Cool self-reconfiguring robot: Polypod: Example Locomotion with Reconfiguration. They’ve really built a prototype of this robot, but the niftiest stuff is in the movies of what they might be able to do some day. It’s creepy to watch this robot walk like a caterpillar, then crawl like a snake, then mutate into a spider-like tetrapod. But don’t worry. It’s just a movie. For now.
Month: February 2001
Next-new-thing stories are a
Next-new-thing stories are a dime a dozen these days, but this strikes me as something worth getting excited about: spintronics and magnetic memory chips (from the New York Times).
Internetworking (3.3): Article-Designing for
Saw this on kottke.org.
Saw this on kottke.org. Weird Al Yankovic recently married Suzanne Krajewski. Here is their Amazon wish list. Al would sure appreciate it if you’d buy him a Viking CF128M 128 MB CompactFlash Card.
The ExploreLearning is impressive.
The ExploreLearning is impressive. It’s divided up into ExploreScience and ExploreMath. Throughout these sites there are hands-on Shockwave demos. I like the Orbit Simulator and the Ultrasound: How does it work? pages.
Does the decoding of
Does the decoding of the human genome mean those zany creationists will shut up and go home? Well, of course not. This article from Family.org is a good example of the kind of weird argument whereby creationists use scientific reasoning to refute scientific reasoning. Look guys, just say: “God made everything six thousand years ago and I ain’t gonna talk to you no more!” It’s much less convoluted way of saying the same thing.
No matter how good
No matter how good your vision is, adaptive optics can make it better. Nifty lasers and flexible mirrors can give all but the legally blind 20/10 Super Vision. As a spin-off from the Cold War, this beats the pants off of Tang.
Good list: Jakob’s Heuristics
Good list: Jakob’s Heuristics for User Interface Design.
I like the whatis.com
I like the whatis.com site. For instance what is .NET?
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One-stop shopping at asteroid.net for all your asteroid-related needs.