catalogue of a categorically cataclysmic concatenation.
The Infinite Cat Project
is about one cat watching another (see below).
A long line of
1814 cats so far. The very first
Infinaut is Frankie,
seen at left admiring a flower. He is (was) the
owner of Paul Hamilton. The ICP also offers all KINDs of other cat-related
diversions. Check 'em out!
If you'd like to add
your own fuzzy friend to the Infinite
Queue you can find all the details here. Or
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to me. It's just that easy.
December 5, 2016 - "The key to a successful
new relationship between a cat and human is patience." -
Kute Kittiness: Togetherness.
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Mewvie: Ducky kittens
Pinceloup de la Grange" by Jean-Baptiste
Perronneau, , 1747.
cat's tongue has got us this time.
by Brian Mastroianni
Anyone who’s ever watched a cat patiently licking away
at its fur knows that the scratchy feline tongue makes for
an efficient grooming tool. It rakes right through tangled
manes even better than a hairbrush. Now, some scientists are
trying to harness that natural ability for a range of surprising
uses, from enhanced robotics to medical devices to new types
Studying cat tongues might not seem like a promising jumping
off point for new innovation, but for Georgia Institute of
Technology doctoral candidate Alexis Noel, a life spent around
the feline companions led to inspiration for her current research.
Noel and her team honed in on the surprisingly complex surface
and function of cats’ tongues, filming their movements
in incredible detail with high-speed cameras as the animals
moved cat food around on a fur mat. The film revealed how tiny,
claw-like spines that line a cat’s tongue can dig into
objects, like clumps of fur when a cat licks itself, and similar
to Velcro, grip onto objects and rip them away.
The researchers ended up making a 3D-printed model of a cat’s
tongue — four times greater than life-size — to
experiment with the tongue’s physiology.
Ultimately, this deep dive into cat tongues could pave the
way for the development of new technologies that mimic its
natural Velcro-like function.
Noel and her colleagues presented their research on Nov. 21
at the meeting of the American Physical Society’s Division
of Fluid Dynamics in Portland, Oregon. In an email to CBS News,
she explained how this unusual research project got its start.
“My whole life I have grown up with cats as household
pets. I was home for a few days of break, watching TV with
cats. Murphy, a 3-year-old male cat (short-haired breed, with
tan stripes), decided that the couch blanket smelled tasty,
and decided to give it a good lick. When I was done laughing
at this curious cat, the scientist in me began to question
how a soft, wet tissue could stick to something so easily,” Noel
wrote. “After a few seconds of struggle, he figured out
that he could detach his tongue by simply pushing his tongue
into the blanket rather than pulling (de-hooking the blanket
loops). During this time, I had been studying how saliva affects
taste, and I had noticed a variety of mammals (cows, deer,
tigers) having sharp spines on the surface of mammalian tongues.
Once I got back to campus, it was an easy transition to studying
rough cat tongues.”
Murphy would probably be surprised to see how influential his
feline tongue could end up being in the booming field of robotics.
Noel said her work could enable scientists to work on soft
robotic designs — flexible robots that are made of bendable
materials like rubber and elastic plastic. Until now, researchers
haven’t been able to find efficient ways for these slippery
robots to grip onto hard surfaces, but that could change if
designs could effectively mimic cat tongues.
In addition, this research could also lead to the development
of different kinds of brushes and other cleaning tools.
“The first known hairbrush is dated back to 8,000 BC,
with the first patent appearing in 1854,” Noel noted. “Since
then, the hairbrush design really has not changed. We look
to see how the cat tongue can be scaled to suit human hair,
providing a novel design to the traditional hairbrush.”
“This research may also have a variety of applications
from new ways to clean deeply embedded dirt in your carpet
cleaning advances in the medical field to gripping mechanisms
for rough terrain. In the field of soft robotics, the current
application is unclear, but I look forward to perhaps collaborating
with soft roboticists in the near future,” she wrote.
Right now, Noel and her colleagues are going to develop their
cat tongue technology through Georgia Tech’s Innovation
Corps (I-Corps), which helps National Science Foundation develop
potential “product opportunities” that could come
out of their academic research, according to Georgia Tech’s
“We plan to work with the GT I-Corps group to understand
where this technology can best be applied in industry,” she
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The following is
a relatively short yet very heartening list of those
who have contributed in
support of the Infinite Cat
of listing the names
in any intelligent way I decided to post them alphabetically.
It's not a perfect system, as those of you of Polish descent
get the shaft again <grin> but at least it helps me
keep the names straight.
In case you're wondering, names in white indicate donations
of $5 or less, while green notates donations
in excess of $10. The
lover who recently earned the prestigious "Quadruple Kittyhead"
for her generous and continuing support. (You know who you
are and I want to have your children.)
Adam, S. Adams, L. Aimone,
S. Almaguer, G. Ancell,
M. Axtell, A. Bachman,
D. Baker, O. Balaban, K. Berenson, H.
T. Blassingame, P. Blassingame,
A. Bolt, R. Bruner, J.
Bullas, A. Chiang, M. Cogen, D. Conlin, B. Coren,
M. Cracauer, D.Davis, M.
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T. Dixon, C. Dofer, E. Dorfman,
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Houser, V. Huston, , J.
Ikeda, B. Jones,
S. Jowett, P. Keachie, M. Knight, R.
W. Lee, M.
Lufkin, C. Lewis, K.
MacKenzie, M. Mcgann,
J. McGinnis, M. Mckercher,
S. Melhuish, T. Miles, D.
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H. Pirani, C. Plant, R. Poletto, K. Pride, D.
Rakowski, R. Redman, R. Riitala, M. Ryan,
W. Ryngwelski, D. Sanders, M.
H. Sherwood-Taylor, J.
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Thompson, D. Thoms, G. Toland, C. Ullrich,
J. van Luyt, A. Walls, J. Weisenfeld, K.
Welles, B. Wilkinson, J. Williams.