“Sep. 16, 2013 — The ESA wants its operations on other planets to have greater mobility and manoeuvrability. SINTEF researchers are looking into whether snake robots could be the answer”…
…”The researchers envisage using the rover to navigate over large distances, after which the snake robot can detach itself and crawl into tight, inaccessible areas. A cable will connect the robot to the vehicle. The cable will supply power and tractive power, i.e. it can be winched back to the rover. Communication between the pair will be facilitated via signals transmitted down the cable.” . . . Read Complete Report
photo: Robot squirrels built by UC Davis engineers are being used to study how rattlesnakes and squirrels interact. Credit: Andy Fell, UC Davis
Robot squirrels from the University of California, Davis, are going into rattlesnake country near San Jose, continuing a research project on the interaction between squirrels and rattlesnakes.
In the lab, robot squirrels have shown how squirrels signal to snakes with heat and tail flagging. Through field experiments, researchers from San Diego State University and UC Davis aim to learn more about rattlesnake behavior.
It’s not the only use of robots to study animal behavior at UC Davis. Terry Ord, a former postdoctoral researcher now at Harvard University, used robot lizards to study display behavior by anole lizards in the jungles of Puerto Rico. Gail Patricelli, professor of evolution and ecology, has used a camera-equipped robot sage grouse hen to study the mating behavior of these prairie birds. . . . Read Complete Report
“The diagram [to the left] is from [Charles Piazzi] Smyth’s Our Inheritance in the Great Pyramid (1877) shows some of his measurements and chronological determinations made from them.” . . .from Wikipedia
‘Micro-snake’ robot to explore 8in shafts hidden in 4,500-year-old pyramid
‘I am very confident we can resume our work in 2012’ – expedition leader
Will solve archaeological puzzle that has remained unsolved since 1872
The secret gates at the heart of the Great Pyramid may be opened for the first time in 2012, a British robot company believes – solving a mystery that has puzzled archaeologists since 1872.Scoutek UK had already begun exploring behind the gates earlier this year – and produced the first-ever images from behind the gates using a ‘micro snake’ robot. But the exploration was halted by the recent unrest in Egypt.Expedition leader Shaun Whitehead said, ‘I’m very confident we can resume work in 2012.’ . . . Read complete report
Here is the Great Pyramid diagram as envisioned by the secretive Max Fyfield. Max is the “unofficial” Hollow Earth/Subterranean Worlds Artist who drew the artwork featured in many issues of every Hollow Earth underground publication that was published in age of fanzines from the “70s until the Hollow Earth Insider quit our paper fanzine in 1997. Note the passageways outlined in red. Fyfield believes these to be undiscovered yet. Note in particular the ones that lead to the Subterranean Worlds. Will further investigation prove him right? Would they tell us if he is? . .EDITOR
Last secret door of Great Pyramid ‘to be opened in 2012’, says British company
The secret gates at the heart of the Great Pyramid may be opened for the first time in 2012, a British robot company believes – solving a mystery that has puzzled archaeologists since 1872.
Scoutek UK had already begun exploring behind the gates earlier this year – and produced the first-ever images from behind the gates using a ‘micro snake’ robot. But the exploration was halted by the recent unrest in Egypt.
Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities stopped granting permits for research such as the Djedi robotic exploration of the Great Pyramid.
But it has recently started granting permits again.
‘We’re still waiting for permission to return to the pyramid,’ Whitehead told Mail Online today. ‘In the meantime, we have been working on enhancing the robot.’
‘The main plan is to carefully survey and document the shafts, to gather as much information as possible to allow archaeologists to determine their purpose. We also still plan to look beyond the blocking stones at the ends of the shafts, if it is safe and practical to do so.’ . .Read more