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How a musician and his robots improvise together

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In the video above, you can see PhD student Mason Bretan from the Robot Musicianship Group at Georgia Tech in the US jam with some of the robots he helped create. The robots got rhythm, and they got the skills. Just look at that amazing marimba solo at the middle of the video – that was completely improvised. “The piece is called

Biology, News, Videos

Not for the faint of heart: Scientist grows a maggot inside his skin

"That’s a nice-looking butt – I knew that something was amiss hen a strange tube started poking out of my skin. This turned out to be a bot fly’s breathing tube",

Piotr Naskrecki, a Harvard biologist, did what few people would have the courage to do – he let maggots grow inside his skin, then documented the entire process. The result is, while very gross, spectacularly interesting. Proceed at your own risk. I’ve got you under my skin The Human Bot Fly from Piotr Naskrecki on Vimeo. When Piotr Naskrecki traveled to

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Russian military ‘Daft Punk’ biker parades in circles riding a quad – Putin is visibly not impressed

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A popular staple in science fiction is the idea of a robot or robots in general designed to be the ultimate warrior. It’s a frightening thought – a robot doesn’t bleed, it follows orders to the very last line of code and bears no mercy. Luckily, judging from a recent video footage released by Russia Today this won’t happen for a long, long time. The report shows an embarrassing looking human-shaped robot that seems like a cross between a storm trooper and a Daft Punk. The autonomous bot rides a quad at low velocity through a training ground, but even the fires in the background doesn’t help the robot look any more menacing.

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Extremely Close-Up Footage of Lava Spilling Into Water

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Lava is amazing to see (from a distance), but it’s even more awesome to get the chance to see lava going directly into the ocean. Hawaii is one of the few places in the world where this happens. In this amazing footage, Kawika Singson uses his GoPro (hopefully on a very long pole) to get up close and personal with lava spilling into the ocean water. The video was captured off the coast of Hawaii.

Geology, Videos

Crazy Footage of the Earth opening and closing during Japanese earthquake

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The 2011 earthquake and subsequent tsunami in Japan was one of the worst geological events ever experienced by humanity. The 9.0 magnitude earthquake lasted approximately six minutes. An American tourist in Japan captured amazing footage of the earth opening up and then closing during the earthquake.  

Animals, Videos

Drone Captures Huge Pod of Humpbacks Feeding in Alaska

Humpback whales using the bubble net techniques. Image via Neutrons for Breakfast.

A drone captured amazing footage of a large pod of Humpback Whales feeding in the pristine waters of Alaska. The aerial drone footage, captured by AkxPro, shows a seagull’s POV of the scene. Here, we see a coordinated hunting technique known as ‘bubble net feeding’. The humpback has the most diverse feeding repertoire of all baleen whales. Its most inventive technique is known as

Nanotechnology, Videos

The World’s Smallest Snowman

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At just 10 µm across, this little guy is only 1/5th the width of a human hair. The snowman was made from two tin beads used to calibrate electron microscope astigmatism. The eyes and smile were milled using a focused ion beam, and the nose, which is under 1 µm wide (or 0.001 mm), is ion beam deposited platinum. Image and

Space, Videos

This is what astronauts see on reentry

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Most of us have dreamed of being an actual astronaut at one point in our lives… but do you think you actually have what it takes? This is what astronauts see when they reenter the Earth’s atmosphere, tightly tucked inside a Soyuz capsule.   There is also a video captured by astronaut Mike Hopkins (Expedition 37/38) — who returned to Earth

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Worm ‘brain’ controls LEGO robot – what this means for the human brain

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One of the most interesting projects in science today are the  BRAIN Initiative in the US and the Human Brain Project in Europe, which aim to map all the synapse connections in the human brain, or connectome, and ultimately simulate it. It’s an ambitious project with numerous challenges, but the possible benefits are well worth it. We could finally deconstruct