German athlete Wojtek Czyz, running with a space-tech enhanced prosthetic leg, set a new world record at the Paralympics 2008 in Beijing, reaching an amazing 6.50 m and beating the previous world record by 27 cm. In spring 2004, ESA's Technology Transfer Programme (TTP) technology broker MST Aerospace met with Wojtek Czyz and his trainer to perform a pre-screening of the most crucial elements of the prosthesis used by Czyz.
Disruptive Civil Technologies Six Technologies with Potential Impacts on US out to 2025, National Intelligence Council
"To support the development of the National Intelligence Council's Global Trends 2025, SRI Consulting Business Intelligence was asked to identify six potentially disruptive civil or dual use technologies that could emerge in the coming fifteen years. A disruptive technology is defined as a technology with the potential to causes a noticeable-even if temporary- degradation or enhancement in one of the elements of US national power (geopolitical, military, economic, or social cohesion)."
"During the week of May 5-9, 2008, a key step on the path to Space-Based Solar Power was achieved: a "first-of-a-kind" long-range demonstration of solar-powered wireless power transmission using a solid-state phased array transmitter. The demonstration involved the transmission of RF energy over a distance of up to 148 kilometers: almost 100-times further than a major 1970s power transmission performed by NASA in the Mojave Desert in California."
Have a look at lego like modular gadgets on the the uber trendy Oobject: A Curative Creation. The #2 item featured is "The ultimate modular gadget, the ISS". The ISS is positioned between #1 the up and coming BUGbase series of modular electronic and computing components and #3 "M-TRAN (Modular Transformer) self configuring robot". So I guess the Gen Y-ish editors of this website think that the ISS is relevant and hip, yes?
The Conrad Foundation announces the launch of their 2008 Pete Conrad Spirit of Innovation Awards. Teams of high school students across the nation are invited to compete in this innovative program. The competition engages high school students in creating commercial products using science and technology.
According to the New York Times: "The search and advertising company has filed for a patent that describes a "water-based data center." The idea is that Google would create mobile data center platforms out at sea by stacking containers filled with servers, storage systems and networking gear on barges or other platforms.