Google’s Moonshot Factory
“As the polymath engineers and scientists who work there are fond of saying, Google X is the search giant’s factory for moonshots, those million-to-one scientific bets that require generous amounts of capital, massive leaps of faith, and a willingness to break things. Google X (the official spelling is Google [x]) is home to the self-driving car initiative and the Internet-connected eyeglasses, Google Glass, among other improbable projects.”
Some of the projects that have passed Google’s way include:
Airborne Wind-power Generators
The Makani AWT is a tethered, autonomous rigid-wing fitted with onboard turbines for power generation. Flying in circles at 1,000 feet (300 meters), the system mimics the motion, and speed, of a conventional turbine’s aerodynamically effective blade tips. Pictured is the Wing 7 flying in June 2012. Google bought Makani in May 2013.
Photo by Makani Power
Google’s augmented reality head mounted display as glasses.
Photo by Wikimedia Commons (Tedeytan)
Google’s Multigenerational Nerd Fantasy: Space Elevators
Google’s Lexus RX 450h Self-Driving Car
Artist concept of a space elevator.
Ballon-based Broadband Transmitters
Google Loon launch event of June 16, 2013 was a test of the use of high-altitude balloons to bring internet access to undeveloped parts of the world. The initiative never progressed beyond the experimental stage.
Photo by Wikimedia Commons (iLighter)
August 29, 2013
August 18, 2013
Just How Large is Google?
On 16th August 2013 between 23:52 and 23:57 BST the mighty Google went down. The real time analytics company, GoSquared Engineering reported a 40% drop in global pageviews per minute during the Google instance. The drop was followed by a spike afterwards as users got cought-up.
Credit: GoSquared Engineering
February 1, 2009
NASA Puts Alternative Jet Fuels Put to the Test
NASA and 11 other research groups are testing two non-petroleum-based jet fuels in the pursuit of alternative fuels that can power commercial jets and address rising oil costs.
Read the article at NASA Puts Alternative Jet Fuels Put to the Test (NASA).
January 31, 2009
Creating Biofuel with Algae
University of Nevada, Reno has a demonstration project that turns algae into biofuel. It is being done to show that the process is economical.
Read the article at Nevada conducts algae-to-biofuel research project (UNR).
November 29, 2008
Los Alamos observatory fingers cosmic ray ‘hot spots’
Milagro Observatory unveils something never before seen from Earth
“A Laboratory cosmic-ray observatory has seen for the first time two distinct hot spots that appear to be bombarding Earth with an excess of cosmic rays. The research calls into question nearly a century of understanding about galactic magnetic fields near our solar system….