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Engineering profs based in Virginia have scooped a Korean tech prize by designing a robotic pole-climbing snake. The snakey pole-robot in action 'Unique even in nature' The snake, known as HyDRAS-Ascent (Hyper-redundant Discrete Robotic Articulated Serpentine) is intended to climb up scaffolding, pillars or whatnot and carry …

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Paris Hilton

"Hi, Everyone. Let's Pitch In 'N' Get Cracking Here In Louisiana Doing Right, Eh?"

"HyDRAS-Ascent (Hyper-redundant Discrete Robotic Articulated Serpentine)"

This is brilliant and well worth the cost of development. Perhaps "ASCENT" could have stood for "ASsisted Climbing / Envelopment Neural Technology".

Or they could have had SUPA-SNakE ("Strangely Undulating Perpetually-Angulated Sinister NAKed Eel").

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Anonymous Coward

"unique even in nature", puzzlingly.

Not Puzzling, it is unique, it does something that does not occur in nature. (Like the Wheel!)

Rolling up the pole, is a clever trick, I guess it doesnt happen in Nature because snakes have a top side and a bottom side. whereas this spiral rolling motion requires all sides to be the same.

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Rob
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Paris Hilton

"oscillating joint motion"

Paris, 'nuff said.

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Coat

Have they designed...

...the COUNTER-rotating camera-segment, so that the operators don't get massive vertigo as the snake rolls up the pole?

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Paris Hilton

lmao, any other females..

..read that headline and thing..."hrmmmmm" with a raised eyebrow?

do i need to grow up??? ;P

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Happy

@Ashley, re: acronyms

The good folks at Virginia Tech have a long and proud history of interesting acronyms -- http://www.vtmagazine.vt.edu/spring04/letters.html -- including a winning "rename- the- college" contest entry of Eastern Institute of Enlightenment and Intellectual Outgrowth (or E-I-E-I-O).

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