Month: March 2013

Robotic Dragonfly Added to Festo’s Impressive Stable of Robots

Image of Festo BionicOpter in flight

Festo produce some of the most remarkable biology inspired robots. Their latest offering is a robotic dragonfly called the BionicOpter. It has a wingspan of 63cm and weighs just 175grams and can mimic all the forms of flight of a real dragonfly including up and down, forwards, backwards and to the side. The flapping wing …

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The Importance of Art with Science: Who will Produce The Next da Vinci?

Where Art Meets Science from the BBC website. Leonardo da Vinci epitomised the convergence of art and science. Hundreds of years later he remains one of the world’s most influential artists and many of his technical fantasies – such as the helicopter – are now a reality. But over the last few decades art and …

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Basics of Ferrite Beads for Filters, EMI Suppression, Parasitic oscillation suppression / Tutorial

This video discusses the basics of ferrite beads, and their uses for basic filtering applications. It discusses and demonstrates how ferrites act as resistors at high frequencies, and how this is used for EMI/RFI Suppression, improved power supply filtering, parasitic oscillation suppression, and others. This is another fantastic tutorial by W2AEW with great, easy to …

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The 12 Most Controversial Facts In Mathematics

Mathematics has little surprises that are designed to test and push your mental limits. The following 12 simple math problems prove outstandingly controversial among students of math, but are nonetheless facts. They’re paradoxes and idiosyncrasies of probability. And they’re guaranteed to start an argument or two. If you’re looking for a mathematical way to impress …

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Drones that Harvest Energy and Live in the Wild

I love this concept, that Drones can harvest energy from power lines and effectively live in the wild. We’ve seen basic BEAM (Biology, Electronics, Aesthetics, and Mechanics) robots harvest solar energy, but this adds another dimension. One day if we ever develop artificial intelligence, you can imagine robots like this living in the wild and …

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