Editor Blogs

October 2020
NASA Competition Could Help Power a Human Lunar Presence

NASA's Artemis Programs seeks to land the first woman and the next man on the moon by 2024, and the ''Watts on the Moon'' challenge is designed to help lunar explorers harness the available solar power.

NASA wants to return to the Moon, but they have a power problem. And their prize competition, the "Watts on the Moon Challenge," could help solve it. If you’re not up-to-speed, NASA launched the Artemis Program to land the first woman and the next man on the moon by 2024. And it’s an exciting
Triton Completes Prototype of Electric Big Rig in 35 Days

A mock-up of Triton-EV's electric truck prototype.

Taking any vehicle – electric or otherwise – from conception to prototype takes a while. So the fact that Triton-EV was able to create an electric big rig in just over a month is a minor miracle. Their creation is able to tow up to 220,000 pounds (similar to a comparable diesel truck), and it features a hy
Astronaut Aboard the ISS Wears a Mask to Prepare for COVID

Astronaut Chris Cassidy practices wearing a mask in preparation for a return to Earth.

Turns out that traveling 250 miles above the Earth’s surface can’t escape the coronavirus. Not to worry – there hasn’t been an outbreak of COVID-19 aboard the International Space Station. Our favorite little global pandemic is still confined to the globe. But astronaut Chris Cassidy is wearing a mas
New Light Fixture Could Deactivate COVID-19

GE Current's new UV-C-based LPU puck could help deactivate COVID-19

In the June print issue, I pondered whether UV light could help in the fight against COVID-19. The answer, it turns out, isn’t so straightforward. While ultra-violet light can’t be sent inside the body, like President Trump suggested (without doing more harm than good, anyway), it can be used to deactivate SARS-CoV-2.
Maid of the Mist Launches All-Electric Passenger Vessels

The James V. Glynn, one of the two all-electric, zero emission passenger vessels launched by the Maid of the Mist boat tour.

About six years ago, my wife and I took a roadtrip to Toronto, and along the way, we stopped at Niagara Falls. Despite my horrible motion sickness, I agreed to go on the Maid of Mist, because you don’t visit Niagara Falls and not ride the Maid of the Mist. And….I got horrible motion sickness. But it was a fu