Category Archives: SCIENCE

Tony Stark-style Robotic Arms Could Be Assembling Ikea Furniture For You

As popular as Ikea may be, not everyone is fond of assembling flatpack furniture. The current solution is, pay for the delivery and assembly, but that may change in future and you can thank Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore for it. The university’s scientists have developed robots that negates the need for peeling through word-less instructions and juggling with the standard issued Allen key and your own screwdriver. Continue reading Tony Stark-style Robotic Arms Could Be Assembling Ikea Furniture For You

Festo BionicFlyingFox Flies And Looks Like The Real Thing

Festo may be an industrial control and automation company best known for its pneumatic products, but over the years, it has pretty much sealed its reputation as the master of robotic biomimicry. Seriously, the robotic stuff that this German multinational company has came up with thus far were fascinating, thrilling and at times, somewhat nightmare-inducing. And one of the latest to join its growing portfolio of robotic biomimicry is the BionicFlyingFox you see here. Continue reading Festo BionicFlyingFox Flies And Looks Like The Real Thing

This Wallpaper Is Fire Resistant And It Is A Fire Alarm System Too

The idiom there’s no smoke without fire was based on the fact that where there’s smoke, there’s usually fire. But we are not here talk about the idiom. We are here for the literal meaning, which is happens to be the basis of how most fire alarm works. The alarm only trigger when smoke reaches it, but by then, fire may have already broken out for quite a while and it may be just too late to save lives and property. However, researchers at the Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, have a solution to this fiery issue – starting with a new kind of wallpaper. Continue reading This Wallpaper Is Fire Resistant And It Is A Fire Alarm System Too

Sweden’s Electrified Road Is Like A Life-size Scalextric

This piece of news is not a follow up to tram-ish electric highway we reported last year. It is also in Sweden, though. As you may have already noticed, this electric road, or electrified road as it rightly is, is not an eyesore like the one that has overhead electric lines. In fact, unless you stick you face onto the road, you will hardly notice that it has an electric rail embedded in the road. In any case, this is likely the best solution until wireless road charging becomes a reality. Continue reading Sweden’s Electrified Road Is Like A Life-size Scalextric

Forget About Wallpapers, This Robot Will Draw Straight On The Wall!

I’d be lying to you if I told you this little wall-crawling robot, called Scribit, that does graffiti is useful. It is not quite, but still, it is interesting enough for us to pay attention to what it has to offer. So, what exactly is a Scribit? And what can Scribit do? Scribit is basically a write and erase robot. The world’s first, btw. It is kind of like a wall-crawling plotter that draws on virtually any smooth, vertical surface, ranging from whiteboards to glasses to plastered drywall. Continue reading Forget About Wallpapers, This Robot Will Draw Straight On The Wall!

The Hacksmith Built A Small Scale Railgun Right In The Garage

As crazy as it may sound, popular YouTube tinkerer, the Hacksmith, has built a working electromagnetic railgun. While the U.S. Navy spent more than a decade developing this supposedly next-generation gun for its Navy warships and investing around $500 million in the process, the Hacksmith team has made one right in their garage. Granted, the term did not say how much they have spent to create this small-scale railgun, but surely, the 16 capacitors, the specialized works they have engaged et cetera, can’t be in the realm of millions, right? Continue reading The Hacksmith Built A Small Scale Railgun Right In The Garage

Flat-earther Took Off In A Homemade Rocket To Prove Earth Is Not Round

You know what? I am tempted to create a new tag called “Do Not Try This At Home” after seeing a video of what flat-earther “Mad” Mike Hughes did on Sunday because, what he did was definitely something one shouldn’t do at home. So, what did “Mad” Mike did? Well, nothing much. He just strapped himself to the tip of a homemade, steam-powered rocket and left the safety of the solid ground just so he could prove that Earth is indeed flat. He did made the journey and that in itself was a bravery that is pretty much unnecessary. Continue reading Flat-earther Took Off In A Homemade Rocket To Prove Earth Is Not Round

The Future Of Unreal Engine Graphics Is, Well, Pretty Much Unreal

Back in 2015-2016, a hyperrealistic digital girl by the name of Saya completely blew our mind, but as life-like as Saya was, it was, after all, a still image. Fast forward two years on, Unreal Engine is here to show the world what the future holds for real-time rendering and it did so with three major developments, showcased through three separate demos at this year’s Game Developers Conference. The technology previewed by the graphics engine company includes real-time ray tracing for realistic lighting and reflections, eerily life-like “digital humans,” and a graphics technology that could digitized actors, tweak their expression as desired, or turn them into something else. Continue reading The Future Of Unreal Engine Graphics Is, Well, Pretty Much Unreal

Scientists Want To Assimilate With Marine Fishes Using This Robotic Fish

A group of humans’ behavior will change in the presence of, say, bob cats. That’s obvious. The same applies to marine creatures when there is a presence of cold, hard observation equipment like Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) or Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (UUV). The odd-one-out ROV will never assimilate with the fishes. As such, humans will never get true to marine life data and that’s not to mention the inflexibility of typical ROVs to access tight caverns. This is where MIT Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence Lab (MIT CSAIL) robotic fish, SoFi, comes in. Continue reading Scientists Want To Assimilate With Marine Fishes Using This Robotic Fish

Airbus Plans To Use This Giant Harpoon To Take Out Space Junk

Every time you look up into the night sky, what do you see? If your answer is ‘stars’ and ‘satellites’, well, you are only partially correct. You see, the thing is, not every shimmering specks in the blackened sky are stars; some of them could be space junk or debris reflecting lights. It is true and it could be more when humans are going to space more often, or sending more stuff up into the still, vacuum space beyond Earth’s atmosphere. You may ask ‘who will trash hundreds of miles from us affect us?’ Well, it won’t… if we never want to step out of this little blue marble. Continue reading Airbus Plans To Use This Giant Harpoon To Take Out Space Junk