Jonfliesgoats

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  1. You know, as homebuilt airplanes go, revisiting an inflateable plane may be in order. You can hangar it in your garage. Patch it easily. Corrosion isn't an issue. For the person who wants to fly around at 70knots and and count cows, this idea could be great.
  2. They are saying it is the most curved mirror of that kind in the world. I am a telescope neophyte, but this seems pretty neat.
  3. Yeah, the article was saying they are both uncontrollable, so maneuvering isn't an option.
  4. @Elthy @Elthy That's a good suggestion. I was trying to build up steps on my Fitbit by jogging on the treadmill and thought "Lets find contemporary female innovators to discuss around my daughter!" Sweaty fingers make for bad typing! Sothe result is massive posts on similar things without much typing. Its not too late for me to go edit these things, however! (My daughter is swimming in my little ponies right now, and she isn't even a year old. They say early exposure to things is important so I am trying to get her blocks. I also want female role models who aren't her mom that are both girly and smart. Conventionally bookish ladies won't appeal as social pressures build an artificial choice between femininity and adventure/innovation in her mind.) Discussion doesn't work if it's not inviting. Does this stimulate more involvement from you?
  5. Less than 1km. The article says some estimates had collision risks as high as 44%, but hat seems high considering we waited until 2009 for the first hypervelocity accident.
  6. @Vanamonde Since many of these threads I posted are on similar topics (contemporary female innovators, DARPA stuff) how bout we condense threads? That may alleviate the flooding effect I have done.
  7. Also, I recognize that you guys are trying to help me out. I do sincerely appreciate you saying something.
  8. @Elthy @WinkAllKerb'' You are probably right. I go in spurts, typically at the gym. I am also comfortable being ignored. I read and post LOTS here. I like the responses and input. So I blow through a huge list of things that catch my attention, post something on all of them and wait. Do I have a problem? Maybe. But I am having a good time, and I am not screaming to coworkers about politics, posting racist things on facebook, etc. So while your critique is fair and accurate. I agree with it. I still like posting "Look at these professors! Oooh, weird helicopters! Check out these bobbing buoys! DARPA want proposals!". Is a little enthusiasm about this stuff really the worst thing out there? I would rather send out lots of crummy threads which are ignored than stuff myself into a corner and wonder whether things that catch my attention are worth discussing. I'm having fun!
  9. This is Neri Oxman, who is working at MIT using additive manufacturing to blend art and engineering. She is one of many examples of female engineers and scientists who break the librarian-like stereotype of smart women. This video is sort of sales-pitchy video of her and her work. She also has some good presentations in TED talks.
  10. Cynthia Brazeal is working on making robots more accessible to the masses at MIT. Unlike what we see on popular trelevisiion programs, she is a nerd that is not in the least bit nerdy (a friend of mine refers to these well-adjusted people as submarinerds). Her work in Robotics is impressive. This video is a little bit old, but still interesting. http://cynthiabreazeal.media.mit.edu/
  11. Good points! The fact that it is publicly announced for such a specific application reminds me of the A-7 revitalization program.
  12. Thanks for the explanation, Snark! @Snark
  13. Too bad I can't afford this:
  14. A small company in Virginia is trying to fly a heavy-fueled UAV for ten days. Aerospace innovation is literally out most of our back doors, and much more accessible to interested undergraduate students and high schoolers than people think. Check out this link from DARPA! http://www.darpa.mil/news-events/2017-01-04