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Caltech’s Robo-Bat

Researchers at Caltech and UIUC have developed the Bat Bot, a robot that mimics the complex...
Researchers at Caltech and UIUC have developed the Bat Bot, a robot that mimics the complex wing structure of a bat(Credit: Caltech)

The animal kingdom is full of inspiration for robotics – just ask the creators of SALTO, Robirds, MuddyBot, WildCat, Octobot, or EPFL’s robo-croc. Now, engineers at Caltech and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) have developed the Bat Bot, a robotic bat with soft, flappable wings that could not only make for a safer alternative to keeping drones aloft with spinning blades, but also teach scientists more about the mechanics at work in natural bat flight. read more

Use Google Photos

How to use Google Photos for iOS to conquer your iPhone's photo storage issues
How to use Google Photos for iOS to conquer your iPhone’s photo storage issues

Many iPhone users have wrestled with storage limits, especially when it comes to managing the device’s camera roll. Apart from deleting old pics and purchasing a paid iCloud subscription, there’s another option for alleviating storage woes: using Google Photos for iOS. read more

Lost Continent Reappears

On site in Mauritius: Lewis Ashwal studying volcanic rocks that contain six billion-year-old zircon grains
On site in Mauritius: Lewis Ashwal studying volcanic rocks that contain six billion-year-old zircon grains(Credit: Susan Webb/Wits University)

Just like people, continents break up and drift apart. And just like messy human relationships, sometimes an ex that you thought you had forgotten resurfaces unexpectedly. Happily though, today’s case does not involve any mean texts or tweets, but the remains of an ancient supercontinent, the discovery of which sheds light on the tumultuous and mysterious beginnings of this planet. read more

The Flying Car is Coming

Computer render of Jetpack Aviation's electric VTOL concept, which is expected to have an initial 20-minute...
Computer render of Jetpack Aviation’s electric VTOL concept, which is expected to have an initial 20-minute flight endurance, which will be extended either using a small generator, or as battery technology develops(Credit: Jetpack Aviation)

Jetpack Aviation’s David Mayman and Nelson Tyler have already brought honest-to-god jetpacks out of the pages of science fiction books and onto the market. Now, they plan to do the same with flying cars. We spoke with Mayman at length about Jetpack Aviation’s new manned VTOL multirotor project. read more

Nature’s Chemical Factory

Inspired by a leaf, researchers at TU Eindhoven have developed a "mini-factory" that can use sunlight...

Inspired by a leaf, researchers at TU Eindhoven have developed a “mini-factory” that can use sunlight to manufacture chemical products such as drugs(Credit: TU Eindhoven/Bart van Overbeeke)

Leaves are kind of like nature’s power plants, converting incoming sunlight into energy for the plant to thrive on. Inspired by the real thing, scientists have previously created artificial leaves that function in much the same way as their natural counterparts to produce electricity and even liquid fuels. read more

Podcast – Vegetable Oil is Killing Us – Leftist CEOs React to Trump Travel Ban

Once again another food myth has apparently been busted. This time it’s vegetable oil. According to new research, vegetable oils can cause all sorts of ailments, including dementia, Alzheimer’s, cancer and others. Yes, new research suggests we would better off going back to using the old tried and butter. And evidently Palm oil is the worst of the worst. Just like many other foods and beverages “science” said were bad for us, this myth of replacing bad fats with healthy vegetable oils is crapola.

I discuss the reaction of Uber CEO Travis Kalanick to Trumps, at least temporarily defunct travel ban. He, like other leftist business leaders are taking a political stand against Trump, and at least in some cases, it is backfiring. read more

Can Sound Disrupt Tidal Waves?

Acoustic Gravity Waves could theoretically be used to mitigate the effects of tsunamisAcoustic Gravity Waves could theoretically be used to mitigate the effects of tsunamis(Credit: lucidwaters/Depositphotos)

On December 26, 2004 at 00:58 GMT, an earthquake occurred in the Indian Ocean off the west coast of the island of Sumatra. In a single second, many megatons of explosive force were released in the seabed, triggering a series of tsunamis that devastated the coasts of 14 countries and killed up to 280,000 people. read more