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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. I’m pretty sure if it bites you, you will become Stick-man and your cheesy super power will be hiding in trees where enemies can’t see you.
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Scientists Find Nessie at Bottom of Loch Ness

Scientists Find Nessie at Bottom of Loch Ness
One of the things that has intrigued me since I was a kid, and picked up a library book about mysteries is the Loch Ness monster. So many people claim to have seen a giant swimming dinosaur-like creature in the waters of the loch, but no scientific evidence has ever been found of the monster.

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. DARPA wants the unmanned aircraft to be launchable by bombers and perhaps even smaller planes.

Soft Grip Robot Fingers Can Lift Eggs without Cracking Them

Soft Grip Robot Fingers Can Lift Eggs without Cracking Them
I want a robot in my house that can clean, cook, and do laundry. That will free me up to watch movies and play Fallout 4. The catch is that robot hands today can’t really pick up fragile items like eggs, and if the robot can’t make bacon and eggs, it’s pretty much worthless to me.

NASA Shows off Flower Grown in Space

NASA Shows off Flower Grown in Space
Space is a hard place for humans to survive. We constantly need water, food, and protection from radiation, and then there is the little fact that space has no air, food, or water just floating around for us to use.

SpaceX Finally Lands Falcon 9 First Stage Successfully

SpaceX Finally Lands Falcon 9 First Stage Successfully
I have talked before about SpaceX and its woes in trying to land the first stage of one of its Falcon 9 rockets. The company has been trying to land the first stage successfully to try to make space flight cheaper and more attainable to anyone interested.

Japanese Scientist Invents Dry Glue that Looks Like Breath Mints

Japanese Scientist Invents Dry Glue that Looks Like Breath Mints
These tiny little crumbs look a lot like peppermints you’d use to freshen your breath after lunch, but you don’t want to eat these ones. What you see here are tiny spheres of a sort of latex liquid that are coated in calcium-carbonate nanoparticles.

Acoustic Holograms are Sort of Like a Star Trek Tractor Beam

Acoustic Holograms are Sort of Like a Star Trek Tractor Beam
My first glimpse at a hologram came back in the ’80s when I was in a mall in Dallas, Texas. It was a video game with holograms that had lots of mirrors was at the arcade and I thought it was awesome.

Researchers Teach Robots to Fall without Breaking

Researchers Teach Robots to Fall without Breaking
Robots are really cool, but before they can start selling robots that will clean our houses and tend to our kids, they have to perfect them and make them safe and robust. Part of keeping an expensive robot safe is teaching it how to fall without cracking its shiny metal butt open.

Glowing Sea Turtle Discovered During Night Dive

Glowing Sea Turtle Discovered During Night Dive
You won’t see me swimming in the lake or the ocean. I’m not fond of putting my face where animals poop and might bite me. You certainly wouldn’t get me to go on a night dive near the Solomon Islands where you have to use bright lights to ward off crocodiles that might want to snack on your soft innards.

First True-Scale Solar System Model Shows How Tiny We Are

First True-Scale Solar System Model Shows How Tiny We Are
A pair of space geeks recently set about creating what they claim is the first true-to-scale physical model of our solar system. The duo of Wylie Overstreet and Alex Gorosh headed out to a dry lake bed in Nevada to create their project with the goal of showing us just how vast our own solar system is. The guys started by placing an inflatable ball at the center point to represent the Sun, then placed a marble-sized Earth one scale astronomical unit from the it – in this case, about 577 feet.

DARPA’s Mind Controlled Prosthetic Arm Can Now Feel

DARPA’s Mind Controlled Prosthetic Arm Can Now Feel
DARPA has an awesome program underway to develop the next generation in prosthetics. These technologies will help soldiers and others who have lost a limb to get back to their lives with as much normality as possible.

Experience Curiosity Gives You Control over a Virtual Rover

Experience Curiosity Gives You Control over a Virtual Rover
NASA has announced a new virtual experience that will let you get behind the controls of the Curiosity rover, without risking crashing it into a Martian ditch. The tool is called Experience Curiosity and it is an interactive website built using actual data gathered from Curiosity and the MRO. With the tool you can drive Curiosity around the red planet, use its tools, and view the planet through its cameras.

Portable Consciousness: The Science of SELF/LESS

Portable Consciousness: The Science of SELF/LESS
I just saw an early screening of the sci-fi thriller SELF/LESS, and really enjoyed it. The film stars Ben Kingsley as a Billionaire real estate magnate diagnosed with a terminal illness, who in his dying days is tipped off to a mysterious corporation who claims they can give him new life.

Scientists Create Clock that Won’t Lose or Gain a Second for 15 Billion Years

Scientists Create Clock that Won’t Lose or Gain a Second for 15 Billion Years
When it comes to accuracy in telling time, the atomic clock is at the top of the heap. In fact, an atomic clock is used right now to set the Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), which is the official world time.
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