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Watch a robotic cube walk and balance under its own power

Cubes aren't usually the go-to shape when creating an object that's meant to move around, but researchers in Switzerland have created one that can do just that — along with a handful of other surprising talents. Called the Cubli, it measures nearly 6 inches on each side and can walk around by …

Researchers sent a text message using only vodka and a fan

Giving a whole new meaning to the phrase "drunk text," York University researchers in Canada have used vodka and a desk fan to send a new kind of text message. In the experiment, they encoded the alphabet in evaporated alcohol, assigning different concentration levels to represent bits 1 and 0. The …

Robot 'Olympics' Test Machines On Human Skills

Under throbbing loudspeakers at a NASCAR track south of Miami, vaguely humanoid robots with two legs, four legs and tank treads take up garages that normally house race cars.<p>The robots, along with researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Lockheed Martin, NASA and 13 other teams …

Deceased Researcher’s Message In A Bottle Discovered In The Arctic

The message is dated July 10, 1959.<p>In the northernmost reaches of the Canadian Arctic, 500 miles (800 kilometers) away from the nearest human settlement, researchers discovered a literal message in a bottle, Halifax’s <i>Herald News</i> reports.<p>It begins just like the worst examples of cover letters on the …

Northern Canada

Reviewed: DJI Phantom 2 Vision Personal Drone

DJI's quadrotor flyer gets an onboard camera and smartphone integration.<p>The world of consumer-ready drones is in its infancy, with only a few ready-to-fly options in existence. But DJI’s Phantom 2 Vision is evidence that the space is maturing. With its latest offering, DJI offers a complete, …

Drones