All About Alt Week And Zero G Robot


Technology is all relative. We imagine that there was a time when even the wheel was the last indispensable device. This week we are spreading out the past and the future of exploration technology to illustrate this point beautifully. Two very different objects, both a miracle of their time. There are also two tips about the awesome power of Mother Nature. Where else, except This week? Exactly.

When a cute robot, barely more than a foot tall, is training for a spell on the ISS, you pretty much know that The future has arrived. Kirobo is the lucky one and was developed as part of a collaboration called the Kiro robot Project, involving Japanese institutions such as Toyota, Dentsu Inc. the University of Tokyo is involved. Little Kirobo comes out of the space station after the summer of 2013. The goal is to conduct conversation experiments between humans and robots in space by speaking with Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata in his native language. In addition to his language skills, Kirobi will also take photos, update Twitter and generally become popular with everyone he meets. Do you think that you are too cold in the heart to fall under the spell? Watch Kirobi’s weightless training below, come back and tell us that you don’t have at least a smile on your lips.

While high-level activities continue on the surface of Mars, other research is going a little further. Figuratively and not literally, but new images from Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter give us a glimpse of the ancient underwater channels under the surface of the planet. The tunnel network is located in Elysium Planitia, a region close to the Martian Equator, and has long been obscured by volcanic activity in the plains above. The new images – taken over several years – show the channels dug by the overflow over an estimated period of 500 million years -a period when Mars was considered cold and dry. The 3D models not only suggest that the extent of underground erosion is much greater than previously thought, but they can also indicate whether the overflow may have contributed to climate change on the planet.


When we hear the word whirlwind, we think more about the dubious nightclubs of the 80s or the even more dubious Science Fiction of the same decade. However, a group of physicists from the University of Chicago was much more productive in their thoughts on the topic until they managed to create a “vertebral node”.”Bound vortices have long been a theoretical concept, but it was worth creating one for reality… so far… turned out to be elusive. The Chicago team set out to create their own with a series of hydrofoils of different shapes printed in 3D and covered with bubbles floating in the water. The study has caused some surprises, such as showing that a knotted vertebra is not stable, as the principles suggest. In fact, it has been observed how vortices separate in a certain way, which provides information that could help our understanding of turbulence, plasma physics and even the general behavior of fluids.

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