Stunning Drone Footage From Beneath The Ice Of Antarctica

Scientists use a range of techniques—from satellite observations to drilling holes—to measure sea ice thickness. Usually, such efforts look down at the sea floor. But, by equipping an underwater drone with upward-looking sonar, researchers were able to create the first high-resolution 3D maps of Antarctic sea ice. » 11/25/14 2:40pm Tuesday 2:40pm

The Most Uncanny Robotic Animals That Humankind Has Ever Invented

Classic robots are absolutely weird, but there can be something unnerving about seeing dogs, snakes, bees, fish, and birds in robotic form. From uncanny headless creatures to mechanical snakes that can squeeze their way up a person's leg, here are the robotic critters we can't stop staring at. » 11/20/14 3:30pm 11/20/14 3:30pm

Watch the Atlas Robot Show Off Some Mad Balancing Skills

The latest version of IHMC's Atlas has a new trick up its sleeve, one that makes it look like it's auditioning for a part in some kind of future-dystopian version of The Karate Kid. Thankfully, it can only pull off the balancing portion of the Crane Kick, which given the bot's weight and proportions, is still a rather… » 11/10/14 2:20pm 11/10/14 2:20pm

Automata Is Brilliantly Original Science Fiction, Ruined By Cliches

We all cry out for original genre movies that aren't just cashing in on existing franchises. But it's sad when an original film comes out, and it just rehashes the classics, even more slavishly. It's even more heartbreaking when you get a movie like Automata, which has a clever, original idea. And smothers it in… » 10/10/14 12:26pm 10/10/14 12:26pm

What If You Awoke One Morning Transformed Into A Robot?

Acclaimed Japanese director Oriza Hirata is releasing a stage production of Kafka's surrealist classic The Metamorphosis. But in this production, our tortured protagonist does not wake to find himself transformed into a bug. Instead, he's an android. And remarkably, an actual robot gets to star in the show. » 10/09/14 7:20am 10/09/14 7:20am