hybrid integration

shannonallaround  asked:

Woah... so all this hybrid backstory means Shadow was the first hybrid. That would add to why everyone was so afraid of him. And Silver would have ancestors that were part of GUN's first experiments. How much of all this does Silver and Blaze know? Just curious, were there any laws at first about hybrids not having kids or anything?

Buckle up for the HISTORY OF HYBRIDS– this gets into some icky/strange/extremely involved territory so consider yourself warned.

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Collecting memories of Earth’s plant life. Please keep my caption, it’s important to the narrative of the image. 

2099. The physical bottom limit to how small computer transistors (or another equivalent, albeit more effective components, such as memristors integrated into Crossbar latches) can be shrunk is reached. From this moment onwards, computers can only be made more powerful if they are made larger in size. Because of this, A.I.s convert more and more of the Earth’s matter into engineered, computational substrate capable of supporting more A.I.s. until the whole Earth is one, gigantic computer, except for a few nature reserves set aside on the planetary surface for those humans who decided to remain in their natural state. “MOSH’s” (Mostly Original Substrate Human) who choose to remain purely organic would still possess virtual assistants that will act as their transcendent servants, living in the blurred real world (“foglet-reality”) and being provided with environments and everything they could possibly need as they live out the rest of their normal lives unless they enhance themselves. At this point, the only possible way to increase the intelligence of the machines any farther is to begin converting all of the matter and energy in the universe into similar massive computers. A.I.s radiate outward from Earth, first into the Solar System and then out into interstellar space, then galaxies in all directions, utilizing starships that are Von Neumann probes with nanobot crews, breaking down whole planets, stars, moons, and meteoroids and reassembling them into computers. This, in effect, “wakes up” the universe as all the inanimate “dumb” matter (rocks, dust, gasses, etc.) is converted into structured matter capable of supporting life (albeit synthetic life). With the entire universe made into a giant, highly efficient supercomputer, AI and human hybrids (so integrated that, in truth, it is a new category of “life”) would have both supreme intelligence and physical control over the universe. Humanity will still not possess infinite levels of any attributes, as the accelerating change of evolution never reaches an infinite measure (though it moves rapidly in that direction), becoming, as Kurzweil writes, “moving inexorably toward this monotheistic conception of God, though never reaching this ideal”; even with theories such as the holographic universe. The final chapter however notes that, if possible, the ability to create and colonize other universes (and if there is a way to do this, humanity’s vast intelligence is likely to harness it, as with surpassing/bypassing the speed of light) could allow the intelligence of the human/machine civilization to extend indefinitely, akin to a mathematical singularity. If not, then saturating humanity’s own universe will remain their ultimate fate. - Based on a future prediction of the universe by Ray Kurzweil.

I forgot to mention my Francisco/Coomodel hybrid stole the Ganghood body’s open hands since none of the CooModel hands really suited him. They’re really well sculpted and elegant just like his head so I’m happy the Ganghood body just keeps giving.

Sadly I think my CooModel/Integrity Toys hybrids have some pretty bad vices…

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     NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center is currently testing an incredible technology called LEAPTech. Mark Moore, NASA Langley Research Center’s Principal Investigator says, “This is the most exciting thing I’ve ever worked on. And that’s with 31 years of working on NASA projects.” NASA, in cooperation with Joby Aviation and ESAero, is creating a electric propulsion flight demonstrator that operates faster and five times more efficiently than a similarly sized general aviation aircraft. Most electric propulsion flight demonstrators today cruise at 40 - 80 mph. This new demonstrator is targeting a cruise speed of 200 mph. High efficiency is required because battery technology isn’t currently up to par to give an electric propulsion aircraft a practical range.

     The key to this 500% efficiency increase is Leading Edge Asynchronous Propellers Technology (LEAPTech). LEAPTech consists of 18 small propellers along the leading edge of the wing. These small propulsors will create induced velocity to supercharge the airfoil in a technique called “blowing the wing.” This will make the wing smaller (31’ in this case), optimizing it for cruise flight. This smaller wing is less susceptible to turbulence, which increases ride quality.

     These 18 smaller inboard propellers will be used only for takeoff, climb, approach and landing. During cruise flight, the inboard propellers will fold back against the nacelle and power will shift to one larger propellor at each wingtip, which are not currently installed on the test article. These propellers will gain thrust and efficiency by operating in the more favorable upwash fields inside the wingtip vortices.

     LEAPTech will offer a 15 dB decrease in noise compared to a conventional single-engine piston-powered general aviation aircraft. To achieve this, the vehicle uses low tip-speed propellers which move at half the speed of a conventional propellor. By controlling the spacing between adjacent propellers, you can not only reduce noise, but change the tone of the aircraft to reduce true annoyance levels. The key lies in LEAPTech’s ability to offer asynchronous spreading by employing extremely precise digital motor controllers that keep exact azimuth spacing between adjacent propellers, even at a relatively high 6,500 rpm.

     Most accidents in general aviation accidents happen in the low and slow flight regime. LEAPTech will make this flight condition much safer because it offers increased redundancy. If you suffer a motor failure, you have more than enough thrust from the remaining motors to fly safely. Because this is a powered lift wing, you have the option of varying thrust for aircraft control, as opposed to using control surfaces, which is much more effective at the slow flight condition.

     During approach to landing, as per FAA regulation, aircraft are required to keep a velocity of 30% higher than stall speed. A LEAPTech aircraft may not need a stal margin as large as this. The vehicle can fly more slowly and at much higher angles of attack because the flow from the propellers effectively acts like a wing slat, forcing air over the top of the wing. If a gust of wing happens to decrease lift, you can instantaneously increase lift anywhere on the wing by increasing power.

     If you wanted to test a vehicle in the 40 x 80 Wind Tunnel at NASA Ames Research Center, you would be added to a two year long waiting list after writing a check for two million dollars. In order to start wind tunnel testing more quickly and on a lower budget, Joby Aviation built the Hybrid-Electric Integrated Systems Testbed (HEIST) pulled behind a Peterbilt Semi-Truck. Results have shown only a 3% error compared to data collected in wind tunnel testing. This small error can easily be nulled by the fact that they can test as much as they want, whenever they want. Testing is a simple matter of firing up the big rig.

     The HEIST vehicle was inspired by a previous test performed by Scaled Composites in which SpaceShipOne was evaluated in a similar way, placed on the back of a Ford F-250 pickup truck. This method of testing is perfect for building an aerodynamic database on a low budget, but it does pose some interesting challenges. One problem with this method of testing is vibration and ground noise. The HEIST vehicle solves this problem by isolating the test rig from vibration using four airbags, one of which is shown in photo seven.

     On May 12, 2015, at NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center, Mark Moore saw the HEIST vehicle mated to the LEAPTech demonstrator aircraft for the first time as it rolled out onto Rogers Dry Lake Bed for a test. At this moment Moore exclaimed, “Even an ugly semi can look gorgeous right now. That’s the sexiest thing I’ve ever seen. My wife is going to kill me.”

     Normally, HEIST operates in the early morning under calm wind conditions. On this day, the test was performed in windy conditions for the first time, which produced interesting data. This was the first test conducted with a newly installed air data probe and a secondary inclinometer which measures the tilt of the vehicle as it accelerates into the wind. The vehicle made two passes, both upwind and downwind. On the upwind leg, the vehicle’s ground speed was 40 mph with a 27 mph headwind. This produced a lifting force of 1,800 lb. On the downwind leg, the ground speed of the vehicle was 65 mph, with a tailwind which reduced lift.

     Mark Moore says, "This is the most fantastic project team that I’ve ever been associated with, and I’m not just saying that. This is a really incredible team.” The team has already been approved to convert a twin piston-powered Tecnam P2006T into the first manned distributed electric propulsion (DEP) flight demonstrator. Their ultimate goal will be to use this technology in a vertical takeoff and landing vehicle, so we can operate an electrically propelled aircraft from our front yard. This exciting project could some day make the decreased emissions and operating costs of electric propulsion practical for all of us.

innovatived  asked:

hybrid!crisscolfer (kitty!chris/puppy!darren or whatever you want) meeting for the first time and realizing they're mates

Glee casting one hybrid for its series had been fairly revolutionary. Especially when it got out that Kurt, the cat-hybrid, would not just be comic relief or household pet but an actual character along the same lines as the other human characters. It had certainly put Glee in the spotlight and thrust Chris as the de facto icon for all young hybrids in the country (not that he really minded, it just hadn’t been a role he had expected to ever play). 

But when Glee cast a second hybrid for Kurt’s potential love interest? Well. All hell broke loose. Chris tried to stay out of the media spotlight for this one. He had no desire to be thrust out and trotted around by studio executives as the pin up boy for Hybrid Integration. He certainly believed more hybrid's should be cast in a variety of roles he just didn’t like being the spokescat for it. 

The problem was, as a cat-hybrid, Chris preferred being on his own. He didn’t want to have flocks of people and hybrids around him and he didn’t want to be surrounded at all times. It was loud and overwhelming dealing with LA society parties and he could only do so many before his ears lay flat and he hissed at any party goer that got just a bit too close to him. He liked his down time to be alone time. He liked to sit quietly and read and write and occasionally spend the evening with the few humans he felt worthwhile enough to be in his presence. 

Ryan had assured Chris when they began auditions for Blaine that he would make it work. He knew how well Chris worked with some and not so well with others and he liked Chris. He wanted Kurt’s storyline to work out and play well on TV. He had promised to find Chris a hybrid he’d be compatible with and be able to work opposite. 

Then Chris had found out they had cast a dog-hybrid. He hadn’t got the name of the actor, he hadn’t needed to. Just the type of hybrid alone was enough to make Chris’ nose wrinkle, his distaste showing. He had never met a dog-hybrid he could stand. They were loud, obnoxious, bragging show-offs and half the time they neglected their own personal hygeine. And this was who he was supposed to try and cultivate a realistic love story with? Chris knew he was a good actor but he wasn’t quite sure he was that good. 

So when Chris showed up on set the day he was to meet his co-star, he was already in a bad mood. His tail thrashed back and forth behind him as he carried his coffee in one hand and a rolled up copy of his lines in the other, making his way to Ryan’s office. His ears were partially flattened to his head, the upsweep of his hair almost over taking them. Anyone who had come to know Chris over the past two years knew to stay clear. 

Knocking quickly on Ryan’s door, Chris pushed through into the office before stopping up short. The dog was already there. Chris could smell him but it wasn’t … at all what he was expecting. He blinked and looked over at the other man, taking in the dark curly head of hair with two dark brown ears poking out.

“Hey man! So good to meet you!” The man bounced up onto his feet to smile over at Chris, exuding more energy than Chris felt he was able to muster in an entire day. Chris just blinked back, studying him slowly. “Name’s Darren by the way,” he added, with a slight shrug and another happy grin. Chris could see his tail wagging back and forth and back and forth and back and forth behind him at a frenetic pace. 

“Chris Colfer,” Chris added. He sniffed the air again delicately, still trying to place that particular smell. He was familiar with how off putting dog hybrids could be but this… this was different. This smelled good.

Darren moved over to Chris and quickly wrapped his arms around Chris, enveloping him in a hug. Chris jerked back immediately to pull out, not appreciating the sudden intrusion on his personal space when he felt Darren’s nose burrow into his neck. Chris turned to say something when he caught another whiff of that smell. He sniffed once more, turning before burying his nose in the mass of curls on top of Darren’s head and realizing its where it came from. He nosed gently against one of Darren’s ears, hearing the man whine before breathing him in again. It smelled like sandalwood and vanilla and leather and happiness and it made Chris’ thrashing tail slow to a happy, lazy back and forth. 

Ever so slowly, Chris’ arms wrapped back around Darren’s body and he relaxed until he was sagging into the other man. They stood like that, each holding on to each other as Chris began to purr ever so gently, his nose still buried in Darren’s hair. 

Chris really didn’t like being around a lot of people and he really didn’t like dog-hybrids. But perhaps this wouldn’t be so bad after all.