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.
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.
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.
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 to give out in the ’80s.
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 the smoke.
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 human planet.
I’d bet at some point a scientist for Oscorp thought feeding a special spider something cool would be a great idea. Instead, we ended up with Spider-Man and a host of villains. I can’t help but think that a group of scientists at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China might have inadvertently created the origin story for a C-grade Marvel comic book.
I loved the first season of Stranger Things. It was awesome and I could totally relate as a child of the ’80s to just about everything the kids did. As it turns out, the series might have bothered the Department of Energy a bit, as Washington Free Beacon writer Lachlan Markay found out out after he made a Freedom of Information Act request to the DoE for any internal communications having to do with Stranger Things.
A team of electrical engineers and computer scientists from the University of Washington have teamed up to create what they say is a much more secure way to transmit passwords. Currently, most passwords are sent via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi where they can be captured by hackers and possibly cracked.
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 adding minimally invasive safety controllers to the robots, and it can prevent collisions in a large groups of robots that are working together.
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 out there’s a way you can pretty safely break a bottle with your bare hands, by hitting it a certain way.
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 always wonder what the dogs think as they continue doing whatever they were doing to begin with, and she keeps talking.
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 Paul Gilster laid hands on a research paper announcing the discovery of a “strong signal in the direction of HD164595.”