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Molly Cule
169268.  Tue Apr 24, 2007 5:56 am Reply with quote

Spies use tiny things called entometers – their wing design is inspired by the wing shape of the hawk moth. They are tiny flapping micro aerial vehicles (MAVs) that can fly, crawl and swim. They may soon be used to explore the thin atmosphere of Mars.
S Science Museum

 
Molly Cule
169269.  Tue Apr 24, 2007 5:56 am Reply with quote

The US navy has found mines by attaching underwater cameras to dolphins to see beneath the waves.

Night vision goggles pick up an amplify light too faint for human eyes. The internal image screen is always green because you can see more shades and detail in green than in any other colour. The goggles are often used with an infrared strobe unit, its flashing light is unusable to you or anyone else but can easily be seen with goggles
s - science museum

 
Molly Cule
169272.  Tue Apr 24, 2007 6:01 am Reply with quote

RAVENS

The US army has over a thousand ravens to show troops what lies ahead. It is a portable spy plane that comes in parts that can be snapped together in 10 mins for a bird’s eye view of earth. You throw it into the air to launch it then fly it remotely or let it fly itself using GPS.
s - science museum

image here - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:RQ-11_Raven_1.jpg

 
Molly Cule
169274.  Tue Apr 24, 2007 6:02 am Reply with quote

Why do the US post-office use invisible ink?

To help them sort the post more quickly. The US Post Service uses invisible ink to print bar codes on mailed envelopes giving routing information for use by mail handling equipment further down the line before delivery.
s is admittedly wikipedia, Justin knows of 'invisible' purple dots on his letters.

 
Molly Cule
169275.  Tue Apr 24, 2007 6:02 am Reply with quote

You can buy invisible ink to use in your inkjet printer.

This is used a lot for printing information on business forms for the processor of the forms without cluttering the form itself with visible information.

 
MatC
169290.  Tue Apr 24, 2007 6:48 am Reply with quote

Molly Cule wrote:
You can buy invisible ink to use in your inkjet printer.


What a magnificent fact! It'd be nice to get such a cartridge, and print something invisible in the studio. Perhaps even ... an invisible elephant!

 
Gray
169308.  Tue Apr 24, 2007 7:31 am Reply with quote

Excellent idea.

Bit hard to run a printing test to see if you've run out of ink, though.

 
MatC
169311.  Tue Apr 24, 2007 7:37 am Reply with quote

Well, that's how you’d start, isn't it? Stephen prints something off to test whether there’s enough ink. Looks at piece of paper - nothing on it. “Ah yes, that all appears to be working fine ... ”

 
Flash
169312.  Tue Apr 24, 2007 7:39 am Reply with quote

Great stuff, Molly.

As Mat suggests, only cheaper: we could simply hold up a blank sheet of paper and boldly assert that there is an elephant printed on it.

 
MatC
169321.  Tue Apr 24, 2007 7:51 am Reply with quote

Untruths? Gasp! There might be children watching!

 
eggshaped
169826.  Thu Apr 26, 2007 6:11 am Reply with quote

A nice corollary to the invisible ink, is that legal documents such as wedding certificates are signed in special thicker ink which is designed to grow darker with age.

Quote:
The ink contains a cocktail of chemicals that react with the surface of the paper and oxidise, turining to a black that will not fade in sunlight and is resistant to water.


S: Colour, Victoria Finlay

 
eggshaped
169828.  Thu Apr 26, 2007 6:16 am Reply with quote

Why do all marriages begin with a certain amount of vitriol?

Becasue the above ink is made from normal dyes, tannic acid, gallic acid and iron sulphate - a chemical better known as green vitriol.

s: ibid

 
eggshaped
169855.  Thu Apr 26, 2007 8:19 am Reply with quote

In rubbish detective films, the conspicuous spy might be seen moving his eyes from left to right. Well it turns out that such eye movement improves your memory.

Quote:
Horizontal eye movements are thought to cause the two hemispheres of the brain to interact more with one another, and communication between brain hemispheres is important for retrieving certain types of memories.

Christman said he has received many letters from people wondering whether horizontal eye movements could help them in their everyday lives.

“Let’s say you’re leaving a mall after a long day shopping and you realize, ‘Oh God, I can’t remember where I parked my car,’” he said. “Would it help you if you stood there in the parking lot and just wiggled your eyes back and forth for 30 seconds?”

He’s not sure, he said—but it might be worth a shot.


link

 
Vitali
169950.  Thu Apr 26, 2007 12:40 pm Reply with quote

Re: invisible ink.
Lenin used invisible ink (milk) when in prison and when in exile near the Razliv Lake ("Razliv" - ironically - means "spillage" in Russian). When the milk dries, one cannot see what was written, unless it was a very fatty milk! When you hold the piece of paper above a candle, the letters come through (in brownish colour).

 
eggshaped
180135.  Mon Jun 04, 2007 6:08 am Reply with quote

Prominant mathematician Marius Sophus Lie was arrested in 1870 in Germany in suspicion of carrying coded messages.

Of course the so-called codes were algebraic notes.

http://www.math.uit.no/seminar/Lie_biog.htm

 

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