Car diverts you from bad weather; You can go Bionic

Scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) are testing an innovative technological system in the Detroit area this month that ultimately will help protect drivers from being surprised by black ice, fog, and other hazardous weather conditions.

The prototype system is designed to gather detailed information about weather and road conditions from moving vehicles. Within about a decade, it should enable motor vehicles equipped with wireless technology to transmit automated updates about local conditions to a central database, which will then relay alerts to other drivers in the area.

“The goal is to reduce crashes, injuries, and deaths by getting drivers the information they need about nearby hazards,” says Sheldon Drobot, the NCAR program manager in charge of the project. “The system will tell drivers what they can expect to run into in the next few seconds and minutes, giving them a critical chance to slow down or take other action.”

Maybe then we could all have cheaper auto insurance!? Yeah, I know, I’m dreaming.

(Credit: Copyright UCAR, photo by Michael Chapman)


Years after the HAL (Hybrid Assistive Limb) suit first debuted, it seems that Cyberdyne’s pride and joy is about to get really real. According to a report over at HPlus Magazine, the company is linking up with Daiwa House in order to “begin mass production” of the cybernetic bodysuit.

Sounds like someone really wants to be like Iron Man.

The cybernetic suit that “augments body movement and increases user strength by up to tenfold.”

Though whether or not that warrants the $4,200 price tag remains to be seen.


A new blog hosted by Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Technology Transfer Program promises to be a nexus of information on energy research across the University campus and around the world.

The blog, “SIU Energy Technology,” will promote energy research at SIU’s campuses, publish articles by researchers, carry links to outside information and act as a general clearinghouse for energy research information.