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This is how Curiosity will land on Mars - Cool video
posted April 11 2011 20:56.19 by Giorgos Lazaridis




It could be the intro from a Star Wars movie, but it is actually a very nice short (5:28) film, which shows how NASA plans to send and land Curiosity, the brad new Mars rover. Entry...

[Link: universetoday]
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Tags: satellite   flying machines   how it works   rocket   crazy photo/video   3D media   science   space related   mechanical   



A nail to piss off a hammer - Useless brilliant machine
posted April 10 2011 19:41.41 by Giorgos Lazaridis




You may remember Chris Eckert, an artist from San Jose California who made the waiting machine. His next mechanical creation is a hammer that hits a nail, and when the nail is all...

[Link: chriseckert]
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Tags: useless   hilarious   artistic   mechanical   








Watch first electric airplane's maiden flight
posted April 8 2011 20:59.45 by Giorgos Lazaridis




Meet Elektra One, the first all-electric airplane that works. This is the creation of a German company named PC-Aero. Jon Karkow, a well known test-pilot performed the first flight...

[Via: popsci]    [Link: CalinGologan]
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Tags: flying machines   battery   inventions   mechanical   research   green   innovations   crazy designs   



VASIMIR plasma thruster Fires At Full Power
posted April 7 2011 20:52.44 by Giorgos Lazaridis




VASIMIR stands for "Variable Specific Impulse Magneto-plasma Rocket", and it is a plasma thruster that NASA has just agreed to test out in Earth orbit, potentially aboard the ISS...

[Link: adastrarocket]
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Tags: physics   mechanical   research   science   space related   innovations   futuristic   extreme   rocket   



Dummies are perfect test-pilots for DIY Jet-Packs
posted April 7 2011 20:36.29 by Giorgos Lazaridis




It seems that those who make DIY Jet Packs face the same problem: No one wants to be the test pilot, i wonder why... This dude over here though found a solution to this: He strapped...

[Via: dvice]    [Link: MartinJetPack]
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Tags: crazy hack   mechanical   jet pack   model   crazy photo/video   extreme   








Surgical bot folds paper plane, can fold also your entrails
posted April 6 2011 19:48.05 by Giorgos Lazaridis




Here is one cool video from the surgical department. Dr. James Porter, medical director of robotic surgery, folds a small paper airplane with the da Vinci surgical robot to...

[Via: dvice]    [Link: swedishseattle]
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Tags: biotechnology   cnc   crazy photo/video   health & nature   mechanical   robot   



Lego Ship-In-A-Bottle: Cool timelapse video
posted April 5 2011 20:36.45 by Giorgos Lazaridis




To tell you the truth, i would never have the patience required to achieve such a goal: to make a ship in a bottle. Instead, i would try to find other ways to do it, like for...

[Via: wired]    [Link: julialmorley]
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Tags: puzzle   timelapse   mechanical   games and fun   artistic   model   



New rotary engine may climb up to 74% efficiency
posted April 5 2011 19:03.27 by Giorgos Lazaridis




It is called Liquid Piston, and promises a significant increase of the efficiency of the internal combustion engines. The design has a rotary piston and one valve that operates as...

[Via: technologyreview]    [Link: liquidpiston]
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Tags: auto/moto   inventions   mechanical   research   model   innovations   








This mechanical bird looks so real that may get shot
posted April 3 2011 18:04.42 by Giorgos Lazaridis




Festo is known for the top quality pressurized air systems, but not only. Festo has a division named Bionic Learning Network, in which researchers try to develop pneumatic systems...

[Link: festo]
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