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Using Mindstorms to create artificial bone


It's not what you might think.  The process of creating artificial bone requires you to dip a core piece into 4 different solutions, over and over and over again.

So these PhD candidates at Cambridge University built a Mindstorms crane, and programmed it to dip the core piece in 4 different petrie dishes of solution, over and over and over again.  Set it up at closing time, come in the next morning, and there you are -- assuming nothing goes wrong.

Very clever.
Permalink SaveTheHubble 
March 14th, 2012 10:33am
I'm sure I saw something long ago about using a model railway to haul radioactive samples about in a nuclear lab but can't find a reference. This I did find - it's charming:


This isn't it either - it's far too recent:
Permalink trollop 
March 14th, 2012 10:50am
Heh, it was good seeing that again.

That he's using ADA indicates the time, as well as the most recent reference he has is 1997.  In 1982 I had a project at CMU to use a 68000 single-board computer, with a 'C' compiler, to automate two 'N'-scale train loops with a crossing, so the two trains wouldn't collide.

Similar application.  Cool stuff.
Permalink SaveTheHubble 
March 14th, 2012 11:21am

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