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Feb 16, 2017

Thin, built-in batteries to free up valuable space on CubeSats

Posted by in categories: habitats, satellites

Real estate is a valuable commodity aboard a CubeSat, a compact satellite about the size of a shoebox, so the smaller each component can be made, the better. To that end, scientists at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center and the University of Miami are developing a thin, solid-state battery, which could not only save space for more important instruments aboard satellites, but also provide power on other planets, in cars or within the walls of a home.

At less than 3 mm (0.1 in) thick, the new batteries could be incorporated into the structure of pint-sized satellites, rather than taking up room in the area designated for research instruments. The batteries are made by sandwiching a solid-state battery layer between two layers of compressed carbon fiber.

“Creating a structural battery material could revolutionize the way NASA operates small payloads,” says senior principal investigator, Luke Roberson. “Rather than placing a battery in the experiment taking up 20 to 35 percent of the available volume, the battery now resides in the payload structure, thereby opening up additional free space for researchers to perform more science.”

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Feb 11, 2017

Home: Its name is Snowsuite, the yacht for the snow…

Posted by in categories: habitats, transportation

The last extreme luxury frontier… Production, sale and hire.

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Feb 5, 2017

Next Nature Habitat VR

Posted by in categories: habitats, virtual reality

Very cool concept for visiting nature.


The Next Nature Habitat explores how we want to live in the near future.

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Feb 4, 2017

Retraining Our Desires: How to Be Happy in the Coming Robot Age

Posted by in categories: food, habitats, robotics/AI

We will need a good dose of healthy stoicism if we are to survive in the world after work. Luxury items will be significantly reduced in the world we’re imagining. Stoics like Marcus Aurelius and Seneca recommended that we adjust our desires to simple, reliable pleasures, like fresh water, decent bread, modest clothing, and good friends. Luxury pleasures are rare and unreliable so we suffer more when they fail to materialize.

But chocolate cake is delicious and diamonds are beautiful. When Plato sketched a Spartan lifestyle in the Republic, his friends accused him of designing a city for pigs not humans — and they demanded that he add spices and luxury to the imagined utopia. While I’m sensitive to this worry, I hasten to point out that many Americans are currently, and by their own initiative, downsizing their sense of the good life. The contemporary “tiny house movement” — which builds elegant housing around 1/10th the size of average homes — is already the kind of stoic adjustment that Americans will need to make when we’re all unemployed.

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Feb 1, 2017

Drone Landing Pads For Apartments

Posted by in categories: drones, habitats

Drones could drop you off at your apartment in the future.

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Feb 1, 2017

Space Travel Visionaries Solve the Problem of Interstellar Slowdown

Posted by in categories: habitats, space

New research details how to use the radiation and gravity of the stars to decelerate a high-velocity interstellar projectile.

In April last year, billionaire Yuri Milner announced the Breakthrough Starshot Initiative. He plans to invest 100 million US dollars in the development of an ultra-light light sail that can be accelerated to 20 percent of the speed of light to reach the Alpha Centauri star system within 20 years. The problem of how to slow down this projectile once it reaches its target remains a challenge. René Heller of the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research in Göttingen and his colleague Michael Hippke propose to use the radiation and gravity of the Alpha Centauri stars to decelerate the craft. It could then even be rerouted to the red dwarf star Proxima Centauri and its Earth-like planet Proxima b.

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Jan 22, 2017

‘Miniature’, Modular Nuclear Power Plants Could Be Rolled Out in the US

Posted by in categories: habitats, nuclear energy, transportation

The future of nuclear power might look very different than we thought, with a US-based company presenting plans for miniature, modular nuclear power plants that are so small, they can fit on the back of a truck.

NuScale Power, the company behind the power plants, says each modular device is completely self-contained, and capable of producing 50-megawatts of electricity — enough to power thousands of homes.

The power plants stand 29.7 metres tall, so aren’t really that ‘miniature’, except relative to an acutal nuclear power plant. They also haven’t been tested as yet, so we need to reserve our excitment for when we can actually see these things in action.

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Jan 18, 2017

Royal Australian Air Force Using HoloLens to Experiment with Augmented Reality

Posted by in categories: augmented reality, biotech/medical, habitats, military

The limitless applications of 3D data visualization will enable a more efficient approach to many of life’s problems. Each day, developers exploring this technology are finding new ways to solve these problems in mixed reality; 3D modeling, easier house management, spinal surgery, and forest fire management are just a few recent examples of ways 3D data visualization can benefit us all.

The military, on the other hand, has quite a different set of problems to manage.

From a logistics standpoint, there are a lot of moving parts in the military to consider such as personnel, deployment, training, resources, and supply lines, to name just a few things that have to be managed constantly. Here we are talking big-picture ideas that could utilize 3D data visualization from a top-down view. If we scale down to real-time operations for individual missions, there’s recon, intel, tracking, and response, and this list could keep going.

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Jan 15, 2017

Can This Rolling Camera Droid Protect Your Home?

Posted by in categories: habitats, robotics/AI

Not unless it gets a little smarter and more lethal.

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Jan 13, 2017

Taiwan’s smog-eating twisting tower will feature luxury apartments — take a look inside

Posted by in categories: environmental, habitats, sustainability

I usually don’t post things from business insider since it is broadcasted everywhere already. However, I saw this and we way too cool not to share.


The Tao Zhu Yin Yuan Tower will include 23,000 trees and shrubs to eat CO2 — nearly the same amount found in Central Park.

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