Giving video cameras to animals can yield some awesome results, especially underwater — remember the octopus guerrilla filmmaker? In a new video, ride on the back of a South American seabird as it captures footage of its 150-foot-deep dive.
By Daniel Engber
Posted 07.24.2012 at 3:02 pm 64 Comments
Possibly. The trees-down (or “arboreal”) hypothesis has been around for many years, says evolutionary biologist Richard O. Prum of Yale University. Researchers guessed that the scales of tree-dwelling Triassic reptiles elongated into feathers, which helped them leap away from predators. Once the proto-birds could glide, they were en route to avian flight. “It was like one big, crazy hairball of ideas all stuck together,” Prum says.
A robot petting zoo, complete with a flying robo-bird, plus the world's lightest material and an algorithmic dance-off
By Becky Ferreira
Posted 06.05.2012 at 5:51 pm 5 Comments
MetroTech Plaza in Brooklyn was packed with science and technology enthusiasts on Saturday, eager to see the sights of the World Science Festival’s Innovation Square. The day-long collection of exhibits, performances, lectures and games was designed to be a “technophile’s adventureland,” and didn’t disappoint. We stopped by to check out the robot petting zoo, see some robots play soccer, and enjoy computer-based dance choreography.
Five amazing, clean technologies that will set us free, in this month's energy-focused issue. Also: how to build a better bomb detector, the robotic toys that are raising your children, a human catapult, the world's smallest arcade, and much more.