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Learning the Language of Rivers I: A History of Confusion

(I was an idiot and told a coworker I'd make his costume. I haven't got a sewing machine, and hand-stitching takes forever . But it will be epic. Unfortunately, sewing (among other things) means that I haven't finished research for our next Cataclysm post...

October 25, 2012 — Dana Hunter

Need a Hug? Baxter the Human-Friendly Robot Debuts at M.I.T.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—Baxter stayed behind in the lobby of the M.I.T. Media Lab, diligently picking up miniature boxes of Junior Mints and teacup candles and putting them in a pumpkin-shaped plastic bucket, as most attendees of Technology Review 's Emerging Technologies (EmTech) conference here filed into the main auditorium on Wednesday morning.Don't feel bad for Baxter, though, it was simply performing the picking and placing operations it had been programmed to do...

October 24, 2012 — Larry Greenemeier

Fish Shoots Down Prey with Super-Powered Jet [Video]

With a juicy insect dinner perched on a leaf above the water, what is a hungry little archer fish down below to do? Knock it down with a super-powered, super-precise jet of water that packs six times the power the fish could generate with its own muscles, according to new findings published online October 24 in PLoS ONE .The stunning spitting power of the amazing archer fish ( Toxotes jaculatrix ) was first described in the 18th century...

October 24, 2012 — Katherine Harmon

Saving Rhino Phila

Video of the Week #66 October 24th, 2012: From: Saving Rhino Phila - A Genre-Busting Documentary on the Massacre of a Species by Carin Bondar at PsiVid .

October 24, 2012 — Bora Zivkovic

The Urine Wheel

Image of the Week #65, October 24th, 2012: From: The Urine Wheel by Christina Agapakis at Oscillator .

October 24, 2012 — Bora Zivkovic

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