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txchnologist:

Is this weird-looking soft-bodied robot an early version of the one that might one day help find people trapped in collapsed buildings?

Harvard roboticists are working on a soft, untethered robot that keeps operating through fire, water, crushing force and freezing conditions. So far, they have gotten the two-foot-long machine to operate without external power connections for two hours. 

To endure through the elements, the pliable body was made of a composite of silicone, fabric and hollow glass microspheres and contains no rigid structural elements. Along with surviving tough conditions, it successfully demonstrated an important ability—lifting the mini air compressors, compressed gas, valves, batteries and controller off the ground and moving with all the components it needs to be autonomous. 

"Robots intended for use outside of laboratory environments should be able to operate without the constraints of a tether," the engineers write in a report on their machine in the journal Soft Robotics. “This is especially true for robots intended to perform demanding tasks in challenging environments (for example, for search and rescue applications in unstable rubble).”

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tastefullyoffensive:

Mind-Boggling Food Realizations [distractify]

Previously: Genious Shower Thoughts, Dog Shower Thoughts

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Style facts from Pixar films (by Disney Style)

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Rest in Peace, Robin Williams.
July 21st, 1951 - August 11th, 2014

Thank you for bringing joy into my childhood and life with your voice and acting. Thank you for your contagious jokes, your wacky impersonations, and amazing acting. Thank you for making my childhood experience better, and thank you for bringing joy to those even though you battled with your own joy. If only you could have known how much you’ve impacted people. Your life work will live on, and you will never be forgotten. I know I won’t forget you. Thank you for helping me whenever I felt sad and having a film for every mood. Gone, but never forgotten.

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txchnologist:

Robot Self-Assembles And Walks

by Michael Keller

Roboticists have developed a flat machine that can fold itself into an operational form and take a walk. 

Built mostly from paper and polystyrene plastic that shrinks into a memorized shape when heated, the robot can assemble in around four minutes. It can crawl at roughly 2 inches per second and make turns. The work by Harvard and MIT engineers represents the first time that a robot has self-assembled and performed a function without humans needing to intervene.  

“Here we created a full electromechanical system that was embedded into one flat sheet,” said Harvard Microrobotics Lab researcher and doctoral student Sam Felton. “Imagine a ream of dozens of robotic satellites sandwiched together so that they could be sent up to space and then assemble themselves remotely once they get there–they could take images, collect data and more.”

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Disney Ladies + Preparing/Cooking Food
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and one more….

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Zoom 
Better Off Ted 2.11 - Mess of a Salesman

Better Off Ted 2.11 - Mess of a Salesman

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toughc0okie:

VERONICA PALMER: THE HUMAN SUNSET.

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belligerently:

Veronica: A female mentor would have been very valuable for a young Veronica, bursting with potential, yet vulnerable, like a fawn in the woods, but tough, like a fawn in the woods with a machine gun.
Linda: So you’re saying you, or this terrifying, murderous fawn, could have used some guidance?
Veronica: Yes, we would have liked that. We’re going to raise more money for this charity than it ever has before. The forest will run red with the blood of woodland creatures who doubted little Veronica and will now pay with their furry little lives.

Better Off Ted | 2x11 - Mess of a Salesman

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petcanadian:

spawkward:

petcanadian:

spawkward:

what’s a pirates favorite letter?

if it’s rrrrrrr i’m going to kill you

you may think its r… but his true love be the C

i fucking hate this website

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