Ah, another week of great science and tech posts. This week, we've got a particularly robot-heavy TWitF t-shirt prize for one lucky reader. All you've got to do is tell us which of the stories featured in this week's t-shirt design is your favorite and why, via either Facebook or Twitter.
The rules: Pick your favorite of the five stories featured in this week's Baarbarian masterwork, and tell us why you picked it. You can do that via Twitter (follow us, and use the hashtag #TWitF so we can find you) or comment on the TWitF post on our Facebook page (and, of course, you can just buy the t-shirt here, if you're into that whole exchanging-currency-for-goods-and/or-services thing, rather than social media contests). The stories are:
- Japanese Robots Will Run In First-Ever Full-Length Robot Marathon
- Future Robots Could Use Manhole Covers To Navigate Through Cities
- Video: Anybots Robot Orders Scone at Palo Alto Coffeeshop
- The Catholic Church Gives Blessing to Confession iPhone App
- This Robot Can Hear Your Frightened Breathing, Even Through Walls
And here are some of our other favorite stories from this week:
- Robot of the Week: 'Affetto,' A Disembodied Japanese Baby Head, Takes Uncanny Valley to New Depths
- Archive Gallery: PopSci Fights the Battle of the Sexes
- NASA and DARPA Want a "100-Year Starship," As Long as They Don't Have to Build It
- The Goods: February 2011's Hottest Gadgets
- HP/Palm Brings WebOS Back to Life, Announces TouchPad Tablet, Veer and Pre 3 Smartphones
- Rogue 'Steppenwolf Planets' That Have Escaped From Their Suns Could Harbor Alien Life, Astrophysicists Say
- Video: Scientists Smash Giant Granite Balls Together to Simulate Asteroid Collisions
- FYI: What Does Space Smell Like?
And two more from our "What Could Possibly Go Wrong?" package:
I liked the story of the Japanese Robot Marathon the best. I chose this one for I love the ways this can evolve in the future. You could have man and robot side by side in the Olympics. It also encourages competition between parts makers to have more durable gears and chains. I would like to see the entire competition to be autonomous and the robots to be programmed to strategize in future competitions.
I just like the cartoon. Do you believe in G.O.D., the divine Giver Of Data?
-Robot Betty9: Just a 'bot that is hot in a 'lectronic world. www.robots-and-androids.com
I'd have to say the robot that can monitor heart beats and hear somebody breathing through walls would have to be up there as one of the coolest stories this week. I wish those could be mass produced. The robot marathon was pretty cool too