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Category: Weird Science

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 silicone body and uses a 50% hydrogen peroxide fuel that flows through a microfluidic circuit where it reacts with platinum.

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 great trick to go with all of the treats this year.

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 need something new and cool to do with your laser.

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 constructed a homemade liquid nitrogen “freeze ray” that uses the pressure of the nitrogen turning from a liquid to a gas to create a powerful cold spray.

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 have figured out a way to convert old agave plants into car parts.

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 multi-celled rotifers (Ghosts).

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 the water.

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 called KiloCore, which has 1,000 cores.

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 celebration of such epic proportions.

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 and he happened on an ad from game firm Konami looking for an amputee to try out a slick new prosthetic arm.

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.

MARLO Robot is Learning to Walk on Uneven Terrain

MARLO Robot is Learning to Walk on Uneven Terrain
It doesn’t matter if you fear a Terminator style robot executioner or an insane “I’ll wear your skull” type of Saturn 3 Hector robot overlord, right now we are safe because robots can’t walk worth a crap.

Gigantic Stick Bug is 2-Feet of Nope

Gigantic Stick Bug is 2-Feet of Nope
A group of Chinese scientists were on a field trip to the Guangxi Zhuang region of China in 2014 and discovered this gigantic bug. The beast is 62.4cm long, or a bit over two feet. It looks like some sort of irradiated friend of Godzilla to me.

This Pill Makes Your Farts Smell like Chocolate

This Pill Makes Your Farts Smell like Chocolate
Farts are funny, but they don’t smell funny. “Silent but deadly” isn’t just a saying, it’s a true fact. That’s why someone has invented a line of scented pills designed to make your farts smell like pleasant things – like violets, roses, and even chocolate.

DARPA Wants to Make Flying Gremlins

DARPA Wants to Make Flying Gremlins
DARPA has awarded contracts for a new program it’s calling “Gremlins.” But before you get all excited about the government funding murderous creatures that start as adorable Mogwai that turn bad if you feed them too late at night, DARPA’s Gremlins are unmanned flying drones that can be launched and recovered by a C-130 in mid-air.

Pigeons Carry Tiny Sensors in Adorable Backpacks to Monitor London Pollution

Pigeons Carry Tiny Sensors in Adorable Backpacks to Monitor London Pollution
I live in a more rural area so I don’t have the hatred of pigeons that some city dwellers have, you might not find this quite as adorable as I do. A company has released a small flock of ten pigeons flying about London for the next few days wearing tiny and adorable backpacks.