Japanese spandex manufacturer makes elastic electric and USB cables

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Asahi Kasei Fibers, a Japanese company which manufactures spandex and other textiles, has applied its knowledge of stretchable materials to make stretchable elastic power and USB cables.

 

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Powering American Cities This Century

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A single superconducting cable (shown in blue) could one day replace a dozen traditional copper cables (shown in red)

Barring the occasional thunderstorm, most Americans take the electric current behind their power buttons for granted, and assume the juice will be there when they’re ready to fire up an appliance or favorite tech toy. Little do most know, the strain on our electric grid – which has led to rolling brownouts and the massive 2003 blackout that left 40 million people across the Northeast in the dark – will only intensify in coming years.

 

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Bridge Builders In China Use Rockets To Shoot 3,200-Foot Cables Across A Valley

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Suspension Cables Shot By A Rocket

A big head-scratcher when building a suspension bridge is how to get those suspension cables from one end of the divide to the other. In the past, helicopters and boats have been employed for this purpose – even kites – but Chinese engineers constructing the Siduhe Grand Bridge had another idea: rockets.

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Japan Space Elevator Association To Draw Up Timetable For Space Elevator

Japan Space Elevator Association To Draw Up Timetable For Space Elevator 

The idea of a space elevator made of ultra-strong carbon nanotubes has been talked about a lot over the past several years, but recently some research groups have begun to investigate the idea as a real possibility. Most recently, scientists from Japan have started an organization called the Japan Space Elevator Association, and they plan to host an international conference in November to draw up a timetable for the machine.

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