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smithsonianmag:

This Insect Has The Only Mechanical Gears Ever Found in Nature
By Joseph Stromberg
Photo by Malcom Burrows
To the best of our knowledge, the mechanical gear—evenly-sized teeth cut into two different rotating surfaces to lock them together as they turn—was invented sometime around 300 B.C.E. by Greek mechanics who lived in Alexandria. In the centuries since, the simple concept has become a keystone of modern technology, enabling all sorts of machinery and vehicles, including cars and bicycles.
As it turns out, though, a three-millimeter long hopping insect known as Issus coleoptratus beat us to this invention. Malcolm Burrows and Gregory Sutton, a pair of biologists from the University of Cambridge in the U.K., discovered that juveniles of the species have an intricate gearing system that locks their back legs together, allowing both appendages to rotate at the exact same instant, causing the tiny creatures jump forward.
The finding, which was published today in Science, is believed to be the first functional gearing system ever discovered in nature. Insects from the Issus genus, which are commonly called “planthoppers,” are found throughout Europe and North Africa. Burrows and Sutton used electron microscopes and high-speed video capture to discover the existence of the gearing and figure out its exact function.
Read more about the first mechanical gears ever found in nature at Smithsonian.com.

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smithsonianmag:

This Insect Has The Only Mechanical Gears Ever Found in Nature

By Joseph Stromberg

Photo by Malcom Burrows

To the best of our knowledge, the mechanical gear—evenly-sized teeth cut into two different rotating surfaces to lock them together as they turn—was invented sometime around 300 B.C.E. by Greek mechanics who lived in Alexandria. In the centuries since, the simple concept has become a keystone of modern technology, enabling all sorts of machinery and vehicles, including cars and bicycles.

As it turns out, though, a three-millimeter long hopping insect known as Issus coleoptratus beat us to this invention. Malcolm Burrows and Gregory Sutton, a pair of biologists from the University of Cambridge in the U.K., discovered that juveniles of the species have an intricate gearing system that locks their back legs together, allowing both appendages to rotate at the exact same instant, causing the tiny creatures jump forward.

The finding, which was published today in Science, is believed to be the first functional gearing system ever discovered in nature. Insects from the Issus genus, which are commonly called “planthoppers,” are found throughout Europe and North Africa. Burrows and Sutton used electron microscopes and high-speed video capture to discover the existence of the gearing and figure out its exact function.

Read more about the first mechanical gears ever found in nature at Smithsonian.com.

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hejibits:

kouotsu:

So….I’ll try to sum up what’s happening here. In 2008, I designed and modeled a robot girl for a college assignment. I posted them on DeviantArt as I always do, and since then I’ve gotten quite a few people asking if they can model it as well. I always tell them sure, as long as I’m credited with the design. I failed to put my name/info on the image though, so it has been spread around the internet and some people have modeled it without my permission (just for the record you don’t have to sign something for it to be protected by copyright). They usually find out who made it later and gladly credit me. So I don’t mind!

Until someone tries to sell it.

Fast forward from 2008 to now. I find out that someone has been selling a model of my design on Turbosquid since March of this year, and it has made thousands of dollars in profit. I’m naturally very upset about this, so I report the infringement to Turbosquid. At first they seemed fairly courteous, but then I wake up today and find them basically asking me to let him keep selling the model as long as he credits me. Are you kidding? After making thousands of dollars? Note that Turbosquid takes a 60% commission of profits by default, so they likely made even more money than the seller did from my design.

They tried to appeal to pity by talking about how hard he worked on creating the model from my design. HI! I DID THAT TOO!

I just can’t believe Turbosquid is taking the side of the infringer and trying to ignore the fact that they both made thousands of dollars off my IP without my permission. The minimum amount of money made is $2,481.00. I base that on how many reviews the model had, which you can only do if you buy it. However, this doesn’t include any purchases made that weren’t given reviews.

I think it goes without saying that the profits belong to me. It is not right for a guy in another country to steal my design and make thousands from it while I struggle to make ends meet. I have never made a penny off of that character design. To think that Turbosquid considers it fair for me to make nothing off my design while they made thousands is just unbelievable.

PLEASE reblog this. I am an amateur artist. I am not famous. I spent $130,000 to go to art college and haven’t found a full-time job since. My only job is the freelance I do from home. I am not Disney. I can’t afford to have my designs stolen for profit. I am hopeful that with enough exposure of this, Turbosquid will suddenly find the ethics they dropped on the floor somewhere. If this can happen to me, it can happen to you.

Thieves are among the shittiest of people. Don’t let this kid get away with it, Internet.

coelasquid:

What is that pattern on your shower curtain?

(Before anyone asks, I have no idea where to get one. It was a gift)

oh hey.

http://www.designpublic.com/thomas-paul-shower-curtain-octopus

akumyo:

str8nochaser:

serotonical:

So Mitt Romney’s baby Bain capital owns this company (Romney currently personally holds their stock as well) Sensata, based in Freeport, IL, shipped in replacement workers from China to be trained by current employees. These employees will lose their jobs by the end of the year.
They started a tumblr.
They also visited Romney’s campaign headquarters in Wisconsin to hand deliver an appeal to save their jobs.
The Romney campaign locked them out first.
Then they called the cops on them. Because wanting to deliver a frigging letter to a Presidential candidate, appealing to him to not send your job to China is apparently a criminal offense.
Video of attempted letter delivery, cop and all.
This needs to spread like wildfire.

Reblog widely please.

Romney grow that Snidely Whiplash mustache yet?

akumyo:

str8nochaser:

serotonical:

So Mitt Romney’s baby Bain capital owns this company (Romney currently personally holds their stock as well) Sensata, based in Freeport, IL, shipped in replacement workers from China to be trained by current employees. These employees will lose their jobs by the end of the year.

They started a tumblr.

They also visited Romney’s campaign headquarters in Wisconsin to hand deliver an appeal to save their jobs.

The Romney campaign locked them out first.

Then they called the cops on them. Because wanting to deliver a frigging letter to a Presidential candidate, appealing to him to not send your job to China is apparently a criminal offense.

Video of attempted letter delivery, cop and all.

This needs to spread like wildfire.

Reblog widely please.

Romney grow that Snidely Whiplash mustache yet?

Have you ever been so mad that instead of shooting somebody, you took the bullets out of a gun and just threw them at the person?

I don’t think mad works that way

adriofthedead:

breakfastcookie:

This is something that happened to a friend of mine in her own words.

So, on Friday night my friend and I were at her house and wanted to get out and do something for the evening. We brainstormed ideas and she brought up the idea of seeing a show at…

How did a weasel like Tosh even get his own TV show?

exquisitebeast:

The Forty-Third Beast.
The bulls-eye sensory organs have grown significantly.  The rest, honestly, was an attempt to make the silhouette weirder.

Oh my gosh I hope this means it starts crabwalking

exquisitebeast:

The Forty-Third Beast.

The bulls-eye sensory organs have grown significantly.  The rest, honestly, was an attempt to make the silhouette weirder.

Oh my gosh I hope this means it starts crabwalking

madeleineishere:

It’s Spring Break!!!

Poor Blue Beetle.

madeleineishere:

It’s Spring Break!!!

Poor Blue Beetle.

fat-birds:

i have to admit this one made me cackle :’)

fat-birds:

i have to admit this one made me cackle :’)

exquisitebeast:

Seventeen. Pushing it further and weirder: its baleen-trough mouth hangs lower to skim the surface of the water, and the front and back limbs are becoming more like fins… I like the idea of a creature becoming amphibious in the air and the water, so maybe it’s going in that direction a bit!

What does Samus Aran get after beating this guy?

exquisitebeast:

Seventeen. Pushing it further and weirder: its baleen-trough mouth hangs lower to skim the surface of the water, and the front and back limbs are becoming more like fins… I like the idea of a creature becoming amphibious in the air and the water, so maybe it’s going in that direction a bit!

What does Samus Aran get after beating this guy?