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Old 10-31-2011, 05:23 PM   #541
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I've been following boston dynamics for years, and its odd how the mainstream media finds their stuff months or years after i've seen it. But always impressive projects from them!
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So NASA just secured funding to research a tractor beam
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Tractor beams -- the ability to trap and move objects using laser light -- are the stuff of science fiction, but a team of NASA scientists has won funding to study the concept for remotely capturing planetary or atmospheric particles and delivering them to a robotic rover or orbiting spacecraft for analysis.
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Old 11-04-2011, 02:34 PM   #545
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Holy science batman.

http://www.gizmag.com/dissolving-foo...h-fruit/20392/

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New York based electrical engineer and designer Scott Amron has come up with an idea that could transform the way industries label fruit and vegetables. You may not pay much attention to that fruit sticker on your apple or orange - though often frustrating to remove, it usually just ends up in the trash. However, Amron is a man who has put considerable thought into that sticker, creating the Fruitwash label. Just as the name suggests, the new label dissolves into organic fruit soap that helps remove water-resistant wax, pesticides and fungicides.

"I've always been discontent with fruit labels and felt they could do more than just display product info and be difficult to peel off," Amron told Gizmag. "We buy, wash and eat fruit. So, the wash step was the next thing the label should help with."

Whilst the labels ingredients are currently being kept secret, they are designed to "outlast the fruit they label," says Amron. The process of adding water and rubbing the label triggers the dissolving action, which transforms the label into a fruit wash. Alternatively, the stickers can be peeled off and thrown away.

"[The] best thing is the labels help make the fruit cleaner," says Amron. "And, there's no label to peel off and throw away unless you choose to peel the label off and throw it away."

Amron Experimental is currently selling a 10 percent stake in the Fruitwash Label Intellectual Property (patents) and hopes to bring the labels to market within the next 6-9 months.
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What the machines are thinking....or, actually

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Now that's just awesome. See, that's the kind of thing I want to invent. It doubt it's overly complex and it solves a worldwide problem.
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Old 11-04-2011, 03:22 PM   #548
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^I read about that a few months ago when they were doing testing out in a desert collecting samples. To think that I will probably see the first human set foot on another planet is pretty damn great.
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Old 11-04-2011, 07:03 PM   #550
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Now that's just awesome. See, that's the kind of thing I want to invent. It doubt it's overly complex and it solves a worldwide problem.
It's these little things that add up to just make life better and more intelligent.

In other news, it looks like Mengele finally had his dream come true.

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wow, this is amazing. I want that program haha. with a program like that it would totally eliminate the need to survey anything.... this just blew my mind, incorporated in with AutoCad and a GIS program, you could basically manage a city. from a City Planners POV this technology would be the bee's knee's
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Old 11-05-2011, 05:27 PM   #553
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Big frickin laser beams. I want to play with them
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Hungary and Romania are set to be the next locations for the super lasers. Sources say that each project will specialise in diverse research areas. But all projects will lead to the construction of the fourth super laser, which will have double the power of the three lasers. This fourth super laser will yield up to 200 petawatts per hour, which experts say is the theoretical limit for lasers.
Apparently they're aiming for a laser powerful enough to tear spacetime
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Big frickin laser beams. I want to play with them
http://www.physorg.com/news/2011-05-...rs-europe.html

Apparently they're aiming for a laser powerful enough to tear spacetime
I read that earlier and from what i gathered they're trying to detect what would essentially be hawking radiation.
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I thought they were wanting to find virtual particles. Hasn't Hawking radiation already been observed?
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Nothing new, but I've never seen the animations outside of a special on TV. 10 years' worth of observations showing evidence of a supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy.
http://ircamera.as.arizona.edu/NatSc.../galcenter.htm

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Probably my favorite illustration of anything is the ball bearing/gravity/cosmic foam illustration on Into The Universe. Just cool.
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I hate those types of analogies though because they always show deformation in 2D. It took me awhile before I could visualize 3D deformation thanks to years of the "ball spinning on a rubber sheet" analogy. If you like the ball bearing thing though, download Gravilux on your phone. Really cool gravity/vector field visualizer.
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