The micromouse competition is an international event wherein a teeny automated robotic mouse has to survey and then navigate a maze as quickly and adorably as possible. This video shows the fastest micromouse we've ever seen, blowing through the maze in mere seconds.
The gruesome scene above started out as a sweet teddy bears' birthday party, but quickly degenerated into a fiery conflagration when the bears' robot servant attempted to cut them a piece of cake.
This nameless failure of a robo-waiter (seen in action below) was the winning video entry in SparkFun Electronics' Antimov competition – a contest challenging amateur robot engineers to build a bot that defies Isaac Asimov's third Law of Robotics: that a robot must protect its own existence.
Thanks to one man, I don’t need to play the lottery. I already know that if I play twice a week every week for the next 10 years, I will win a staggering total of $93 by 2020. Or, put differently, I will make back eight percent of the $1,040 I'll spend on the tickets.
Has anyone ever told you -- maybe because of your Star Trek knowledge, your impressive gadget collection, or your propensity to use phrases like "quark-gluon plasma" -- that you belong in a museum?
Well, now you can, friends. The Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago would like to add you to its collection. Temporarily, anyway. The museum is sponsoring a contest to win a month's stay inside the museum, where you can spend quality time in the 14-acre site, hanging out in the submarine and in the cockpit of the United Airlines 727.
C-Crete, a startup company that makes a nano-engineered cement, has won $120,000 in the school's Entrepreneurship Competition. C-Crete's cement is reportedly stronger than any extant cement, and reduces CO2 emissions. Runners-up included makers of a nano-engineered insulin chewing gum and a silent alarm clock that was not nano-engineered.
Do you have an invention you KNOW will someday change the world? Have you been toiling for years in your basement, building prototype after prototype to PROVE that your idea works? If so, tell us about it! Enter the fourth annual PopSci Invention Awards.
A new year, new obscure tools, and more stuff to give away. The last installment of our contest proved way too easy, so let's see if this one is a bit more of a challenge. Tell us in the comments what this is and the first and most precise answer will receive a Stanley FatMax tape measure.
Bright ideas and products in skiing and snowboarding, from a Norwegian hotel built into a mountainside to an inflatable pack that can save you from an avalanche
By Megan Michelson and the Skiing Magazine staffPosted 11.19.2009 at 12:01 am 0 Comments
Skiing and snowboarding have always been cutting-edge sports, thanks to renegade personalities and high-tech gear. But this ski season, designers are stepping it up to a whole new level. Here, take a look at some of the finest in snowsports tech—and enter to win some gear of your own.
Last week, we inaugurated a new challenge for you here on PopSci.com that lets you show off your deep tool knowledge and walk away with not only our abiding respect, but a less obscure tool of your own.
Here's how it works: We post a picture of a strange object from my shop, maybe a clue or two, and you guess what it is in the comments section below. The first and most precise among you to guess correctly will win the prize. This week, it's a 30-foot Stanley FatMax tape measure. Pretty sweet.