Manufacturing Innovation: Technology

Floating, Hurricane-Proof Houses Feature Hydraulics and Solar Power
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Floating, Hurricane-Proof Houses Feature Hydraulics and Solar Power

We humans can be pretty dense sometimes, but after a series of hurricanes battered residents on both sides of the Atlantic this fall, even we’re getting Mother Nature’s hint. These not-so-subtle reminders of who’s really running the planet led architect Koen Olthuis to develop a floating hurricane-proof home concept.

Rising sea levels mean we could continue to see more powerful...

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Twice the Range, Only Double the Cost
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Twice the Range, Only Double the Cost

Early conversations about getting away from fossil fuels brought hydrogen into the mix. After all, it burns cleanly, has a history as a fuel source, and there is a production infrastructure already in place.

The challenges with hydrogen are the complexity of that production process, the costs associated with it, the extremely flammable nature of the gas, and the fact that an entirely...

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The ‘Eyes’ Tell Mars Rover's Story
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The ‘Eyes’ Tell Mars Rover's Story

NASA’s 2020 mission to Mars will include a new rover with 23 cameras capable of providing panoramic images of the landscape, capturing data on the atmosphere, and assisting with other scientific experiments. These cameras are the largest number of ‘eyes’ ever used on a rover and offer an exciting look at how this technology has shaped such missions.

In addition to improvements in...

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