Daily Orbit – A Shock to the System

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    7-1-13: On this episode of the Daily Orbit, the meteor that hit Russia sent shockwaves around the globe, robots are competing in soccer, and why impulsivity is a good thing.

    Emerald Robinson: What shocked the world literally? A match-up you might have missed. A lucky duck gets a little 3D love. And peeling back the virtual layers on the Daily Orbit! Hello and welcome to the Daily Orbit. I'm Emerald Robinson. The Russian meteor that exploded above Russia last February shocked the world. No literally, it shocked the world, sending a shockwave that traveled, not once, but twice around the globe. Twenty infrasonic stations around the world, meant for detecting nuclear weapons testing, recorded the sound of the 10,000 ton object exploding. Just how explosive was it? Equivalent to 507,000 tons of TNT. Now, that's what I call explosive! The force of the Hiroshima bomb was only about 17,500 tons. Isn't that shocking?

    While most eyes were on Brazil and Spain this weekend, there was another match-up, a machine match-up in Holland. RoboCup 2013 featured 1,000 soccer-playing robots from 40 countries. The bots may have been pitted against one another this round, but the ultimate goal is to defeat the human World Cup winners by 2050. And like boxing has their weight classes, Robocup divides bots into small, large, humanoid, and virtual robot classes. Each of the different classes of robots have their strengths and weaknesses as athletes but the goal is to one day merge them all into a super-athlete android. Engineers say this is a great opportunity to collaborate and share ideas in robotics. My list of pros and cons to robot soccer players: pros- no divas and no injuries; cons- they're not as hot as say the Italian soccer team.

    Being impulsive is not always a bad thing. Well, that's what I try to tell everyone anyway. Now science is backing me up! Holla! New research finds that impulsive people are more likely to sacrifice for others. While the general perception of impulsive people is that they're self-centered, researchers found that when faced with a decision, these people were more likely to sacrifice for others. So let go and be impulsive and help someone!

    And this lucky duck is getting a little help from some nice folks and a little 3D technology. "Buttercup" was born with a backwards, partially developed foot last year. Poor little guy. And as best as caregivers tried to help, Buttercup was in constant pain. After Buttercup was adopted by the Feathered Angels Waterfowl Sanctuary, it was decided his foot had to be amputated. But turns out the sanctuary owner also happened to be a trained engineer who contacted a 3D printing company to design a silicone model replacement to slip onto Buttercup's stump. The duck's new limb was completed this past weekend. Buttercup is up and walking around on his with his new foot! You gotta love 3D!

    And if you love 3D, then you will love this! A museum in Sweden will soon let you peel back the layers of history by unwrapping a mummy. Ok before you start going "ick" and "ewww" it's virtual. The museum is planning to digitize its museum collection in 3D. Photograph and X-ray scans of six mummies will create 3D models in a process called "reality capture" that will create the virtual unwrap. Visitors will gain greater insight into ancient Egyptian culture as they see unique details via high-resolution models and look under layers of the mummy's linen to see various artifacts buried with the body. It's like being an "archeologist" say curators. The exhibit opens Spring 2014. Virtual is about as close as I want to get to a mummy.

    And that's it for the Daily Orbit. Okay guys, it is not Halloween do not do this kind of stuff with me. Gees!