Tony Morelli III

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These Sneaky Robots Slide Under Your Car and Drag It Away

Who needs a self-driving car when these mischievous little robots will sneak underneath your ride and move it for you?<p>We all want them, but it'll be years before self-driving cars take over the roads. In the meantime though, these sneaky little pancake robots can move any car autonomously by …

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This Tiny Robot is Spider-Man Strong

Just imagine those tiny little robotic claws, dragging you kicking and screaming into the night, never to be found again<p>A group of researchers at Stanford built a tiny robot that makes up for its pint sized packaging in extreme heft: it can lift up to 2000 times its own (miniscule) weight. Oh, and …

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These Plastic Carbon Fiber Gears Could Be a Viable Alternative to Metal Ones

They're lighter and cheaper<p>Researchers from Gifu University in Japan might have developed a worthy metal gear replacement from two unlikely materials: plastic and carbon fiber.<p>Metal has long been used in cars because of its toughness, but a new plastic gear made with carbon fiber handles the …

The World's Second-Tallest Building Sways, But Here's Why You Can't Feel It

The 121-story Shanghai Tower rocks back and forth, but thanks to a damping system being used in skyscrapers for the first time, no one will feel it<p>Imagine holding a yardstick at one end. When you flex your wrist even the tiniest bit, the far end of the yardstick whips back and forth. But if you …

To Reuse This Notebook, Just Pop It In The Microwave

The microwaveable analog Rocketbook saves paper, discourages snoops, and backs up your handwritten documents to the Cloud.<p>Whether you’re concerned about your paper waste, you don’t want coworkers snooping through your brilliant, top-secret sketches, or you simply don’t have room at home to store …

Origami Ring Keeps a Hole in the Center No Matter How Hard You Squeeze It

This weird donut could be the future of packaging<p>Paper cranes are great, but they've got nothing on this work of origami: a donut-shaped, laser cut piece of folded paper that can be compressed without sacrificing the hole in the center.<p>Bin Liu at the University of California, Merced created the …

Powerful New Microscope Allows Scientists To View The World Like Never Before

You've never seen cells up-close quite like this.<p>Developed at Howard Hughes Medical Institute, a powerful new microscope can record the activity of living cells, molecules, and embryos in 3D and in real-time. Just check out the video above that shows a HeLa cell dividing, and prepare for your mind …

'Near-Space Dive' Sets New Skydive Record, 25 Miles Above Earth

Only two years after it was broken, the world record for the highest skydive has been rewritten. Google executive Alan Eustace set a new mark Friday when he fell from an altitude of more than 135,000 feet, plummeting in a free-fall for about 5 minutes before deploying his parachute. The jump broke …

You’re powered by quantum mechanics. No, really…

Every year, around about this time, thousands of European robins escape the oncoming harsh Scandinavian winter and head south to the warmer Mediterranean coasts. How they find their way unerringly on this 2,000-mile journey is one of the true wonders of the natural world. For unlike many other …

Stephen Wolfram: 'The textbook has never interested me'

Ask a factual question of Siri, Apple's virtual assistant, and chances are the maverick British computer scientist and entrepreneur Stephen Wolfram is responsible for the answer. For when posed a question such as: "How far is it to Mars right now?", Siri turns to WolframAlpha, the answer engine …

Five insights challenging science's unshakable 'truths'

<b>1 | Lifestyle can change genes</b><p>We have come to think that if something is "in our genes", it is our inevitable destiny. However, this is a gross oversimplification. We have each inherited a particular set of genes, but the outcome of that inheritance is not fixed. Our environment, diet and …

Why Mosquitoes Bite Some People and Not Others -- And the Surprising, Natural Way to Avoid Bites

Why are some people so much more attractive to mosquitoes than others? And what can you do about the pesky little bloodsuckers, especially if you …

Is Seawater the Next Big Fuel Source?

In April, the Navy announced a breakthrough in transforming seawater, the earth's most abundant natural resource, to fuel. Researchers used it to fly a model jet powered with an internal combustion engine like its full-sized counterparts. What are the implications of such a technology in a world …

Autonomous camera drone lets you shoot your own action scenes

If you want to record a bike ride or some other adventure by yourself, you typically have to wear an action camera. Going that route is fine for a first-person view, but what if you want some more dramatic shots? That's where Hexoplus' crowdfunded Hexo+ camera drone comes into play. The robotic …

Man Born Without Limbs Delivers Life-Changing Message: ‘I’m in Awe, I’m in Shock, I’m Humbled’

Nick Vujicic is an overcomer.<p>Born without arms or legs as the result of a rare disorder called tetra-amelia syndrome, he has gone on to become an internationally known author and motivational speaker who helps people of all ages overcome the emotional and physical barriers in their lives.<p>Vujicic, …

Shock Report: Islamist Rebels Kill 102-Year-Old, Burn His Family

Islamist rebels fighting to topple Syrian President Bashar Assad reportedly shot dead a 102-year-old man in his bed and killed the rest of his family living with him, a Syrian monitoring group is reporting.<p>Agence France-Presse quoted the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights which …

Planned Parenthood Letter From ‘Dedicated Pro-Choice Clergy’ Has a Message About the Bible and Abortion

Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, has issued a “pastoral letter” letting women know that some faith leaders support a women’s choice to have an abortion.<p>“Many people wrongly assume that all religious leaders disapprove of abortion,” the letter reads. “The truth is that …

16-Year-Old Honor Student Pleads Guilty to Killing Both His Parents Over His Dad ‘Taking Away My iPod and Stuff’

A 16-year-old honor roll student in Norfolk, Virginia, reportedly admitted in court on Wednesday that he murdered both of his parents in December after becoming angry about being disciplined, “like my dad taking away my iPod and stuff.”<p>WKTR-TV reports that Vincent Parker, then a 10th grade student, …

It Was Bad Enough That Three Individuals Robbed Him, But It’s How They Left Him That Makes Him Lucky to Be Alive

A Philadelphia man is in the hospital recovering after police say he was impaled during a robbery early Sunday morning.<p>According to WCAU-TV, the 38-year-old was discovered at about 12:45 a.m., after police say he was confronted and robbed by at least three men.<p>The individuals allegedly went through …

What a Student Was Caught On Camera Doing to an Elderly Teacher Landed Him Behind Bars

His first crime: texting in class. His second: assault.<p><i>— Scroll down for video —</i><p>(Image source: screengrab via KHOU-TV)<p>A 16-year-old high school student shoved an elderly substitute teacher to the ground after she confiscated his cell phone.<p>He’s since been arrested and charged with injury to the …

Watch Your Brain's Electrical Activity Using The Mind-Mirror

The mind is but a mirror, Indian yogis used to say. Just watch it flow, as if you were a distant observer and you will calm down and not be enslaved by your thoughts. Easier said than done. But what if you could have a little help from the outside? Just head to France: researchers from INRIA, …

She Might Look Good, But What a Pro-Surfer Allegedly Did to an Elderly Woman Likely Proves She’s a Monster

A Hawaii woman who bills herself as a professional surfer and model was arrested Wednesday night for attempted murder connected to a road rage incident.<p>Jill Hansen. (Image source: Facebook)<p>Honolulu police say Jill Anjuli Hansen, 30, tried to kill an elderly woman in Waikiki by running her over with …

They Co-Taught an AP English Class. One Was Teacher of the Year. Now Both Are Accused of Sexual Crimes Involving Students.

Colleagues Debra Tanksley and Ashley Ashe co-taught a class for AP Literature and Mythology at Burke County High School in Waynesboro, Georgia.<p>Debra Tanksley (Image source: Burke Co. Sheriff)<p>One of their former students, Kandice Goddard, said both were great teachers and noted the efforts of …

Cabbie Suspended for Wearing Swastika Armband, Then Rants to Reporter How He Can Be a Nazi Without Being Anti-Semitic: ‘I Don’t Hate Jews!’

A New York City taxi driver has been suspended by the Taxi and Limousine Commission for wearing a swastika armband on the job.<p>The driver, 26-year-old Gabriel Diaz, was unapologetic in an interview with local media on Friday.<p>“I don’t hate Jews!” Diaz told WLNY-TV. “I’m critical of them, but I don’t …

‘I Didn’t Get Any Sleep Last Night’: Mother Horrified After Video Captures Female Caregiver Doing Unspeakable Things to Special Needs Patient

She was supposed to care for her. Instead, Detroit police say a female caregiver beat a special needs patient — and disturbing video appears to capture it all on tape.<p>A cellphone video aired by WJBK-TV appears to show a 47-year-old caregiver repeatedly striking a special needs patient, employing an …

It’s Not Just That She’s Gone, But the Ghastly Way She Died That Prompted Her Mother to Cry Out, ‘Por Que?’

The family of Fatima Perez gathered in a Camden, New Jersey courtroom Thursday, wiped tears from their eyes, and listened to a prosecutor describe how the mother of two from East Camden was kidnapped and then met her end.<p>Minutes later in a corridor, Perez’s mother cried out, “Por que?”<p>Image source: …

Brother, Sister Duo Allegedly Assault 10-Year-Old Girl in Horrifying Attack at Elementary School

A 10-year-old girl was allegedly sexually assaulted by a brother-sister pair in the bathroom of an Oklahoma City elementary school.<p>“She came out with her knees and hands shaking and crying,” the girl’s mother told a local TV station in an interview aired on Friday. “I jumped out of the car and …

Glenn Beck’s Audience Donated Over $1 Million to Fight Child Sex Trafficking. Here Are Some of the Kids They Saved.

Last November, a friend of Glenn Beck’s revealed that he was leading a double life as a government agent who rescues children from sex slavery. He said that while the government is doing noble work, it is by no means doing as much as it can, and that’s why he started Operation Underground …

What Second Son Reveals About the Next Generation of Gaming

Sucker Punch's newest game, inFamous: Second Son, releases today on the PS4. It's the first title to flex the muscles of a new era of consoles, but for developers, this new generation is more than just better graphics and hardware.<p><b>Horia Dociu's first job in the late 90s was</b> adding textures to store …