1. Notes: 720 / 22 hours ago  from bossrobotdad (originally from mindblowingscience)
    bossrobotdad:

mindblowingscience:

Next Generation Spacesuit like Second Skin

Scientists from MIT have designed a next-generation spacesuit that acts practically as a second skin, and could revolutionize the way future astronauts travel into space. (Photo : Jose-Luis Olivares/MIT)
Astronauts are used to climbing into conventional bulky, gas-pressurized spacesuits, but this new design could allow them to travel in style. Soon they may don a lightweight, skintight and stretchy garment lined with tiny, muscle-like coils. Essentially the new suit acts like a giant piece of shrink-wrap, in which the coils contract and tighten when plugged into a power supply, thereby creating a “second skin.”
"With conventional spacesuits, you’re essentially in a balloon of gas that’s providing you with the necessary one-third of an atmosphere [of pressure,] to keep you alive in the vacuum of space," lead researcher Dava Newman, a professor of aeronautics and astronautics and engineering systems at MIT, said in astatement.
"We want to achieve that same pressurization, but through mechanical counterpressure - applying the pressure directly to the skin, thus avoiding the gas pressure altogether. We combine passive elastics with active materials. … Ultimately, the big advantage is mobility, and a very lightweight suit for planetary exploration."
Newman, who has worked for the past decade on a design for the next-generation spacesuit, describes the new garment in detail in the journal IEEE/ASME: Transactions on Mechatronics.
The MIT BioSuit’s coils, which are a main feature of the outfit, are made from a shape-memory alloy (SMA). At a certain temperature, the material can “remember” and spring back to its engineered shape after being bent or misshapen.
Skintight suits are not a novel idea, but in the past scientists have always struggled with the question: how do you get in and out of a suit that is so tight? That’s where the SMAs come in, allowing the suit to contract only when heated, and subsequently stretched back to a looser shape when cooled.
Though the lightweight suit may not seem at first like it can withstand the harsh environment that is outer space, Newman and his colleagues are sure that the BioSuit would not only give astronauts much more freedom during planetary exploration, but it would also fully support these space explorers.
Newman and his team are not only working on how to keep the suit tight for long periods of time, but also believe their design could be applied to other attires, such as athletic wear or military uniforms.
"An integrated suit is exciting to think about to enhance human performance," Newman added. "We’re trying to keep our astronauts alive, safe, and mobile, but these designs are not just for use in space."


And there were people that said this shit was impossible.

    bossrobotdad:

    mindblowingscience:

    Next Generation Spacesuit like Second Skin

    Scientists from MIT have designed a next-generation spacesuit that acts practically as a second skin, and could revolutionize the way future astronauts travel into space. (Photo : Jose-Luis Olivares/MIT)

    Astronauts are used to climbing into conventional bulky, gas-pressurized spacesuits, but this new design could allow them to travel in style. Soon they may don a lightweight, skintight and stretchy garment lined with tiny, muscle-like coils. Essentially the new suit acts like a giant piece of shrink-wrap, in which the coils contract and tighten when plugged into a power supply, thereby creating a “second skin.”

    "With conventional spacesuits, you’re essentially in a balloon of gas that’s providing you with the necessary one-third of an atmosphere [of pressure,] to keep you alive in the vacuum of space," lead researcher Dava Newman, a professor of aeronautics and astronautics and engineering systems at MIT, said in astatement.

    "We want to achieve that same pressurization, but through mechanical counterpressure - applying the pressure directly to the skin, thus avoiding the gas pressure altogether. We combine passive elastics with active materials. … Ultimately, the big advantage is mobility, and a very lightweight suit for planetary exploration."

    Newman, who has worked for the past decade on a design for the next-generation spacesuit, describes the new garment in detail in the journal IEEE/ASME: Transactions on Mechatronics.

    The MIT BioSuit’s coils, which are a main feature of the outfit, are made from a shape-memory alloy (SMA). At a certain temperature, the material can “remember” and spring back to its engineered shape after being bent or misshapen.

    Skintight suits are not a novel idea, but in the past scientists have always struggled with the question: how do you get in and out of a suit that is so tight? That’s where the SMAs come in, allowing the suit to contract only when heated, and subsequently stretched back to a looser shape when cooled.

    Though the lightweight suit may not seem at first like it can withstand the harsh environment that is outer space, Newman and his colleagues are sure that the BioSuit would not only give astronauts much more freedom during planetary exploration, but it would also fully support these space explorers.

    Newman and his team are not only working on how to keep the suit tight for long periods of time, but also believe their design could be applied to other attires, such as athletic wear or military uniforms.

    "An integrated suit is exciting to think about to enhance human performance," Newman added. "We’re trying to keep our astronauts alive, safe, and mobile, but these designs are not just for use in space."

    And there were people that said this shit was impossible.

     
  2. Notes: 25051 / 2 days ago  from legendofthemoon (originally from chocolatefrogs)
    "Stars are not small or gentle.
    They are writhing and dying and burning.
    They are not here to be pretty.
    I am trying to learn from them."
    - Caitlyn Siehl, “Sky Poem” (via mirroir)

    (Source: chocolatefrogs)

  3. Notes: 46092 / 2 days ago  from joxem (originally from theblindninja)

    kissmyasajj:

    fuckyeahwarriorwomen:

    duckindolans:

    daughterofmulan:

    theblindninja:

    The Pirates Official Posters

    What is this glorious looking glory.

    WHAT IS THIS

    Pirates (2014 film)

    Set in the early Joseon Dynasty, a group led by a female pirate and another group led by a male bandit are on a mission to hunt down a whale that swallowed the royal seal bestowed on Joseon from China.

    Yes!

    [[NO NO OKAY YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND

    I saw this movie in Korea. It’s hilarious please watch it.]]

  4. Notes: 94783 / 3 weeks ago  from herpinandderpinmylifeaway (originally from lesscoast)

    (Source: lesscoast)

     
  5. Notes: 643 / 3 weeks ago  from heeroyuy01 (originally from fuckyeahgundamwing)

    fuckyeahgundamwing:

    New jacket illustrations from Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz Blu-Ray box. Art by (1)Sakura Asagi, (2)Masanori Shino and Yuichi Kuboki, and (3) Yoshihito Hishinuma and Iwao Teraoka.

    (via gundaminfo)

  6. Notes: 42 / 3 weeks ago  from heeroyuy01 (originally from guro-boy)

    (Source: guro-boy)

     
  7. 3 weeks ago 

    Update

    [[Hey there space deviants. While it was started with another tumblr user, I have decided to continue Jiu En’s story line. If someone wants to hop in on it drop me a line! Looking for some active rp partners.

    Also, the toy stores here have a gunplay sECTION??]]

  8. Notes: 365 / 4 weeks ago  from stealthbanana (originally from kin-homes)
    kin-homes:

Circuitboard Wings[source]

    kin-homes:

    Circuitboard Wings
    [source]

     
  9. Notes: 20 / 4 weeks ago  from beholdatimemachine (originally from crooked-beak)
    crooked-beak:

The main chamber within Saint Patrick’s Cathedral. [Ireland, Dublin, August 2013].

    crooked-beak:

    The main chamber within Saint Patrick’s Cathedral. [Ireland, Dublin, August 2013].

     
  10. Notes: 866 / 4 weeks ago  from bossrobotdad (originally from appalachiananarchist)
    bossrobotdad:

communismkills:

Reagan said it better:
“From time to time, we have been tempted to believe that society has become too complex to be managed by self-rule, that government by an elite group is superior to government for, by, and of the people. But if no one among us is capable of governing himself, then who among us has the capacity to govern someone else?”

Yeye

    bossrobotdad:

    communismkills:

    Reagan said it better:

    From time to time, we have been tempted to believe that society has become too complex to be managed by self-rule, that government by an elite group is superior to government for, by, and of the people. But if no one among us is capable of governing himself, then who among us has the capacity to govern someone else?”

    Yeye

    (Source: appalachiananarchist)

     
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