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 >
That wriggly jellied can-shape cranberry sauce is common on holiday tables in the United States. It's probably hanging out on its own, shoved to a corner, on a tiny plate. But it's usually there. So, I've got two questions: Where did this idea come from? And what makes it so... jelly?
When The Glenlivet's 50-year-old single malt scotch whisky was freshly distilled in 1964, the new spirit would have been perfectly clear in color and have tasted cereal-rich and slightly smoky from the smoked malted barley from which it's made; brightly fruity; and slightly solvent-like. Interesting, but needing some time to mellow out in a barrel.
Researchers at the ETH in Zurich have made the lightest gold foam ever. 98 percent of it is made from protein fibers derived from milk (just 2 percent is gold). And even though it looks like pure gold, it's light enough to float on top of a cappuccino, according to a press release.
The flatworm girardia dorotocephala has a pretty characteristic head shape: it's almost a perfect triangle (the sides of its face slope into a point and ear-like appendages called auricles jut out from either side). Now scientists have figured out how to drastically change this flatworm's head shape to resemble totally different species of worms. Even more astounding, this is possible without altering the animal's DNA.
Every auto show has its flavor. Detroit likes to showcase American manufacturing with lots of trucks and SUVs; Tokyo delivers tiny city cars with futuristic designs. Los Angeles as a city blends sunshine and a history of automotive obsessions, and manufacturers are happy to oblige by bringing drop-tops to the annual November show.
A US Marine is nothing if not an amphibian (it's intrinsic to the very name of the branch itself). The ship-to-shore component of America's armed forces exists to fight battles on the edge of land and the edge of the sea. Getting from ship to shore, and being able to fight the moment they arrive, are key parts of the United States Marine Corps mission and identity, if not necessarily skills they've spent a lot of time honing in the past 15 years of the "War on Terror." In order to fight future wars, includings ones with a lot more coastal water, the Marine Corps yesterday announced which companies would get to build prototypes of its new Amphibious Combat Vehicle.
A star in a faraway solar system has caused quite a stir among astronomers. Its light fluctuates dramatically and in strange patterns, so scientists think something large and weird-shaped might be circling around it and occasionally blocking its light. It could be a family of cold comets, or pieces of busted-up planets and asteroids. One group has even suggested that it's worth exploring the possibility of a huge alien structure, such as a swarm of solar collectors.
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.