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Category: Weird Science

Tarzan Robot Will Swing over Crops

Tarzan Robot Will Swing over Crops
Some farmers are already using drones to monitor their crops, but researchers from Georgia Tech think they have a better solution. They have created a robot inspired by the sloth and named it Tarzan, after the…

The Octopus Gripper Robot Is Bendy and Mindbendy

The Octopus Gripper Robot Is Bendy and Mindbendy
German industrial automation company Festo has another creepy creature to add to its menagerie. The Octopus Gripper. The origin of Doctor Octopus, Spider-Man’s foe, is right here people. Octopus tentacles are a “muscular hydrostat,” like your…
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This Hair Dye Changes Color with the Environment

This Hair Dye Changes Color with the Environment
You often have to walk far to see that both men and women of all ages like to dye their hair bright colors today. I’m more of a shave the head so I can wear hats…

Safety Testing Drones with a Crash Test Dummy

Safety Testing Drones with a Crash Test Dummy
You might think crash test dummies were mostly used for testing the safety of cars, airplanes, motorcycles and other vehicles. However, they’re often used in the testing of other consumer products to see what impact they…

Robots Now Wearing Human Skin: It Puts the Lotion on!

Robots Now Wearing Human Skin: It Puts the Lotion on!
So this is happening. Biochemical researchers Pierre-Alexis Mouthuy and Andrew Carr at The University Of Oxford in England want to start growing skin and muscle tissues onto robots before transplanting them to humans. What could possibly…

Boston Dynamics Releases Official Footage of Handle Robot

Boston Dynamics Releases Official Footage of Handle Robot
You might remember that leaked footage of Boston Dynamics’ latest killer robot, Handle. Well now they’ve released an official video of Handle so we can all be officially terrified. This wheel-legged robot is the stuff of…

Pluto Might Be a Planet Again

Pluto Might Be a Planet Again
Some NASA scientists are proposing a new definition of what a planet is to replace the definition adopted in 2006. That change resulted in Pluto being demoted to a dwarf planet. The definition was put forward…

MIT Develops Transparent Hydrogel Robots That Can Catch Fish

MIT Develops Transparent Hydrogel Robots That Can Catch Fish
Hey look. Robots are playing that claw game – and fish are the prize. Yes, MIT engineers have developed transparent hydrogel robots that are fast and strong enough to capture living fish. It’s cool, but also …

Watch a 1,000° Red Hot Rocket Knife Slice Through Stuff

Watch a 1,000° Red Hot Rocket Knife Slice Through Stuff
Remember when The Backyard Scientist Kevin Kohler sliced through stuff with his rocket knife? Good times. Cool as that was, he knew he could do better, so he has now launched a 1,000° red hot rocket…

This Life-size Mech Actually Works

This Life-size Mech Actually Works
For many years, I thought that the coolest video game ever made was Mechwarrior. I played that game so much it’s not even funny. I’m more than a little angry that no new Mechwarrior game has…

Scientists Buy Amber with Feathered Dinosaur Tail Inside

Scientists Buy Amber with Feathered Dinosaur Tail Inside
In Myanmar, they have a mine where the haul out all sorts of amber with ancient bugs and plants trapped inside. These mined amber chunks apparently end up in a bazaar where they are sold to…

Foldscope Is a 140x Microscope That Fits in Your Pocket

Foldscope Is a 140x Microscope That Fits in Your Pocket
There is a whole universe that we can only see through a microscope. But high powered microscopes are cumbersome and often quite expensive. The Foldscope can help you check out the microscopic world and goes anywhere.…

BALLU Robot is Part Balloon and Part Crane

BALLU Robot is Part Balloon and Part Crane
Normally, humanoid robots creep me out a bit, but Ballu doesn’t. I mean it’s hard to be scared of something that reminds me more than a little of those junky balloon toys with feet KFC used…

This Cigarette Smoking Robot Could Help Save Humans

This Cigarette Smoking Robot Could Help Save Humans
A team at Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering has developed a research system that can smoke cigarettes. The gatling gun style system has a mechanical element that can light and puff cigarettes to get…

Roveable Robots Crawl All Over Your Clothes

Roveable Robots Crawl All Over Your Clothes
Scientists at MIT and Stanford have created a new type of tiny robot called a “roveable”. Basically these compact critters will live on our clothes and travel all around as if they are living on a…

This Humanoid Robot Does Pushups, Sweats

This Humanoid Robot Does Pushups, Sweats
One of the major problems with robots is heat. If things get too hot it can start to affect performance. And while robots have a variety of active cooling systems, they can always be improved upon.…
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