Jan 27, 2015

Robot snow plow in Japan scoops up snow in its "mouth" and leaves igloo bricks behind

posted by Laura Domela

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Meet Yuki-taro, a self-guided, GPS and camera equipped robot snowplow that somehow manages to look as cute as Pokemon's Pikachu - this is Japan, after all! 

Snow? In Japan? Yes indeed, and not just on top of Mount Fuji. Some parts of northern Japan can receive a surprising amount of snow in wintertime, enough to block roads and isolate people living in mountain villages. Elderly people in particular are at risk in these areas, both from being shut-in and from trying to shovel all the snow. That's where "Yuki-taro, the friendly snowbot", comes in!
via Inventor Spot

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Jan 27, 2015

Neiman Marcus' digital mirror compares clothes side by side

posted by Larra Morris

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If you've ever wanted to see yourself in a few different outfits before deciding on your next wardrobe, Neiman Marcus now lets you view them side by side. The retailer's Memory Mirror takes video and stills of what you try on for comparison, in addition to 360-degree views so you can see all the angles and items in different colors. As you might expect, snapshots from the digital mirror can be shared, so you can ask your Facebook friends if red really is the best choice. There's also an option to share the session with a salesperson so they can recommend new items next time.
via Engadget

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Jan 27, 2015

Bioluminescent plankton illuminate the waters off Hong Kong

posted by Larra Morris

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Noctiluca scintillans, a species of bioluminescent plankton, illuminated a stretch of coastline near Hong Kong yesterday in a stunning display that was captured in long exposure photos by photographer Kin Cheung. Unfortunately, as The Atlantic reports, the glowing bloom is caused by farm pollution. The plankton is also known as “Sea Sparkle.”
via Laughing Squid

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Image: Kin Cheung/Associated Press

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Jan 27, 2015

The subterranean theme park 390ft down in a Transylvanian salt mine

posted by Larra Morris

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For hundreds of years, workers broke and hauled salt out of the Salina Turda mine in Romania. That stopped in the 20th century. Since 1992, the huge chambers left behind have been a tourist attraction, which became a full-fledged theme park in 2010. The features include a 65-foot-tall Ferris wheel, an amphitheater, bowling alleys, a miniature golf course, and a lake where you can ride a boat, all contained in the huge underground chambers.
via Neatorama

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Image: Cristian Bortes

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Jan 26, 2015

Researcher develops jazz music-playing robots that can improvise with a human musician

posted by Larra Morris

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Musician and researcher Mason Bretan plays jazz with a backup band of four robots in what at first glance appears to be a clever application of dancing robots and pre-recorded tracks, but is actually something much more remarkable. While two of the robots do indeed play prerecorded percussion, the other two are actually improvising along with Bretan’s playing. And all of them are swaying and dancing in response to the music. The largest robot, named Shimon, improvises on a marimba–a complex task that require the robot to pre-position its arms in anticipation of the next note. You can see Bretan and his robo-band in action in the six-minute improvisational piece, “What You Say.” Bretan developed the robots as part of his PhD research at the Georgia Institute of Technology.
via Laughing Squid

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Jan 26, 2015

How a game of Monopoly put 15 criminals behind bars

posted by Larra Morris

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On August 8, 1963, a Royal Mail train puffed toward London carrying £2.6 million in cash. It was the dead of night, and the old tattered bank notes were destined for a government furnace, where they’d be permanently taken out of circulation. But 15 crooks hiding in the darkness had different plans. Wielding crowbars, the thieves held up the train. The criminals worked quickly, tossing 120 sacks of dough off the train and onto a getaway truck. When the heist was complete, the men fled with their convoy to a nearby farmhouse and did what any group of bored bandits would do to celebrate the largest cash heist in history: They playedMonopoly.

Days later, the criminals had to abandon the farmhouse to evade police, who’d picked up their trail. When Scotland Yard got to the hideout, they found 20 empty mailbags, sleeping bags, and bank note wrappers—and a Monopoly board covered in fingerprints. (Apparently, they’d been playing with real money.) Those prints, along with more found on a ketchup bottle, led to some arrests the very next day. Eventually, all 15 robbers landed in the slammer, learning that “get out of jail free” cards are decidedly hard to find in the real world.
via Mental Floss

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Jan 23, 2015

Hilltop panorama marks Mars Rover's 11th anniversary

posted by Laura Domela

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A panorama from one of the highest elevations that NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity has reached in its 11 years on Mars includes the U.S. flag at the summit.

The view is from the top of "Cape Tribulation," a raised section of the rim of Endeavour Crater. The panorama spans the interior of the 14-mile-wide (22-kilometer-wide) crater and extends to the rim of another crater on the horizon.
via Mars Daily

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