Michael Ricks Cloning to doom auto industry?

Consider this: If we can clone an ear based upon its DNA coding, why not a so coded body panel or engine. Why ever buy a car again? With one good DNA set, millions could be produced. The value added becomes the genetic engineer who can cause desirable mutations - colour changes or "evolution" in aerodynamics. Unsuitable designs will simply become extinct. Additional value added is created by the bacteria / fuel stations that use bacteria to digest unwanted vehicles, thereby producing methane fuel.
Posted: 3 July 2007 at 00:00

Doug Vining RE: Cloning to doom auto industry?

Great concept, although I think it may be a little further out than 2012!
Posted: 3 July 2007 at 20:12

Steve Sidley Seld repairing materials

Fascinating, although I suspect the evolution of this technology will be in other areas. Much like the laser, which ended up being used for stuff that nobody had dreamed of, this technology will probably not end up being used for cosmetic purposes (cars and clothes), but for structural integrity and the like.

Anybody wanna bet me a new car on this?
Posted: 5 July 2007 at 08:28

Doug Vining RE: Seld repairing materials

You may be right, but just as lasers are used for everyday things like DVD players, these materials will probably have a profound impact on consumer items like clothes, cars, umbrellas, wine glasses and the like.
Posted: 10 July 2007 at 10:50


Do we still need insurance?
Posted: 10 July 2007 at 18:47


You raise a good point John. However, insurance will remain with us but the nature of the insurance may well shift - personal injury will remain a risk as will consequential losses. Permiums may well decline considerably and the insurance business model will chanmge fundamentally! Overall, conmsumers will benefit, some indistries will be killed and new industries will emerge victorius...as is so often the case with these technological leapfrog moments!
Posted: 10 July 2007 at 21:37

Doug Vining Intelligent steel for safer cars

In case of a crash, this so called TWIP-steel (twinning induced plasticity) deforms but a forming capability (ductility reserve) remains. Each part of the steel elongates, then strengthens and passes on the remaining deformation energy to the surrounding parts, which then also starts to deform. Hence, by dispersing energy over the whole surface, the collision momentum is absorbed more efficient and the passengers stay safe.
Posted: 18 September 2007 at 20:48

Doug Vining New Car's Skin Is Fabric

The Gina cloth-covered car is a prototype vehicle from BMW that is covered with fabric rather than metal. Like a living animal, its skin wrinkles a bit when elements are extended (like opening the doors).

The shape of the skin can be altered by the car's owner; it is stretched across flexible metal wires attached to the frame that can be moved with hydraulics.
Posted: 18 June 2008 at 15:42

Doug Vining Self-healing paint

Coatings that 'Self-Heal' in Sun - [BBC] Scientists have devised a coating that when scratched heals itself upon exposure to sunlight. The secret of the material lies in using molecules made from chitosan, which is derived from the shells of crabs and other crustaceans. In the event of a scratch, ultraviolet light drives a chemical reaction that patches the damage.
Posted: 16 March 2009 at 10:36

Wolfgang Grulke Cars Of The Future May Be Grown, Not Built

Posted: 11 November 2010 at 12:55

Doug Vining A sunny solution

We're getting another step closer to a scenario we suggested four years ago. Park in the sun to get rid of those dings and scratches on your automobile.

Wouldn't it be great if you could refresh your car's paint job just by leaving it in the sun for a few hours? This new polymer could be the answer. At this stage it only does it in the lab, as it has to be an oxygen-free environment for the magic to work, but it shouldn't take too long for the boffins to overcome that hurdle.
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Posted: 20 January 2011 at 13:48

Doug Vining Staying in shape

Imagine being able to bend or deform a piece of metal, that then regains its original shape, millions of times, without breaking. That's the promise of a new 'shape memory' alloy developed by engineers at the University of Maryland.

Besides completely new applications, this type of material would be wonderful for something like cars, if dings and dents would simply pop back into shape. That is the scenario of this MindBullet we published in 2007.
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Posted: 10 June 2015 at 09:26

Anton Musgrave So, it might be for real? Why is my garage so small...

Apple, the master of building and selling cool gadgets might have a really big gadget up its sleep this time - no doubt with its own eco-system, design, coolness and must have factor. Is Tesla involved? The interest will mount and many of us will want one...or not!
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Posted: 15 August 2015 at 05:28
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