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.
Now that they've got this brand new seaworthy pick-up truck, the Navy is about to start getting phone calls from the Army and the Marines asking for help moving furniture and whatnot. But that's okay. That's exactly the reason the Navy built this ship in the first place.
Rapid gains in technology were made in World War II, and no idea seemed too outlandish. To wit: British inventor Geoffrey Pyke wanted to make the largest aircraft carrier ever seen — even by today's standards — crafted from his own original material composed largely of ice.
"I dreamed that a part of Holland was flooded," Dutch-native Johan Huibers said in an interview with Today. "The next day, I get the idea to build an ark." That Huibers did — this brick-like behemoth of a boat is "Johan's Ark."
Dazzle camouflage was used extensively on ships during WWI and WWII. With random lines, contrasting shapes, and weird colors, it wasn't meant to hide ships, but rather to confuse the heck out of anyone looking at them, and a new study shows that Dazzle works well enough that it might actually worth be using again.
Shell Petroleum plans to build a floating natural gas refinery off the coast of Australia that they say will be the largest floating object the world has ever seen.