Welcome back to another terrific week of science! In this edition, you can drive the world’s fastest electric car, replace your limbs with their bionic counterparts, save the Earth with more efficient solar cells, and get an exclusive presidential look at NASA’s LER. All this and more plus our gadget of the week: The Inflatable Gladiator Combat Set!
Shelby’s Ultimate Aero EV to be World’s Fastest Electric Car
Shelby Super Cars (SSC) says it’s newest product — the Ultimate Aero EV — will be the world’s fastest electric car. No mention of specifics yet, but this still has potential to leave other speedster electric cars in the proverbial dust. The Aero uses a lithium battery backed up by groundbreaking nanotech, giving the car a range of 150-200 miles and a charge time of only 10 minutes! The big thing still missing is the price. Unless Shelby can attempt to make this beauty at least a bit affordable, they may not have such a huge market for their new road rocket. More info…
Shelby’s Ultimate Aero EV
Introducing: i-LIMB Bionic Hand
Evan Reynolds, a 19-year-old college student in Bristol was the second person in England to be fitted with the new i-LIMB bionic hand after a car accident ripped off the one he was born with. Reynolds said it took him only seconds to adapt to the device which is controlled by electrical muscle signals from the remaining part of his arm. The innovation has five independently powered digits which operate like a human hand when closing around an object. All the time we are getting bionic technology closer and closer to the real thing.
Nanosolar Promises Cheaper, More Efficient Solar Cells
Nanosolar is a new California-based company which aims to mass produce solar cells which are cost effective and versatile, and they are doing it all through the economics of printing. Nanosolar has developed proprietary process technology that makes it possible to produce 100x thinner solar cells 100x faster by printing photovoltaic materials directly onto pliable thin film. Check out the video below to learn more about the process and see just what this new tech could do for the world of energy resources.
Picture of the Week: Presidential LER
During the inauguration, the new president and first lady got an exclusive look at NASA’s new LER or Lunar Electric Rover which will go to the moon. NASA tweeted about the event and shared some pictures. Check out this one of the LER with president and wife in the background.
Gadget of the Week: Inflatable Gladiator Combat Set
Everybody has that coworker that gets on their nerves. And while you may just want to deal with it by sending passive-aggressive emails and complaining about them to other coworkers, there are healthier ways to deal with office conflicts. And that is by battling with inflatable gladiator gear. The Inflatable Gladiator Combat Set comes with 2 inflatable shields, 2 inflatable helmets, and 2 inflatable maces designed for squishy, squishy bludgeoning. It’s only $16 from Gadgetepoint.
Here’s a warp-speed look at science tid-bits that didn’t quite make the cut, but nonetheless merit mention.
- “Super Neptune” exoplanet discovered
- New evidence for global warming in Antarctica
- New material could be used to build a space elevator