Schlieren Imaging – Seeing the Invisible

June 16, 2017 / 0 comments

“Schlieren photography is a visual process that is used to photograph the flow of fluids of varying density. Invented by the German physicist August Toepler in 1864 to study supersonic motion, it is widely used in aeronautical engineering to photograph the flow of air around objects. The classical implementation of an optical schlieren system uses…

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A New Era in Astronomy: NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope

May 12, 2017 / 0 comments

“The Hubble Space Telescope has completely revolutionized our understanding of the universe, and has become a beloved icon of popular culture. As revolutionary as Hubble has been, we have pushed it to its scientific limits in many ways. Hubble’s successor, the James Webb Space Telescope, has been in the works for almost two decades and…

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Nashtifan Windmills

May 10, 2017 / 0 comments

In the village of Nashtifan in northeastern Iran, Mohammad Etebari serves as the last keeper of an ancient tradition. Now elderly, Etebari has dedicated his life to keeping the town’s few dozen historic windmills turning. LINK: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/01/nashtifan-iran-windmills/

COMPUTATIONAL DESIGN OF MECHANICAL CHARACTERS

March 3, 2016 / 0 comments

We developed an interactive design system that allows non-expert users to create animated mechanical characters. Given an articulated character as input, the user iteratively creates an animation by sketching motion curves indicating how different parts of the character should move. For each motion curve, our framework creates an optimized mechanism that reproduces it as closely…

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MOBILE CONSTRUCTION FAST FOOD RESTAURANT

February 26, 2016 / 0 comments

It will never make the Michelin Guide, but New York City’s newest restaurant is almost certainly one of the world’s most exclusive. Most of the patrons are drawn from an elite group of high-beam artists, namely ironworkers laboring hundreds of feet above the street. The dress code is severe: hard hat, overalls, safety vest and…

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GRAPHS AND QUOTES FROM THE BIG RETHINK

February 25, 2016 / 0 comments

Part 2: Farewell to modernism − and modernity too Here she contrasts three paradigms − or as she prefers, ‘cultural ecologies’ − Modernity, Deconstructionist Postmodernism (the transitory, hyper-relativist mode of thought usually referred to as Postmodernism) and Ecological Postmodernism, which she implies is the emerging long-term successor to modernity. Her vision of Ecological Postmodernism is…

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MOVING GOLF COURSES

February 22, 2016 / 0 comments

Out in Arizona, Caterpillar built a driving range where not only the green but also the trees and the sand traps are on the move, carried around by big ol’ trucks. In the video below, pro golfers Erimo and Marimo Ikeuchi take on the driving range challenge and try to land a ball on the…

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ULTIMATE MOWER

February 17, 2016 / 0 comments

Mowing ditch banks with a Claas Xerion 3300 VC ”Octopus” equipped with four Herder Grenadier MBK LSH mowing booms from contractor Hack from Kruisland, The Netherlands. Facebook Link

Les Machines de l’Île

February 11, 2016 / 0 comments

Machines of the Isle of Nantes or Les Machines de l’Île de Nantes are a set of gigantic mechanical animals designed by Francois Delarozière and Pierre Orefice as an artistic, touristic and cultural project based in Nantes, France. The project is a combination of the ‘invented worlds’ of Jules Verne, the mechanical universe of Leonardo…

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WILLIAM MITCHELL – CONNECTED CITY

February 5, 2016 / 0 comments

A conversation with the MIT Professor and Director of the Media Lab’s Smart Cities Group.