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Robot Spider from Robugtix

Find out more about the Robugtix here: http://www.robugtix.com/

Also much more detail info at the source

Ahhh, the beauty of robotics!

ucresearch:

Building robots to land on Saturn’s moons


Landing an unmanned robot on another planet can be quite a feat and can end up being quite a complex process.  Scientists want to make this process easier but also allow us to explore worlds that are currently too difficult to land on.

UC Berkeley professor Alice Agogino is working with doctoral students to build what are known as tensegrity robots.  Essentially, these are robots built with a series of rods and tension wires that protect the delicate scientific instruments in the middle.

The structure allows for both flexibility and strength while navigating a rugged environment — for example, landing on a planet’s rocky surface. These robots can explore places that are currently inaccessible to wheeled rovers such as rocky cliffs, which are rich in geological data due to the exposed rock.

Currently, NASA researchers are working on a prototype to one day land on places such as Titan - one of Saturn’s moons.  Scientists are interested in this moon because it has a thick atmosphere with flowing liquids on the surface and is often referred to being the most earthlike world in our solar system.

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American-German engineer Wernher Von Braun stands next to the completed engines of the Saturn V Rocket which took the first Astronauts to the moon. Florida, 1969.

laboratoryequipment:

NASA’s Moon-orbiting Robot Crashes

NASA’s small moon-orbiting spacecraft LADEE (pronounced LAH’-dee) is no more. Flight controllers confirmed early Friday that LADEE crashed into the back side of the moon.

Researchers believe the robotic explorer vaporized upon contact because of its high orbiting speed of 3,600 mph, possibly smacking into a mountain or side of a crater.

Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2014/04/nasas-moon-orbiting-robot-crashes

engineeringhistory:

Electrical engineering course at MIT, circa late 1930s.

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An Edison stock ticker, first developed in 1871.

todaysdocument:

Happy 135th Birthday, Albert Einstein! (also, Pi Day!)

Theoretical physicist Albert Einstein was born on March 14, 1879, in Ulm Germany.  He entered the United States in June of 1935 and filed this declaration of intent to become a citizen in January of 1936. He would become a U.S. citizen in 1940.  

In 1939 he collaborated with fellow physicist Leo Szilard on a letter regarding advances in nuclear research to President Franklin Roosevelt, which would ultimately lead to the development of the Manhattan Project. During World War II, he also worked as a part-time Federal employee developing underwater weapons for the U.S. Navy. Some of his correspondence from this work is available in our online catalog.

In 1948 he appeared in this instructional film “Atomic Physics," explaining how the work of other scientists featured in the film illustrated his theory of equivalence of mass and energy. 

(via ourpresidents)

engineeringhistory:

Philo Farnsworth, inventor of the image dissector, an early advancement in television