first_imgA motoring expert has told a judge that it now impossible to steal or hotwire a car without a key.Motoring expert Liam Cotter leaving Letterkenny Circuit Civil Court. Pic by Northwest Newspix.Motoring expert Liam Cotter was speaking as a Donegal court dismissed a claim of loss by a woman who said her car had been stolen from her house. Kathleen McDonagh told Letterkenny Circuit Civil Court that she attended a friend’s wedding in Cavan on August 11th, 2012.However when she returned to her home at Ballymacool Woods in Letterkenny, her 2009 Toyota Avensis car was gone.There was no sign of a break-in or broken glass and Ms McDonagh said she had both keys with her.However, 16 months later the car turned up on the side of a road at Portlean, Milford and was returned to Ms McDonagh.Liberty Insurance, Ms McDonagh’s insurer had refused to pay out when the car went missing initially.After recovering her car, which she had bought for £9,000 sterling, Ms McDonagh sold the vehicle to her husband Charlie for €6,000.She then took a claim against Liberty Insurance for the theft of her car.However, barrister for Liberty Insurance Mr Peter Nolan said his client were not of the opinion that the car was ever stolen.When found the car was examined and there was evidence of leaves on the grill, cobwebs in its interior and scratch-marks on its roof where it had been covered by some form of sheeting.The company’s motoring expert witness, Liam Cotter, a motoring consultant with more than 25 years experience as a mechanic and loss assessor, said it was just “internet chatter” that cars could be stolen using a laptop computer and cloning the immobiliser unit.“There is lot of chatter about cloning but a lot of it is just urban myth – a lot of it is nonsense.“I’m in the business and I carry a laptop and I frequently interrogate vehicles’ electronic systems and even with my years of experience I would find it impossible.“This nonsense or idea that someone can scan a frequency and start a car with a laptop, I’m sorry to say is not accurate,” he said.Judge Hannan asked Mr Cotter if he was saying that no amount of “electronic wizzardry” could start a car manufactured since 2002 without a key.“That’s correct,” replied Mr Cotter.However barrister for Ms McDonagh, Mr James O’Donnell said he believed cloning was taking place and asked Mr Cotter was it not the case that high-end cars were being stolen to order across Ireland and there was evidence of this.Mr Cotter replied that in such cases cars were being completed lifted away and then brought abroad to be worked on and were not simply broken into and driven away.Having heard all the evidence including more details from Garda Brendan Mahon and claims manager for Liberty Insurance, Mr Keith Barr, Judge Hannon said he was dismissing the claim of loss and breach of contract taken by Ms McDonagh.He referred to the evidence given by Mr Cotter that a car manufactured since 2002 could not be started without a key.And he added “I found Mrs McDonagh to be a presentable person but I do not know what is going on in the background. It makes me wonder who the player was. An interesting case.”DONEGAL COURT TOLD IT’S NOW IMPOSSIBLE TO STEAL A CAR WITHOUT A KEY was last modified: March 25th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:carcar theftdonegalExpertimmobiliserKathleen McDonaghKeysletterkennyPeter Nolanlast_img read more

Biomimetics Parade Marches Upward

first_img(Visited 174 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Scientists continue to find amazing things about animals and plants that they wish to imitate in technology.A squid-skin-inspired invisibility cloak (Nature). “A squid’s skin contains coloured cells, some of which expand and contract to help change the animal’s appearance.” Imitation of this technique at UC Irvine “has inspired a device that can be made invisible to infrared cameras and adapted to changing conditions.”Scientists mimic a worm’s lethal jaw to design and form resilient materials ( With support from the U.S. Department of Energy, “Scientists created a bioinspired gradient in mechanical properties.” The inspiration comes from the polychaete worm, which for a soft animal has a surprisingly touch jaw with which it injects venom into its prey. It withstands large forces through the layering of materials. “The design of the jaw, with a gradient of hard materials at the tip connected to softer tissues, dissipates force and prevents serious damage to the jaw.”Photo by David Coppedge.Cactus roots inspire creation of water-retaining material ( “During rare desert rainfalls, cacti waste no time sopping up and storing a storm’s precious precipitation.” Imitation of this process “could eventually have a host of applications in agriculture, cosmetics and medicine.”The raw power of human motion ( Even the Arabs are getting into biological engineering. At King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, researchers are designing robots that can hitchhike on human energy. Triboelectric generators “capture mechanical energy from their surroundings, such as vibrations and random motion produced by humans, and convert it into electricity.”Mushrooms, feathers combine in biodegradable shoes ( Researchers at the University of Delaware are skipping over the imitation part and going direct to the natural material. “Two University of Delaware students put their best foot forward at this year’s National Sustainable Design Expo, showing off a biodegradable shoe they fashioned using mushrooms, chicken feathers and textile waste.” The feathers provide growth medium for the mushrooms, which cushion and provide support. Hopefully the shoes don’t biodegrade while you’re walking around cactus to study water-retaining material.Bioinspired polarization vision enables underwater geolocalization (Science Advances). Ants, bees, crickets, dung beetles, and spiders may seem like under-log vermin to some people, but they are nuggets of gold for biomimetics hunters. Each of these, as well as honeybees and other animals, have the ability to detect and use polarized light. Even less explored are underwater animals, where light is highly polarized—a source of information animals can exploit. Science Daily points to squid and the mantis shrimp as examples. The paper says tells how their bioinspired technology can vastly improve on GPS information that degrades with depth:With its never-ending blue color, the underwater environment often seems monotonic and featureless. However, to an animal with polarization-sensitive vision, it is anything but bland. The rich repertoire of underwater polarization patterns—a consequence of light’s air-to-water transmission and in-water scattering—can be exploited both as a compass and for geolocalization purposes. We demonstrate that, by using a bioinspired polarization-sensitive imager, we can determine the geolocation of an observer based on radial underwater polarization patterns. Our experimental data, recorded at various locations around the world, at different depths and times of day, indicate that the average accuracy of our geolocalization is 61 km, or 6 m of error for every 1 km traveled. This proof-of-concept study of our bioinspired technique opens new possibilities in long-distance underwater navigation and suggests additional mechanisms by which marine animals with polarization-sensitive vision might perform both local and long-distance navigation.Biologically inspired membrane purges coal-fired smoke of greenhouse gases ( Sandia National Labs is using information gained by research on enzymes to develop “A biologically inspired membrane intended to cleanse carbon dioxide almost completely from the smoke of coal-fired power plants,” this article explains.Gecko-inspired adhesives help soft robotic fingers get a better grip (Science Daily). The gecko is back, starring in another biomimetics role. At UC San Diego, “Researchers have developed a robotic gripper that combines the adhesive properties of gecko toes and the adaptability of air-powered soft robots to grasp a much wider variety of objects than the state of the art” (see picture in the article). The new project draws on previous work “at Stanford University and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory recreated that mechanism with a synthetic material called a gecko-inspired adhesive.”Credit: Illustra MediaNew camera inspired by butterfly eyes improves image-guided cancer surgery (Science Daily). Cancer patients, look at what The Optical Society is doing with butterflies. “By mimicking the intricate visual system of a butterfly, researchers have created a camera that provides surgeons with both a traditional color image as well as a near-infrared image that makes fluorescently labeled cancerous cells visible even under bright surgical lighting.”Can we imitate organisms’ abilities to decode water patterns for new technologies? (Science Daily). Animals leave flow patterns in their wake, whether in air or in water. Other animals take advantage of that information for hunting or predator avoidance. The article mentions a variety of animals: copepods, bats, seagulls. A researcher at USC “would like to understand how these water flow patterns are perceived at a local level, by an organism or a bio-inspired vehicle, and decode them to ascertain what’s happening in the water at a larger scale.”Cheer the biomimetics parade, and join it! Think of your kid’s next science project. What in the backyard can inspire him or her to learn and design an application?last_img read more

One of three John Deere 4320s ever made displayed at FSR 2019

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest New iron wasn’t the only thing on display at the 2019 Farm Science Review. Smith Farms Restoration had two very rare John Deere tractors on display. This 4320 was one of only 3 ever made. In this video Doug Guthrie walks us through two rare John Deere tractors.last_img