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Entries Tagged as 'Robots'

Underwater robot that is FAST

April 3rd, 2015 · No Comments

Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART) have created a robot that can move ten times its length per second. The way it does this is copied from the way an octopus moves when it is spooked. The robot is 3D printed in a firm synthetic material and does not contain any moving parts. Read […]

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James Lovelock interview

March 30th, 2015 · No Comments

Remember that Maxis classic simEarth? This year is its 25th anniversary. Lovelock, the scientist behind the Gaia hypothesis was an advisor to the developers of that game, and is been interviewed by Slate. You can read the interview and more about the game and Lovelock if you follow this link.

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Tags: Biology · Maxoids · Other games · Robots

Curiosity has found nitrates on Mars

March 24th, 2015 · No Comments

NASA scientists report that the Curiosity rover has found another compound on Mars that could be indicative that life could have been possible om Mars at one time, in this case nitrates. While not outright proof, but it does make the likelihood higher. To quote the article:
The Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) investigation on the […]

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Tags: Astronomy · Robots · Science

Ganymede has a large salty ocean

March 13th, 2015 · 1 Comment

Ganymede, one of Jupiters many moons, is found to have a large underground ocean. It may even contain more water than can be found here on Earth. This is the conclusion that can be drawn from the fact that Ganymedes has aurora lights. This reveales the shape of the moons magnetics field, with in turn […]

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Tags: Astronomy · Robots

Exoplanets and more exoplanets

January 8th, 2013 · No Comments

We truly live at an exciting time. A few days ago the NASA Kepler mission announced new results from their exoplanet search. Not only have they found many more candidates, but the candidates get ever more interesting.
The method that is used results in finding big planets close to their star the quickest. Now that the […]

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Best Wishes!

December 31st, 2012 · No Comments

To all the readers of my blog: I wish you all the best in the coming year. Who knows what it may bring?

Here is my personal top three list of things to look forward to:
Curiosity, one of our humble but heroic representatives on Mars, may find things we did not expect to find.
The new Simcity […]

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Tags: Astronomy · Me · Robots · SimCity

Phobos Transit as seen by Curiosity

September 19th, 2012 · No Comments

The latest Mars mission update by NASA contains an interesting GIF movie that I want to share with you. The image shows Mars’ moon Phobos partially blocking the Sun.

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Tags: Astronomy · Robots · Science

Amazing Mars 360 image by Curiosity

August 16th, 2012 · No Comments

If you really want to know what it looks like to be on Mars, look at this impressive 360 panorama picture that Curiosity took. Enjoy!
Curiosity rover: Martian solar day 2 in Mars

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Tags: Astronomy · Robots

Safely landed

August 8th, 2012 · No Comments

No doubt you have all heard by now that Curiosity safely landed on Mars. The pictures come streaming in. Here are two that I particularly like. More images arrive daily in Curiosity’s raw image gallery.

Picture take by the so-called descent camera, MARDI

Curiosity’s shadow and outlook: Mount Sharp

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Good Luck Curiosity!

August 5th, 2012 · No Comments

Just a reminder that in a few hours Curiosity will land on Mars. Have another look at just how difficult landing will be: Landing on Mars.

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Tags: Astronomy · Robots