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This Robotic Tank Gives Goldfish The Steering Wheel

You go, fish!<p>If Thomas de Wolf gets his way, pet fish will soon navigate terra firma. A co-founder of Netherlands design firm Studio diip, de Wolf built a motorized tank that empowers goldfish to drive around. “We wanted to make something that showcases computer vision technology, but not in such …

Aquaculture

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A Message From Level 1 Boss

Despite what probably amounts to years of experience facing what must be thousands of intrepid heroes, the Level 1 Boss you find in most RPGs is …

Gaming

What Disneyland Means To The Video Game Generation

Disney characters are not as familiar to my kids as they were to me when I was their age. Perhaps it is because they have tablets, gaming consoles, and laptops. Their pop culture universe is dominated by <i>Minecraft, Mario, Clash of Clans,</i> and <i>Pokemon.</i> YouTube gamers are celebrities to them. While they …

Scientists use lasers to understand how water stays liquid below its freezing point

We only remember a few things from science 101, but we're reasonably certain that water boils at 212 degrees (Fahrenheit) and freezes at 32. Scientists at Stanford's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, armed with a Linac Coherent Light Source X-Ray Laser, however, have shown us otherwise. Should …

Genetically Engineered 'Super Bananas' Begin Human Trials

If bananas weren't a super food before, these "super bananas" make a case for the fruit's place among the nutritious elite.<p>Bananas genetically …

Director Behind Mario Maker Revealed

Takashi Tezuka, a General Manager of EAD Software Development Department at Nintendo has, during an interview, revealed the team that is working on</i> …

Retrogaming

Let This Noir Cartoon Make Fractals Way More Accessible (Or At Least Entertaining)

Noted brilliant person David Foster Wallace once said in an interview that his magnum opus, <i>Infinite Jest</i>, was written with a fractal structure. Unfortunately, most of us might have our brains explode in trying to parse what that could possibly mean. Fortunately, someone has made the most …

Fractals

Scientists confirm existence of elusive 117th element

After four years of painstaking research, the discovery of the periodic table's 117th element has been confirmed. Element 117, otherwise known as ununseptium, was originally discovered back in 2010 by a group of American and Russian physicists with the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (JINR). …

Chemists Expand Nature's Genetic Alphabet

For the first time, scientists have expanded life's genetic alphabet, by inserting two unnatural, man-made "letters" into a bacterium's DNA, and by showing that the cell's machinery can copy them.<p>The advance means that scientists have a new tool for exploring how life encodes information, which …

Fantastic Fungi: The Startling Visual Diversity of Mushrooms Photographed by Steve Axford | Colossal

<p>To think any one of these lifeforms exists in our galaxy, let alone on our planet, simply boggles the mind. Photographer Steve Axford lives and …

How To Make A New Planet Home

Three simple steps for an intergalactic exit plan<p>The recipe for creating a habitable planet turns out to be surprisingly simple: Just add water—and atmospheric gases. Mars has both, relics from four billion years ago when the planet was warm and wet. “When it comes to Mars, and only Mars, the …

Mars Mission

How It Works: An Ultra-Precise Thermometer Made From Light

This isn't your average thermometer.<p>The world’s most sensitive room-temperature thermometer uses two colors of light to measure temperature with a precision of 30 billionths of a degree. This kind of precision far exceeds that of regular medical or home thermometers that we come into contact …

Australian Universities

Hot Or Not... For Sunspots

We all know the dangers of getting too much sun: things like sunburn and heat stroke can really ruin a summer day. But did you realize that activity on the sun's roiling surface can also cause us a lot of grief?<p>"Sunspots," which look like black holes in the sun's surface, are where bundles of …

Astronomy