It’s quite remarkable to see what the power of an intelligent mob can do.
To those of you who use computers, you can understand the issues that can sometimes be caused by them. Faulty hardware, operating system issues, programs not working, drivers not installed properly, the list goes on and on. The average user has no end to the issues they could have, with many being very subtle and tricky to solve.
You hear it humming and whirring, probably right next to you. It’s a small device that somehow takes your words and images and makes physical copies of them, all day long, and never stopping. It’s obviously your printer, but there’s a device coming around that would fit that description just the same, and yet has a much grander use. At the moment it exists as massive and expensive facilities, or centers and companies devoted to its use. It’s called nanofabrication, and researchers at Northwestern University are making it happen.
This article is by Scott Michael Slone, C2ST’s resident intern.
Robots are coming in from everywhere! By land, by sea, by air! Speaking of air, dozens of tiny robots known as quadrotors are making themselves visible! A quadrotor is a small flying robot that uses four propellers pointed upwards to fly. On their own they’re quite the acrobatic little fellas, and are capable of navigating themselves easily around their environment. The first video of this collection focuses on the swarm capabilities of the quadrotors being made at University of Pennsylvania.
It has been nearly 36 years since the Voyager 1 was sent into space on its journey. Its purpose at the time: to take vivid and detailed pictures of the planets of our Solar System in a way that had never been attempted before. Eventually its primary mission was completed, giving breathtaking images of Saturn and Jupiter, as well as the famous picture of a “pale blue dot” known to some beings as Earth.