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.
The Baguette Incident:Re-enacted according to eyewitness accounts. CERN; Bird via Foxypar4/Flickr
The Large Hadron Collider, the world's most powerful particle accelerator, just cannot catch a break. First, a coolant leak destroyed some of the magnets that guide the energy beam. Then LHC officials postponed the restart of the machine to add additional safety features.
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.