Cool: The first mechanical gear in a living creature

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Cool: The first mechanical gear in a living creature

Post by jim314159 » Fri Sep 13, 2013 7:28 am

http://www.popularmechanics.com/science ... e-15916433

It would have been pretty impressive if the teeth actually followed the involute form.

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Re: Cool: The first mechanical gear in a living creature

Post by spro » Sat Sep 14, 2013 1:38 am

Fascinating. In Paragraph 5 they are described and even that is lacking. Note they are at a flexible angle, a fluid miter. The teeth become spherical, fitting mating pockets. Involute is primitive by comparison. THE LORD in all majesty anon.

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Re: Cool: The first mechanical gear in a living creature

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Re: Cool: The first mechanical gear in a living creature

Post by ronm » Wed Sep 18, 2013 8:53 pm

Wonder if a "stripped gear" would be permanently crippling, or if it would regenerate? :?

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Re: Cool: The first mechanical gear in a living creature

Post by redneckalbertan » Wed Sep 18, 2013 10:06 pm

ronm wrote:Wonder if a "stripped gear" would be permanently crippling, or if it would regenerate? :?
Reading through the article apparently the shed their exo-skeleton several time while they grow. Their adult exo-skeleton does not have the gears since they no longer shed the skeletons they would not be able to replace a gear if they stripped one.

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Re: Cool: The first mechanical gear in a living creature

Post by spro » Wed Sep 18, 2013 11:26 pm

When nature does these things which are mechanical there is that regenerative ability. The ability is "programed" to the cycle. The cycle of maturity in this critter meant it no longer needed those legs. It was supposed to have already mated or whatever. Back to the gears, they are "programed" to be gears. They are dependent on what they are expected to do and do it regardless. The action isn't isolated and probably wears at all points but is constantly regenerated. So what we know as "moly" or similar is a media which is the gears. It lubricates and also becomes the form required.
I'm only rambling of course but it is interesting.

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Re: Cool: The first mechanical gear in a living creature

Post by Harold_V » Thu Sep 19, 2013 12:51 am

thomas harris wrote:had a teacher in high school biology who would tell us that things are so perfectly designed for life in creatures and humans that we had to be created by a far greater power and not just by chance.
Heh! If it's "so perfectly designed", why are people born with defects?

He was certainly entitled to his opinion, but I don't buy it. Who was he, or anyone, for that matter, to suggest that life can't be spontaneous? Where is the evidence to support that it is not? Science knows it's virtually impossible for life to not begin (assuming favorable conditions), witness the huge explosions of life forms after catastrophic events of time long gone by. A good example is the time immediately after the extinction of the dinosaur.

There is nothing credible at our disposal to suggest that life is from any particular source, and to make an uneducated guess because of one's religious convictions has no merit. That one chooses to believe in a supreme being does not prove there is one.

I'll not say anything more on this subject, and I hope others don't, either, as religion is not an acceptable topic for this board. However, considering that someone has gone out of their way to post their (religious) belief, a response was not only warranted, but necessary.

Drop the subject. This board is not the place to discuss religion, or ones religious beliefs.

The discussion about the gears found in that critter are perfectly acceptable. Just keep religion out of the discussion.

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Re: Cool: The first mechanical gear in a living creature

Post by steamin10 » Thu Sep 19, 2013 3:05 am

A few years back, In riverstone clay deposits of China, they discovered an ancient Chicken built like a Dragonfly, 4 wings and 4 legs, short beak and feathers. Wouldn't ya know the Col Sanders people wanted to know if there was a chance for cloning DNA. China fearing they ate them to extinction refused any further work on the project. So the story goes... :twisted:

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ok, sorry, but I had to. The 4 winged chicken is real tho, in the fossil record. So Buffalo Wild Wings.....
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Re: Cool: The first mechanical gear in a living creature

Post by ronm » Thu Sep 19, 2013 9:51 am

redneckalbertan wrote:
ronm wrote:Wonder if a "stripped gear" would be permanently crippling, or if it would regenerate? :?
Reading through the article apparently the shed their exo-skeleton several time while they grow. Their adult exo-skeleton does not have the gears since they no longer shed the skeletons they would not be able to replace a gear if they stripped one.
Yep-kinda my thoughts too...I mean, it is a dang bug...they probably reproduce by the thousands & live about a week...& after all, the birds & big bugs need to eat too... :roll:

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Re: Cool: The first mechanical gear in a living creature

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Re: Cool: The first mechanical gear in a living creature

Post by steamin10 » Thu Sep 19, 2013 8:02 pm

If the records are right, there are 1.3 times the human population in chickens used exclusivly for food. Bon Apetit.
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Re: Cool: The first mechanical gear in a living creature

Post by ronm » Fri Sep 20, 2013 5:50 pm

Dave,
1.3 chickens per person per: year? month? day? Myself, I eat at most maybe 1.3 per month, but I know some cattlemen who haven't eaten that much chicken in 40 years... :roll:

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