A robot petting zoo, complete with a flying robo-bird, plus the world's lightest material and an algorithmic dance-off
By Becky FerreiraPosted 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.
Rain and snow aren't the only things to fall from the sky. Throughout history rare occurrences have been recorded of other less expected and surprising forms of deluge. In 2001, parts of India were showered with mysterious red particles that were thought to contain alien microbes.
We've already bid our fond farewell to the space shuttle Endeavour, but as it blasted into the great blue yonder for the last time Monday, the astronauts were accompanied by a different sort of companion: the first cephalopod ever to enter space.
The monstrous eyes of the colossal squid afford scientists a rare research opportunity
By Matt RansfordPosted 05.01.2008 at 1:16 pm 0 Comments
Researchers in New Zealand have had the rare opportunity to study the world's largest eyes, those from a remarkably well-preserved specimen of a colossal squid. (Lest you think this is hyperbole in reporting: no, in fact, the colossal squid is indeed a different and larger species than the giant squid.) The eyes are the size of soccer balls—the pupils alone measure three inches across—and could very well be the largest ocular organs to have ever existed in the animal kingdom.