Molecularly engineered potato chips, an appreciation for cheese on the microbiological level, using gold to destroy acne, and 3-D C-notes? Clearly, we've been spoiled by this week's abundance of novelty.
And so National Robotics Week comes to a close. Between meth experiments, homemade TV robots, and kung-pao-chicken-chopping wokbots, we've had quite a good week here.
We only wish we could say the same for that poor sheep.
The pigs--they're so green. And while the main idea behind the Enviropigs we covered this week is not for them to glow a radiant chartreuse, maybe it should have been! More on cleaner-pooing pigs and the rest of this week's news from the future awaits below.
Aww, look at the cute robot-wrestler couple, out cruising on their robot date. He's using his new-found touchscreen manipulation skills to find the restaurant, while she pilots them GM's prototype pod-car. Meanwhile, her thoughts are literally legible on her face, and the benevolent overlords of DARPA watch over us all.
Welcome to the future.
Poor Mario has to contend with a genetically modified superfish and an army of parasite-infected kitties! Fortunately, caffeine and lightning are on his side. Welcome to the future.
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This week, PopSci took a look at re-shaping the hot dog -- a notorious choker of children, apparently -- as well as an affordable new sort of toilet.
Japan unveiled a new robot, AGAIN. This one is modeled on the hummingbird, and can hover in place on its four tiny wings.
And we went to the gym, future-style.
Campbell's soup sure tastes good--but I'm not sure just seeing a can of the stuff would get me all tingly. That's probably what their neuromarketing test subjects thought, too. Plus: a "bush blitz" to seek out undiscovered species in the outback, volcanoes-as nuclear waste dumpsters, and of course, a ping-pong-playing Terminator. All this week in the future.