Nanobots a Reality?

I predict a breakthrough in the next 5 years, with so many other technologies running full throttle in new developments there has to be a crossover that opens a new door for nanobot technology.

Article: Are nanobots on their way?
US researchers have built a proto-prototype nano assembler
The first real steps towards building a microscopic device that can construct nano machines have been taken by US researchers. Writing in the peer-reviewed publication, International Journal of Nanomanufacturing from Inderscience Publishers, researchers describe an early prototype for a nanoassembler.

In his 1986 book, The Engines of Creation, K Eric Drexler set down the long-term aim of nanotechnology – to create an assembler, a microscopic device, a robot, that could construct yet smaller devices from individual atoms and molecules. Read more

Insect Telephone

Insects have always been a unique model for exploring ways to “get things done”. This just proves that they are more inventive than we may have thought.

Article: Insects Use Plants Like A Telephone

Dutch ecologist Roxina Soler and her colleagues have discovered that subterranean and aboveground herbivorous insects can communicate with each other by using plants as telephones. Subterranean insects issue chemical warning signals via the leaves of the plant. This way, aboveground insects are alerted that the plant is already ‘occupied’.

Aboveground, leaf-eating insects prefer plants that have not yet been occupied by subterranean root-eating insects. Subterranean insects emit chemical signals via the leaves of the plant, which warn the aboveground insects about their presence. This messaging enables spatially-separated insects to avoid each other, so that they do not unintentionally compete for the same plant. Read more

Spiderweb Space Sail

Imagine how many exploratory space probes could be built and then sent off into space to travel the universe.

Article: Space ‘spiderwebs’ could propel future probes

A new type of solar sail has been woven by a team of scientists in Finland. The spiderweb-like sail is designed to catch the wind of ionised gas that blows from the Sun, carrying spacecraft to the outer reaches of the solar system, or letting them tack back and forth through the asteroid belt on exploration or mining missions.

The new sail differs from the more conventional type of solar sail, which is designed to use the gentle pressure of sunlight to move a spacecraft. Read more

Superlens

This is an amazing breakthrough and one that has practical applications

Article: Simple ‘superlens’ sharpens focusing power

A simple-to-make “superlens” can focus 10 times more sharply than a conventional lens. It could shrink the size of features on computer chips, or help power gadgets without wires.

No matter how powerful a conventional lens, it cannot focus light down to more than about half its wavelength, the “diffraction limit“. This limits the amount of data that can be stored on a CD, and the size of features on computer chips. Read more

Good Gas?

Creative thinking and high oil prices will see more ideas like this

Article: Scientists unlock frozen natural gas

A remote drilling rig high in the Mackenzie Delta has become the site of a breakthrough that could one day revolutionize the world’s energy supply.

For the first time, Canadian and Japanese researchers have managed to efficiently produce a constant stream of natural gas from ice-like gas hydrates that, worldwide, dwarf all known fossil fuel deposits combined. Read more

Eraser

When you are at a loss for something to invent just remember that even the most common things had to be invented. Find a need and fill it.

Eraser