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VelociRoACH launches H2Bird : No, it's still English. The Velociroach is a tiny bot which 'runs' at a ridiculous pace for its size. So much so that if it was any faster, it would disintegrate. So what did UC Berkeley Researchers use it for? To launch an ornithopter of course. Watch the video to watch this amazing little robot going about its job. I can see the time of robots is close...

Take off : In nature, you're not likely to ever see a bird get a piggyback ride from a cockroach and then take off from its back. But in the world of bio-inspired robotics, such things can and do happen. Researchers from the UC Berkeley's Biomimetic Millisystems Lab have successfully demonstrated a cooperative launching system that puts a lightweight ornithopter on the back of its VelociRoACH robotic carpet crawler for a short run before the H2Bird takes to the air.

Fast : Rather than running on straight legs, it has a rolling gait on six C-shaped legs, which lets it travel at a remarkably high speed. A version of the VelociRoach, the X2, broke the robot speed record for robots of its size, reaching velocities of up to 4.9 metres per second.

Cooperative Launch : With the robotic flapper on its back, the VelociRoACH motors were found to use up to 24.5 percent more power. But just having the bird in its cradle resulted in the ambulating carrier bot running with more stability, reducing the variance in pitch and roll velocity by as much as 90 percent. The researchers also discovered that having the bird flap its wings slightly while being carried helped increase the average velocity of the robot roach by 12.7 percent.

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Gizmag: http://www.cnet.com/news/watch-a-robotic-cockroach-launch-a-robotic-bird/

PopSci: http://www.popsci.com/watch-super-fast-robot-roach-launch-robot-bird

UC Berkeley's Site: http://robotics.eecs.berkeley.edu/~ronf/Biomimetics.html

Paper (not yet published) : http://robotics.eecs.berkeley.edu/~ronf/PAPERS/crose-icra15.pdf

Paper with information on the Ornithopter: http://www.eecs.berkeley.edu/Pubs/TechRpts/2013/EECS-2013-60.pdf
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Why do soap bubbles sometimes appear colored and sometimes appear transparent? : This is an interesting question and leads down many paths. To start to answer this question, we need to understand the nature of a thin film and how light acts on it.

Glass window thought experiment : Imagine for instance you are looking through a window at night. If you shine a torch through the window, you can see a bit of light reflected back. This is because not only does the light pass through the window, it was two reflections - one from the front of the glass sheet, and another through the back of the glass sheet. If the glass sheet is made very very thin, we notice that lesser and lesser reflections are seen. Why is this? The very thin transparent surfaces often display 'destructive interference.' Out of phase wavelengths cancel out. And you get either a colored image or none at all. Depending on a number of factors such as refractive index, we can actually model destructive interference of light incident on surfaces.

Bubble and light : You end up with the two different rays being either in phase with each other (constructive interference), completely out of phase (destructive interference), or somewhere in between. The path length difference at a certain point on a soap bubble might cause destructive interference for blue light, but constructive interference for red light. You’ll end up seeing red at that spot.

Anti-glare glasses : The same fundamental principle is used in this everyday application. Many coatings consist of transparent thin film structures with alternating layers of contrasting refractive index. Layer thicknesses are chosen to produce destructive interference in the beams reflected from the interfaces, and constructive interference in the corresponding transmitted beams. This makes the structure's performance change with wavelength and incident angle, so that color effects often appear at oblique angles. A wavelength range must be specified when designing or ordering such coatings, but good performance can often be achieved for a relatively wide range of frequencies: usually a choice of IR, visible, or UV is offered.

Earlier post on Bubble physics: https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/103586346709495625226/+LacerantPlainerWrites/posts/h355mkifmtH

Main pic and source article : http://twilit.wordpress.com/2008/03/15/bubbles-and-interference/

+Wikipedia source article and pic on right : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anti-reflective_coating and http://goo.gl/Hr3D9w

Additional link: http://curiosity.discovery.com/question/ati-reflective-coating

More about types of interference : http://www.phys.uconn.edu/~gibson/Notes/Section5_2/Sec5_2.htm

Pic courtesy bottom right and article : http://www.webexhibits.org/causesofcolor/15E.html

Interference phenomena source article: http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/primer/java/interference/soapbubbles/

Reference : http://farside.ph.utexas.edu/teaching/302l/lectures/node155.html

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+Allen Law thank you. And yes, that has been a problem for me as well. I sorted that out by making a circle with people whose posts I want to see and increasing the 'volume' of the circle.

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Have you got a high quality collection? I am currently thinking of adding high quality collections to this collection. If you want to recommend one, that would be great. I am still thinking about it, so if I get enough quality collections, I will do this. Otherwise, at the very least you get to showcase your collection in the comments. Only provide a link with a one-liner description of your collection.
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New state of matter? : Kind of a tall claim, but that's what researchers at Japan's Tohoku University are stating. They have created what's called a Jahn-Teller metal by inserting Rubidium into Buckyballs. What they have apparently done is by combining the two, the resultant complex crystalline structure seems to conduct, insulate, and magnetize while acting like a metal. Will have to see more papers before one is fully convinced of this...

Game changer for materials science : Superconducting lattices of fullerides – C60 plus three alkali-metal atoms – have been studied for more than two decades, and provide an interesting test bed. This is because the distance between fulleride molecules – and hence the electronic properties of the material – can be adjusted by applying pressure to the material or doping it with different kinds of atoms.

Strange behavior : The surprising thing about this metal–insulator transition is that it involves an intermediate state never seen before. The researchers have dubbed this a "Jahn–Teller metal" because when the material is studied using infrared spectroscopy, the fulleride molecules clearly show rugby-ball distortions, which were only known to occur in insulators. However, nuclear magnetic resonance measurements clearly show that electrons are able to "hop" from one molecule to the next – which is the signature of a conducting metal. "An interesting question is how the material can have both Jahn–Teller distortions and be a metal?" says Matthew Rosseinsky of the University of Liverpool, UK, who was involved in the research.

References and links

Paper link: http://advances.sciencemag.org/content/1/3/e1500059

http://physicsworld.com/cws/article/news/2015/may/06/new-state-of-matter-found-in-crystal-made-from-buckyballs

http://www.popularmechanics.com/science/energy/a15501/jahn-teller-metal-new-state-matter/

http://nanotechweb.org/cws/article/tech/61131

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Departure - Mission Impossible 36 : Dranke plans on leaving spacecommand. Is it the right choice he made? The decision leaves him wondering if he should have stayed on.

Mission Impossible is a space opera series written in flash fiction style. This is the 36th installment. If you haven't read the series before, please start from the first episode.

36th Episode link is here : http://goo.gl/MLxHTu

If you wish to follow the series from the beginning, please follow it from this post - http://goo.gl/TFEbGN

Notifying select people who have opted in. If you wish to be notified, let me know in the comments. If you wish to stop notifications, let me know. Over time, I will stop notifying people depending on how I get my collections in order, I would suggest you turn notifications on for the Mission Impossible collection!

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Shrimpoluminescence: Why Snapping shrimps are amazing : Both the Mantis Shrimp and the Pistol shrimp snap their claws at an incredible speed. The animal snaps a specialized claw shut to create a cavitation bubble that generates acoustic pressures. As it extends out from the claw, the bubble reaches speeds of 60 mph and releases a sound (ultrasound) reaching 218 decibels,  a pressure strong enough to kill small fish. The resultant bubble reaches temperatures of 5000K (close to the temperature on the surface of the Sun! No it's not fusion!!!)

Mantis Shrimp 'club' : It has also been known to crack, and even break, aquarium glass. The mantis shrimp has two raptorial appendages on the front of its body that act as its "clubs." These clubs accelerate with the same velocity as a bullet leaving a twenty-two-caliber rifle. In less than three-thousandths of a second, the mantis shrimp can strike prey with about 1,500 newtons of force. That number made no sense to me at first too, but here's some perspective on 1,500 newtons of force. If the human arm could accelerate with one-tenth of that speed (150 newtons), we would be able to throw a baseball into orbit.

Pistol Shrimpoluminescence : Pistol shrimp produce a raucous sound when they rapidly snap their specialised claw shut, as a way to stun their prey.  The sound is produced by the bursting of a bubble that appears when the shrimp closes its claw speedily, which causes the water to cavitate. Researchers showed that a penetrating flash of light appears when the cavitation bubble pops because of the high temperatures and pressure inside of the bubble, similar to sonoluminescence. Sonoluminescence is defined as the emission of short bursts of light from imploding bubbles in a liquid when excited by sound.

How Ultrasound makes sonoluminescent bubbles : A liquid is rarely entirely pure. It is usually full of salts, swirling pieces of grit, and dissolved gas. When it is agitated by something like the vibrations of sound energy, small pressure waves move through the liquid. As the pressure of some parts of the liquid decreases, the gas stops being dissolved, and forms bubbles. When the pressure comes back on, the bubbles collapse with a great degree of force. This force heats the liquid near enough that sometimes the molecules of the liquid come apart, and creates temperatures comparable to the surface of the sun. A tiny bit of that energy goes into the formation of light. Most of the time, it's not visible.

Sonoluminescence: Once thought to be fusion in a jar : Dubbed 'Star in a Jar', it was later disproven to be fusion. The find of the star in a jar, had the scientific community scrambling to replicate the work of what was touted to be fusion. It was bad science and later on discredited when replication failed. In the past, sonoluminescence has proved a controversial subject. In 2002 Rusi Taleyarkhan, then at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, US, and colleagues claimed to find evidence for nuclear fusion occurring alongside sonoluminescence. Although a few other research groups have since made similar claims, most nuclear scientists believe them to be misguided. Taleyarkhan has since moved to Purdue University, where in 2008 he was reprimanded by the university for “research misconduct” related to a paper on fusion.
 
Popular mechanics source: http://www.popularmechanics.co.za/multimedia/videos/pistol-shrimp-generate-flashing-bubbles-to-stun-prey/

iO9 Source: http://io9.com/5982701/ultrasound-makes-sonoluminescent-bubbles

Wikipedia Source : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alpheidae

Nature Abstract: http://archive.is/7UJmL

Additional Link: http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v413/n6855/full/413477a0.html

Paper on bubble cloud dynamics: http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2013PhDT.......185A

Falsification of 'Bubble fusion' : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bubble_fusion

'No sign of Fusion' : http://physicsworld.com/cws/article/news/2011/apr/15/brightest-bubble-bursting-yet

More on the Mantis Shrimp: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/murray-rosenbaum/mantis-shrimp_b_3129443.html

Additional link: http://stilton.tnw.utwente.nl/shrimp/

Read more about the phenomenon of Sonoluminescence: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mechanism_of_sonoluminescence

UCLA paper 'Sound into light' : http://www.physics.ucla.edu/Sonoluminescence/sono.pdf

BBC Video: BBC Horizon - An Experiment to Save the World

Earlier post on the Pistol shrimp: https://plus.google.com/110884604033336753419/posts/1yhGWKUYns6

Pics sources: BBC Horizon (Sonoluminescence), BBC weird nature (Pistol Shrimp), Natgeo and TOL.

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+Richard Green I did know :) Sorry I didn't want to spam by stream, but I wanted this post in two different collections, which is why this clumsy reshare went out.

I did move it to another collection, then realized I had no way to move it into two collections.
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Ebb and Flow: Scientific Visualization : A new(ish) and growing interdisciplinary approach to scientific visualization is changing how we look at things and how we work towards understanding geological, medical, physical, chemical and biological phenomena. Why is this useful? Students understand the basics so much better with visualization, architects can 'see' and realize soil characteristics, researchers are using these visualization in myriad ways to come to some startling conclusions. So what is this all about?

Computing power has changed the paradigm : Computer simulation is a computer program, or network of computers, that attempts to simulate an abstract model of a particular system. Computer simulations have become a useful part of mathematical modelling of many natural systems in physics, and computational physics, chemistry and biology; human systems in economics, psychology, and social science; and in the process of engineering and new technology, to gain insight into the operation of those systems, or to observe their behavior. The simultaneous visualization and simulation of a system is called visulation.

Data visualization : In its more modern incarnation data visualization has generated a new form of graphic design where visual attributes such as lines, shapes and colors become nothing more than the corporeal reality of graphic objects whose soul is made of data. The new graphic designer no longer creates visualizations by choosing a rigid collection of shapes, positions and colors but rather by choosing the rules needed for data to breathe form into geometric abstractions.

NASA's Visualization Studio : The Scientific Visualization Studio wants you to learn about NASA programs through visualization. The SVS works closely with scientists in the creation of visualizations, animations, and images in order to promote a greater understanding of Earth and Space Science research activities at NASA and within the academic research community supported by NASA. And this is where you can learn more about the planets, the solar system and stars!

References and Sources

http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scientific_visualization

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/the-data-visualization-revolution/

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+Lacerant Plainer That's the idea.  Actually you can get a fair amount of value out of the free public version.  It just has a limit on the size of the data, something like a million data points or the likes.  
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My newest collection : Had to go back a little in time, but here is the Biomimicry collection. From the time humans looked at birds and designed wings (don't fly too high)..... we have been learning from nature. There is so much more to learn.

If you want to find a link to my collections, here it is https://plus.google.com/u/0/+LacerantPlainerWrites/collections

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The research is still very new. As of now, I'm watching the news. I would hesitate to call it a new state of matter. But it's big news.
 
New state of matter? : Kind of a tall claim, but that's what researchers at Japan's Tohoku University are stating. They have created what's called a Jahn-Teller metal by inserting Rubidium into Buckyballs. What they have apparently done is by combining the two, the resultant complex crystalline structure seems to conduct, insulate, and magnetize while acting like a metal. Will have to see more papers before one is fully convinced of this...

Game changer for materials science : Superconducting lattices of fullerides – C60 plus three alkali-metal atoms – have been studied for more than two decades, and provide an interesting test bed. This is because the distance between fulleride molecules – and hence the electronic properties of the material – can be adjusted by applying pressure to the material or doping it with different kinds of atoms.

Strange behavior : The surprising thing about this metal–insulator transition is that it involves an intermediate state never seen before. The researchers have dubbed this a "Jahn–Teller metal" because when the material is studied using infrared spectroscopy, the fulleride molecules clearly show rugby-ball distortions, which were only known to occur in insulators. However, nuclear magnetic resonance measurements clearly show that electrons are able to "hop" from one molecule to the next – which is the signature of a conducting metal. "An interesting question is how the material can have both Jahn–Teller distortions and be a metal?" says Matthew Rosseinsky of the University of Liverpool, UK, who was involved in the research.

References and links

Paper link: http://advances.sciencemag.org/content/1/3/e1500059

http://physicsworld.com/cws/article/news/2015/may/06/new-state-of-matter-found-in-crystal-made-from-buckyballs

http://www.popularmechanics.com/science/energy/a15501/jahn-teller-metal-new-state-matter/

http://nanotechweb.org/cws/article/tech/61131

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+Chris Greene because "New State of Matter" sounds more sensational than"New Material"
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New state of matter? : Kind of a tall claim, but that's what researchers at Japan's Tohoku University are stating. They have created what's called a Jahn-Teller metal by inserting Rubidium into Buckyballs. What they have apparently done is by combining the two, the resultant complex crystalline structure seems to conduct, insulate, and magnetize while acting like a metal. Will have to see more papers before one is fully convinced of this...

Game changer for materials science : Superconducting lattices of fullerides – C60 plus three alkali-metal atoms – have been studied for more than two decades, and provide an interesting test bed. This is because the distance between fulleride molecules – and hence the electronic properties of the material – can be adjusted by applying pressure to the material or doping it with different kinds of atoms.

Strange behavior : The surprising thing about this metal–insulator transition is that it involves an intermediate state never seen before. The researchers have dubbed this a "Jahn–Teller metal" because when the material is studied using infrared spectroscopy, the fulleride molecules clearly show rugby-ball distortions, which were only known to occur in insulators. However, nuclear magnetic resonance measurements clearly show that electrons are able to "hop" from one molecule to the next – which is the signature of a conducting metal. "An interesting question is how the material can have both Jahn–Teller distortions and be a metal?" says Matthew Rosseinsky of the University of Liverpool, UK, who was involved in the research.

References and links

Paper link: http://advances.sciencemag.org/content/1/3/e1500059

http://physicsworld.com/cws/article/news/2015/may/06/new-state-of-matter-found-in-crystal-made-from-buckyballs

http://www.popularmechanics.com/science/energy/a15501/jahn-teller-metal-new-state-matter/

http://nanotechweb.org/cws/article/tech/61131

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Swarm robotics

Swarm robotics is a technological technique of using multiple simple robots to work as a team and follow instructions. This technology has been greatly inspired by the nature. There are many animals, insects and fishes which live in a swarm.

If you've ever seen a trail of ants streaming up a wall or over a counter, you'd be forgiven for thinking they were working in strict, militant harmony. Not so. A robotic test bed developed at the New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark shows that this apparent order can emerge in artificial bodies following just a few simple rules.

Symbrion (Symbiotic Evolutionary Robot Organisms) is a project funded by European Commissions to develop a framework in which a homogeneous swarm of miniature interdependent robots can co-assemble into a larger robotic organism to gain problem-solving momentum. One of the key-aspects of Symbrion is inspired by the biological world: an artificial genome that allows to store and evolve (sub)optimal configurations in order to achieve an increased speed of adaptation.

Dr Roderich Gross, head of the Natural Robotics Lab, in the Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering at the University of Sheffield, says swarming robots could have important roles to play in the future of micromedicine, as 'nanobots' are developed for non-invasive treatment of humans. On a larger scale, they could play a part in military, or search and rescue operations, acting together in areas where it would be too dangerous or impractical for humans to go. In industry too, robot swarms could be put to use, improving manufacturing processes and workplace safety.

Sources: Wikipedia. Symbrion.eu, Newscientist, Phys.org

Further reading: http://phys.org/news/2013-03-swarming-robots-servants-future-video.html

Alicebots on NewScientist: http://www.newscientist.com/blogs/onepercent/2013/03/swarming-alice-bots.html

Reference : http://www.symbrion.eu/tiki-index.php

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It's like the replicants in Stargate the series.
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Planet Chafing Hot Molt
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This FauxEquirectangular is the 14th step in a project to emulate being inside the atmosphere of variously coloured gas giants and it is for