Monthly Archives: April 2012

fugahumana - Human Flight

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Part 1 of this blog series outlined the different sensing mechanisms that aquatic animals possess to create spatial images of the flow fields around them. In summary fish were found to possess a network of mechanosensors distributed over their bodies called the lateral line. The lateral line consists of two separate sensory subsystems:

  • a system of velocity-sensitive superficial neuromasts that responds to slow, uniform motions and that integrates large scale stimuli at the periphery such as constant currents


  • a system of acceleration- or pressure-gradient-sensitive canal neuromasts that responds to rapidly changing motions and gives the fish the opportunity to orient towards sources such as prey or optimize swimming speed or tail-flapping frequency.

In this post I will give a brief overview of general hydrodynamic theory and specifically the flow patterns that swimming fish are expected to sense with…

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SpaceX Offering 50 People a Chance to See Rocket Launch

Want to watch SpaceX launch their Falcon9 and Dragon spacecraft at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on 4/30/12? Be on twitter at noon EST Thursday 4/5/12 to have a chance of being 1 of 50 random social followers selected.

Make sure you follow SpaceX on twitter!

NASA and SpaceX will host a two-day event for 50 social media followers on April 29-30, 2012, at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket is targeted to lift off at 12:22 p.m. EDT on April 30, on a mission to become the first commercial company in history to attempt to send a spacecraft to the International Space Station.

NASA Social participants will have the opportunity to:

  • view a launch of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket
  • tour NASA facilities at Kennedy Space Center
  • speak with representatives from both organizations
  • view and take photographs of the SpaceX launch pad
  • meet fellow space enthusiasts who are active on social media
  • meet members of SpaceX and NASA’s social media teams

For full details visit the NASA site here!

Good Luck!


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NASA Makes Breakthrough in Sonic Boom Reduction


It has been publicly known that NASA has been testing methods to reduce the sonic boom signature of jets. Tests have been underway with Boeing and Lockheed Martin to achieve this goal and it was just released that their has been a “breakthrough” in testing!

Quoted from a NASA representative:

“This is a breakthrough. It’s the first time we have taken a design representative of a small supersonic airliner and shown we can change the configuration in a way that is compatible with high efficiency and have a sonic signature than is not a boom,”

2025 could be the reemergence of Concorde-travel. I’d love to feel this “new boom,” because when I was at Edwards Air Force base last month, the boom I experience definitely wasn’t subtle and wouldn’t gain nationwide acceptance.

Either way, great job America!

Reference: AviationWeek


Could this possibly be related to the “small earthquakes in Wisconsin?” The boom in the video definitely sounds like the sonic boom I heard at Edwards. Check out the video and tell me what you think.

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Virgin Galactic April Fools: Virgin Volcanic


Richard Branson launched his new project yesterday: Virgin Volcanic. The information came out yesterday so I was definitely not thinking about april fools just yet. It took me a minute to figure out what was going on and I got a great laugh out of it. Check out the official announcement on the Virgin Galactic website.


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