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Posted by Alyn Wallace

NASA just sent a wrench to the ISS… by email!

Barry Wilmore, International Space Station (ISS) Commander, recently needed a wrench that they didn’t have at hand on-board the ISS… so NASA emailed him one. For the first time ever, an object has been designed on Earth and manufactured in space. How cool is that? Previously, if a similar situation arose then those on board the ISS would have to wait for the next resupply mission which could be months away. Now, thanks to Made in Space, the California company that designed the micro gravity 3D printer aboard the ISS, astronauts can simply print the desired tool they need. Whenever […]

Posted by Allison Blackburn

New Aerial firefighter guzzles down water

When forest fires are raging it is essential to get a huge amount of water to the source of the fire as fast as possible. This is typically done by helicopters that can scoop up water from large bodies of water and then drop it on the forest fire. The majority of systems can gather around 1,700 to 4,000 litres of water each minute and this is great which may sound impressive, however, Inventec have come up with a new system that can guzzle up 1,000 litres of water in just 5 seconds. That comes in at 12,000 litres each minute and […]

Posted by Alyn Wallace

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft wakes up on Pluto’s doorstep after 9 year journey

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft has successfully been awoken from hibernation mode for the last time before its encounter with Pluto in 2015 after spending 9 years covering 3 billion miles. It’s the furthest a space mission has ever traveled to reach its primary target. It had been put into hibernation mode once again in August to save wear and tear on spacecraft components and reduce the risk of system failures. While New Horizons has gone through 18 hibernation periods, sleeping for about 1,873 days in total, this is the last one before it begins taking data on the Pluto system. At the time […]

Posted by Alyn Wallace

Stay Safe: 10 Ways Engineers Need to Protect Themselves

Engineering encompasses many industries, but one thing that most occupations within the engineering field have in common is risk. As an engineer, there are many varied ways that you should protect yourself, legally, physically and financially. Below are 10 ways that engineers need to protect themselves: For engineers who do a significant amount of work in the lab, safety and laboratory inspections should be done on a regular basis. Lab checks should be consistent; a check list should be used to ensure that everything is as it should be and in its proper place. A mistake could have devastating consequences, not only for […]

Posted by Allison Blackburn

Multi-directional maglev elevators make getting around high rises easier

Elevators changed how people moved around buildings when they were first designed around 160 years ago. However, since then the design of them hasn’t changed all that much as they can still only travel up and down in mechanical fashion in a vertical shaft. ThyssenKrupp hopes to change this with an elevator that would look right at home in Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. They have designed a concept of an elevator that would be able to move several cabins around a building vertically and horizontally. If the concept comes to fruition we could see testing of the system in 2016. [Image […]

Posted by Alyn Wallace

This machine converts water and carbon dioxide into synthetic fuels

Germany based Sunfire GmbH have created a machine that can convert water and carbon dioxide taken from the air into synthetic petroleum-based fuels such as petrol, diesel and kerosene. The tech could be a much needed step towards phasing out the use of pricey, finite fossil fuels. [Image courtesy of Sunfire] Sunfire have developed a method to produce the fuels cleanly and also uses electricity from renewable sources such as wind and solar. They say the machine currently operates at an efficiency of around 50%, but seem confident this can be increased to 70%. The process works by creating steam via electricity from renewable […]