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cotsb:

prostheticknowledge:

BionicKangaroo

Robotic recreation of the Kangaroo form put together by Festo to demonstrate energy-efficient movement (this was initially announced on April the 1st, but turns out to be real) - video embedded below:

With the BionicKangaroo, Festo has technologically reproduced the unique way a kangaroo moves. Like its natural model, it can recover the energy when jumping, store it and efficiently use it for the next jump.

On the artificial kangaroo, Festo intelligently combines pneumatic and electrical drive technology to produce a highly dynamic system. The stable jump kinematics plus the precise control technology ensure stability when jumping and landing. The consistent lightweight construction facilitates the unique jumping behaviour. The system is controlled by gestures.

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When science imitates nature and it’s awesome.

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3-sum:

okay so a friend and i decided to carry a mattress, 4 blankets, 3 pillows and a bag of alcohol to a cliff, we were drunk and high. all we wanted to do was spend time together and then we fell asleep and i woke up to this.

3-sum:

okay so a friend and i decided to carry a mattress, 4 blankets, 3 pillows and a bag of alcohol to a cliff, we were drunk and high. all we wanted to do was spend time together and then we fell asleep and i woke up to this.

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rjzimmerman:

Poppies running down the sides of the mountains running down to Rainbow Rocks Canyon. When I was bushwhacking through the area, I was thinking Dorothy and her gang in Wizard of Oz, with the wicked witch watching them in the poppy fields through her crystal ball.

The other wildflowers appearing are Chia, Desert Canterbury Bells, Common Phacelia, and Cryptantha.

Photos taken on April 15, 2014.

rjzimmerman:

Some more blooming-all-over wildflowers in Rainbow Rocks Canyon, off Whitewater Canyon. The last photo tells me that the desert can be green and lush, with just the right amount of rain at just the right time and followed by just the right temperature.

Overwhelming odors yesterday were bubblegum (from yerba buena), mint (from white sage), ephedra (kick starting my allergies…..plus it smells like cat pee) and cooking earth and rocks (from 95 degree air).

Photos taken on April 15, 2014.

underthevastblueseas:

Glass eels typically refers to an intermediary stage in the eel’s complex life. The term typically refers to a transparent glass eel of the family Anguillidae. These are the freshwater eels that spawn in the ocean, and then enter estuaries as glass eels and swim upstream to live in freshwater during their juvenile growth phase. As the glass eels enter freshwater they start to become pigmented and are typically referred to as elvers. The elvers grow larger and are referred to as yellow eels, which are the juvenile stage of eels before their reproductive maturation begins.

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darksilenceinsuburbia:

Overgrowth

Overgrowth is a new and ongoing artistic collaboration between photographer Parker Fitzgerald and floral designer Riley Messina

Inspired by a pursuit of beauty, Riley combines classically thoughtful botanical designs with Parker’s carefully considered film images in an expression of the multifaceted relationship between humankind and nature. The two artists contrast anonymous portraiture with sweeping landscapes in an attempt to capture both the malleable and untamed aspects of the natural world.

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