The creativity of man is confounding. Out of the lump pf grey matter sitting on man’s head, dreams and inventions are being made into reality. Some are so simple, while others appear complex. The universe of science is too gigantic for man to grasp. Hitherto, the mechanics of building the great pyramids still perplexes great engineers. It is not only the engineering aspects of the pyramids, but the purpose of that great structure is still a subject of debate and conjecture. Nonetheless, man’s quest to discover new depths never ceases. Every step that man takes brings forth exponential knowledge. But knowledge puffs up. So much so that some may want to seek the status of the “gods”.
The scenes created by George Lucas in the Star Wars series may soon be reality. Instead of choking up the narrow confines of roads, how about letting the Hoverbike shuttle us around with absolute freedom. The Hoverbike combines the simplicity of a motorbike and the freedom of a helicopter to create the world’s first flying motorcycle. If the inventors are right, the cost of the Hoverbike may not be beyond the reach of the average person who now can afford a car. Kickstarter which funded the project, reported that “When compared with a helicopter, the Hoverbike is cheaper, more rugged and easier to use – and represents a whole new way to fly. The Hoverbike flies like a quadcopter, and can be flown unmanned or manned, while being a safe – low level aerial workhorse with low on-going maintenance.”
Acoustic levitation (also: Acoustophoresis) is a method of using sound traveling through a medium such as a gas to counteract the forces of gravity. Hence, it is possible to suspend matter in a medium by using acoustic radiation pressure from intense sound waves in the medium. “Acoustic levitation is usually used for containerless processing which has become more important of late due to the small size and resistance of microchips and other such things in industry. …. Current systems have lifted at most a few kilograms. Acoustic levitators are used mostly in industry however some products are commercially available to the public” (Wikipedia). Using this principle, Om Audio has created the Om One, a bluetooth soundsystem which levitates for improved sound quality using opposing magnets. The company says that the Om One’s audio quality is better than ordinary speakers because it does not lose sound through friction and vibration (The Telegraph).
Water is life. About 71% of the Earth’s surface is covered by water, and the oceans hold about 96.5% of all the earth’s water. But water also exists in the air as water vapor, in rivers and lakes, in icecaps and glaciers, in the ground as soil moisture and in aquifers. Even the human body is 80% water by composition. Yet, there are many areas that suffer from water scarcity. The Warka Water project in Ethopia creates water from water condensation using a water tower hand-made with natural materials. “The project lies in a reticular structure made by reeds, a natural material easily available and can be easily built by local people. Inside the tower, which stands at 9 meters tall, is a network made of a special fabric and polyethylene textile, able to collect the drinking water of the air by condensation. The structure is composed of 5 modules that can be installed from the bottom upwards by a few people without the need for scaffolding. Weighing only 60 kg, “Warka Water” can collect up to 100 litres of drinking water per day” (Revolve Water).
And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.