Josh Huffman

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Man uses mind to control his two new robot arms

Les Baugh has robot arms he controls with his mind.<p>In a historic research project at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory over the summer, Baugh became the first bilateral shoulder-level amputee to wear and control two robotic arms simultaneously.<p>Baugh, who lost both arms in an …

Breaking Bad's Aaron Paul just released an app called Yo, Bitch

'Are you baby? SEND A YO B*TCH!'<p>The ouroboros of internet culture has found a way to eat itself all over. Aaron Paul, best known as Tobey Marshall in 2014's video game adaptation <i>Need for Speed</i>, had at one point played a character in the AMC sitcom <i>Breaking Bad</i>. On that show he had a catchphrase that …

Madeleine McCann

Modern Forensics Reveal Gruesome Details Of King Richard III's Death

Richard III was the last king of England to die in battle. But as a new forensic analysis of his remains shows, he didn't just die in battle — he had …

Forensics

The Secret that Helped an Untrained Runner Win an Ultramarathon

<b>This story originally appeared in print in the August 2014 issue of mental_floss magazine. Subscribe to our print edition here, and our iPad edition</b> …

The World's Immediate Response to 9/11

In the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, people all over the world stood shoulder-to-shoulder in mourning, solidarity, sympathy and friendship with the …

Star Spangled Banner

Remember That Time Bane Crashed a Couple's Wedding?

File under "too amazing to be true" (and in the sub-file "thank god the internet is around to confirm crazy stuff like this happens"), but apparently, back in 2011, a couple was trying to get married (as they do), when their special day was interrupted by the filming of "The Dark Knight Rises," …

'Super-Earth' is closest planet yet that could support life

Thanks to a wobble in its host star, researchers from UNSW have spotted a planet only 16 light-years away that could harbor life (shown in an artist's conception, above). However, being there would bear little resemblance to living on Earth. It's at least five times as massive, for starters, and is …

Japan Wants An All-Robot Event For The 2020 Olympics

According to Agence France-Presse, Abe expressed his interest in hosting an Olympic event specifically for robots as part of the international athletic competition in 2020.<p>"I would like to gather all of the world's robots and aim to hold an Olympics where they compete in technical skills," Abe …

Robotics