Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Divided Brains: The Science of Over the Edge

A primary theme of the Over the Edge series is the divided brain. Many of the primary characters are marsupial humanoids. Marsupials lack the corpus callosum which is the part of the brain which unifies the two hemispheres. Of course, we are are not marsupials, our right hemispheres do not have language and thus often end up ignored. This video delves into that quality:

Thursday, March 08, 2012

Hazards of Space Travel and Living on Other Planets: The Science of Over the Edge

NASA is working on the problem of safety for astronauts venturing to Mars and beyond.

Since 2009, a research orbiter had been circling the moon. Among other things, it is equipped with a plastic that mimics human skin. NASA studies hazards of radiation on space travelers.

They've created a robot that can explore that hostile planet once it arrives and be a test subject during its journey. Here's a video explaining the project: Curiosity: The Stunt Double
Curiosity has landed:  Curiosity's First Photos ; NASA: Curiosity's Mission

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Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Robo Eyes, Snooper Robos: The Science of Over the Edge

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In Over the Edge characters use robo eyes and snooper robos to remotely observe and to take samples. Here's a video detailing the technology currently in development: VJ Kumar: Robots that Fly and Co-operate

This is about a 12 minute video and worth the time.

Below are several links to sites discussing this technology:

"New York Times" slide show: "Drones Transform How America Fights Its Wars"

YouTube video: "Military Mosquito Robots Collecting DNA & Blood"