Space & Innovation

Tasty Tech Eye of the Week (June 26)

Robotic cargo ships, blue wine and the world's most powerful supercomputer round out this week's gallery.

Rolls Royce is serious about robotic cargo ships. This week, the company, who heads up the Advanced Autonomous Waterborne Applications initiative, presented a white paper outlining the problems and solutions required to make these ships a reality by 2020. One of the advantages of a robotic cargo ship is that space normally set aside for the crew could be used for shipping containers. But since these ships are controlled and monitored from the shore, a major challenge is amping up the bandwidth needed to run the computer-controlled sensors and communications. Credit: Rolls Royce

This 14-story building on the campus of Columbia University in NYC won't win any awards for being tall, but it is turning heads with its asymmetrical lines and and contorted windows. The redesigned Columbia University Medical Center, conceived of by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, has plenty of energy efficient technologies and ample green space to apply for a LEED Gold certification once complete. Credit: Diller Scofidio + Renfro

Industrial designer Keith Dolezel envisions this concept car, named iT, as an electric off-road vehicle. The large window keeps drivers and passengers in touch with the outdoors, while the lightweight carbon fiber body and heavy duty suspension allow it go just about anywhere. Credit: Behance/Keith Dolezel

Autonomous drones have the potential to improve all areas of business and industry. They can inspect roads and bridges, guard wildlife, survey disaster areas, scan forests. But deploying them might be a challenge for companies new to using drones. Israel startup Airobotics have put together an all-in-one system to manage, maintain and deploy drones for just about any use. A drone can be deployed using intuitive software and maintained with the help of the box above, which has a robotic arm designed to swap out batteries. See a video here for more details. Credit: Airobotics

In a recent interview for the The Wall Street Journal, Impossible Foods founder Patrick Brown said, "The whole mission of this company is to make eating animals unnecessary. So, we don't want our product to just be delicious, we want it to be as delicious as meat." To that end, he's developed a meatless burger that tastes, smells, and cooks like the real thing. Coconut oil gives it juiciness, a potato compound creates a crispy exterior when fried and oddly enough, a molecule from honeydew melon gives it a meaty aroma. Credit: Impossible Foods

You might as well have a glass a blue wine with your juicy, vegan burger. Spanish winemaker Gik makes it by combining red and white grapes, adding a pigment found in grape skin and giving it a pinch of indigo, a dye extracted from the Isatis tinctoria plant. Credit: Gïk Facebook

Sweden has become one of the first countries in the world to conduct tests for driving heavy transport vehicles using electric power. A stretch of road was opened for business this week and over the next two years will be used in experiments to see how electric roads work in practice, and whether it makes sense to develop them further as a way to achieve the country's goal of a fossil fuel-free vehicle fleet by 2030. Credit: Region Gavlebörg

Yamaha's three-wheeled 05Gen has been designed for urban drivers who need to cover short distances. It has electric assist pedaling and a large panoramic windshield that not only gives the driver some shelter against light winds and rains, but also folds down over the bike to protect it. Credit: Yamaha

The Aquarim Trinity is a concept from Malaysian designers Jethro Koi and Quah Zheng Wei for an artificial coral reef. Its shape and height provide a framework where corals can grow in water depths ideal for their health. Koi and Wei suggest that the towers could be used to farm corals, relocating them to ocean zones that could benefit from reefs. Credit: Jethro Koi and Quah Zheng Wei

China's Sunway TaihuLight supercomputer is officially the world's most powerful supercomputer, according to Top500, which ranks supercomputers on a bi-annual basis. The 93-petaflop machine can perform around 93,000 trillion calculations per second. Credit: Top500