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So what is "extreme
origami?" We define
it as origami being done by
scientists, engineers, and artists –
people who take it beyond a
handicraft and into
the realms of mathematics, computer modeling, and fine art.
There's a lot
happening in these areas today.
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about extreme origami that we encounter.
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Here are three of our
of 10 Artists and Scientists. Through the site
origami-usa.org, we were clued into the
existence of a new documentary film, "Between the Folds."
It aired on PBS in
totally missed it.
But Santa must have known
the DVD could be purchased at greenfusefilms.com
or Amazon because we found it under the tree Christmas morning. It's a mesmerizing film
and gets our hearty
Did you know there was an article about origami in the
October 2009 issue of National
Geographic magazine? In fact, the
article was subtitled
The article describes a
paper airplane that Japanese
scientists hope to launch from the International Space Station.
Won't it burn up, you ask? They're hoping the 12-inch-long aircraft's
slow fall and protective
coating will prevent that.
Why do it? They think it will inspire new aircraft designs.
The article also
described a telescope lens folded of
plastic and a medical stent graft that could find a home in one of your
someday. Now that's
For more, go to ngm.nationalgeographic.com/big-idea/03/origami. As a bonus, you'll find a
link to a fun
Geometric Puzzle Game.
Invention Number 45. Another origami airplane
made Time Magazine's 50 Best
Inventions of the Year (November 23, 2009).
airplane made the list by setting the world record for the longest
flight by a paper
designer also hopes to launch
his planes from space.
The article included the
folding instructions for the
airplane, called the Sky King. We
it out of regular white paper and found it to be rather ordinary.
And it's flight characteristics were disappointing.
But there wasn't a lot of detail
provided, such as the size or type of paper used.
We googled "Sky King
paper airplane" and found folding instructions and tips on other
Two changes led to a vast improvement: Use heavier
paper (we used scrapbook paper) and
fold elevators at the back edge of the wings as shown in the photo
You can find the
article at time.com, but, when we checked, the
folding instructions were incomplete. If
interested in making the airplane from the original article, we suggest
to your local library.
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