BuzzSkyline writes: Building flying robots that mimic insects is hard, so researchers from New York University have decided to copy the propulsion of jellyfish instead. It turns out that their flying jellyfish robot is inherently stable. The prototype only weighs 2.1 grams, and lacks the lift to carry a power source, so it relies on wires to provide electricity instead. The researchers hope to increase lift in future iterations, with an eye to creating tiny, autonomous flyers that don't need additional sensors or circuitry to hover and fly stably.
mrspoonsi writes: Designed to make police high speed chases safer, the pursuing police car presses a button, a lid pops open and fires a GPS bullet which attaches to the car in front. After which the car can be tracked from a distance in real-time without the need for a high speed pursuit.
BuzzSkyline writes: A talk titled Urinal Dynamics at the upcoming American Physical Society Division of Fluid Dynamics meeting begins, "In response to harsh and repeated criticisms from our mothers and several failed relationships with women, we present the splash dynamics of a simulated human male urine stream impacting rigid and free surfaces." The researchers offer some solace for tormented males by concluding with this stream of golden sunshine, "Guided by our results, techniques for splash reduction are proposed." There are a couple more talks along the same lines in the session.
BuzzSkyline writes: Some physicists at the Large Hadron Collider are about to embark on a completely different sort of experiment. What they will discover today may rival the detection of the Higgs particle in, well, in no way whatsoever. Unlike most high energy physics experiments, you won't need countless hours on a massive computer farm to tell if the experiment is a success. You should know pretty quickly by tuning into CERN's After Dark Stand-Up Comedy Evening taking place today at 20:00 in Europe/Zurich time, (2:00 PM Eastern time).
BuzzSkyline writes: "For years in the 1950s and 1960s, the U.S. federal government spent millions stocking fallout shelters for the Soviet atomic attack that never came. But what exactly was the government putting in there? Physics Buzz blogger Quantum takes a look at some of the retro Geiger counters, dosimeters and radiation detectors the U.S. Office of Civil Defense sent to thousands of fallout shelters across the country."
BuzzSkyline writes: "Fermilab physicists claim to have discovered evidence of new physics in the same LHC data that revealed the existence of a Higgs-like boson. While the Higgs potentially fills in the final piece of the Standard Model puzzle that describes the known fundamental particles, PhysicsBuzz is reporting that papers soon to be posted to the arXiv preprint server argue that the LHC data also show that the Top Quark has a partner predicted by the powerful, but previously unproven, theory of Supersymmetry. If true, the theory may solve the mystery of dark matter, explain why gravity is so weak, and presage the discovery of a whole host of supersymmetric particles."
BuzzSkyline writes: "Astronauts Don Pettit and Dan Burbank aboard the International Space Station took some time out to cobble together a didgeridoo from the ISS vacuum cleaner hoses. Skip to 1:30 to see Pettit mangle an official ISS crew shirt to look more like an authentic didgeridoo player (or at least what he thinks one should look like)."
champ1991 writes: "The Solar Impulse HB-SIA prototype aircraft, which has 12,000 solar cells in its 64.3-meter (193 feet) built wing attempts to register its first intercontinental flight from Payerne to Rabat in Morocco.After a flight about 17 hours, takes the prototype HB- SIA has finally landed in Madrid-Barajas airport. The pilot, André Borschberg, made his way out of the cockpit, smiley and certainly happy to stretch his legs." Link to Original Source
BuzzSkyline writes: "Astronaut Don Pettit has posted another video he made aboard the International Space Station. This time, he's shaking up water drops with sound waves, including the waves produced in the classic tune TV Dinners by ZZ Top."
clorkster writes: I am looking to upgrade my mobile phone. I have always bought the cheapest possible phone with the least features since I only use it to make calls and text. Further, I am opposed to paying for internet access twice and my home access is certainly more important and necessary. I am now running into the issue that my phone is too archaic to receive text messages from newer smart phones (they somehow become picture messages). Any thoughts on a good smart phone without data plan or an almost smart phone solution?