Category Archives: Design

The Radioactive Diamond Battery That Will Run For 28,000 Years

BY CAROLINE DELBERT

It’s powered by nuclear waste, but still safe for humans.

In two years, one startup says you’ll be able to buy its diamond nuclear-powered battery. Even cooler: The battery will last for up to 28,000 years.

We know—that sounds wild. The potential game-changer comes from the U.S. startup NDB, which stands for Nano Diamond Battery, a “high-power diamond-based alpha, beta, and neutron voltaic battery” its research scientist founders say can give devices “life-long and green energy.”

Could NDB’s bold claim actually become a reality?

To build its nano diamond battery, NDB combines radioactive isotopes from nuclear waste with layers of paneled nano diamonds. Diamonds are a rare thing to begin with, but they are extremely good heat conductance makes them even more unusual in the realm of construction of devices. Micro-sized single crystal diamonds move heat away from the radioactive isotope materials so quickly that the transaction generates electricity.

Scientists presented the first known diamond nuclear voltaic (DNV) battery concept using waste graphite from a graphite-cooled nuclear reactor. The radioactively contaminated graphite could last thousands of years, with the heat-conducting diamonds pulling that energy away into electricity alongside it the whole time. NDB’s concept is the same, but with layers and layers of the diamond and radioactive waste panels to equal higher total amounts of energy.

You’re probably wondering what the catch is.

See More [Popular Mechanics]

A Man Lives in 2 Tiny Houses on a Private Island in Florida

In 2017, Tim Davidson was given 60 days to move out of his family’s vacation home in Florida.

Davidson had been living in the vacation home in Sarasota, Florida, for about a year when his family decided it was finally time for him to get a place of his own.

Initially, Davidson considered buying a traditional-size home.

While he was house hunting, he realized that a large home meant unused space, unnecessary belongings, more taxes, and more money.

Davidson just wanted the necessities: a bedroom, living area, small kitchen, and access to the outdoors.

A tiny home felt like a perfect solution.

BrownieBytes has a question: If he’s on an island, why didn’t he position the houses so he has a water view? Very odd fellow…

— Read on www.insider.com/man-lives-two-tiny-homes-private-island-florida-2021-3

Jeff Bezos and Amazon: A complicated design legacy

Cool like Apple and Nike? Nah….

We talked to more than a dozen designers, many of whom worked with Bezos on Amazon’s most important products, as he steps down as CEO.

— Read on www.fastcompany.com/90611088/the-complicated-design-legacy-of-jeff-bezos

Why Do Gas Pumps Run Slow?

Last week, I twice found myself standing at a gas pump, in single digit temperatures waiting for what must have been individual droplets of gasoline to drip into my car’s tank. The digits slowly ticked over and, as my hands grew colder, I thought about going into the car for my coat, maybe some gloves.

I thought about ending the transaction and trying another pump. But I waited. And I told myself I’d Google why this happens. Then, I got in my car and drove away without Googling a damn thing, just like I had every other time it happened.

— Read on jalopnik.com/i-finally-looked-up-why-gas-pumps-sometimes-run-slow-an-1846356588

Sustainable Deepwater Fish Farms Breed ‘Sushi-Grade Fish’ and Could Replenish Depleted Wild Stocks

Sustainable deepwater fish farms could propel the fishing industry into a new direction and in an “environmentally responsible manner” by replenishing depleted wild stocks that have been affected by overfishing and pollution.

Marine biologist Neil Sims is helping to spearhead this initiative with Hawaii-based Ocean Era (formerly Kampachi Farms), a start-up that’s established offshore.

Ocean Era breeds “sushi-grade fish” in pens 230 feet and almost 4 miles (70 meters deep, 6 km) from the coast. Currently, aquaculture (the farming of fish, seafood and aquatic plants) already accounts for about half the fish eaten worldwide. However, these fish farms are typically located in coastal waters where the fecal waste produced by the fish, and chemicals used in the farming process potentially impacts the environment.
— Read on www.techthatmatters.com/these-sustainable-deepwater-fish-farms-breed-sushi-grade-fish-and-could-replenish-depleted-wild-stocks/

This High-Tech, Expandable ‘Mobile Hospital’ Has a COVID-19 Isolated Clinic Space

Given the unpredictability of COVID-19 and rising hotspots across the U.S., the CT Defense Mobile Medical Unit could lessen the constraint put on hospitals – and save more lives.

Created by CT Defense and distributed by Elavo, this state-of-the-art mobile hospital is a 12-bed mobile ICU that features HEPA filtered climate control, which prevents the spread of infectious diseases.

The unit stands out from the rest due to its advanced sanitization entrance/exit that protects health workers and the community. It has expandable sides that almost doubles the clinic space
— Read on www.techthatmatters.com/this-high-tech-expandable-mobile-hospital-has-a-covid-19-isolated-clinic-space/

Fire-Fighting Rescue

This is the Colossus, a robust fire-fighting robot by Shark Robotics that was developed with Paris firemen, the Brigade de Sapeurs-Pompiers. This multi-purpose support robot for operations in high-risk areas helped extinguish the ferocious Notre Dame blaze that occurred on April 15, 2019.

While it may seem small in size, this fire-fighting beast lives up to its name. Considered to be “the most powerful electric robot in the world,” the Colossus is amazingly resistant to thermal radiation (up to 900 ° C). It can also run up to 12 hours in an operational situation and has a carrying capacity of up to 500 Kg.

Its integration is also impressive. In less than 30 seconds, the Colossus’ functions are interchangeable by a single operator without the use of tools. Super easy to use, the Colossus sets up quickly and is a low-maintenance robot that has proven to save lives as well as beloved historic structures.

— Read on www.techthatmatters.com/category/rescue/

This ‘DroneGun’ Takes Down Unwanted Drones with Radio Frequencies Instead of Bullets

This is the DroneGun Tactical made by Droneshield that provides a safe countermeasure against a wide array of drone models. The DroneGun takes down unwanted drones by shooting radio frequencies instead of bullets. It’s a one-man operated rifle used as a military defense that has an effective range of one mile.

The battery-powered, single-rifle DroneGun allows for controlled management of explosive-carrying drones without damaging common drone models or the surrounding environment.
— Read on www.techthatmatters.com/this-dronegun-takes-down-unwanted-drones-with-radio-frequencies-instead-of-bullets/

This Airplane Disinfecting Device Is the Germ Killer of the Skies

This is the GermFalcon airplane disinfection system by Dimer UVC Innovations that uses Ultra-violet “C” light (UVC) to instantly kill 99.99% of bacteria, viruses, and superbugs on any exposed surface. The process is efficient, affordable, and highly-effective especially in hard-to-reach areas on a plane. Plus, it sanitizes all surfaces without any toxic after-effects, unlike chemical disinfectants.

On average, it takes about a minute to sanitize a single-seat using a chemical disinfectant, but the GermFalcon can treat 54 seats in that same minute. To further this point, it can take over two hours to disinfect the surface of a narrow-body jet, but the GermFalcon’s UVC system could do it in less than 10 minutes.
— Read on www.techthatmatters.com/this-airplane-disinfecting-device-is-the-germ-killer-of-the-skies/

Lamborghini launches limited-run $18,000 Cervélo R5 Lamborghini bike

Haven’t you heard? There’s a bicycle shortage in the United States as people’s discomfort with taking public transportation is met with their need to exercise. But as always, with impeccable timing, Lamborghini is here with a solution — a limited-edition street bike. Yours for merely the price of a cheap new car. 

Lamborghini teamed up with Canadian-Dutch bicycle company Cervélo Cycles to create the “ultra-limited edition” (their words) Cervélo R5 Automobili Lamborghini Edition. It wears a livery that you’ll recognize from the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ and has only Italian-made components as accessories. 

Only 63 examples of the bike will be made. It’s available now and carries a price tag of $18,000 — or about $3,000 more than a new Mitsubishi Mirage.

Read on to see more of the Cervélo R5 Automobili Lamborghini Edition.
— Read on www.businessinsider.com/lamborghini-launches-cervlo-r5-bike-limited-cycling-price-cost-2020-9