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Category: Weird Science

These Swarming Robots Can Avoid Collisions with Each Other

These Swarming Robots Can Avoid Collisions with Each Other
Score another victory for robot-kind. A system which coordinates swarms of robots to avoid colliding with one another has been developed by a team at Georgia Tech’s GRITS Laboratory. The Safe Swarm Robotics system works by…

The Science of Breaking a Bottle With Your Bare Hands

The Science of Breaking a Bottle With Your Bare Hands
Breaking a bottle with your bare hands isn’t a remotely good idea. Even if you have experience breaking bottles with a punch, you could seriously hurt yourself, and even permanently damage your hand. However, it turns…
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Scientists Prove Dogs Understand Human Words

Scientists Prove Dogs Understand Human Words
We have a neighbor that weirds me out when she talks to her dogs. She will randomly scream at them when they do something she doesn’t like as if she were talking to a child. I…

Strong Deep Space Signal Discovered Could Be from an Advanced Civilization

Strong Deep Space Signal Discovered Could Be from an Advanced Civilization
Over a year ago, Russian scientists operating the RATAN-600 radio telescope discovered a very strong deep space signal. But they kept their discovery from the rest of the world until now. The story broke after journalist …

Mars Simulation Ends After Participants Spend a Year in a Dome

Mars Simulation Ends After Participants Spend a Year in a Dome
A simulated Mars mission that was paid for by NASA has come to a conclusion. The HI-SEAS mission saw a crew of six people living in a dome on Hawaii’s Mauna Loa mountain for the last…

Octobot Is a Soft and Squirmy Robot

Octobot Is a Soft and Squirmy Robot
A team of researchers at Harvard have developed Octobot, what they claim is the first autonomous soft robot with no rigid components. That means it’s all soft and squishy (and creepy.) The octopus-shaped robot has a…

Dry Ice + Slime = Awesome

Dry Ice + Slime = Awesome
Have you ever seen what happens when you mix slime with dry ice? If not, you are about to see for yourself. Spoiler alert: It’s awesome. Halloween is right around the corner, and this is a…

Laser Diffraction Plate Turns Frickin’ Laser Beams into Frickin’ Art

Laser Diffraction Plate Turns Frickin’ Laser Beams into Frickin’ Art
Laser pointers are cool, especially the bright ones that you can use for popping balloons and harassing the cats on the next block over. After a while all that gets a bit boring though and you…

Liquid Nitrogen Freeze Ray vs Flamethrower

Liquid Nitrogen Freeze Ray vs Flamethrower
What’s cooler? A flame thrower or a freeze ray? I prefer flame throwers, even though they’re not literally as cool. But which would win in a fight? The Backyard Scientist decided to test it out. He…

Ford and Jose Cuervo Team to Turn Agave Plants into Car Parts

Ford and Jose Cuervo Team to Turn Agave Plants into Car Parts
I can think of few stranger corporate collaborations than that of a major automaker and a major tequila maker. But that’s exactly what’s going on between a Ford and Jose Cuervo. You see, engineers at Ford…

Microorganisms Play in a Pac-Man Maze: Protozoan-Man

Microorganisms Play in a Pac-Man Maze: Protozoan-Man
Scientists at the University of Southeast Norway apparently have nothing better to do, so they released microorganisms into a Pac-Man-style maze made out of fluid to observe how the single-celled euglena (Pac-Men) avoid their predators, the…

Pleurobot Acts Just Like a Real Salamander

Pleurobot Acts Just Like a Real Salamander
One of the latest amazing robots to come out of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) is based on a Salamander. It can mimic the way a salamander moves, on land or in…

Researchers Build 1,000-core Processor

Researchers Build 1,000-core Processor
I’m sure you have heard of multi-core processors before. You’re probably reading this on one right now. But, I’m pretty sure you’ve never heard of anything like this. Engineers at UC Davis have developed a CPU…

Man Made Shooting Stars are Like Fireworks from Space

Man Made Shooting Stars are Like Fireworks from Space
A company called Star-ALE hopes to create the most awesome aerial display ever seen in the skies over Tokyo as part of the opening ceremony of the 2020 Olympic games. Fireworks just won’t do for a …

Amputee Gets Awesome Metal Gear Solid Bionic Arm

Amputee Gets Awesome Metal Gear Solid Bionic Arm
James Young, a man from the UK was in a freak accident with a train a few years back that led to him losing his left arm and leg. James was an avid video game player…

Robot Hand Learns to Twirl Objects

Robot Hand Learns to Twirl Objects
Robots can do all kinds of cool stuff, but hand control could still use improvement. For the most part, roboticists have not been able to give their creations the same kind of finger dexterity as humans.…
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