Welcome to Technology Tuesday! Every week The Job Shop Blog will bring you our 5 top science and technology news stories from around the web.
This week: Elon Musk releases his updated master plan for Tesla, the U.S. and Russia make plans to go to the Moon together, new technology for a glasses-less 3D movie screen, a new auto steel that’s 30% lighter and 25% stronger, and an engineered living hip that eliminates arthritis pain.
Elon Musk’s Master Plan 2.0
Elon Musk has been in the headlines a lot over the past few years. If he’s not sending rockets to the International Space Station (and then landing them again), he is making massive batteries that allow individuals to store solar energy for their homes, engineering cars that drive themselves, planning to colonize Mars (no, seriously), and generally being the Tony Stark of virtually every major industry.
The world finally has the “Master Plan” for Elon Musk’s company, Tesla. In it, Musk reveals that he is focused on creating a sustainable future for our planet, and he will likely reshape the fundamental nature of our society in the process.
Joint U.S./Russian Moon Station Planned
American and Russian engineers are getting closer to a new plan for cooperating in space, one that would go beyond low Earth orbit and preserve the multinational alliance forged at the dawn of the International Space Station program in 1993. Organizations on both sides are quietly toying with the idea of going back to the moon together. That is, if politics don’t get in the way.
Movie Screen Allows Glasses-Free Movie Experience
A team from MIT’s CSAIL and Israel’s Weizmann Institute of Science has just developed a way for audiences to enjoy a glasses-free movie experience in theaters.
A prototype display, developed by the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) together with Israel’s Weizmann Institute of Science, lets audiences enjoy a 3D movie in a movie theater, minus those pesky 3D glasses.
The technology uses a special collection of lenses and mirrors that allow users to enjoy the 3D viewing experience from any seat in the theater.
Super Auto-Steel Created by Japanese Company
Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal has developed an automotive steel sheet that is 20-30% lighter and 25% stronger than the toughest high-tensile steel now on the market, hoping to help carmakers build more fuel-efficient, safer vehicles.
The company is conducting verification tests and will start marketing the product around 2020 for use in vehicle frames, chassis and other components.