Category Archives: Innovation and Technology

Lockheed says makes breakthrough on fusion energy project

The magnetic coils inside the compact fusion (CF) experiment are critical to plasma containment, as pictured in this undated handout photo

 

 

Lockheed Martin has made a breakthrough in developing a power source based on nuclear fusion. The reactor would be small enough to fit on the back of a truck. Lockheed has been working in the shadows on this project for a couple of years but now they went public to find some potential partners in the industry and government for their work. The project is aimed to help in developing new power sources to reduce increasing global conflicts over energy. Read More>>

Study: Connected healthcare device sales to surpass $3B by 2019

Connected healthcare device sales have been projected to exceed $3 billion globally by 2019, according to a report from analysis firm juniper Research. This growth can be partially attributed to Apple and Samsung’s newly launched health platforms, Samsung’s SAMI and Apple’s healthKit. Another report from research firm Visiongain found the mobile health market is expected to be valued at $6.7 billion by the end of 2014. Read More>>

The Defense Industry Is Expanding the Use of 3D Printing

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3D printers have now made its way into the Defense Industry. The DOD is using 3D printers across various military services. Lockheed Martin is also is using high-tech 3D printers to manufacturer tools used to build the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, a next-generation fighter jet that will be flown by the U.S. military and allies. The Obama administration has been interested in expanding the use of 3D printing in America for a number of years and now we see the use being expanded into various fields in the Defense Industry. Read More>>

Crumpled graphene could provide an unconventional energy storage

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Graphene paper, which is a material formed by bonding together layers of the two-dimensional form of carbon, has been found to yield new properties that could be useful for creating stretchable supercapacitors to store energy for flexible electronic devices, due to its large surface area per mass.

The finding is reported in the journal Scientific Reports by MIT’s Xuanhe Zhao, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering and civil and environmental engineering. It has robust properties, which is one of the strongest materials and by crumpling a sheet of grapheme paper into a chaotic mass of folds, they can make a super capacitor that can easily be bent, folded, or stretched to as much as 800 percent of its original size. Read More>>

Passwords could be replaced with ‘heartbeat’ authentication

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Bionym, a Canadian company has created a wearable device that allows people to use their heartbeats to unlock passwords on their devices. The wearable called Nymi, uses heart rhythm as a sensor to unlock devices as heart beats are as unique as fingerprints. As hacking and data breach has become a major issue, Karl Martin, CEO and founder of the company has high hopes for the device. Read More>>