Comment of the Day: Wobbly Robot Edition

Today's Comment of the Day of the comes to us via a crooked path, delivered to us by a blindfolded robot. In response to a post on the difficulty humans have in walking a straight line blindfolded, commenter jshoer shares with us that robots have the same problem: » 9/25/13 4:20pm 9/25/13 4:20pm

We encounter the same problem in robotic systems… » 9/25/13 4:20pm 9/25/13 4:20pm

Your car is making birds less sexy over time

With the development of massive transportation infrastructures, most countries have become overrun with industrial sounds. Planes fly overhead, cars rush along the ground, trains and trucks and industrial sounds bleed everywhere. People are able to easily tune it out or work around it. We're able to phone, email, and… » 8/31/11 7:00am 8/31/11 7:00am

An invisible force field that punches sharks in the face

This summer, 61-year-old distance swimmer Diana Nyad will be attempting a 103-mile swim through the shark-populated waters separating Cuba and Florida — and she'll be doing it without a shark cage. Instead, the marathon swimmer will be accompanied by an electronic shark-deterrent device called Shark Shield, which… » 8/05/11 5:02pm 8/05/11 5:02pm

Vampire bats detect blood the same way we detect spicy food

We already know that herbivorous bats can be attracted to certain plants by the sounds of their leaves. But what about the blood-sucking variety? How do they find food? They have to be able to precisely target large veins near the surface of the skin. It turns they use a method that's very similar to the way we taste… » 8/05/11 4:07pm 8/05/11 4:07pm