My picks, 2016-8

These are the latest articles and videos I found most interesting.

  1. Driving Technology: Autonomous Vehicles, Connected Cars and the Future of the Automobile
  2. Ford, Jose Cuervo to Make Car Parts from Agave
  3. Hitting the Sun is HARD
  4. Brain imaging at multiple size scales
  5. Super Ball Bot

Driving Technology: Autonomous Vehicles, Connected Cars and the Future of the Automobile

Carlos Ghosn

A discussion with Carlos Ghosn, Chairman and CEO, Renault-Nissan Alliance moderated by Professor Robert Burgelman, Stanford Graduate School of Business.


Ford, Jose Cuervo to Make Car Parts from Agave

Wall Street Journal

Ford Motor Co. and tequila maker Jose Cuervo have a new partnership that aims to use agave plant fibers to develop more sustainable bio-plastic materials for use in vehicles. Ford’s Materials Sustainability leader Debbie Mielewski joins Lunch Break with Tanya Rivero.


Hitting the Sun is HARD

YouTube

This video is about the orbital mechanics of why it’s so hard to crash into the sun – the energy it takes to get there is astoundingly high, compared with leaving the solar system.


Brain imaging at multiple size scales

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

MIT researchers have developed a new technique for imaging brain tissue at multiple scales, allowing them to peer at molecules within cells or take a wider view of the long-range connections between neurons. (Learn more: Imaging the brain at multiple size scales)


Super Ball Bot

NASA
Architectural Optimisation and Evolutionary Systems with Genetic Algorithms

There are several advantages to a ball-like design and that’s why NASA’s Innovative Advanced Concepts program is studying its feasibility.

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