Flight Simulator

So I posted a topic in "Tech," but it didn't show up there and none of my posts are, so here is the link to the actual post:https://www.instructables.com/community/Fight-Simulator/Yes, yes, I know. I accidentally called it "FIGHT Simulator."

Posted by mdj817 10 years ago

car crash simulator

Does anybody know of a good car crash simulator hopefully free where you build your own car and then crash it.

Posted by Sun Gear 9 years ago

electronic tornado simulator

Anyone knows how this works? there is no instructable how to do it with a electronic solution. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P54M9X42y1M&feature=related

Posted by itge13 6 years ago

Fight Simulator

I just had a great Idea last night. Okay, I think we've all seen those $250,000 homemade flight simulators built by people with just a wee bit too much time on their hands (like anyone who goes on instructables). One of the main reasons these are expensive, other than the computer themselves, is the fact that there are multiple LCD screens surrounding the pilot. These things cost a few pretty pennies, so this is where my idea comes in. The first thing you would need to do, would be to arrange some semi-opaque plastic panels where you would usually have the LCD displays. They need to be opaque enough that you can't see through them, but clear enough to let a good bit of light through. In other words, they need to be translucent, not transparent. The second thing would be computer software. It needs to be able to totally invert your desktop display. You could do this with hardware, but it would be a waste of time and materials. Connected to your computer would be a digital projector, which is where all of the magic of this project comes together. You run the projector through a prism (what kind, anyone?), to slightly warp the projected image. You need this warpage (is that a word?), to counteract the different angles of the plastic panels. The projector is set up in front of the "cockpit," projecting its inverted, warped image at it. You can see the images on the inside, because you chose the correct opacity, right? The hope behind this idea, is that it is much cheaper to have 1 digital projector, than it is to have multiple LCDs. Thanks! MDJ

Posted by mdj817 10 years ago

propane machine gun simulator help

I like to make a small propane machine gun simulator, the kind they use in movies. I need to know how to make the firing circuit board, what type of solenoid's I can use & what type of ignition coil & spark plug to ignite the gas. Put it simply, I need a DIY on How to build an oxygen propane machine gun simulator.

Posted by elkaddalek 2 years ago

Dawn Simulator

I heard theres LED's or something like that, that sense light and turn a device off (for example: an LED hooked to a battery.) what about turn a device On? also check out the updates on my 2 newest instructables, although nothing to do with this topic.

Posted by Yerboogieman 9 years ago

Ski / Snowboard Simulator/Trainer

Hi, I've always wanted to figure out a way to build my own ski/snowboard simulator to help teach my kids(and others) how to snowboard. In our  & case, give them refreshers since they know how to snowboard and they're only.  My 17yr old daughter, on the other hand, that's another story. She hates snowboarding because she can't grasp it, so this would be good for her too.  Here are some links to give you an idea of the type of simulator I am referring to: http://www.youtube.com/user/virtualsnowmthigh http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BqXRR2pTD4U&feature;=player_embedded#at=169 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ZDeyYq5pyY http://www.virtualsnowoc.com/action.html

Posted by sammyvillarreal 7 years ago

Movement simulator platform

We are in search for ideas and/or off-the-shelf solutions for a mobility and toileting issue in response to the following request: "The project proposal is called a \"Movement Simulation Platform\" which is intended to provide amazing sensory experiences for our students who would not be easily accessible to them otherwise.  The idea is to have the students pushed onto a large platform in their wheelchairs in front of a large screen (screen not part of project request).  On the screen will play some fantastic scenes such as hiking up a mountain, visiting different countries, driving a car, riding a roller coaster, etc.  The platform will also allow for very minor movements in all directions through the assistance of the adult holding the wheelchair (also standing on the platform).  We are imagining a very small displacement of movement in all directions (similar to a rocker board).  The platform would need to be a good size with borders and possibly a way to secure the wheelchair to the platform." Happy to hear your ideas! About Tetra Tetra is a non-profit organization that recruits skilled volunteers to create customized assistive devices for people with physical disabilities. See our instructables group at: https://www.instructables.com/group/tetra/

Posted by chuirich 5 years ago

Google Earth Flight Simulator

If you download the most recent version of Google Earth and press Ctrl+Alt+A it will open up a flight simulator. You can select from two different planes and take off from several locations including San Francisco, Switzerland, and the Himalayas. You can also start your flight at a specific location if you go there in Google Earth outside of the flight simulator, and then select the "start at current view" button which is above the airport selection box. The controls can be found by going to help and then clicking on keyboard shortcuts. It's a lot of fun and has pretty good resolution. The pics are of the Himalayas. The start-up screen with the options, Switzerland, New Zealand, and upside down over Washington D.C.

Posted by Ferrite 10 years ago

IFTC Boeing 737 simulator trip

Simulators are a wonderful thing.They allow teachers to torment train pilots against bad situations. They also do this without risk.OK,maybe there is some risk to the tech guy who was not told it would be used that day.Because the final crash resulted in the motion getting locked up.Youtube playlist

Posted by Derin 9 years ago

Sunrise lamp adaptor alarm

Hi guys and compliments for the comprehensive forum! I would love to have one of those sunrise simulator alarm clock out in the market but since I have no bedside table, and the wall cover with wood on one side, I am looking for a way to make an adaptor to start dimming my existing lamp at a precise time, like 7 am. I found out this product: http://windhovermfg.com/model/308  but the producer told me it does not work outside US (I'm from Italy) since we have 220V main and the gig would fry out. Also he told me it cannot be modified and power adapters don't work. Any idea on how to build one? Thanks a lot! Sam

Posted by samumar82 5 years ago

My Blender physics simulations!

Just for fun, I created a few physics simulations in blender, All of them of a building getting knocked down with various objects(meteor, plane, car, spheres). Here it is Here is my first one, It is older And included is a screenshot of the second simulation! :D Tell me what you think :) Thanks ~ReCreate

Posted by ReCreate 8 years ago

Driving Simulator - Google maps

A perspective version of 2D Driving Simulator on Google Maps work-in-progress, using new Map3D class of Google Maps API for Flash.http://geoquake.jp/en/webgame/DrivingSimulatorPerspective/(choice of car or bus)

Posted by lemonie 9 years ago

Simulating a T-vo service signal

Is it possible to simulate a t-vo service signal. I want to use a T-vo that I bought at a thrift sotre, to record my outside surveylance cameras, but it wont let me record without the service. Can I bypass this, or simulate a signal somehow? can I make a service simulator for this? I dont want to use it to record tv, I have a dvd recorder for that, just for the cameras.

Posted by Timjoe 9 years ago

3D Domino Physics Simulation!

Just for fun, I made this little video. And these What do you think?Anyways, I made that using a Physics simulation DLL for Gamemaker.Rendered and everything on my Computer, I got Framerates a bit lower than 1(what do you expect with over 1000 Dominoes?), But the recorded video output is much faster than that.Enjoy!

Posted by ReCreate 8 years ago

PCB design and cicuit simulation software

Hi all first post here could someone recommend a good software package for PCB and circuit design and simulation on a budget preferably compatible with windows vista and 7 and with CNC capability (looking to build one in the future)

Posted by pmills4 5 years ago

a lamp that flickers

Hi, I've discovered this site just yesterday.... I try to use the search engine but it doesn't help. I'm preparing a location for a video. Now, I need to simulate an almost broken lamp, you know, a lamp that flickers. We're using incandescent lamps. It is possible to build a switch (or something else) that can simulates this effect on an incandescent lamp? Tnx in advance, ciao

Posted by feed 10 years ago

What about a 3D simulation device??

Hi, Instructables community. This is a great place for making and sharing our projects. I am working on a 3D simulation device that uses rotational and linear motion wheels' axis as well as servos to control the finger position. What do you think about it? I had already made up a prototype. Can you suggest me if it would be a useful device? I think gaming. What are your views?? Thanks! :-) See you soon..... 

Posted by Gursimran Singh 425 2 years ago

Using "Phun" to simulate mechanisms

I'm not an engineer, and don't have access to Autodesk / AutoCAD, so I've been using Phun to simulate mechanical design.It's not strictly valid in an engineering sense, but it works pretty well for roughing out ideas. The polygons were created in Inkscape, then converted to Phun scenes with SVG2Phun. Some objects won't translate (like grouped objects), so it's necessary to simplify (hence the two images from Inkscape.)

Posted by gmoon 9 years ago

3 Axis Rotating Flight Simulation Rig

I have currently started building a 3 axis rotating Flight simulation rig that can simulated any 3D motion with a pilot inside the main cabin in control. I know the project needs a lot of disciplines working together (Steel design-mechanics-electrical-electronics-control-programming) So I assembled a team of engineers who got interested in the idea but we are not all highly experienced and the issue is new to all of us. So far we managed to design the rig it self as in steel design area. when we started moving along to the next phase which is the mechanical parts and joints we faced a lot of issues regarding the weight and balance of the rigs. The attached image is for a flight simulator done by a company in Russia. We have great ideas for improving that design and building our own non expensive simulator. I didn't post our full design model done in solid works cause it's not yet perfected. All I asking is that , if there is any one out there willing to help us share the knowledge or has a bit of experience in the subject, or wants to join our collaborate work, please don't hesitate to contacts us. I don't know the forum rules so I won't post my contact information here, but please feel free to discuss the subject with us on the forum, so we might benefit all together from this experience. 

Posted by zayed_hossam 3 years ago

Phun -- "Coolest science toy ever?"

Phun - the 2D physics sandbox, has been called the "Coolest science toy ever" by the folks at Bad Science.Phun is a neat little physics simulation environment with gravity rules, etc., and a very simple real-time interface. Try it!The free download is here.

Posted by gmoon 10 years ago

Choosing the right white LEDs for my dawn simulator

Hi all!I'm playing around with a simple DIY dawn simulator alarm clock. I've got a prototype thing working on a breadboard; an ATMEGA88 sends a PWM signal, which fades in a white LED. Adding more LEDs, I thought I'd better send the PWM signal through a mosfet, rather than drive the LEDs directly.Now I have 5 LEDs, which I grabbed in a pack at the local gadget store. However, looking at LED dawn simulators, it seems I'll need an 6x12 array of LEDs to actually wake someone up. Before I buy bulk online, I was hoping someone might help me choose the right components :)What I want is,white LEDsI guess large is better? what I have now is 10mmshould they be ultra-bright?Please comment :)

Posted by joakimk 9 years ago

Pulse detonation(numerical simulation)

Hello everyone iam a Msc student now, i have done many projects over pulsejet engines which you could see in my instructables list. Now i have decided to do a project over pulse detonation engines, before beginning with the real one i thought that making a fluent simulation will be better. I have several tries to create the detonation front and atlast i succeeded in creating one. Take a look at the attached pictures which shows the development of a detonation front inside a long tube of 100cm. Further works will be updated soon. Want to see the sequence of deto wave formation please follow the link... http://www.4shared.com/archive/a4unsF-9/sequence1tar.html?

Posted by ganuganu 5 years ago

Animatronic machine

I challenge somebody to make a Instructable about how to make a animatronic machine! Wkipedia:Animatronics is the use of electronics and robotics in mechanised puppets to simulate life. Here's a video of some animatronics

Posted by HeyJD 8 years ago

Resources for manufacturing materials for a Virtual Reality Simulator?

Hi, I am building my own "homemade Virtual Reality Simulator" that would consist in a moving platform on top of another, both connected through simple compression springs. I am a big guy and weight almost 100 kgs (200 pounds) therefore the platform should be designed to these standards. It shall look similar to the image attached. QUESTION: Do you know a good information source to find the right materials (even suppliers) for manufacturing the upper and lower boards? Thank you for any feedback.

Posted by Makerfan 2 years ago

How strong is the human skull? What material can simulate its strength?

I been experimenting with projectiles, and been wondering what can I use to simulate a human skull. I've been shooting at a 1\2 inch thick peice of wood board, the projectile made it all the way through easily. When aimed at someones head, do you think this could peirce the skull and damage the brain, or do you think the bullet will just get stuck? How strong is the human skull anyway?

Posted by IlluminatedAntichrist 10 years ago

Why is it...

Why is it I always find this type of contest after I've made the gift without documenting the process and the gift is nicely wrapped? It is just sitting there mocking me saying "Unwrap me and simulate the construction. You want another Dremel. You know you do."

Posted by RadBear 9 years ago

Cool Misty Morning Simulation

Here's an idea: Yesterday I was out on my motorcycle and it started to drizzle or mist very lightly. Helmet starts fogging so I open all the vents. The cool, clean and misty air rushing through the helmet was like a sort of inner piece. Like those mountain mornings or early fall mornings by the lake. Just gave a great feeling and I instantly felt refreshed and energetic. Anybody have an idea for recreating this feeling in a small space, say 10 x 10 room. I do have a cool mist humidifier for when I am sick but it is not nearly the same feeling. I've tried searching for some sort of product but have come up mostly empty handed and imagine it would be rather pricey anyways. Examples of said feeling: http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-STNHl9kfFc8/TYmDflagaUI/AAAAAAAADPA/fbkHM6FQttQ/s1600/Morning%2BFog.jpg http://www.sticksite.com/blog-2010/foggy.jpg http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/c3/Misty_morning.jpg If you have a thought or idea I thank you plenty!!

Posted by HAGGURD 5 years ago


One day I decided to host a FSX(Flight Simulator X) party for the Instructables community.The party will be named "Instructables" in the GameSpy list.Use your Instructables username.Times:16:55:38 Thursday July 25, 2009 in GMT11:56:00 Thursday July 25, 2009 in EST09:57:08 Thursday July 25, 2009 in PST8PDT16:57:37 Thursday July 25, 2009 in Zulu16:57:54 Thursday July 25, 2009 in UCT11:58:11 Thursday July 25, 2009 in US/Central09:58:36 Thursday July 25, 2009 in US/Pacific16:58:59 Thursday July 25, 2009 in UniversalIf your time isn't listed, use this.All times in 24hr.The party will go on for 10 hours.SF International Airport is recommended for flight departure and arrivals,but you are absolutely free to spawn anywhere you like.Just don't spawn on the runway.I will be providing ATC,along with whoever wants to do ATC.GO FORTH AND FLY FELLOW IBLERIMPORTANT NOTE:THESE DATES ARE FOR THE CANCELLED PARTY. OBTAIN FSX BEFORE THE NEXT PARTY

Posted by Derin 9 years ago

Put on your beer goggles

My school recently bought a few pairs of "beer goggles" apparently these are goggles that when are put on simulate being drunk! How on earth does this work, "DRUNK BUSTERS Impairment Goggles™ simulate effects of impairment, including reduced alertness, slowed reaction time, confusion, visual distortion, alteration of depth and distance perception, reduction of peripheral vision, poor judgement and decision making, double vision, and lack of muscular coordination. For some people, impairment might result after as little as one drink." I will be going into the gym with my health class to attempt to play basketball tomorrow or monday. But until then I am curious as to how these work. http://www.drunkbusters.com/store/shopexd.asp?id=19

Posted by astrozombies138 10 years ago

Steel Fabrication Resources

I'm building pedals, a control stick, and collective lever for a helicopter simulator. They need to be extremely robust. I'm looking for resources for perforated steel plate, ball bearings, etc. that I could build my own (think oversize erector set) or a steel fabricator that could create pieces to my specification.

Posted by davedev 8 years ago

Magnetics software for designing magnet coils?

Dear Instructables, I need to design magnetic coils for a mattress that would emit a uniform magnetic field. Does anyone know of a basic program that would plot flux density over the coils? Preferably free! Thanks! Mike

Posted by Cburg1 6 years ago

Hartley or Colpitts oscillator

I need Hartley oscillator or Colpitts oscillator. I tried a lot but failed. I am simulating circuits on multisim but not been able to get sine wave. Can anybody help me with that?? I am using these oscillators because I want high power oscillator in high frequency range.

Posted by m_uamir72001 5 years ago

Trying to run my sony Cybershot from an external 12V supply. Need help

Background: I am currently trying to build a housing that will turn my Sony DSC W-55 Cybershot Camera into a time lapse camera (Automatically take a photo every X Seconds for an extended period of time). I have already built the enclosure that houses the camera, circuit board and actuator that presses the shutter release button ever 15sec. (Adjustable). Pictures below Problem: I Need to run the camera for very long periods of time (current baseline is >8hr, but indefinately would be nice). The camera uses a Sony G-Type Li-Ion Battery that does not provide the runtime I need for this application, so I am trying to hook the camera up to an external supply. The battery has three terminals as follows [+] = ~3.9V    (No surprise here) [C] = 3V         (This is weird) [-]  = 0V I accepted that the extra terminal was strange, but figured it would not be hard to simulate. I used an LM317 Adj. Voltage regulator to simulate the 3.7V [+] Terminal and a voltage divider off of the 3.7V bus to get the 3V required for the [C] terminal. I double checked everything and plugged it in with no success, the camera will not turn on. My question is, what smarts are in the battery that I need to simulate, or is there something wrong with my current set-up. Any help will be appreciated. Thanks, John

Posted by John Culbertson 7 years ago

high power LED matrix; is it possible and how?

I've been getting into arduino lately and recently discovered the LED matrix.  I also saw some high power LEDs controlled by arduino using transistors to handle the power.  I wondered if the same idea could be applied to a matrix.  It seemed relatively simple, but when I built the circuit in a simulator (everycircuit- an excellent app), I quickly realized some issues with it.  The attached picture is the circuit in the simulator.  You should get an idea of the flaws of the circuit.  I know it would be pretty simple to use relays instead of transistors, but does anyone have any ideas on how to do it with transistors?  NPN or PNP or both.  I can't figure it out how to do it, but I figured that the collective mind of the brilliant members of instructables could probably manage to come up with something.

Posted by dudes 3 years ago

Pulsejet engine turbulence model

Hello everyone i have conducted several pulsejet engine tests but today i tried to simulate a pulseejet engine in Ansys fluent 14.0 and here it is. This is a K-e model. The peak pressure at the instant of combustion was 2.5atm. The maximum velocity reached is about 800m/s and the peak temp was about 3000K.

Posted by ganuganu 5 years ago

PIC16F877A program

Hi, i am trying to build this code for like a week but didnt had any luck in making it perfect. i'm using MPLAB software for compiling and writing the program and Proteus for hardware simulation. here is the attached picture of the question i was assigned to build. if any one could please provide me with a code i would be more then happy. thanks in advance.

Posted by pizzadox747 4 years ago

Things You Want to Build During Your Lifetime

Every now and then, I come across a big project that I want to build at some point during my lifetime. These projects may have some special or sentimental meaning, or they may just be ridiculously cool! Personally, I prefer a little of both :-) I have two specific projects on my mind: A flight simulator (check out my other post titled "flight simulator," for some reason it didn't post into the tech room and wont show up anywhere-- Just click on my username and click on it) And a dark room. Both of these projects mean something special to me, and I hope to build them some time or another. But the real reason for this post is to hear what you guys want to build. So, reply to this post with your ideas, and maybe you'll inspire someone else! Thanks, MDJ

Posted by mdj817 10 years ago

Quantum Minigolf

Hi!http://www.quantum-minigolf.org/Remember I was talking about how it is to play golf in the quantum world during the show and tell at squid labs? For a popular science presentation, my friend Friedemann came up with the idea of implementing a simulation of quantum minigolf: virtual quantum minigolf by tracking a real golf club and projecting the golf ball on the ground. Credits for the original ideas and for the excellent realization go to him!Best wishes, Matthias

Posted by mgoerner 11 years ago

DIY Steering Wheel

Hello, I'm new here. So, lately, I've been thinking about making a steering wheel for my PC, with a simple up-and-down gear box and 2 pedals for acceleration and brake. Steering Wheel. I'm using a polystyrene sheet, to cut out a wheel from it, and in the center, there's space for installing a phone holder. I'm planning to use my phone's gyroscope and simulate it to the PC. Pedals. I've figured by using foams underneath, we can place a nail and a foil separated and when we press the pedal, the foil touches the nail and circuit gets completed. I've a general idea, but I'm stuck on how to give that signal to PC as to simulate as a button (say for acceleration and brakes.) Gearbox. For the gearbox, I figured it might be easier to make an up-down box (as in pulling the level shifts the gear up and vice-versa.) Here too, The part where I'm stuck is giving the signal to the PC. Anyone who can help me, please?

Posted by RohitR78 2 years ago

Zombies in Big Sur

I found a blog of a guy who just finished living a whole year in a simulated apocalypse scenario. He posted a video every couple of weeks in which he tries to learn a new skill. There's surprisingly little content about zombies in any of the videos, so even if you're not into that, you can still enjoy it.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v;=Df7UfYGn6lQ http://zombiesinbigsur.blogspot.com/

Posted by JamesRPatrick 4 years ago

Ideas for ible creators

Once in a while I come across a web site with interesting products for sale. Some of these products look like the type of "builds" that appear in Instructables.com made out of ordinary or throwaway materials for a nominal cost. This week i looked at Guilt.com which was featuring "home" products in the "Winter Chalet Style". Some of the products are fairly expensive. I'm sure some of the people here could duplicate/simulate such products at a reasonable cost.

Posted by olrob 4 years ago

Fake Bones And Organs For Ballistics Gel Dummy

I want to make a ballistics gel dummy to test assorted weapons from video games on. Like pipe wrenches, crowbars, hammers, and kitchen knives. To do this I want realistic fake bones and organs to simulate the damage the weapons would cause to those. How would I make them?

Posted by creepy0000 1 year ago

Need a small 12v heat source for simulated HVAC project

Okay, so for our year end micro controller project we need to control a temperature inside two 2L pop bottles connnected together. We have a computer fan mounted at the end of the "heating bottle" which needs a heat source in it. The fan will blow the hot air from "heating bottle" into "temperature bottle" which contains an analog temperature sensor. We have to control a set reference temperature point in "temperature bottle" using a PIC16f690 microcontroller by manipulating the fan speed and heat ON/OFF. Problem: I need a decent heating source inside "heating bottle" . Ive been using 12v automotive lightbulbs which work great for a minute or two but then die out. My crappy power supply can only pump out 1 amp, could this be why? Any suggestions on what to use as a heat source? I was thinking some 5w resistors but classmates have said our power supplys cant handle them either. Thanks in advance!

Posted by Korey 10 years ago

Simple Hand Tool Right?

Hello All, There is a tool that costs about $500 that hopefully can be made for a whole lot less.  It's a chiropractic actuator (See Image).  If you have never see one of these tools in action before, you squeeze up with your fingers and down with your palm, which will plunge the top part of the tool into the bottom part of the tool (kinda like a toilet paper roll holder type of action when pushing the two ends together).  The top part of the tool goes down about 3/4 of an inch (while the bottom part of the tool stays stationary the whole time) and then somehow sends a hard tap to the end of the mechanism (maybe like an internal mechanism simulating something like a hammer coming down a nail or something). It's driving me nuts!  How can a tool this simple be so expensive!?  Anyone have any ideas on how to make something like this, maybe there is a tool that can be modified to do this that is out there already, or maybe there is something else that can simulate the action of this tool without breaking skin, bones, etc :) Thanks for reading and thanks in advance!!!

Posted by mvparish 7 years ago

Instructables not showing up

1.I am using a windows 7 computer   2. I am using Internet Explorer 10 3. https://www.instructables.com/id/My-Flight-Simulator-Cockpit/    https://www.instructables.com/id/Lego-Zippo-Lighter/ https://www.instructables.com/id/James-Bond-Outfit/ https://www.instructables.com/id/Frodos-Sting-Sword/ https://www.instructables.com/id/Civil-War-Outfit-Union-Soldier/ 4. I just put together the pictures to be the instructions.

Posted by blacksmith98 5 years ago

Public-access workshop similar to Techshop in Boston or Providence area?

Hi everybody. I'm an engineering student that recently began creating designs for several projects. So far I have only been using simulation software to test my designs. I would love to  begin prototyping but unfortunately, I don't really have the space or cash to make a small electronics workshop. Is there anything in either the Providence or Boston area that has these resources to the public similar to Techshop?

Posted by jsz28 5 years ago

Prop-Gun idea

I don't have that much confidence in getting this to work, but as an idea I thought I'd share it: I have a concept of a rotating-barrel automatic-chain-gun, that I can do no problem. BUT, to simulate muzzle-flash, I'm thinking of feeding butane/air down the barrels (blow-lamp type device) and igniting it. Initially, I think of slip-rings or similar and a camera-flash unit for ignition, motor drive on the barrels. Any advice? L

Posted by lemonie 8 years ago

A new (and potentially real) way to produce hydrogen from water

A report in Science News today describes the results of an extremely detailed molecular simulation (full non-relativistic quantum mechanics) which shows how small clusters of (less than two dozen!) aluminum atoms can catalyze the dissociation of water into hydrogen with very high efficiency.  The paper has apparently been accepted by Physical Review Letters, but there's nothing up on arXiv :-( Before the alternative-energy fringe starts jumping up and down, the big roadblock to this mechanism is how to fabricate and distribute aluminum atomic clusters (called "superatoms" in the report; sigh...).  Making "nanoscale" (another annoying word...) clusters of atoms usually involves high temperatures and vacuum systems.   Together, those will consume substantially more energy than you recover from making and burning the hydrogen. However, if that roadblock can be overcome, then this does become a viable technology for fuel cells:  fill a tank with water, pour in a pouch (or bucket) of aluminum clusters (magic pixie dust :-), and hydrogen starts bubbling out.  It will be interesting to see how this shakes out Oh, and the simulation makes cool pictures, too!

Posted by kelseymh 8 years ago

I think I figured out time travel!!!.....sort of :(

I think I stumbled upon the secret to time travel thanks to the thoughts provoked by a previous topic. The secret to it is storage!! as of now time travel to go backwards is to try and get to a place that no longer exists. its like trying to watch last sundays football game but you didn't hit recored on the VCR. As I see it if we want to ever suceed at time travel we need a way to recored and regenerate/exactly simulate life. right now time travel is only possible in minute viewings on recorded video. in order to fully exsperience and interact with life as it was we would need to invent a way to recored the planet and store it for future simulations, ala star trek halodeck. we need to come up with a way to capture life or at least a 3D true to life recording of it. This seems a daunting task but if it were ever achievable we would the be able to experience previous times. if maybe or AI abilities improved we could then apply this to future time travel.... come up with a way to extract information from the recordings we have to generate a logically sound hypothetical projection of future existence. ya, ya.... I know I'm retarded..... but it makes sence to me :p

Posted by chaoscampbell 10 years ago