Could you really grow potatoes on Mars?

Could you really grow potatoes on Mars?

The much-anticipated movie The Martian opens today, and I plan to be there, come hell or high water (and we might actually get some of that here in New York!). The book is amazing hard sf, and the movie promises to be more of the same. Hopefully, it continues a recent...
Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE enters final round

Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE enters final round

Science fiction can do more than predict the technologies of the future. It can inspire them as well. Case in point, the medical diagnostic devices built for the Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE. The competition seeks to recreate the gizmo of the Star Trek TV and movie...
Businessweek: hybrid drones

Businessweek: hybrid drones

Bloomberg Businessweek has my writeup in the May 11-17, 2015 issue on Top Flight’s hybrid power drones. A gasoline engine on board charges the batteries that run the rotors, giving the drones 2 hours or more of flight time versus the 15-30 minutes more typical...
PopMech: SpaceX crew capsule first flight

PopMech: SpaceX crew capsule first flight

This morning at about 9 a.m. Eastern Time, SpaceX launched the crew version of its Dragon space capsule for the first time. The capsule launched from a pad at Cape Canaveral using its onboard Super Drago rocket engines. The flight only lasted a minute and half, during...
Businessweek: Drone Traffic Control

Businessweek: Drone Traffic Control

Like it or not, the drones are coming. Delivery services, construction and real estate companies, farmers, and of course photographers and filmmakers will all use them extensively—just as soon as government regulators clear the way. One of the technical challenges...
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