Japanese Robot Annoys People Until They Talk To It“Talking Ally”, a robot made by researchers at Toyohashi University of Technology's Interactions and Communication Design lab, can follow a human's gaze and respond accordingly. For ... More >
Coming Soon: An Autonomous Mercedes-Benz VanMercedes-Benz has released a teaser sketch for a new autonomous van concept called the Vision Tokyo, which the automaker plans to unveil at this week's 2015 Tokyo Motor Show. More >
Meet America's Next BomberMeet the B-52's grandchild. Today, after four years of development in secret, the United States Air Force awarded Northrop Grumman the contract to build their Long Range Strike Bomber. With a ... More >
The Path To Immune BurnoutYou have to hand it to the immune system. The collection of specialized cells works endlessly throughout our lives to keep us safe. They are involved in almost every aspect of our daily life and ... More >
Interview With A Sarcastic Mars RoverThe Curiosity Rover is the most advanced piece of technology ever sent to Mars. It weighs 2,000 pounds and houses a full science laboratory on board. Curiosity landed on Mars on August 5th, 2012, ... More >
More than half of us living today weren't born yet when the last B-52 Stratofortress bomber was delivered to the United States Air Force in 1962. The venerable bomber, in service for 53 years and counting, has fought in every major American war from Vietnam to the War on Terror. Now, a new cruise missile from defense giant Lockheed Martin means the ancient warbird has a new tool for the next stage of its life.
Where Burt Rutan's going, he doesn't need runways. Rutan is a legendary airplane designer. Besides making a variety of designs for the home-build airplane market, his creations have circled the Earth and made it to space. His Voyager airplane crossed the globe in 9 days without refueling in 1986, and his company Scaled Composites built the private spacecraft SpaceShipOne.
Wheels, as we know them, could stand a little reinvention. They take fiddling and time to move into parallel spaces, and the whole world would be a better place if wheels could simply pull us sideways without any forward momentum. Fortunately, "mecanum wheels" exist. Here, watch a robot demonstrate them:
Cyberspace isn't the Wild West, but if anything gets close, it's 3D-printed guns. The weapons, made at home by people with both a desire for a firearm and access to a printing machine, are themselves untraceable, circumventing most gun regulations by being made at home. James R. Patrick's 3D printed revolver is very much part of the same, a deadlier evolution of the same concept.
In 1800, Dunand, chef to Napoleon Bonaparte, celebrated the French army's victory at the Ligurian village of Marengo by inventing a new dish: a stew of chicken sauteed with tomatoes and garlic and served with crayfish and eggs. The dish so pleased Napoleon, the story goes, that he commanded it be served after every battle he fought.
There's an experiment you may have done in high school: When you mix cornstarch with water—a concoction colloquially called oobleck—and give it a stir, it acts like a liquid. But scrape it quickly or hit it hard, and it stiffens up into a solid. If you set the right pace, you can even run on top of a pool of the stuff. This phenomenon is called shear force thickening, and scientists have been trying to understand how it happens for decades.
In the wake of Antibiotic Awareness Week, the global crisis of antibiotic resistance has been once again been put in the spotlight. This year's campaign has been especially dire as we are becoming increasingly aware of the post-antibiotic era in which we may no longer be able to use these critical drugs to save lives. As the calls to reduce both misuse and overuse in the public overtake the headlines, in labs across the world, the focus continues to be on understanding of just how bacteria become resistant.
Hackers have been using ransomware--a type of malware in which attackers can steal or delete the contents of users' computers if they don't pay a ransom--for the past 25 years. Now, it seems, the same tactic may be used on insulin pumps and pacemakers. Ransomware in medical devices is the single biggest cyber security threat for 2016, according to a recent report from research and advisory firm Forrester and reported by Motherboard.
A century before Apollo astronauts walked on the Moon, science fiction told the public of a future with outposts on the Moon and orbiting high above the Earth. In the decades that followed, these earliest space station concepts evolved into orbital platforms that could launch manned missions to the Moon and Mars. After its inception, NASA picked up where visionaries left off, dabbling in space stations of varying layouts and capabilities before building the International Space Station that orbits the Earth today.