Fiction in the News Articles
related to the works of
Larry Niven (w/J. Pournelle)
Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle have produced a number of very sucessful collaboration novels. Lucifer's Hammer was one of the first science fiction stories to deal with what would happen if a large mass (like a comet) fell upon the Earth in modern times. Footfall is a fine tale about alien viewpoint and the kinetic energy of very large masses moving at planetary speeds. The Mote in God's Eye is my favorite; great characters and a truly original and absorbing plot make it a great story.
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First Flight of a Laser Powered Airplane
Today, NASA tested a laser-powered airplane: a 312-gram (11-ounce), 1.5-meter (five-foot) wingspan plane. A laser beam struck the photovoltaic cells that powered the tiny motor that turned its propeller.
Rotundus And Rover: Robotic And Fictional Guardians (Updated)
The Rotundus robot is a rather unusual spherical bot that moves using an internal pendulum. The robot was originally designed for planetary exploration at the Ångström Space Technology Center, part of Uppsala University, Sweden.
HELLADS: Lightweight Laser Cannon
Ultra-light High Energy Liquid Lasers are coming.
Algae To Clean Atmosphere
Atmospheric cleansing by means of carefully selected algae has been suggested before.
Laser-Powered Aircraft Model Tested
A nifty laser-powered model plane was tested in Osaka, Japan earlier this week.
Metal-like Polymer Developed In South Korea
Who would ever think of flexible, extrudable plastic with the same properties as metal wire? SF authors, that's who.
PEBBLES Robot - Teleconferencing For Kids At NextFest 2006
The innovative PEBBLES robot received a da Vinci award for adaptive and assistive technology this week.
Reborg-Q May You Shop In Peace
Not just a mall walker, this robot can sense water and fire, check employee security badges and even make promotional announcements.
Porta-Person Remote Conferencing Stand-In
Remote-controlled portable person helps teleconferencers be in two places at once.
HeadThere Giraffe Telepresence Robot
This is a pretty cool-looking example of an inexpensive remote-controlled telepresence device.
Sigma: SF Writers Advise Homeland Security
Science fiction writers dream for the government as well as for us.
Twist In Saturn's Electric Ring
Unusual activity out around Saturn-way may have a more fictional explanation.
DIY Telepresence By Teleoperated Robot
Do it yourself telepresence robotics makes IvanAnywhere cool.
'ETs Attacked Me With Meteorites' - Bosnian Man
This story is pretty hard to believe, but as long as we're looking into it, we might as well talk about kinetic energy weapons placed in orbit.
7 Day Old Baby Meets Telepresence Robot Dad
Very interesting application of medical rounding robots usually used to work with adults who understand what's going on.
Tmsuk Telepresence Shopper Cell Phone-Controlled
Interesting robot is controlled by the user with a cell phone; go shopping by remote control. Now, that's a cool cell phone app.
Rotundus Groundbot Robotic Spherical Guardian Video
Take a look at the latest version of the Rotundus spherical robot - it's a beauty. With a GroundBot's eye view video.
Eye Of God Found - But No Mote
In the Niven and Pournelle novel, a similar sight inspired the founding of the Church of Him. Himmists, take note.
Silver-Based Epoxy Makes Electronics Thinner
Interesting technique for making memory packages smaller - I'm pretty sure I read about this idea more than thirty years ago.
HTC Magic Smartphone At Google IO
Take a look at what they gave us at Google IO 2009; maybe the most remarkable pocket-sized computer you ever owned.
Laser Propulsion May Beam Spacecraft To Orbit
Will spacecraft and satellites ride a beam of light into space? Aerospace engineer Leik Myrabo has been working on the technology for decades.
MeBot Robot Avatar Telepresence
Interesting telepresence robot from MIT specializes in non-verbal communication.
Telepresence Robot Roundup With Anybot
The field of telepresence robotics is starting to heat up; take a look at this roundup to see the variety of functions performed.
Held aloft on a beam of light.
iRobot AVA Telepresence Robot With iPad
If iRobot is entering the field of tele-operated robotics, the business case must be good.
Videochat Robot: DIY Telepresence Robot
Another great project from Mr. Chung, this one lets you be in two places at once for just $500.
SIlver Pen Writes Flexible Circuits
Write your own circuits informally.
Stratospheric Particle Injection for Climate Engineering Project
Save the planet from global warming the all-natural way. Is there such a thing as geomimicry?
Giant Asteroid Misses Earth!
Whew, that's a relief. It did come inside the orbit of the Moon, though.
Laser Lofts UAV for Two Day Flight
Based on an idea from a physicist and science fiction writer in the 1960's.
Double Robotics iPad-Based Telepresence Robot
'Rand could effectively be in several places at once...'
Beam Yourself To Distant Places
'If he sent out two or three of the small tele-operated devices... Rand could effectively be in several places at once...' - Niven and Pournelle, 1981.
Looking For Local Extraterrestrials
'...one day the Face of God awoke... He opened His single Eye.'- Niven and Pournelle, 1974.
Smoke Jets (Air Leak Detection)
Ownership of Machines
Robot Gas Station
Spacelanes Traffic Jam