ANYmal Quadruped Robot gets a set of Wheels

This experimental version of the ANYmal robot has both legs and wheels
This experimental version of the ANYmal robot has both legs and wheels
ETH Zurich

Walking, legged robots may excel at climbing over obstacles, but wheels are still more efficient for travelling over smooth ground. That’s why engineers at ETH Zurich have added powered wheels to their existing ANYmal quadruped robot.

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New WhiteShark Underwater Scooter

The WhiteShark Tini (pictured here with the floater attached) is presently on Kickstarter
The WhiteShark Tini (pictured here with the floater attached) is presently on Kickstarter
Sublue

When it comes to underwater scooters, there are smaller, less powerful single-motor models, or larger, faster dual-motor units. The new WhiteShark Tini, however, can be used in either configuration. read more

Tumbling Microbots deliver Meds Through the Colon

The tiny magnetic robot developed at Purdue University, seen beneath the "U" on this US penny
The magnetic robot developed at Purdue University, seen beneath the “U” on this US penny
Purdue University/Georges Adam

Using tiny robots to deliver drugs is promising pathway when it comes to limiting side effects and increasing effectiveness, and some take a more theatrical approach than others. Scientists at Purdue University have come to the party with a back-flipping microbot that can tumble its way through the colon to release its payload when desired, all while being controlled externally by a magnetic field.

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Nireeka’s New E-Fatbike

The Nireeka Prime: a (relatively) affordable high-powered ebike with a very stylish carbon fiber frame
The Nireeka Prime: a (relatively) affordable high-powered ebike with a very stylish carbon fiber frame
Loz Blain/New Atlas

There’s really nobody in the ebike world I can think of that makes bikes like Nireeka. These guys aren’t interested in stealth, or retro, or making bikes that look like anyone else’s. They work exclusively with their own carbon-fiber frames, which feature strangely flowing sci-fi designs with twisting edges and curves and angles in a style of their very own.

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Weapon Wednesday – AeroVironment Switchblade 600 Drone

The Switchblade 600 is based on the 300 before it, but is larger, faster and more capable
The Switchblade 600 is based on the 300 before it, but is larger, faster and more capable
AeroVironment

AeroVironment has unveiled its latest loitering missile unmanned aircraft system for the US Army and other customers. Based on the Switchblade 300, which was deployed with US forces in Iraq and Afghanistan in 2011, the Switchblade 600 is larger with increased capabilities.

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Ice Age Footprints found In New Mexico

Left: A section of the footprint trail showing the outward and return journeys, side by side. Center: The adult and child footprints visible together. Right: A print showing signs of the person slipping a little
Left: A section of the footprint trail showing the outward and return journeys, side by side. Center: The adult and child footprints visible together. Right: A print showing signs of the person slipping a little
M Bennett, Bournemouth University

You can learn a lot about someone by the way they walk – and apparently that even applies after 10,000 years. In New Mexico, researchers have discovered what they claim is the longest known set of fossilized human footprints, stretching over 1.5 km (0.9 mi) – and they tell an amazing story.

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Body Monitors Printed Directly on the Skin

An example of the new wearable sensor developed at Penn State University
An example of the new wearable sensor developed at Penn State University
Ling Zhang, Penn State/Cheng Lab and Harbin Institute of Technology

Flexible electronics have opened up some interesting possibilities when it comes to wearable sensors that can be applied to the skin, taking the form of tattoo-like films and sleeves that monitor various aspects of human health. Scientists at Penn State University have now developed one they say can be safely printed directly onto the skin, where it can track things like body temperature and blood oxygen levels, before being washed off once the job is done.

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Columbus Wasn’t Indigenous – Neither Were American Indians

by: Brent Smith

As another Columbus Day is upon us, we are reminded again why the loony left is so aptly named and why we describe them as “low information.”

We all know Columbus didn’t just innocently “sail the ocean blue in 1492.” We all know it should be: “Columbus came in with the tide, for the sole purpose of Genocide.”

We know Ferdinand and Isabella said: “So Chris – we hear you want to sail off and discover a new world or something.” And Columbus said: “Nah – I thought I’d go kill some Injuns.” “Great Idea – here’s some cash for the trip.”

And for this reason, leftists across the nation have been protesting the celebration of this murderer. Instead of Columbus Day, many cities and enclaves of higher learning have begun making the politically correct change to “Indigenous People’s Day, and
First Peoples Day.” A few years ago Seattle made the switch to “a holiday that will honor and celebrate the cultural contributions of Native Americans.” Hooray for Indigenous People! Boo for genocidal European illegal immigrant interlopers! read more

Minimaliste’s New Tiny House is Hardly Minimalist

The Noyer V4 measures a total length of 32.5 ft (10 m)
The Noyer V4 measures a total length of 32.5 ft (10 m)
Minimaliste

Last year, we reported on the Noyer, which, like all Minimaliste’s tiny houses, is built to handle extremes in heat and cold. The Canadian firm has now unveiled an updated take on the model with the Noyer V4. Its owner is an engineer who’s used to living on boats and the interior design reflects his input, with a focus on shoehorning in as much storage as possible. The home also offers increased living space and provides a well-stocked kitchen with plenty of appliances.

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Might Fecal Transplants help in Age-Related Memory Impairment?

A mouse study has revealed young mice display learning and memory impairments following a fecal transplant from older animals
A mouse study has revealed young mice display learning and memory impairments following a fecal transplant from older animals

Scientists from the UK and Italy have found fecal transplants from old mice to young mice result in the younger animals displaying learning and memory impairments. The findings build on a growing body of research linking age-related cognitive decline with gut microbiome changes. read more