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Ann R. Thryft
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Ann R. Thryft   4/11/2012 12:52:13 PM
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I agree about the serendipity of Lawrence's death, a freak accident after everything he had lived through. What a tragedy. I think Korda's book is an exceptionally good read and covers a lot of history in the process. Since Lawrence was busy making that history, that's not hard to do in a biography of him.


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gsmith120   4/10/2012 3:56:48 PM
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Ann, correct assumption.

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Rob Spiegel   4/10/2012 1:48:05 PM
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Given everything you've written about, Ann, mechanical earthworms that burrow are bound to happen. There must be some mechanism earthworms use to move through hard earth. Maybe it's the slime.

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Rob Spiegel   4/10/2012 1:44:34 PM
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Sounds like a good read, Ann. One thing I find interesting about about T.E. Lawrence is how he died. After all the war danger, he dies in a motorcycle accident going to his mailbox.

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Re: Underwater Robotic Bugs
Ann R. Thryft   4/10/2012 12:59:33 PM
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gsmith, glad you liked the article. I assume your underwater scenario is for the RHex cockroach, not the Sand Flea? I agree, that would be a great video to see.


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Ann R. Thryft   4/10/2012 12:56:03 PM
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Drat, I was hoping you'd seen robotic earthworms somewhere. I think you're right and they're not far behind.


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Ann R. Thryft   4/10/2012 12:55:11 PM
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Regarding war and technology, I'd forgotten about the suggestion to use nukes in Nam--that would have been insane. And yes, 9/11 is a good example of a lower tech enemy trumping a high-tech nation. Interestingly, the Lawrence of Arabia biography I read recently points out that Lawrence's work fighting the Turks with the desert Bedouin pretty much started modern guerilla warfare, especially the use of explosives, in the Middle East. A mixed blessing. I highly recommend the biography--"Hero" by Michael Korda--for the history of the times as well as for the info about Lawrence.


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Underwater Robotic Bugs
gsmith120   4/9/2012 5:07:39 PM
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Ann,

Great article and I really enjoyed the video.  I would love to have seen it in action underwater.  I can see this technology being used in underwater search and recue or recovery. 

 

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Robotic bugs and other creatures.
William K.   4/9/2012 3:00:05 PM
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I just saw a web posting of a robotic creature that could jump up onto buildings and then jump off of them and get away. It was quite impressive, and it would certainly be a handy tool to deal with rooftop snipers, both for fighters and the police. But for dealing with IED challenges the directed energy device will probably be the solution in that it is able to detonate the weapon while it is still being transported, but if accidently directed at an innocent party they just experience a hot flash. That feature will save a lot of lives, I hope. I am not permitted to divulge any more information.

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Rob Spiegel   4/9/2012 2:19:51 PM
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You make a really good point that it's not always technology. I think Vietnam was lost because of restrictions on engagement (and thank goodness for those limitations). It was suggest we use nukes in Vietnam, which certainly would have altered the outcome. So technology could have won -- as horrible as that would have been.

Another example to support your point of low-tech advantage in war was 9/11. The enemy confiscated our technology and succeeded with a willingness to kill civilians.

As for the earthworm, I was just postulating. And I enjoy very much your articles on biomimicry.

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