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Category: Weird Science

Robot Salamander Crawls and Swims Its Way into Our Hearts

Robot Salamander Crawls and Swims Its Way into Our Hearts
Roboticists continue to take inspiration from animals to create new types of robot movement. This robotic salamander can swim, crawl and walk just like the real thing – only it’s not the real thing. It’s just a very good artificial copy from the Biorobotics Laboratory at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne.

Graphene Earphones: Extremely Light and Incredibly Durable

Graphene Earphones: Extremely Light and Incredibly Durable
Many people rely on headphones and earphones for music and audio playback these days. It’s just a convenient way to listen to your tunes, without bothering the people around you. Now, scientists have come up with some cool new earphone tech. 

581 Mice Made Over 25 Generations of Cloning: Dormtroopers

581 Mice Made Over 25 Generations of Cloning: Dormtroopers
Japanese researchers from the RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology recently announced that they have cloned one mouse a total of 581 times. They did this by making clones, then making clones out of its clones and so on for 25 generations.

“Near-mythical” Viking Navigational Aid Discovered in Ancient Shipwreck

“Near-mythical” Viking Navigational Aid Discovered in Ancient Shipwreck
A debate has raged among historians and archaeologists for decades over how the Vikings were able to navigate their ships. There have been some reports in ancient literature of a navigational aid used by Vikings called a “glowing sunstone.”

Drones For Journalism Not War

Drones For Journalism Not War
Drones are starting to be used for more than war and espionage these days. Even journalism schools are trying to harness them, by offering classes on drone reporting, despite that this practice is illegal for professional journalists.

DARPA ARGUS-IS 1.8 Gigapixel Camera: Enough Resolution for Ya?

DARPA ARGUS-IS 1.8 Gigapixel Camera: Enough Resolution for Ya?
There are plenty of drones hovering overhead, but I have to say that mounting one of these ultra-high resolution cameras on one will make them very useful for Big Brother. Pretty soon, they’ll be able to spot what you’re having for breakfast from 20,000 feet in the air.

Edible Sugar Glasses: Drink up, Then Eat up

Edible Sugar Glasses: Drink up, Then Eat up
Candy glass isn’t something new, but these ones made out of sugar are supposed to complement the drinks that you are consuming, and are certainly more artful than the ones I’ve seen before.

Thousands of Mysterious Purple Spheres Discovered in the Desert

Thousands of Mysterious Purple Spheres Discovered in the Desert
In Tucson, Arizona, locals have discovered a strange collection of purple spheres in the middle of the desert. It’s not yet certain what these spheres are, but analyses are being made to ascertain their exact nature.

Mercury May Have Once Had a Lava Ocean

Mercury May Have Once Had a Lava Ocean
Researchers have been poring over data captured by the NASA Messenger probe as it conducted its study of Mercury. Amongst the data the probe discovered about the incredibly hot and small planet, were some tidbits about the composition of the surface of Mercury that left scientists curious.

Robotic Bat Wing Developed: Where Does He Get All Those Wonderful Toys?

Robotic Bat Wing Developed: Where Does He Get All Those Wonderful Toys?
This robotic bat wing was developed by Wayne Enterprises – I mean Brown University. Because you need a wing if you want to build a bat. In fact, you need two. Right now, it is just a wing, but with this wing they can learn more about the aerodynamics of bat wings and how bat flight works.

Russian Police Confiscate Meteorite Fragments from Enterprising Citizens

Russian Police Confiscate Meteorite Fragments from Enterprising Citizens
As you all know, last Friday a massive meteor entered the atmosphere over the Chelyabinsk Region of Russia. The meteor was large enough that scientists believe significant chunks reached the surface of the Earth. The meteor also caused quite a fireball in the sky and several explosions that shattered glass and injured over 1000 citizens in the area.

Seismic Cloak Could Protect Your House, But Your Neighbors Won’t Be Happy

Seismic Cloak Could Protect Your House, But Your Neighbors Won’t Be Happy
When someone starts talking about cloaking devices and technology, I immediately reference the Romulan tech of Star Trek. However, when it comes to earthquakes, scientists are working on a way to cloak entire structures from tremors.

Bigfoot DNA Evidence Finally Published, Proves Basically Nothing

Bigfoot DNA Evidence Finally Published, Proves Basically Nothing
Last November, a group of scientists claimed that they had discovered DNA evidence of the existence of the fabled Bigfoot. The scientists promised that they would be publishing a paper outlining their findings and if you’ve been wondering where exactly that paper is, that mystery is now solved.

Japan Uses Robot Rats to Terrorize Real Rats

Japan Uses Robot Rats to Terrorize Real Rats
Lab rats have it bad enough having to jump through hoops and perform in order to be studied, but now life just got worse for the furry rodents. Scientists at Japan’s Waseda University have created a robotic rat designed to terrorize their organic lab rats, inducing stress and depression so their reactions can be studied.

2014 Corvette Uses Shape Memory “Smart Material”

2014 Corvette Uses Shape Memory “Smart Material”
On your typical automobile if the vehicle has a door or flap that needs to be opened automatically, it requires little motors and other components to operate. Chevrolet has announced that the 2014 Corvette is the first General Motors automobile to use a lightweight “smart material” that is able to replace heavier motorized parts.

Scottish Hospital is a Robot Shop of Horrors

Scottish Hospital is a Robot Shop of Horrors
There’s nothing new about robots helping doctors learn their craft, but normally they are satisfied with just a CPR robot or just a robot that simulates a heart attack. However, the Forth Valley Royal Hospital’s high-tech Scottish Clinical Simulation Centre is like a robot house of horrors.