Pac-Man game in order to test out their Unmanned Aerial System software (which would help track and guide aircrafts).
Festo’s new robotic penguins can fly, swim and communicate with each other via sonar. Anyone else worried about impending penguin world domination.
Robotic Cockroach Could Someday Assist Earthquake Rescuers
ROACH, or Robotic Autonomous Crawling Hexapod, mimics the cockroach’s ability to traverse difficult terrain swiftly, scamper into tiny spaces, and survive long falls. These qualities could be particularly useful for finding survivors among the wreckage of an earthquake.
Toyota has unveiled a new robot that can play the violin. Albeit not particularly well.