Harvard University Develops Robot That Crawls Like a Snake; You Won’t Want These in Your Boots…

Scientists at Harvard University have created a soft, tube-like robot with silicone rubber acting as its artificial skin. The laser-cut rubber used is a thin, stretchable plastic sheet, with the cuts, shaped like triangles or circles, look similar to the scales on the skin of snakes. The robot is able to move as air is pumped into the tube, which allows the robot to expand and contract, resulting in the scales to pop up and anchor against the ground, pulling the robot in a forward motion. As for moving backwards; the researchers are still trying to figure that out. Continue reading “Harvard University Develops Robot That Crawls Like a Snake; You Won’t Want These in Your Boots…”

Here’s MORE Free Online Architecture Courses from World-Class Universitites!

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About two-and-a-half years ago, The PractitioNERD released a blog post about some free architecture courses offered by MIT, TU Delft, edX and the Open Online Academy. Basically, if you want to continue learning about the world of architecture without forking over the dough for a  master’s or a doctorate, this is a good way to go.  Essentially, taking short-term courses remotely have become popular worldwide as educational alternatives as they make it easier to dive into the varied topics these coursed cover, thanks to platforms like edX (offered by Harvard and MIT).  Continue reading “Here’s MORE Free Online Architecture Courses from World-Class Universitites!”

Philip Johnson – Doc’D #53

In this architecture-themed episode of PractitioNERD Documented, or “Doc’D”, host Montez McCrary will be discussing the life, works and legacy of architect Philip Johnson.

“The Architecture of Philip Johnson”: http://amzn.to/2dEXAHt
Charlie Rose Interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-n2S8uSqUCw
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Free Class Translate Sign Another World’s UK Hart – WIRed #106

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It’s time for Episode 106 of WIRed, where Montez McCrary discusses free high-profile architectural edu-mah-cation, translating sign language automatically into verbal language, Another World releases for its 20th anniversary, and one of the late-great Owen Hart’s earliest matches! Welcome to WIRed, bringing you the nerdy-geekery on architecture, technology, gaming, and pro wrestling. Continue reading “Free Class Translate Sign Another World’s UK Hart – WIRed #106”

Learn Yourself Some Architecture With These Free Courses!

It’s true that learning is a thing that doesn’t HAVE TO take place in the formal (or informal, depending on the instructor) confines of the classroom; nor does it need to be expensive.  To that we can say: “Thank you, internet,” and to its generous benefactors, including furthering your education for free from ANYWHERE IN THE ‘VORLD. Some of the nation’s top schools — like MIT and Harvard University — provide free online learning resources for some of that on-your-own-time, at-your-own-pace education, and some even provide self-educators with proof for having completed courses. If you want some info about some free architectural education courses, keep reading after the break! Continue reading “Learn Yourself Some Architecture With These Free Courses!”

Architecture critic Inga Saffron believes that skyscrapers are O-VER-RA-TED **clap-clap, clap-clap-clap**

Skyscrappers are a signature piece and building type in the realm of architecture. Created with the spirit of being able to build so high and touch the sky (no so different from the goal of the European cathedrals), and now it seems that every architectural firm is trying to make their name as designing and building the world’s tallest new skyscraper (with the currently record … Continue reading Architecture critic Inga Saffron believes that skyscrapers are O-VER-RA-TED **clap-clap, clap-clap-clap**

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