Technologist Eric Drexler envisioned a future in which machines far smaller than dust motes would construct everything from chairs to rocket engines, atom by atom; in which microscopic robots would heal human ills, cell by cell. Sixteen years after the publication of Drexler’s book Engines of Creation, the molecular-scale technologies most immediately available to consumers are somewhat less fantastic: stain-resistant khakis and more durable tennis balls.
The Obama Administration has approved fuel-economy regulations, beginning with 2012-model-year vehicles. The rules require automakers to improve fleetwide fuel economy and to reduce fleetwide greenhouse-gas emissions by approximately 5% every year up until the 2016 model year
You can blame it on out-of-towners. Smithsonian Institution scientists say it was migratory Canada geese — and not resident Canada geese — that caused US Airways Flight 1549 to ditch in New York’s Hudson River on January 15. More specifically, it was at least two female and one male geese flying at approximately 2,900 feet that got sucked into the two engines of the Airbus A320, disabling both engines and causing one of the more spectacular water landings in aviation history
Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger says he’ll take to the skies again — as soon as he can shake Flight 1549 out of his head.