Flying Robotic Bird, It flaps it’s wings like a real bird.

These engineers over at Festo’s Have created a flying robot designed to flap it’s wings like a real bird. they call it the very ingenious name of “The Smart Bird” creative uh?
Festo has had a fascination with robotics since the start, and they have several pieces of technology that constantly make the news. A simple search for Festo on Youtube will pop up video after video of Festo’s advancements in robotics.

But lets get back to the bird, This bionic technology-bearer, which is inspired by the herring gull, can start, fly and land autonomously – with no additional drive mechanism. Its wings not only beat up and down, but also twist at specific angles. This is made possible by an active articulated torsional drive unit, which in combination with a complex control system attains an unprecedented level of efficiency in flight operation.   Now in order for this bird to fly, it has to be light weight and capable to glide, well at about 1 pound, “the Smart Bird” has this covered. Check the video below to see it in action.

Now you may be thinking it’s just a flying bird, whats up with the big deal? well like any other piece of technology, it has to start small, imagine airplanes developed using this type of technology, or even military implications like small un-maned air vehicles (UAVs)  the list could go on and on.Festo creates robots that move in a fluid motion, and once they get it figured out the advancements in aerodynamics would be tremendous.

Read more about it at Festo’s Website

Developing Bugs for Bio Fuel

These scientist over at Joule Unlimited have been trying to develop a super bug to revolutionize the Bio-Diesel industry.

The answer they’ve come up with is a diesel secreted by a genetically engineered microbe in flat glass bioreactors. The only inputs for its “biofactory” organism are sunlight, pumped-in carbon dioxide, and some nutrients.

These people have much more to go before they can actually figure out an efficient method of producing this bio diesel. But so far they have a good start. It has been 4 years in the making and it’s still going strong although they face opposition from the public after the bad reputation bio diesel has gave companies like Joule Unlimited for a failed attempt at making ethanol from corn or wheat, which all it did was raise corn prices off the roof, much of the public attention has turned to electric vehicles to take a step towards a greener planet.

The main problem here is the fact looking for an all new source of energy,  for example Electric vehicles, is going to cost millions if not Billions of dollars trying to convert the Gas Power vehicles into Electric Power, we need to find a way to keep those vehicles running on Bio Diesel that is easy, inexpensive, yet multifunctional. A challenge that companies like Joule Unlimited is ready to take on.

Read more: at CNET

Freezing your self at -270 degrees to be better at sports? How bout a hottub instead?

So you know that most athletes are trying to push their limits one way or another right? well they just figured out how to take their body one step further, and NO it’s not with drugs, or blood transfusions, it’s a very simple concept… Freeze your self by entering a nitrogen gas chamber. The chamber is called cryosauna and it cools skin to 32 degrees at a depth of around half a millimeter, which gives the body a mild shock and draws its blood supply inward to the vital organs. After two-and-a-half minutes, when the sauna is finished, that blood is supposed to rush back to the muscles, full of oxygen and nutrients, and repair damaged tissue. It is a $50,000 variation on the ice bath.

Sounds like fun right? well, like every other experimental tool it does have it’s risk, the vapors are hundreds of degrees below zero when pumped into the cylinder and cold enough to freeze body hair in seconds. But according to the scientist, the worst you can get is a minor frostbite burn… thats bad enough for me, call me a sissy but until they perfect this thing I’m going to stand clear of it all, but in case you want to read more about it, check it out here Cryosauna