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Super-Releaser Makes Soft Robots Anyone Can Get In On

Open-source soft robot bodies! The Glaucus is an adorable ambling robotic quadruped with no rigid guts or internal framework. Like most soft robots, …

Batgirl's New Uniform May Be The Best Damn Superheroine Outfit Ever

The IXS Enterprise warp drive ship (pictures)

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Robots Are Strong: The Sci-Fi Myth of Robotic Competence

<i>The first in a series of posts about the major myths of robotics, and the role of science fiction in creating and spreading them. Other topics: Robots are smart, the myth of inevitable AI, and robots are evil, the myth of killer machines.</i><p>Last week, I created a minor disturbance in the Internet, …

Stephen Hawking: 'Transcendence looks at the implications of artificial intelligence - but are we taking AI seriously enough?'

With the Hollywood blockbuster <i>Transcendence</i> playing in cinemas, with Johnny Depp and Morgan Freeman showcasing clashing visions for the future of …

What Actually Happens When You Put Metal in a Microwave

The rule is as simple as it is ubiquitous: don't stick aluminum foil in the microwave if you don't want to have to buy a new microwave. Everybody …

Scientists are now 3D printing tumors to help them fight cancer

The idea of 3D printing living cells offers a veritable launchpad of miracle treatments: we could grow new organs or create new skin for burn victims. There's one idea you may not have considered, however -- printing <i>tumors.</i> Researchers are developing a new process for researching cancer treatments …

NASA finds Earth-sized planet that could support life

NASA's Kepler telescope has discovered a veritable bounty of alien planets, but none of them have been quite like Earth -- until now. Today, the agency announced that Kepler-186f is the first confirmed Earth-sized planet in the habitable zone of another star. In other words, it's the right size and …

Ubuntu 14.04 is ready for a world filled with high-resolution touchscreens and tablets

Has it truly been six months already? It feel like just yesterday we were kicking the tires on a fresh install of Saucy Salamander. Now Canonical is pushing out the latest version of its popular Linux distro. Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (code named: Trusty Tahr) is part of its long term support series which …

For 21st-Century Kids, Home Microfluidics And Neurology Kits

Take that, ye olde 1950s chemistry sets.<p>We've seen a lot of nostalgia for ye olde chemistry sets lately. Nobel Laureates have reminisced about playing with them. These days, sets containing radioactive uranium dust or toxic lead are not going to cut it anymore, but that doesn't mean kids can't get …

Get Ready for 52 Weeks of Batman with BATMAN ETERNAL

What’s that old adage about having too much of a good thing? Whatever it is, I’m sure it doesn’t apply to Batman and thank goodness that DC Comics …

Batman: Arkham Origins: "Cold, Cold Heart" Gameplay - DCAA

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5 Cool Participatory Space Projects

From discovering supermassive black holes to saving Earth from deadly asteroids, here are five ways you can make scientific discoveries and actively contribute to space exploration.<p><b>Asteroid Data Hunter</b><br>Detecting asteroids is one of the most important steps in saving Earth from potentially deadly …

To Mars and Back: Make the Robotic Rockets to Hunt for Life

So you thought launching rockets on Earth was fun? NASA is again asking for help to write the rules for another Centennial Challenge, although this one is unlike anything NASA’s asked Makers to do before:<p>Design and build a rocket that can be robotically filled with rocks and dirt. Launch and fly …