Again, science has proven that building with LEGO® elements and NXT robotics is more than child’s play! It is becoming a valuable tool in scientific study.
The ESA’s Rosetta Project made a LEGO® prototype for their space research for meteors.
Now there is a LEGO® prototype for the Antikythera mechanism.
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Around 100BCD possibly a mechanical computer using gears was developed. In 1900-01 possibly this ancient mechanical computer was discovered on the wreck of the Antikythera. In 2006 a high-resolution X-ray tomography discovers it's purpose; he Antikythera mechanism, a device with gears, was designed to calculate astronomical positions, such as the position of the sun and moon. In 2008 scientists concluded that it also tracked the Metonic calendar, and predicted solar eclipses.