The Phoenix Mars Lander, NASA’s latest robotic research station, has safely landed on Mars yesterday, sending detailed pictures of the planet’s surface and horizon. The robot will spend the next three months digging into Mars’s soil, searching for signs of life. The following video shows how the station apparently landed on the red planet.
By JR Raphael Contributing Writer, [GAS] I’m thinking about trading in my girlfriend for a few really advanced robots. Hang on a sec — I know it sounds bad. But hear me out. Scientists are making leaps and bounds with these things right now. I mean, they’ve come up with artificial life that can conduct […]
The poor fellow you are about to see signed up for a pretty disturbing televised science experiment. The sports science show wanted to test the reaction a male individual would have when receiving a blow to the groin. Gentlemen, be ready to cross your legs. This is serious psychological torture. [Via TechEblog]
By JR Raphael Contributing Writer, [GAS] Imagine a plane that can heal itself the same way your body does. Turns out, it may not be as far-fetched as it sounds. Scientists at the University of Bristol have developed a new self-repairing aircraft. The plane’s materials allow it to “mimic healing processes found in nature” and […]
By JR Raphael Contributing Writer, [GAS] Boxers, briefs, or high-tech underwear that can monitor your health? No joke, gentlemen: Scientists have just filed a new patent for underpants that monitor your blood pressure. The special skivvies come equipped with waistband sensors that use conductive rubber to measure how fast your blood is pulsing through your […]
In the following video, Hacker and writer Joshua Klein talks about the fascination he has for crows and their surprising intelligence. After a long amateur study of corvid behavior, he’s come up with an elegant machine that may form a new bond between animal and human. Check it out.
By JR Raphael Contributing Writer, [GAS] Prepare yourself for what may be the most powerful remote ever made: the mind-reading hat. Scientists from Taiwan have just finished developing the first protocol of this thing. Aside from a rather obvious antenna jutting out the back, the hat looks stylish enough. But this baby isn’t about fashion; […]
By JR Raphael Contributing Writer, [GAS] The next time you get a bad papercut, you may want to consider trying a living Band-Aid. Okay, the truth is you can’t try one just yet. But they are being developed. New Scientist Magazine highlighted some recent research that used healthy living cells to create a bandage-type wrap. […]