Inspired by the incredible nanostructures that make geckos’ feet stick to walls, scientists have developed a new technique that allows them to laser-print objects that have complex and responsive properties.
This opens up the possibility to quickly and cheaply create materials that could greatly benefit science, technology and industry. Imagine materials that trap and release certain particles; self-cleaning objects; and super-adhesive structures.
Wood Chips May Lead to Biodegradable Computer Chips
Portable electronics — typically made of non-renewable,
non-biodegradable and potentially toxic materials — are discarded at an
alarming rate in consumers’ pursuit of the next best electronic gadget.
In an effort to alleviate the environmental burden of electronic devices, a team of University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers has collaborated with researchers in the Madison-based U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Products Laboratory (FPL) to develop a surprising solution: a semiconductor chip made almost entirely of wood.
The Atari 2600 game of the day is Stellar Track, written by Robert Zdybel at Atari in 1980 but sold exclusively through Sears. This was a version of a game making the rounds in the 1970s and early 1980s on computers, usually known as Star Trek but since this and the rest weren’t licensed from Gene Roddenberry* that name couldn’t used here. Here’s video of the gameplay, and I’ve played versions of this on the Apple // and the Commodore VIC=20.
NASA is really good at going to space, amongst other things, but did you know that part of their mission is to work also for the public good!? It’s part of NASA’s doctrine that they must release the patents on the stuff they work on, which has, over the years, given us some really awesome things you would have never thought have come from NASA! There’s also some CRAZY stuff they’ve worked on that will very likely define your future! Watch this episode of Space Time to find out what’s next for your future and for NASA!
hetergeneous robots Coordination Launching of H2Bird , a micro-dronebird, with VelociRoACH
a robot cockroach!
The UC Berkeley Biomimetic Millisystem Lab experimenting with robotic coordination, have developed a cooperative
launching system for a micro-aerial vehicle (MAV),
the H2Bird, by having it carried on the back of a hexapedal robot, the VelociRoACH.
By combining two different forms of locomotion in one platform, you
can take advantage of (say) the efficiency and endurance of a ground
robot with the range and versatility of a flying robot. However,
designing one robot that can walk and fly tends to be both complicated
and inefficient, which is why hetergeneous robot teams are often more
appealing. Instead of trying to cram every capability into one robot,
you just use several different robots with different specializations and
find some way of getting them to work together. Like this robotic
cockroach that can serve as an aircraft carrier for a robotic bird.
Canada is presently building the first of three RADARSAT Constellation Mission (RCM) satellites.
One of the two Synthetic Aperture Radar antenna panels (highlighted in yellow in the illustration) has now been assembled by MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates (MDA). The panels are critical to all radar imaging operations.
The first Payload Module (highlighted in green), built by Magellan Aerospace in Winnipeg, Manitoba, has also been delivered to MDA.