Why you shouldn’t implant computer
chips in your arm
By Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor
In general, medical implants and their components are strictly regulated by the Food and Drug Admin- istration and for good reason. You can’t just stick anything plastic under your skin without suffering from extreme consequences, which could include major infections or some pretty gnarly scarring.
Medical implants are a serious business, and each design aspect of implants like stents or pacemakers is
carefully tested in trials that include several rounds of research and testing.
Apparently, Tim Cannon wasn’t concerned with any of this when he decided to implant a computer
chip under his skin. Cannon, who considers himself a biohacker, thought this would be a good idea. The
chip, called the Circadia 1.0 — by Grindhouse Wetware — is designed to record biometric data from
Cannon’s body and send it to any Android-powered mobile device.
This hypersonic Blackbird can launch weapons
By Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor
In aviation, it doesn’t get more chic than the SR-71 Blackbird, the
Rolls Royce of the sky. From 1964 until its retirement in 1998, this
supersonic, Mach 3+ reconnaissance (a.k.a, spy) aircraft played a
crucial role in the Cold War (and afterward) for over three decades.
It also holds the world record for fastest air-breathing manned aircraft — naturally, since its standard procedure for evading missiles
was flying faster. But ever since the Blackbird went to the Boca
Raton of the skies, aviation buffs have been pining for a successor. And now they have one — the aptly named SR-72 Blackbird.
The SR-72, unlike the SR-71, will be a strike platform, capable of
launching weapons from the edge of space.
Just like on TV: Ocean
exploration for the
This wallet will take your
money and run
Today in #Engineering:
Daniel M. Cooper
received the first U.S.
patent for a time clock
Engineering Update #32:
The world’s fastest civilian aircraft
In this month’s top Engineering Update, Managing Editor Kasey
Panetta talks about the top tech news:
➤ The world’s fastest civilian aircraft
The Cessna Citation X was recently confirmed by the FAA as the
fastest civilian aircraft in the world blowing past the current record
holder, the Gulfstream G650 at a speed of mach .935 to the Gulfstream’s unimpressive Mach .925.
➤ A pod system for public transportation
On the other side of the speed scale, the town of Milton-Keynes in
England is replacing its public buses with a pod system that will rocket passengers around the city at a whiplash-inducing 12 mph.
➤ A football helmet that senses concussions
Jake Merrell designed a type of smart foam called Xonano foam
using nanotechnology and silicon foam. When compressed, the foam
generates an electrical signal that can be transmitted to a tablet or
F- 35 successfully
targets aerial drone
(is still a moneypit)
By Kasey Panetta,
The F- 35 Lightning II program,
which surpassed 10,000 flight
hours in September, finally has
another reason to celebrate.
On October 31, the F-35A, a
5th generation fighter, successfully launched an AIM-120
radar-seeking missile from the
internal weapons bay. The AIM-
120 advanced medium range
air-to-air missile (AMRAAM) was
deployed against an aerial drone
strike and, according to observers and test data, successfully
used the mission systems sensors
to identify and target the drone.
@ecnonline: F- 35
aerial drone (is still a
DaveLG: @ecnonline Isn’t it supposed to
be able to do that?