Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Amazing story!!! please read this as well, it is where I got all my information

This is a very interesting article about the recently invented and discovered tape (20 by 20cm) can hold an entire man. It has the same elements of a geckos feet and is the first time we have ever been able to mimic it. The reason geckos and some other animals do walk on surfaces without being affected by gravity or things such as it is because they have thousands of tiny hairs called setae (pronounced see-tee). They cover their entire feet and legs. Eventually the hair is split into a thousand pieces and at the bottom of each one there are these sort of suction like cups called spatula that hold the gecko on the wall or ceiling or whatever they are on that gravity does not effect. If they want to let go and fall they just send their setae to another angel. The only problem about it is that it is very costly and will not be out into he market for purchases or use to any media or anything until they are able to reduce the price.

   I find this article very interesting. I find it simply ravishing and amazing that it is even possible for a 20cm x 20cm piece of tape can hold a full grown average height and weight man. Up until now this has never even entered my mind. I cant wait to and hope to see the day that it is released onto the market so i can try this miracle tape myself. I feel that this article shows how far science can go and that all the possibility are endless.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Mock Mission to Mars Article Summary and Reflection

Mock Mission to Mars is a Dogo News Article from here It was published on November 6th 2011
In this article they talk about how the European Space Agency (ESA) had six very brave astronauts  who agreed to do a pretend trip to mars They were sealed in a 1,000 square feet for five hundred and twenty days. They were all from different nations and the only form of contact that they had with the outside world was through via time-delayed e-mail or through the mission controllers. Because this was all they would have if they were really to go to mars. Just think of having to sort our how much food was allowed to be eaten and how much water was allowed to be used throughout the day. You had to think also for the water extra because there was a greenhouse for growing fruits and vegetables, so you would have to calculate how much water would be used for growing fruits and vegys and how much would have been used for daily consumption. Also becuase of this ti has allowed us to get many answers to mnay questiosn that we were not sure of for when in decades to come, we would actually travel to mars. For example, we did not know how people would act in a confined space for such a long time.

However, I do ask my self some questions. Could they leave when they wanted to, and could I ever do that?? I would think that is something dreadful happened, for a close member of the family or friend died, you could leave, or you just simply coukdnt bear not being with your familt any more, or you just wanted to leave, you could. Personally I do not think I could ever stand that. Being away from my family and friends for that long would be impossible. Also I was wondering if those astronauts knew each other and were friends, or they simply only met for this project. But cootos to them!!