This is really a great achievement, but I don't know about seeing it live. I did get up early to watch the lunar impact mission LCROSS in `09, and I really wish I had stayed up to watch Shoemaker Levy 9 (predictions said that it would not be visible). In reading my post it now seems like I'm the typical Action Movie audience.
This is a great engineering success story. The engineers involved deserve to be superstars. Certainly they have contributed more to our society than Justin Bieber has. They are the people who should be on posters on our kids' walls.
What should be the perception of a product’s real-world performance with regard to the published spec sheet? While it is easy to assume that the product will operate according to spec, what variables should be considered, and is that a designer obligation or a customer responsibility? Or both?
Biomimicry has already found its way into the development of robots and new materials, with researchers studying animals and nature to come up with new innovations. Now thanks to researchers in Boston, biomimicry could even inform the future of electrical networks for next-generation displays.
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