Category Archives: SCIENCE

This Car-size Armadillo Walked The Earth 5.3 Billion Years Ago

Almost every animals today have ancestors from the dinosaur-age. As it turns out, armadillo is no exception. It lived some 5.3 billion to 11,700 years ago and it was called Glyptodon and like one may have expected, this armored beast was no raccoon size. Apparently, it was car-sized, stretching to around 10 feet long and tipping the scales at 1 ton. And that, btw, was from the specimens that were dug up; God knows how long it was capable growing up to. Continue reading This Car-size Armadillo Walked The Earth 5.3 Billion Years Ago

J-Deite Unveiled Full-size, Drivable And Walkable Transformers Robot

Almost 4 years ago, we were thrilled by J-Deite when it unveiled a scale car that was able to transform into a robot and vice versa. What made J-Deite Quarter, as it was called, unique was, it is actually mobile like a real car and it was able to walk as a biped machine when in robot form. The goal was to create a full-size model by 2020. Fast forward to today, it looks like the folks behind it, Brave Robotics and Asratec, are on track to realizing this dream. Continue reading J-Deite Unveiled Full-size, Drivable And Walkable Transformers Robot

Image: BMW M8 GTE To Turn Night Into Day At Le Mans

BMW has collaborated with Osram to develop a new cutting-edge LED technology for the BMW M8 GT8’s headlights that is not only high range, but also capable of illuminating the entire with of the track. This innovative light technology will make its debut at the 24 Hours of Le Mans where the new BMW M8 GTE will be competing in the FIA World Endurance Championship series and it is the first time the light system has been specifically developed for motorsport. Continue reading Image: BMW M8 GTE To Turn Night Into Day At Le Mans

Cockroach Milk Is A Superfood? Nah, Think I Will Give It A Pass

How far would you go for superfood? Pay lots of money for it? Well, if you are an enthusiast with good disposal income, that’s not out of question, but the question is really not quite about money. The real question here should be: would you consume anything that is so-called superfood? Like really anything? When I said “anything,” I mean to include cockroach milk. Continue reading Cockroach Milk Is A Superfood? Nah, Think I Will Give It A Pass

You Can Soon Experience What Beer Tastes Like Two Hundred Years Ago

While beer is result of a complex fermentation process, it does not get better with age like spirits and whiskey. So, it is safe to say that consuming beers that have been kept for centuries is potentially deadly, but that won’t be the risk you will be taking with The Wreck Preservation Ale. The product name may not hint of its age-old history, but The Wreck is actually 220 years old beer created by people of today and the “today’s people” is Australian brewery James Squire. Continue reading You Can Soon Experience What Beer Tastes Like Two Hundred Years Ago

Bosch Wants To Use Airbag Tech To Prevent Motorcycle From Slipping

Being on two wheels, motorcycles face far greater risks. One of these risks is sliding. Sliding happens when wheels begin to slip sideways on slippy or loose surfaces such as those created by wet leaves, oil spills, or gravels. In such surface, slipping is inevitable, but not if Bosch can help it. In a research project, the German tech giant has proposed a slid mitigation system to apply additional external lateral force to counter the slip, thus potentially minimizing the risk of a fall. Continue reading Bosch Wants To Use Airbag Tech To Prevent Motorcycle From Slipping

A Young Company Is Revolutionizing Exoskeleton With Affordable And Modular Exoskeleton

They are not quite like the exoskeleton sci-fi movies and novels envisioned, and clearly, donning one won’t make Tony Stark out of you, but at least it is real. In fact, unbeknownst many, progress has been made and exoskeletons are being rapidly deployed in industrial, as well as medical industry. One such company that made this progress is SuitX. What makes SuitX exoskeleton stands out is, its modularity. Currently, consumers can choose a module that fit their needs. Continue reading A Young Company Is Revolutionizing Exoskeleton With Affordable And Modular Exoskeleton

Sensitive Artificial Skin Is Another Step Closer To Realizing A True Humanoid

Robotic development is advancing at breakneck speeds, but not fast enough for a bunch of Sonny to take over our job, yet. In the meantime, now and in near future, humans are expected to work alongside robots. Robots will be doing “stressful” and repetitive tasks while humans will continue to deal with reactive tasks. Herein lies the risk: how can we ensure that robots don’t bump into people when working side-by-side with us? Well, this is an area where artificial robot skin by Technical University of Munich’s Institute for Cognitive Systems hope to address. Continue reading Sensitive Artificial Skin Is Another Step Closer To Realizing A True Humanoid

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