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One of those things featured in magazines back-in-the-day, that never happened. . . EDITOR

Featured Image:  A U.S. Marine Corps engineer uses a cutting torch to cut a steel pipe as he fabricates support structures in Camp FallujahIraq, on January 12, 2006. The engineer is attached to the II Marine Expeditionary Force, which is deployed to Iraq from Camp Lejeune, N.C. DoD photo by Cpl. Bryson K. Jones, U.S. Marine Corps. (Released) SOURCE: Wikipedia Commons (Public Domain)

Submitted by ‘TAL’

From  POPULAR ELECTRONICS, May 1968, Pages 47-53


WE LIVE IN an era jaded by science’s seemingly routine discovery of basic phenomena-coherent light and the laser; superconductivity and the super-cold realm of zero resistance; weightlessness and its impact upon space electronics. And now, flame amplification.

Flaming louldspeaker SOURCE Popular Electronics May 1968

Image: The research team listening to their flame amplified louldspeaker as it reproduces taped music. (Accompanying article.) SOURCE: POPULAR ELECTRONICS, May 1968, Pages 47-53


“Flame which behaves physically and electrically like a high-fidelity loudspeaker … and has inherent amplification besides,” explains Dr. A. G. Cattaneo, manager of United Technology Center’s Sunnyvale, Calif., Physical Sciences Laboratory, and one of flame amplification’s three co-discoverers.

So saying, Dr. Cattaneo strikes a match to an acetylene-oxygen fueled welding torch poised on a test stand in one of UTC’s highly classified and restricted laboratories. Carefully, he adjusts the torch’s flame until, blue-hot (about 4200°F), it burns with livid intensity. . . . Read Complete Report


UPDATE: Better Eyes for Flying Robots (+) MAV’s -Micro Air Vehicles, Mini-Spy & Attack Drones (Video Report)

Photo: Micro Air Vehicle. United States Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kenneth-G.-Takada SOURCE Wikipedia (Public Domain)

From IEEE Spectrum 

New systems could improve the vision of micro aerial vehicles


Aerial robotics research has brought us flapping hummingbirdsseagulls,bumblebees, and dragonflies. But if these robots are to do anything more than bear a passing resemblance to their animal models, there is one thing they’ll definitely need: better vision.

In February, at the International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) in San Francisco, two teams presented new work (PDF) aimed at building better-performing and lower-power vision systems that would help aerial robots navigate and aid them in identifying objects. 
. . . Read Complete Report

From youtube updated by GlobalPrison

MAV’s -Micro Air Vehicles, Mini-Spy & Attack Drones

Published on Feb 21, 2013

The MAV project is designed for surveillence, possible targetting/laser tagging and possible attack/assassination of specific areas and individuals…

Humans and Robots Work Better Together Following Cross-Training; Swapping of Roles Improves Efficiency (+)’BigDog’ robot trained to throw cinder blocks (Video)

From Science Daily

Feb. 11, 2013 — Spending a day in someone else’s shoes can help us to learn what makes them tick. Now the same approach is being used to develop a better understanding between humans and robots, to enable them to work together as a team.

Robots are increasingly being used in the manufacturing industry to perform tasks that bring them into closer contact with humans. But while a great deal of work is being done to ensure robots and humans can operate safely side-by-side, more effort is needed to make robots smart enough to work effectively with people, says Julie Shah, an assistant professor of aeronautics and astronautics at MIT and head of the Interactive Robotics Group in the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL). . . . Read Complete Report


From RTAmerica via youtube

‘BigDog’ robot trained to throw cinder blocks

Published on Mar 6, 2013

The Army Research Laboratories Robotics Program has improved the robot known as “Big Dog.” This mechanical dog doesn’t just bite, but now Big Dog is capable of hurling 35 pounds cinder blocks. RT’s Liz Wahl has more.
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