Friday, March 20, 2009

I LOVE Technology!!!

http://www.nature.com/news/2009/090319/full/news.2009.178.html

This is just an amazingly cool article. Wicked strong aerogel carbon nano muscles?!

WHAT?! Awesome! Check it out.

9 comments:

Jerry M. Weikle said...

That is wicked, sweet! Build a spacesuit with those aerogels to environmentally protect humans upon the Martian environment, with a CO2 filtration backpack to extract O2 as a breating appratus. Or develop artificial arm or leg muscles for hominid-robots for mining ore on the Moon and Mars, in areas that are climate-hostile or even swimbots for exploritory of the Oceans on Europa--even harvesting of H2O for transport to Mars.
Wicked!

Douglas Mallette said...

The swimbot idea could even apply for here on Earth. There are all kinds of things that could be done with this stuff. Imagine using this stuff to replace dead muscles in people, like those with Muscular Dystrophy.

Jerry M. Weikle said...

I know the swimbot, an artifical dolphin-like robot could occur--even if it had stablization elongated fins for right and left turning; as an idea. There is plenty of scientific literature on the morphological characteristic of aquatic species for a blueprint endoskelton. Something that could pressurize, according to depth, would be great for exploring several of the deep trenchs. Alvin might be drydock, though.

I'm not sure I like human-cyborg application with technology, unless replacement of limbs due to accidents or medical reasons (as in removal of a leg because of diabeties or because of war). Otherwise, it might be possible with Stem-cells to regenerate muscle tissues. UPenn BioEthical Community might shed light on aspects of application of technology with regards to human augementations.
But really fascinating concept is like the robots in "I, Robot"; hominid-robotic workers in areas that are dangerous to humans--if they look human-like in movement then they would be accepted past the 'machine' concept. A "clone army" to mine and extract mineral resources off-world, whilst forming habitat spaces for humans. ;-)

Hummm, at a different place and time it might have been:

Now, Copernius "you know the Earth is the center of the Universe. It is thusly written. To have such ideas as 'heliocentric" is heretical and what would the Papal houses do? Beforewarened my friend...promoting this 'science' that the Earth is NOT the center of attention of God and the Pontif."

Douglas Mallette said...

And it is that history that I use to drive myself to remind people to leave all doors open and explore all possibilities; don't let anything restrict the pursuit of fact and truth.

Norman Copeland said...

Considering the next generation of technology for the space applications we will be utilising I believe it a definate step backwards for our science.

You see, the thing is, we have a good clue of what our bodies can do regarding stress and temperature duration. The true nature of our exploring space is to acknowledge the possibilities of 'first contact' with other species.

Truelly, the use of carbon for space applications is not advancing science, its something 'we' will have to do, ''especially considering robot protocol'' and 'technological reliability'.

Carbon is not particularly robust for differing situations governing its ability to withstand high temperature, truelly our mining capabilities will be boosted with technology capable of going to work among noble gas's, that will enclude gas giants and stars.

Again I predict zenon as the appropriate element, considering its orbitals among our solar system/galaxy.


At the higher end of carbons abilities it fails at this transition.

Virtual 4 dimension visuals relating to dimensions of intial constellation movement will enevitably be possible with something more experienced.

Carbon decay, pro's con's?

Douglas Mallette said...

Norman - What? You've gone loopy. lol.

The true nature for our exploring space is to survive. I don't care about E.T. That will happen when it happens. More importantly is the drive to expand the species such that we don't kill ourselves and our world in the not so distant future.

Humans are not built for space, period. So we must develop technologies that protect us in such harsh environments. I don't expect to be growing radiation proof skin anytime soon. :)

I have no idea what the rest of your post said.

Jerry M. Weikle said...

"To give you some perspective, humans would die from exposure to 400-1000 rads of ionising radiation. The humble cockroach, hailed in popular myth as radiation proof, can tolerate 10 times as much. But D. rad puts us all to shame: it thrives happily after being zapped with 1.5 million rads, and can apparently withstand twice that. Mwahaha, indeed.

[Radiation damages DNA inside cells but D. rad has an elaborate repair mechanism, including up to 10 copies of its DNA, only some of which are active at any time and susceptible to damage.]

What use is such a complicated system to this microbe? One possible explanation is that this resistance might be a defence against something a lot more common - lack of water.

Extreme desiccation causes just about the same kind of stress and damage to DNA that radiation does. Long ago, this species may have developed a mechanism for dealing with very dry surroundings that, incidentally, makes it immune to nuclear radiation. (Sydney Morning Herald, Nov, 6, 2008; author Idan Ben-Barak)

I don't think any terrestial life form will be growing radiation proof skin. However, if life does exist on Mars, then it possibly would have simular genetic immunity as Deinococcus radiodurans clearly does.

If humans are planning eventually terraforming Mars, as the other posted blog indicates, then the flora species uses will have to have genetic modification (GM); and D. rad can provide the genetic material for insertion into lichens species.

SpazzyMcGee said...

Sweet. I've always loved material science.

Coincidentally I am currently finishing up the book Red Mars and they used aerogel a lot.

The first thing that came to my mind while reading the article was the idea of application to robots or cyborgs. Sci-fi yes, but I have been reading a lot of the webcomic Dresden Codak. lol

Too bad I will most likely not live long enough to see my mind transferred into a super human body with muscles of aerogel making me inconceivably light and nimble, as strong as a hydrological press, and as fast as a racecar. Ghost in the Shell comes to mind.

Norman Copeland said...

Jerry. M. Weikle...

The scientific quotient you offered is a good stepping stone for modern western world scientists to consider, they obviously have, though the intermediate scientist is as productive theorhetically.

Because I have years of experience with Egyptian paganism, I can confirm that the Egyptian Scarab beetle which is the symbol for eternal life {hieroglyphics} may be a better start for your interests considering ion management and development.

Verility is not a definate product of potency, intrinsically the frequencies that expose the subject to the environment contain messages and coding which is not of this world. As you have suggested, some species will perform better with different varying sources of energy.

As is obvious with snakes, frogs and spiders, the equatorial regions may suggest that heat and its ability to maintain momentum among heat is the symbolic reason that all creation is connected to stars.

As your basic knowledge of mass will tell you, emmiting frequencies which mass does, is aswell, a mechanism of animals, for humans, reptiles and monkeys, the pineal and pituary gland translate 3rd dimension material to anti matter material {dreamstatus}.

You see, Egyptian paganism deals primarily with these alternate statistics which intrinsically is the reason Pagan science is much more advanced than modern science.

As I have said, this is not a DNA process singularly repsonsible for survival and ability to grapple with obstacles, it is part of a universal mechanism which connects all things, some of these creatures are what we, perhaps would consider higher lifeforms capable of subliminal navigation, such as bees using starlight to navigate direction, another prominant Egytian heiroglyphic symbol.

I shall name our principle deities.

The Pheonix.
The Scarab beetle.



Norman Copeland.