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Reno

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#1 11 years ago

I thought this was real cool. I still have a battery powered model from when i was a kid. Lights up and makes noises just like the one on the show. I'm curious as to what the smaller models that they come up with in real life will look like. I wouldn't be surprised at all if they mimicked the tricorder design as kind of a way to pay homage to the creators of the idea.

A press release at Purdue University has unveiled the startling news that a portable sensing system to analyze chemical components is now a reality. About the size of a large car battery, the unit is, at less than 20 pounds, much smaller than the refrigerator sized, 300 pound units used in labs today, and comes with enough battery power to be used in the field. Purdue’s researchers say that, far from being science fiction, the system could have ‘down-to-earth’ applications, such as such as testing foods for dangerous bacterial contaminants including salmonella, which Purdue says was recently found in a popular brand of peanut butter. The system itself is ultrafast at analyzing chemicals, with researchers assuring us that it has “numerous promising uses for detecting everything from cancer in the liver to explosives residues on luggage and "biomarkers" in urine that provide an early warning for diseases”, such as cancer. What the new unit does is miniaturize a mass spectrometer combined with a technique called desorption electrospray ionization, or DESI, and was invented by a team of researchers led by R. Graham Cooks, the Henry Bohn Hass Distinguished Professor of Analytical Chemistry in Purdue's College of Science. According to Cooks, "Conventional mass spectrometers analyze samples that are specially prepared and placed in a vacuum chamber. The key DESI innovation is performing the ionization step in the air or directly on surfaces outside of the mass spectrometer's vacuum chamber. We like to compare it to the tricorder because it is truly a handheld instrument that yields information about the precise chemical composition of samples in a matter of minutes without harming the samples.” Purdue researchers use the device to look for compounds that indicate the possible presence of a particular substance, such as cocaine or explosives residues. They say that if these indicators are found, the equipment performs a more in-depth analysis to determine the exact chemical structure. The research team has used the device to analyze clothes, foods and tablets, and to identify cocaine on $50 bills in less than 1 second, with the technology now set to be commercialized by Prosolia Inc. in Indianapolis, and Griffin Analytic Technologies LLC, in West Lafayette, Ind. All we need now is teleportation and a warp drive, and we’ll be set!

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#2 11 years ago

Well, we also need Deflector Shields and PhasERs, as well as tractor beams and transparent aluminum .:lol: Seriously, that sounds awesome.




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#3 11 years ago

cool stuff! Tech is advancing so much




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#4 11 years ago

Cool. Very, very cool. Sci-Fi is coming our way in reality.

(Oh, and they're already developing a 'warp engine'-esque propulsion system. Yes, I'm serious.)




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#5 11 years ago
DarkTau;3559037Well, we also need Deflector Shields and PhasERs, as well as tractor beams and transparent aluminum .:lol: Seriously, that sounds awesome.

I don't know for sure, but I've read somewhere that the US military is already experimenting with Phaser/laser based weapons for field use. And I thought tranparent alluminum was already been invented a year or 2 years ago. It's being used as windshields for spaceshuttles and for bulletproof windows like on the battletanks used in the military. But yes, perhaps within a century, we could have all the star trek technology, with the exception of the warpdrive transporters and one or two other things. I kinda like that idea :naughty:




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#6 11 years ago

Me too, finally trek becomes reality. Too bad I won't living enough to witness it, perhaps I'll make them freeze my body and unfreeze within a hundreth years or so... And yes, the military is already testing a phaser type weapon, but it's more of a close range stun gun for now...


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#7 11 years ago

what i want to see is transporters i go to hawaii every summer an its like 12 hrs to get there would be nice to be there in less then a minute




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Do you realise how much power something like a transportation would consume? I bet the whole holiday to Hawaii with all inclusive would be cheaper then the means to get there, hehe. If something like a transporter would become reality, I think it would be used strictly for military purposes and for absolute emergencies. I bet the government would see to that.




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Tommy MK1;3559511Do you realise how much power something like a transportation would consume? I bet the whole holiday to Hawaii with all inclusive would be cheaper then the means to get there, hehe. If something like a transporter would become reality, I think it would be used strictly for military purposes and for absolute emergencies. I bet the government would see to that.[/quote] Nothing stays 100% military forever. Private firms will eventually get their hands on it. Transportation would immediately make shipping obsolete. The entire fabric of society would change. If you can transport you should be able to replicate. Which means production shortages would be history and the economic landscape would change. Image what it could do for disease. Step into a chamber and have problems beamed away. Get new organs and a tune up everytime you go to the doctors office.

[quote=the1chaos;3559205] (Oh, and they're already developing a 'warp engine'-esque propulsion system. Yes, I'm serious.)

Do you have the article for that? I wouldn't mind reading it.




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Tommy MK1;3559511Do you realise how much power something like a transportation would consume? I bet the whole holiday to Hawaii with all inclusive would be cheaper then the means to get there, hehe. If something like a transporter would become reality, I think it would be used strictly for military purposes and for absolute emergencies. I bet the government would see to that.[/quote] Nothing stays 100% military forever. Private firms will eventually get their hands on it. Transportation would immediately make shipping obsolete. The entire fabric of society would change. If you can transport you should be able to replicate. Which means production shortages would be history and the economic landscape would change. Imagine what it could do for disease. Step into a chamber and have problems beamed away. Get new organs and a tune up everytime you go to the doctors office. [quote=the1chaos;3559205] (Oh, and they're already developing a 'warp engine'-esque propulsion system. Yes, I'm serious.)

Do you have the article for that? I wouldn't mind reading it.




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