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An inventive and thoughtful author, Clifford Simak (1904-1988) worked with newspapers in the Midwest during the 1930's. Won many awards including several Hugo awards (one of them for Way Station) and Nebula awards. Given SFWA Grand Master Award in 1977.
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Deterministic Quantum-State Teleportation Achieved With High Fidelity
Teleportation, the transfer of quantum states between widely separated atoms, was achieved by different research teams in Austria and the United States.
The Robotic Blanket Project And The Hunting Robe
The robotic blanket interacts with users; the hunting robe traps them.
Symbiotic Sphere By Space Synapse
Art and space science combine for earthlings - a cheaper way to visit space is coming.
Anti-Adhesive Surfaces Of Plants
The natural world is the source of some of the best 'thinking' in materials science.
Be The Soul Of The New Machine
This tele-operated robot will move along with you as you walk, and let you manipulate objects in a remote environment.
Cell Phone Tower Equipment Sheds Way Station-Style
I'm reaching a bit for this one, but I still think it's cool.
Solar Power Satellites Urged By Pentagon
Scientists first speculated on this method in the 1960's, but Clifford Simak thought about it much earlier.
Ion Mask - Plasma Coating Waterproofs Electronics, Fabrics
This coating is a 'plowshared' technology from P2i, a UK Ministry of Defense contractor.
LawnBott Robotic Lawn Mower Bows To Cell Phones
The WWII generation dreamed of these; now we have them; this device also chats it up with your phone.
Fracture Putty For Compound Fractures - DARPA
Clifford Simak thought about this almost fifty years ago; it's about time DARPA tries to make it real.
ST-2 Shooting Simulator Like Simak's Virtual Rifle Range
Clifford Simak had a pretty good vision of this forty years ago; see the ST-2 video and check it against Simak's ideas.
Solar-Hydrogen House Is Energy Independent
This story about America's first solar-hydrogen residence is still good; the owner is energy-independent in a way that most of us can only envy.
Solar Satellites Beam Back Energy
This is really a great idea, but I can only go back to 1941 for the earliest kind of reference. Anybody earlier?
BAM! It's More Slippery Than Teflon (And Greener)
Remarkable material is super slick and super hard, even in the thinnest coating.
SolarEn To Sell Satellite Solar Power
This idea has been kicked around by sf authors for several generations. Has the time for SBSP (space-based solar power) finally come?
DARPA's Restorative Injury Repair Dream
Those guys at DARPA must spend all their spare time reading old 1960's sf novels. Not that I'm knocking it; if you're going to read, you can't do better than Phil Dick, Clifford Simak and Larry Niven.
Liquid Glass Universal Spray-On Protectant
This unique spray-on coating creates a flexible protective barrier that can be used on almost anything.
Put MercuryHouseOne Anywhere
This retro-futuristic mobile pod lounge can be placed anywhere for off-the-grid comfort.
Stem Cells From Fat May Heal Bones
A special gel made from a soldier's own stem cells may be able to effect better healing of broken bones.
RG3 Robotic Greens Mower Is Sensor-Equipped
This sensor-equipped mower is nimble enough to avoid gophers on golf courses.
Robotic Lawn Mower Competition Won By CWRU Cutters
Ah, the smell of freshly mown grass - and well-oiled robots!
Solar Power Satellite via Arbitrarily Large Phased Array
'This was really free power, easy power, plentiful power.'
Honda's Miimo Robotic Lawn Mower On Sale
'The mower reached the edge of the lawn, clucked to itself like a contented hen...'
Microsoft Patents Immersive Display
'Almost every home had its dimensino room...' - Clifford Simak, 1961.
Veti-Gel Closes Wounds, Starts Healing
'It's done miracles. It can patch up a smashed and broken body...'- Clifford Simak, 1961.
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