Archive for the ‘Sci/Tech’ Category

Smart Crow Solves 8-Stage Puzzle (Video)

Smart Crow Solves 8-Stage Puzzle (Video)

Dr. Alex Taylor has set up an 8-step puzzle to try and confuse ’007′, one of the smartest crows he’s been studying in captivity. The bird solved the complex puzzle pretty quickly, even though he never saw the objects arranged together before. Watch the amazing experiment in this clip from the BBC’s ‘Inside the Animal Mind’:

DIY Excavator with Syringe Hydraulics (Video)

DIY Excavator with Syringe Hydraulics (Video)

YouTuber and future engineer Wesley Sousa has built an excavator arm by using plastic syringes instead of hydraulic cylinders.

Interactive Morphing Table Surface Copies 3D Objects in Real Time (Video)

Interactive Morphing Table Surface Copies 3D Objects in Real Time (Video)

An amazing ‘morphing table surface’ that can replicate a virtual, 3D version of near-by objects in real time was developed by professor Hiroshi Ishii and his students at the MIT Media Lab.

Automated Japanese Restaurant without Waiters (Video)

Automated Japanese Restaurant without Waiters (Video)

BBC’s Spencer Kelly shows us an automated sushi restaurant in Tokyo, Japan, where food is delivered by conveyor belts instead of by waiters.

Boston Dynamics’ Galloping WildCat Robot (Video)

Boston Dynamics’ Galloping WildCat Robot (Video)

Boston Dynamics introduces WildCat, a four-legged robot capable of galloping at 16mph on flat terrain. WildCat is not as fast as its running cousin, Boston Dynamics ‘Cheetah’ robot, but at least it’s off the leash.

Water Droplets in Leidenfrost Maze (Video)

Water Droplets in Leidenfrost Maze (Video)

University of Bath students use the Leidenfrost effect to direct water droplets through a maze.

Chemistry Experiment Releases the Kraken (Video)

Chemistry Experiment Releases the Kraken (Video)

This is not your ordinary experiment. A chemical reaction between NH4Cr2O7 and HgSCN opens the gates of hell and releases the Kraken! Filmed at Cracow University of Technology.

Robot Lands Quadruple Backflip (Video)

Robot Lands Quadruple Backflip (Video)

A gymnast robot performs a perfect quadruple backflip from a horizontal bar.

Washing Machine Plays National Anthems (Video)

Washing Machine Plays National Anthems (Video)

Fisher & Paykel washing machine can play three different national anthems (U.S., New Zealand and Australian) if you press the right sequence of buttons.

Huggies Pregnancy Belt Lets Fathers-to-be Feel Their Babies Kick (Video)

Huggies Pregnancy Belt Lets Fathers-to-be Feel Their Babies Kick (Video)

Expecting dads can now feel their unborn babies kick with Huggies pregnancy belt. Huggies inventors worked with the ad agency Ogilvy & Mather Argentina to create a belt that replicates baby’s movements from mom’s belly to dad’s belly – in real time. Unfortunately, for fathers-to-be, the belts are not likely to be put into production and sold to the public.