Funding could still be a problem, but this futuristic sea lab is finally drifting toward reality.
On Tuesday, the U.S. Navy officially launched the U.S.S. Zumwalt, the first of a new class of sweet-looking guided missile destroyers.
The flagship Gerald R. Ford-class supercarrier gets moist for the first time.
This ship throws its weight around, by generating its own waves inside the hull to counteract the rocking forces of ocean swells.
In a move that could trouble environmental activists, Russia has announced plans to launch the world's first floating nuclear power plant.
Aircraft carriers have a really short runway, so to get the jets up to speed crews use special catapults to fling planes into the air. Now, Airbus is saying that we should be using similar technology with passenger jets, saving fuel while reducing noise for people who live near airports.
If you plan on steaming a huge Navy ship around the globe, it's going to need a lot of fuel to keep it running. That's a problem when you're thousands of miles from home in hostile waters. But what if you could simply make your own fuel using the seawater that surrounds you? That's what the U.S. Navy wants to do, using a two-step process that turns seawater into jet fuel.
Sails have been relied on for about 5,000 years to move ships without using any fuel. It's probably safe to say that anything that's been in use for 5,000 years straight is a halfway decent idea, and a U.K. company called B9 shipping is bring back the sail with a new cargo ship design that doesn't need any fossil fuels at all.
Remember SeaOrbiter? No? Well, you should, 'cause we wrote about it six years ago, when plans were underway to create the ship and set it afloat "in the near future." And the near future is now here! Nearly!
Current U.S. immigration and work visa rules can be so challenging that foreign students, workers and entrepreneurs have to head to other countries to fulfill their high-tech dreams. Now, a California startup is proposing to stem the tide of the brain drain by docking a residence vessel in international waters 12 miles off the coast of San Francisco.