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Friday, 20 August 2010 14:49

MIT Designs Stackable Cars for Future

Written by Tom Pontaro

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology's (MIT) Smart Cities team has developed a solution for smart cities of tomorrow.  In order to resolve the issues of traffic congestion they have proposed "stackable" cars.  The idea is that the cars--similar to golf carts would be a public item that you would rent much like a Zip Car.  The cars could be stowed much like shopping carts--as the cars are able to be compacted into a small space. 

The cars would be electric powered and charged when they are stacked in storage.  The plan is only for city driving at the moment, but the potential to use them more widely is there.

MIT research is currently developing an advance space suit that uses exotic materials and mechanical counter-pressure to create a "second skin," in contrast to the bulky, inflated models currently used by astronauts.

MIT Researchers Take Space Suit to Next Level

The skin-like layer would maintain pressure mechanically allowing you to create additional layers that can be donned more like clothing, quickly replaced or repaired. Tests have already shown that the mechanically applied pressure successfuly protects against exposure to vacuum, the problem would be to ensure such pressure can be maintained across the skin. Joints would be a problem. Work in "Shape Memory Polymers" and exploitation of so-called "lines of non-extension" on the human body would have to developed into the current design.

If successful, such suits could be in use for NASA lunar missions next decade and on a first mission to Mars.

“The acceptance of a contradiction is the telling of a story”

I just saw a wonderful talk on TED from an Indian director named Shekhar Kapur. His understanding of how to tell a story involved understanding dualities, accepting contradiction, and allowing chaos to flow. He was clear to explain that the resolution of storytelling was not what he strived for. A truly enlightening talk. His work includes Elizabeth The Golden Age” which was truly a great film.

What is our story? How do we seek to tell our story through our at times complex dualities? How is this developed? Does this involve learning to let go of these “complex dualities?” Do they all have to make sense?

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