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Category: Weird Science

This Staircase Does the Climbing for You

This Staircase Does the Climbing for You
Stairs are the worst, right? Too much exercise. Especially if you are talking a multi-story building with no elevator or escalator. Well, the engineers at Georgia Tech and Emory University have created stairs that will do all the hard work for you one day soon.

Third Thumb Prosthetic Gives You an Extra Functional Thumb

Third Thumb Prosthetic Gives You an Extra Functional Thumb
Want an extra thumb? Check out the Third Thumb, a prosthetic extra digit designed by London’s Royal College of Art grad student Dani Clode. The idea is that the additional finger can provide more versatility for gripping and interacting with objects than with just five fingers.

Robots Are Now Milking Scorpions

Robots Are Now Milking Scorpions
Humans are milking cows to feed other humans, but robots are now milking scorpions. Ha ha! Stupid robots! Seriously though, there’s a reason that robots are milking scorpions. The robots are designed to extract and store venom, making this process easier and safer for scientists who work with bugs.

Microsoft Maluuba AI Dominates Atari 2600 Ms. Pac-Man

Microsoft Maluuba AI Dominates Atari 2600 Ms. Pac-Man
I had an Atari 2600 back in the day, and one of the game I played a whole a lot of was Ms. Pac-Man. I sucked at it. I got devoured by ghosts constantly, and never racked up much of a high score.

AI Creates Creepy Original Faces: Face-Off

AI Creates Creepy Original Faces: Face-Off
We’ve seen some very weird and disturbing images created by AI before. Google AI developer Mike Tyka works on his own AI projects in his spare time. This project has something that the Google DeepDream AI lacks – the ability to create original faces.

World’s Heaviest Weight Is Heavier Than Your Mom

World’s Heaviest Weight Is Heavier Than Your Mom
Yo’ momma’s so fat, the only thing that weighs more than her is the world’s heaviest weight down at the NIST. Among its many wonders, the facility houses a stack of twenty precisely calibrated 50,036.27 pound masses.

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 way he swings from vine to vine.

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 without having to comb my hair type of guy, but this is some of the coolest hair dye I have ever seen.

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 could have if used improperly or in an accident.

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 go wrong?

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 nightmares.

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 by Caltech Astronomer Mike Brown.

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 kind of creepy.

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 knife at a bunch of stuff just to see what would happen.

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 surfaced in a long time.

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 be used in jewelry.

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