Welcome to the end of another week. With all the science and engineering technology news this week, I probably could have filled two or three of these lists. But here are some of the stories you might have missed over the past couple of days:
US Special Operations Command plans to have Iron Man-like suit prototypes ready to go by 2018
Turbines From Outer Space Lift Lockheed to New Energy
Flirtey drones deliver socks from the sky at Menlo Ventures’ annual partner meeting
Windy City Could Soon Have the World’s Tallest Timber Tower
Science Rewards Eureka Moments, Except When It Doesn’t
Although Marvel’s Doctor Strange movie has just opened, the US military is thinking more about Tony Stark’s Iron Man. Talos, short for Tactical Light Operator Suit, would shield soldiers while also giving them strength enhancements through an exoskeleton.
The suit would also function like a Fitbit on acid, monitoring heart rate, body temperature and hydration levels. Take that Hydra!
No, “Turbines From Outer Space” is not the next sci-fi blockbuster coming to a cinema near you. Instead, it’s one of the latest breakthroughs from Lockheed Martin, which is trying to leverage its military experience for the civilian markets.
Armed with the knowledge of materials and manufacturing processes it developed for the U.S. space shuttles program, the company is deploying tidal turbines to generate electricity.
Partner meetings can be a real drag. Lots of presentation from speakers who think very highly of themselves. But Menlo Ventures spiced up its partner meeting by using Flirtey drones to drop off…socks for the partners.
It’s a stunt, to be sure, but it shows just how mainstream drones have become in our everyday lives. Imagine what the future holds. In a couple of decades, maybe the meeting will feature the matter teleportation of underwear!
Imagine a skyscraper. The majestic views. The shiny steel. Now imagine it made of out…wood. That’s precisely what could grace Chicago’s skyline in the future.
A company in the Windy City wants to take advantage of wood’s natural strength by using a diagonal-grid framework to construct an 80-story residential building. It would dwarf other wooden buildings planned for Vancouver and Amsterdam.
We’ll finish off the week with an interesting question faced by a lot of scientists: Who gets credit for breakthroughs in science and engineering?
This NPR piece details the trials and tribulations of Lithuania’s Virginijus Siksnys, who played a key role in the ability to edit DNA. Due to a combination of politics, timing and bad luck, Siksnys’ research was published a bit late, and he missed out on the recognition – as well as a potential Nobel Prize.