Just how original are Elon Musk’s designs for the Hyperloop?
Daryl Oster’s design for the ET3 has capsules weighing about 400 pounds that would could carry up to six people at speeds (in the initial design) of 370 mph. But the capsules could eventually get up to 4,000 mph (that’s Mach 5) in straight, unpopulated areas. That’s faster than any known aircraft (hence the ET3’s trademarked tagline “Space Travel On Earth”). The capsules would ride on a cushion of air and be propelled by a system of coordinated acceleration devices. Oster won his first patent for ETT in 1999. His associates and licensees have won several related patents for his ET3 system since. The most recent in 2007 was for a vehicle control system. Many press outlets have featured ET3 over the years, but most have been skeptical if not dismissive. In April 2012, design site Core77 featured pictures, a video, and a writeup of ET3, saying it made “outright incredible claims.”
The man behind Tesla and Space X is releasing the plans to his highly anticipated new mode of transportation that can take you from LA to San Francisco in an under an hour. Will this change transportation, or should we call it a “don’t believe the hype-r loop?”
"Smiling is one way to reduce the distress caused by an upsetting situation. Psychologists call this the facial feedback hypothesis. Even forcing a smile when we don’t feel like it is enough to lift our mood slightly (this is one example of embodied cognition)."
Take a little mudcake, almond buttercake, vanilla madeira sponge, and ivory marshmallow fondant and—voila—an edible Jupiter that would make an astronaut proud.
“Teleportation would be cool, certainly.”
Japan sent a tiny humanoid robot in space to keep an astronaut company.
"It’s somewhere between a Boca Burger and a McDonald’s burger." "Meatloaf without any salt and pepper."
The Curiosity rover has been on Mars for almost a year. This time-lapse video shows what, exactly, it’s been up to. Here’s more.
This tooth sensor knows if you’ve been overeating or smoking.
Stray hair in your soup? Blech! What does that have to do with these rather beautiful images? Well, surprise, surprise, they’re actually crystalized stray hairs.
“The mere thought of pleasant alternatives made people concentrate less.”
Have you ever wondered why you only manage to accomplish half of the things on your summer to-do list? Science has the answer.
As if the flu weren’t terrifying enough, French researchers have discovered the largest viruses to date. A pair of giant viruses discovered in underwater sediment samples measure 1,000 times bigger than the common flu virus.
Jean-Michel Claverie, who coauthored the paper that announced this discovery, told NPR the pandoviruses could have “emerged from a new ancestral cellular type that no longer exists—possibly from Mars.