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Posted on Feb 27, 2011 2:46:42 PM PST
Aha, that explains it. Thanks, Sailor B. Good luck!

Posted on Feb 28, 2011 6:18:50 AM PST
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/businesstechnology/2014344519_brier28.html

How about building a better Lamborghini using "more efficient manufacturing technologies like Boeing's"?

(And lighter vehicle composite bodies/frames could benefit the Space Industry too ...)

Posted on Feb 28, 2011 7:49:11 AM PST
I think the car industry needs someone like a Burt Rutan to design some cool looking futuristic but practical cars.

Before Burt got involved in SpaceShipOne and the X-Prize, he created some very nice home-built aircraft out of composites and offered them as kits. Example-> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Rutan_quickie_q2.jpg

Posted on Feb 28, 2011 9:43:03 AM PST
The big car companies come up with wonderful concept cars, but then they don't produce them. They incorporate one or two things in next year's model.

We do need a Burt Rutan, or better yet a half-dozen or so Burt Rutans, to make autos more interesting.

Posted on Mar 1, 2011 5:09:58 AM PST
What struck me about this "concept" Lamborghini is that

1) It can go 0 to 60 in under three seconds.

2) Has a composite frame that weighs about 500 pounds.

3) Is using an aeronautical-model for manufacturing, instead of automotive-model, to keep costs down and ensure quality components.

4) This composite frame could possibly have Space Travel applications.

Posted on Mar 1, 2011 6:34:49 AM PST
Marilyn,

Actually, I prefer my Lamborghini's to have Time Travel applications. Notice they didn't test it to 88mph! :-)

Posted on Mar 1, 2011 12:33:05 PM PST
That only works with Delorians. Lamborghinis travel to alternate-history realities if you get them up to 99 MPH. The one where Star Was (ep IV) won the Oscar in 1977 was pretty cool, but the one where dinosaurs never went extinct is so far away, I wouldn't have the gas to get back. Maybe I could carry some extra in the trunk?

Posted on Mar 6, 2011 6:43:20 AM PST
http://www.popularmechanics.com/science/energy/next-generation/how-to-make-a-laser-from-gin-and-tonic?click=pm_latest

HOW TO MAKE A LASER FROM GIN AND TONIC (Actually, this has been around for awhile. But what fun to be a space tourist, and be served a gin and tonic laser!)

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 6, 2011 11:13:53 AM PST
Ronald Craig says:
Actual (direct) link for article page:

http://www.popularmechanics.com/science/energy/next-generation/how-to-make-a-laser-from-a-gin-and-tonic

The point of the article is that "[a]nything will lase if you hit it hard enough" (=with enough energy). And that you need a REAL laser besides the drink.

Hardly "on-the-horizon" technology.

Posted on Mar 6, 2011 3:53:31 PM PST
It reminds me of the time I built a device to transmit music over a laser beam.
(Example-> http://www.wikihow.com/Transmit-Audio-With-a-Laser-Pen )

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 6, 2011 6:02:22 PM PST
Ronald Craig says:
Kinda like fiber optics transmissions without the fiber? ;)

Posted on Mar 6, 2011 7:26:26 PM PST
Yes, Ron. Exactly.

Posted on Mar 7, 2011 8:11:12 AM PST
While we're on the subject of lasers, here's a nice interactive of
"How Maxwell's Demon Cools a Gas to Microkelvin Temperatures [Animation]
Physicists have brought a 19th-century thought experiment to life"

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=raizen-entropy-cooling-experiment-interactive
(Obviously, it really doesn't violate the 2nd law of thermodynamics since lasers create entropy in their usage, but pretty 'cool' that they can do this.)

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Posted on Mar 7, 2011 1:39:23 PM PST
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Dean M. Cole says:
I love books and movies that successfully incorporate near future technologies. I love the iPad analogue used by some of the characters in Arthur C. Clarke's 2001. Obviously the whole moonbase thing was a bit optimistic.

I tried to imagine where we'll go from here and incorporate it into my new novel. Set in earth's present day and linked to recent history, SECTOR 64: Coup de Main explores everything from exploiting nanotechnology to gravity manipulation through the successful implementation of a real-world, albeit theoretical, quantum theory known as Heim's Quantum Theory or HQT.

Posted on Mar 7, 2011 4:29:48 PM PST
Ronald Craig says:
(Looks like it's time to reanimate my POD People thread and add Kindle samples to the mix.)

Posted on Mar 18, 2011 9:10:05 AM PDT
This post is literally about On-The-Horizon events - the arrival of some radiation in S. California today (from the Japanese reactor disaster) and tomorrow's "supermoon":

http://theweek.com/article/index/213312/californias-radiation-panic-6-key-questions
For my many California friends - DON'T PANIC! There is iodide in table salt, as well as kelp tablets.

http://www.newser.com/story/114425/supermoon-nearest-earth-tomorrow.html
A Supermoon is a moon that is unusually close to Earth. And with tomorrow's Full Moon, it should be quite spectacular to see.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 18, 2011 10:29:35 AM PDT
M. Helsdon says:
"For my many California friends - DON'T PANIC! There is iodide in table salt, as well as kelp tablets."

Compared with early nuclear tests in Nevada, especially the hundred above ground and some below ground that released significant radiation and fallout into the enviroment, the radiation from the tragedy in Japan is, thus far, extremely low and not a threat to health at such a distance. In fact, taking excessive levels of potassium iodide can be harmful to health so anyone treating themselves because they fear the effects of radiation can do themselves more harm than good.

For that matter, the Castle Bravo test in 1954 at Bikini Atoll was the worst ever US radiological contamination directly killing one Japanese fisherman who was on a fishing boat nearby, caused numerous birth defects in the Marshall Islands, and it sent fallout to Australia, India, Japan, the continental US and even Europe.

Posted on Mar 18, 2011 11:07:34 AM PDT
What I can't believe is that the folks here in NY are trying to buy up all the available potassium iodide pills. (There is some supply in the NY metro area because of the Indian Point reactor - I'm about 30 miles from it.) Give me a break, people.

And I saw an article that said that taking potassium iodide when it is NOT needed can actually be harmful.

Posted on Mar 18, 2011 11:53:39 AM PDT
Bob -

Yes, The Week article outlined how people shouldn't take potassium iodide until just before a confirmed and massive incoming dose of radiation. And I couldn't believe that some people are actually buying radiation detectors!

On the other hand, the media and government hammer it into people to be their "own first responders", and always have a Disaster Kit in the closet. So in one sense, people are just trying to get ahead of any potential disaster, as they've been instructed.

And the media and government are doing a poor job keeping people informed. I've been reading reports on Japan's worst reactor all morning, and reports vary from "stabilized" to "dire". So no wonder people don't trust the government or media in these situations, and do what they can to protect their families.

Posted on Mar 18, 2011 12:35:36 PM PDT
This article says that a last ditch effort could be to encase the Japanese reactors in tons of sand and concrete->
http://www.aolnews.com/2011/03/18/if-cooling-fails-japan-may-bury-fukushima-nuclear-plant/

For some reason, and since this is a sci-fi thread, it reminds me of the solution used by the alternate universe in the TV show, "Fringe". Over there they encase everything in amber. Including any people who happen to be in the disaster zone.

Posted on Mar 18, 2011 12:41:58 PM PDT
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/businesstechnology/2014518829_apasjapanearthquakenuclearscandals.html

The above article is at least a partial answer to the glossed-over or non-reported news on Japan's nuclear reactors: Past regulators too cozy with the government, and letting too many safety issues slide ...

Posted on Mar 18, 2011 8:22:11 PM PDT
How long does potassium iodide last? If you can keep it in the medicine cabinet for six years and it's still good to go, then buying a bottle or two every five years might not be that bad an idea. Just because you buy it now doesn't mean that you have to take it now... or does it? Does the stuff expire fast? I admit I don't know.

Posted on Mar 18, 2011 9:51:05 PM PDT
Ronald Craig says:
(sigh)

Only in a country where 80% or more claim to believe in a Big Friend in the sky and general scientific knowledge seems to be at an all-time low...

Yes, everyone, please DO dose yourselves with potassium iodide. Especially if you haven't had children yet: A 2011 Darwin Award could be in your future! LOL.

Posted on Mar 19, 2011 4:52:03 AM PDT
Sailor -

Here's an excellent article from the CDC on exactly what potassium iodide can - and cannot - do for you in a radiation disaster:

http://www.bt.cdc.gov/radiation/ki.asp
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