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Japanese Construction Firm Thinks of a Space Elevator in 2050

Japanese Construction Firm Thinks of a Space Elevator in 2050

Talking space elevator isn’t new, but showing a serious interest in the construction of one probably is. Tokyo based construction firm Obayashi Corp. has displayed interest in building a space elevator. The project would make liberal use of carbon nanotubes, and have a cable stretched up 96,000 kilometers into the air, or probably space would be a better word here.

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Camera Shoots so Fast, it can See Photons/Light Move [video]

The speed of light is the fastest known, and for all intents and purposes, is considered to be the physical limit. So yes, a camera or for that matter, any device that can match the speed of light, is impressive. The video shows Ramesh Raskar, associate professor at the MIT Media Lab, announces that they have managed to built a virtual slow-motion camera that can see photons or light particles move through space. The camera captures imaging data at roughly a trillion times per second.

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Stretchable Power, Data Cables Mean One Less Problem in the World

Stretchable Power, Data Cables Mean One Less Problem in the World

We can’t remember the number of times we have tried to attach a gadget to a socket or a computer and that darned thing was just out of range. Kids, this never works out well. Japan’s Asahi Kasei corporation has decided to make things that much more easier, and the world that much more better with power and data cables that are elastic and can be stretched to 1.5 times their original size. How cool is that?

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All Hail the Messiah: The True Flu Killer

All Hail the Messiah: The True Flu Killer

A lot of people get injected with flu vaccines every year, and a lot of the still get the flu. The problem here is not the vaccine, but the virus that has a lot of strains and mutates into other strains making it very difficult to have a vaccine that can actually save us from the flu. There may still be hope in the shape of a vaccine developed by scientists at the University of Texas Southwestern.

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