This 12-Inch Robot Can Jump 100 Feet Into the Air [Video]

From Nature: Roboticists have designed all sorts of jumping robots over the years, and many of them have been inspired by biology. But, as diverse as the natural world is, evolution hasn’t cracked every option. Now a team of researchers has investigated the differences between biological and mechanical jumpers – and have managed to design […]

How Real Is It? – Toxicologist Rates 9 Poison Scenes in Movies and TV [Video]

From Insider: Medical toxicologist Dr. Cyrus Rangan rates nine poison scenes in movies and television, such as “The Princess Bride,” for realism. He discusses the accuracy of poison scenes in “The Princess Bride” (1987); “Snakes on a Plane” (2006), featuring Samuel L. Jackson; and “Casino Royale” (2006), with Daniel Craig. He also comments on toxicity, […]

Laser Pulses Could Speed Up Computing

Researchers say they have proof-of-concept of an approach that could dramatically speed up computer processing. As seems to be the case with 90 percent of technological advances these days, it involves graphene. The University of Rochester researchers were trying to find a faster way to use logic gates, the physical component in a processor that […]

The Most Horrible Parasite: The Dreadful Naegleria Fowleri Brain Eating Amoeba

A war has been going on for billions of years that breeds well armed monsters who struggle with other monsters for survival. Having no particular interest in us, most of them are relatively harmless, as our immune systems deal with their weapons handily. But there are exceptions. Naegleria fowleri is an amoeba that not only […]