Justin Gershenson-Gates describes himself as the grandson of a railroad man and the son of a gearhead. Justin, however, turned into a world-class artist.
He refers to his work as, “A Mechanical Mind”: an infusion of sculpture and machines. Here’s Justin describing his art form:
“My aim is to show the beauty of the mechanical world- a place generally hidden from the public behind metal and glass … My pieces display the more delicate and ephemeral side of gears, rather than the cold, hard factory feel they normally portray.”
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You can see more of Justin’s work (and purchase some if you’d like) from his website here.
Meet the issus planthopper, a close relative of the grasshopper.
In September of last year, scientists studying this insect discovered that the issus was using a built-in mechanical gear to synchronize the powerful jumping mechanisms that it uses to jump distances over 100 times its body-length. Here’s a close up:
It’s the first mechanical gear found within a living creature, and helps the planthopper achieve jumping accelerations up to 400g’s (ie. 400x the force of gravity), 20 times what the human body can withstand.
Here’s a video showing the mechanism in action. It has been slowed waaaay down- the actual process happens in less than 30 milliseconds: