Then you, my friend, are a total asshole. Love, sex and music are indeed truly great things. But Science - science is how we understand the world. Science is how we change the world.

Then you, my friend, are a total asshole. Love, sex and music are indeed truly great things. But Science - science is how we understand the world. Science is how we change the world.

Acrobatic Octopus Arm Could Be Model for Flexible Robots

Octopi / Octopussies - whatever you call them, they are endlessly fascinating. Thanks for the link, wingsandfins!

wingsandfins:

stevewyshywaniuk:

Unlike us, specific regions of an octopus’ motor cortex don’t correspond to specific parts of its body. Instead, each region controls different parts at different times. Their motor neural network seems as flexible as their bodies — a phenomenon that expands the range of neurophysiological possibility, and could refine the design of arm-flexing robots.

An octopus brain sends a general prompt, and the arm computes the specifics: It’s much simpler than running all those calculations in the brain itself. And all this is especially interesting to roboticists who want to build machines with flexible appendages, ideal for rescue bots working in disaster areas or surgical machines weaving through a body.

- Wired

The possibilities for prosthetics are interesting, too. (Jokes about Dr. Octopus aside, anyway.)
We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology.  This is a prescription for disaster. We might get away with it for a while, but sooner or later this combustible mixture of ignorance and power is going to blow up in our faces.

We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology.  This is a prescription for disaster. We might get away with it for a while, but sooner or later this combustible mixture of ignorance and power is going to blow up in our faces.


Orange - Solar Concept Tent
Orange today revealed their vision for the tent of the future. Utilising cutting edge eco-energy technology, the Orange Solar Concept Tent will allow campers to keep in touch and power their essential camping gadgets.
Whilst currently only a concept, the vision of the Orange Solar Concept Tent has been designed to celebrate Orange’s 11th year at Glastonbury. This year, Orange Chill ‘n’ Charge tent will be at Glastonbury again, providing 600 mobile phone charging points, free internet access and live music. The Orange Chill ‘n’ Charge tent will be open from Friday to Sunday, 10am-10pm.

I want one of these. Cool! I love the shape too - this looks like one easy tent to erect.

Orange - Solar Concept Tent

Orange today revealed their vision for the tent of the future. Utilising cutting edge eco-energy technology, the Orange Solar Concept Tent will allow campers to keep in touch and power their essential camping gadgets.

Whilst currently only a concept, the vision of the Orange Solar Concept Tent has been designed to celebrate Orange’s 11th year at Glastonbury. This year, Orange Chill ‘n’ Charge tent will be at Glastonbury again, providing 600 mobile phone charging points, free internet access and live music. The Orange Chill ‘n’ Charge tent will be open from Friday to Sunday, 10am-10pm.

I want one of these. Cool! I love the shape too - this looks like one easy tent to erect.

Sign reminding scientists at Oak Ridge, part of the Mamhattan Project, to watch their tongues.

Sign reminding scientists at Oak Ridge, part of the Mamhattan Project, to watch their tongues.

Mysterious, Glowing Clouds Appear Across America’s Night Skies

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Mysterious, glowing clouds previously seen almost exclusively in Earth’s polar regions have appeared in the skies over the United States and Europe over the past several days.

Photographers and other sky watchers in Omaha, Paris, Seattle, and other locations have run outside to capture images of what scientists call noctilucent (”night shining”) clouds. Formed by ice literally at the boundary where the earth’s atmosphere meets space 50 miles up, they shine because they are so high that they remain lit by the sun even after our star is below the horizon.

The rest of this amazing article from Wired Science is here