Category Archives: SCIENCE

Apparently, We Have Been Standing On A Giant Mushroom The Whole Time

Who would have thought the world’s largest organism that ever lived on Earth is still living and it is so enormous that it spans an incredible 90 acres, weights as much as three Blue Whales and it is already 2,500 years old? I, for one, certainly never imagine that. This elusive Earth’s resident is in fact a fungus called Armillaria gallica. So, yeah, it is a mushroom and it is still striving right under our feet as we speak. First discovered in the late 80s, this fungus of gargantuan proportion is found in Crystal Creek, Michigan by a team of researchers who proclaimed it as the largest single organism in the world. Back then it was thought that it weighs about 110 tons and was 1,500-year-old. Continue reading Apparently, We Have Been Standing On A Giant Mushroom The Whole Time

Boston Dynamics’ Atlas Bipedal Humanoid Now Does Parkour Too

I am sure we all remember Boston Dynamics Atlas. The humanoid robot that is capable of letting itself out of the door and take a stroll around the grassy compound. Since its introduction two years ago, Atlas has advanced to be able to pull of back flip and now, it does parkour too. Obviously, dear Atlas is not as quick and agile as a parkour expert, but basing on a bunch of beginners’ parkour videos on YouTube, I conclude that Atlas is indeed pretty good at it. Continue reading Boston Dynamics’ Atlas Bipedal Humanoid Now Does Parkour Too

This Insect With Helicopter Rotor On Its Head Is Absolutely Bizarre

What you see here is a species of treehopper found in Ecuador and it looks absolutely bizarre. TBH, it does not look like an insect to begin with. It appeared to sport a helicopter rotor on its head, but obviously, it does not function like a rotor. It appears to have regular wings (with a pretty impressive wingspan that stretches beyond its body length, if I may add) which we can only assume that it uses to hop around branches and trees. Continue reading This Insect With Helicopter Rotor On Its Head Is Absolutely Bizarre

Oh, Great. Now There Is Humanoid Construction Robot Too

When I say humanoid construction robot, I do mean a biped, human form robot, not just a robotic arm. This robot, referred to as the Humanoid Robot HRP-5P Prototype, is the product of Japan’s Advanced Industrial Science and Technology Institute (AIST), and it is here to take your job as a manual construction person and possibly, lord over us in distant future. Nah. I am just kidding. We are far from that – both taking over your job and lording over us. Continue reading Oh, Great. Now There Is Humanoid Construction Robot Too

Watch The First Video Captured By Japanese’s Rovers On An Asteroid

For everyone living under the rock deep in the Mariana Trench, NASA is not the only organization into space exploration and neither was European Space Agency the only space probe that landed on a man-made on a roaming space object. If you have not yet heard, Japan’s NASA equivalent, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency or JAXA, has not one but two space robots landed on an asteroid named Rgyugu. Nope. Fortunately, that asteroid isn’t on a colliding path with our lovely Little Blue Marble and so no, renegade pro driller Harry Stamper and crew, aren’t onboard those bots. Neither is JAXA looking at dangling a skyscraper below it. Continue reading Watch The First Video Captured By Japanese’s Rovers On An Asteroid

Elusive Transforming Eel Caught On Camera And It Is Incredibly Surreal

Here’s another find by the scientists over at E/V Nautilus. You may remember these perpetually-excited researchers from their discovery of the “googly-eyed stubby squid” we saw a couple of years ago. This time, there is nothing cute about their discovery, though. In fact, I would say this discover as ‘bizarre’. I’d say it is at the same level of bizarre as the starfish found washed ashore in southern Vietnam, but it is a whole lot less creepy. Continue reading Elusive Transforming Eel Caught On Camera And It Is Incredibly Surreal

Future Porsche Cars May Have HUD-style Augmented Reality Windscreen

When it comes to innovative car tech, Jaguar Land Rover leads the pack. We have seen how the group’s research on transparent pillar and transparent hood, and how it plans to leverage on augmented reality to overlay real-time information on the entire windscreen. Speaking of the latter, Porsche apparently has the same idea too, albeit a few years late. Continue reading Future Porsche Cars May Have HUD-style Augmented Reality Windscreen

Watch Out, Small Space Autonomous Robotic Bartender Is Almost Here

Trade by trade, humans’ jobs are slowly getting replaced by robots. We have seen it happening to jobs including stuntman, pole dancers, burger flipping, sports coaching, and bartender. Speaking bartender, there will be new robotic bartender that is even more sophisticate coming to market in 2019. Called Yanu, by Estonia-based Robolab, it will be more versatile than the current operating robot found onboard the Royal Caribbean Quantum of the Seas cruise ship. Continue reading Watch Out, Small Space Autonomous Robotic Bartender Is Almost Here

Golf Course Trials Flytrek Delivery Drone To Delivery Food To 19th Hole

It has been a long while since I hit up the fairways. Apparently, things have changed quite a bit. One of the changes is, golfers can actually order drinks and food as the game proceeds on the fairway. Clearly, it was not something the follow up team of golfers would not be amused. Over at King’s Walk Golf Course in North Dakota, U.S.A., special buggy has been delivering refreshments to golfers, but it is not without its caveat. During peak times, the much needed refreshment may take as long as an hour to reach golfers. Well, that was then. King’s Walk is piloting a new delivery using Israel-based Flytrex delivery drone that could slash the wait time significantly. Continue reading Golf Course Trials Flytrek Delivery Drone To Delivery Food To 19th Hole

Norsepower Turned Giant Vessels Into Sail Boats With High-Tech “Sails”

Those cylinders sticking out of the vessel you see here are sails. However, as you can see, it is not the typical sails you are familiar with. Technically, it works like a sail and therefore, you can still call it a sail, but instead of providing an area of resistance for winds to push the craft along, it harness the wind power to leverage on the phenomena called Magnus Effect. Though Magnus Effect is a phenomenal, unlike Bernoulli’s Principle, the principle behind is largely the same. Continue reading Norsepower Turned Giant Vessels Into Sail Boats With High-Tech “Sails”