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Dancing with the robots: Austrian hexapods

Dancing with the robots: Austrian hexapods

Move over, HAL, there's an entire brigade of rock 'em, sock 'em robots in town. They're dexterous, graceful, and they can . . . dance ?

This hot YouTube video features a bunch of hexapods (six-legged robots) getting down to the beat with choreographed bounces, splits and shimmies for the third annual hexapod robot dance contest.

November 17, 2008 — Susannah F. Locke
High-tech approach to taming New Mexico's wild horses

High-tech approach to taming New Mexico's wild horses

National Forest Service rangers in New Mexico's Jicarilla Wild Horse Territory (part of the Carson National Forest, near the Colorado border) are expecting some high-tech help to aid their efforts to capture and relocate the growing number of wild horses overpopulating the area and threatening to cut off the food supply.

November 17, 2008 — Larry Greenemeier
Southern California wildfires destroy hundreds of homes

Southern California wildfires destroy hundreds of homes

Wildfires continue to rage through three areas of southern California today -- Montecito, Sylmar, and parts of Orange County -- having already claimed at least 800 homes, the Associated Press is reporting.

November 16, 2008 — Ivan Oransky
Indian impactor probe crash-dives into the moon

Indian impactor probe crash-dives into the moon

In the race to explore space, there may be a new moon on the rise. In the same week that NASA declared the Mars Phoenix mission over, India dropped an impactor, which crash-dived onto the moon's surface today, the Associated Press reports.

November 15, 2008 — Ivan Oransky
EPA ruling halts all new coal-fired power plants

EPA ruling halts all new coal-fired power plants

In its waning days, the Bush administration's Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)  has essentially halted all new construction of coal-fired power plants until the government can figure out what to do about climate-change-causing carbon dioxide (CO 2 ) emissions.

November 14, 2008 — David Biello
How bleach kills germs

How bleach kills germs

Bleach is the king of microbe killers, but before now no one knew quite why. Researchers report today in the journal Cell that bleach – like heat – kills bacteria by making proteins fall apart.

November 13, 2008 — Susannah F. Locke

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