Researchers at the National Argonne Laboratory have developed a new type of industrial sponge. The substance is destined for a very effective collection of oil stains from the surface of the oceans, leaking from damaged tankers.
Tankers are the most common, and at the same time the best method of transporting crude oil, as they take millions of liters on board. Unfortunately, this is not the safest method. Tankers may be damaged by a storm or collision with another ship. Then, from the damaged tanks, an oily substance poisoning the water and endangering the lives of fish and birds is poured out.
Of course, there are methods of collecting spilled oil, but they are not perfect and usually allow you to collect it only from the surface of the water itself. By contrast, the collected substance is no longer suitable for anything afterwards.
Argonne scientists working on behalf of the Department of Energy have developed a special sponge called Oleo Sponge, which in such situations can be very helpful. First of all, because it is much more effective than the solutions used so far and can quickly pick up oil stains. Secondly, the oil absorbed by it, after being squeezed, can be reused.…
Panavia Tornado is a twin-engine fighter-bomber that was created as a European response to the threat of USSR aviation. In spite of their already elaborate construction, they are still used by such countries as Germany, Italy and Great Britain. In the gallery you can admire the Luftwaffe’s machines during the air refueling operation with the flexible Airbus A310a MRTT.
Two Tornado engines allow the machine to reach a top speed of almost 2,400 km / h, with a range of up to 3,800 kilometers with attached fuel tanks. The maximum flight limit is up to 15,400 meters.
Tornado was flown in 1974, while its first combat use occurred during Operation Desert Storm – RAF and Italian. Currently they are phased out of service, mainly due to high operating costs and replacement with new machines.
Photos by Filip Modrzejewski…
General Motors has partnered with WiTricity to create a convenient way to charge electric cars. An inductive charger is designed for car parks and garages.
Electric cars have many advantages, but charging them does not belong. This is a rather cumbersome activity that requires playing with wires and connecting plugs to special outlets. However, General Motors wants to do so much easier, so it has established a partnership with WiTricity, which aims to create a modern wireless charging system.
WiTricity has developed a prototype of the inductive Drive 11 charger, which offers 7.7 kW or 11 kW and can be installed, for example, under public car parks, or garage floor. Charging the battery of the car will then be reduced to overriding the induction plate and leaving the car for some time.
Toyota and Delphi, the main supplier of components for GM have already expressed interest in purchasing a license for a new charging system. This may mean that models will soon be released that will support it.…
Mobile payments are not uncommon for Apple Watch users or for smartwatches based on the Android Wear platform. However, this feature is not available for Pebble watches, but it changed when a special belt developed by Fit Pay Inc. appeared on the market.
Mobile payment systems are convenient to use because they allow you to pay for purchases without pulling a wallet out of your pocket. Since the system has also hit the smartwatche, it has become even more useful, as it does not even require a phone call. Unfortunately, contactless payments are limited primarily to iOS or Android Wear devices, and are not available to Pebble’s popular smartwatches because they do not have a touch screen, but an E-ink display.
But experts from Fit Pay Inc. have found a way to change that and have created a Pebble Time bar that lets you change that. The product called Pagare is quite a unique technology because it functions completely independently of the smartphone because the dedicated application is used only for card management and not for making payments. Just plug in your credit card and we can now use Pebble Time to pay for all purchases, even if your smartphone stays at home.
Also, the strap itself is also unique, which features an additional security feature for transactions. This is a special chip placed under the watch on a flexible laminate, stretching across the entire length of the strap. When we connect its ends, the circuit is closed and then Pagare asks the user for authorization using the PIN code. In other words, the payment system can only be used when the watch is on the wrist and a valid PIN has been entered.…
During the Mobile World Congress, Asus has revealed the products we expect to see later this year. One of them is ASUS Padfone.
ASUS Padfone is one of the more interesting devices of the last few months, which is difficult to classify into one category, as it is actually a smarfton equipped with an additional docking station, transforming the whole into a tablet. And if we add a headset that acts as a stylus to the screen, we get a device that breaks all the schemas.
ASUS Padfone is based on a quad-core Qualcomm S4 clocked at 1.5 GHz and features 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal microSD expandable memory, and a 4.3-inch AMOLED screen with a resolution of 960×540 pixels. There were also cameras: rear 8 megapixel and front 1.3 megapixel, as well as micro-HDMI connectors. The features of the smartphone will control Android 4.0.
It’s just a smartphone, but when we put it in the docking station, we gain not only five times the battery life (and it does not know exactly how much it will cost), and a couple of other features.…
On March 30, SpaceX planned another launch of its Falcon 9 reusable rocket. Once again we will try to land on a special, robotic barge acting as a landing pad.
Just a few years ago, preparing a space mission was very expensive and time consuming. All because of the use of disposable rackets, which after the task required rebuilding. This caused another flight to be ready only in a few months.
However, the situation has changed to join the cosmic race of Blue Origin and SpaceX, which have constructed reusable rockets, able to land alone after the mission.
SpaceX’s managed by Elmo Musk last year made its first landing test of its Falcon 9 rocket, but today will carry out another test. The consortium will use a SES-10 satellite launch satellite to provide Internet and mobile services to Mexicans, the Caribbean, Central America and South Africa, and then check whether the rocket can handle self-return and landing.
Moreover, it will not be a simple landing test. The rocket is supposed to return to a special, robotic barge at sea that serves as a landing pad. If the test is successful, it will be another step towards the implementation of a space flight plan.…
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Circle Line is one of the London Underground lines, traditionally marked in yellow. Its name derives from the fact that in 1949-2009 trains rode on it in continuous motion, looping. Nowadays, it is not the most effective solution for transporting people, so the architects of NBBJ have come up with something more functional.
Currently, Circle Line is simultaneously operated by eight warehouses that travel at relatively low speeds of around 30 km / h on average. At peak times it is extremely crowded, which results in delays, not to mention the low comfort for crowded passenger cars.
NBBJ architects think they have found a better solution and would like to replace subway cars, moving sidewalks. Their vision of the transport system would be moving at speeds of up to 5 to 24 km / h, so if we were hurrying, we could use faster sidewalks, and in order to admire the city we would have to use slower versions.
The creators of this project also say that near the sidewalks could be placed many different advertisements, which would finance the cost of their operation, and at any time the traveler would be able to descend from this pavement.…
Most drones due to delicate construction are not suitable for beginner pilots. So Airblock, a modular construction device, was created that not only allows you to master the art of piloting but also has fun.
Unmanned carts available for sale are devices that are very expensive, so repairing any damage can be very expensive. Meanwhile, the skills of piloting, especially for beginners are not very large, so it would use a more durable model. In addition, some need a device designed exclusively for play.
These criteria perfectly meet the dron called Airblock. This is a modular design device, consisting of independent components that can be combined in different configurations. With magnetic hooks you can easily combine them in different configurations and additionally program their functions as in the case of real robot.
Dron consists of the main controller module as well as six rotor modules that can be combined to achieve different effects. And in the literal sense, Airblock can not only be a flying dron, but it can also turn into a hovercraft.
What’s more, in the case of a hard hitting obstacle, the modules just expand and the entire structure is scattered, so there is no risk of damage. An additional asset of the product is its ability to program and create whole sequences of activities.…
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