Robot spider terrorises office floor

Posted on November 7th 2011 in Blog with Comments Off on Robot spider terrorises office floor

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  Yes, I know its only got 4 legs, but you can’t say it doesn’t look a little bit spidery. Built by scientists from the Korea Institute of Industrial Technology, this quadruped robot scans and analyses its immediate surroundings. Like a daredevil rockclimber, each surface is scrutinised for the potential to be the next foot or handhold. While one wrong move could mean certain death for a climber 1000ft up, the robot’s actions are a little less hardcore. In the video above, you can see it traversing a not-so-dangerous world full of stacks of paper. By tilting its body, and reaching…

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Silk stockings get lady spiders in the mood

Posted on November 4th 2011 in Blog with 2 comments

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  Animal behaviours can sometimes jump out at you by their similarity to the kinds of things humans do. Most recently, I came across this video of golden orb-web spiders. Dominating the picture is a large speckled black and white female, confidently waiting for her next unsuspecting meal to arrive. What might not be so obvious is the weedy orange male, running scurrilously on her back. Not exactly a very human-like behaviour, I hear you say. Well, I answer back, you don’t know what he’s doing there. What he is doing, is wrapping her body in the finest silks his…

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Invasion of the body snatchers

Posted on October 29th 2011 in Features with Comments Off on Invasion of the body snatchers

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Our bodies are the most personal thing we have. Every living thing on the planet has its own unique combination of DNA. Our DNA, interacting with the environment, creates an organism that will never be seen again in the universe. The cloned sheep Dolly was not the same as her doppelganger. Not even the most identical of identical twins are the same. In humans, our genes not only control how we look, but how we think too. Contained in our DNA is the recipe that governs the development and organisation of the neuron cells in our brain, from which comes…

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A shot of snake blood makes the heart grow

Posted on October 27th 2011 in News with Comments Off on A shot of snake blood makes the heart grow

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Wind turbine blades reach out to catch the breeze

Posted on October 25th 2011 in News with Comments Off on Wind turbine blades reach out to catch the breeze

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