Thursday, May 16, 2013

In Blaze Years

Sometimes massive crews emerge out of the ground
or crawl on the roads with innocent projects.
There are no cicada writings;

these iconic insects have no "Magicicada" periodical,
no brood spokesman;
only their 9,000-acre chorus

hiding in the forest like a loud brush
or a note scribbled on the Atlantic,
and their distinct structures of 13 on 17.

-- Glenn R. Frantz

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's note says U.S. 'attack' on Muslims drove Boston bombing
Crews contain massive North Woods blaze
Cicadas emerge by hundreds, billions more expected

Sunday, May 05, 2013

Thin Robotic Memory

some of the most brutal reviews in recent memory
swarms of robotic flies to pollinate crops
extremely thin sheets of material

folds them to make components
had to come up with a new form of manufacturing
ornithopters meaning their wings flap

surfaces paper thin and flexible
carrying other functions able to change colour
produce a very efficient photovoltaic device

-- Clark Allison

Graphene paint could power homes of the future
Long live Viva Forever! and the tradition of musical flops