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Doppelganger Series + Face Search Engines

I’ve long been interested in doppelgangers. Using modern face search engines, you may be able to find one or more of yours. It makes sense that some people would look alike, with so many of us on the planet. There is also the interesting fact that everyone alive today is a genetic cousin of everyone … Continue reading

Soft Robots with Brains of Rubber

The award for the strangest news today goes to … robots with no solid parts. Soft robots are cheaper, lighter, simpler to make, and safer for humans to bump into. We are not talking about padding around a solid frame, but robots made entirely of soft flexible squishy parts. This is possible very soon because … Continue reading

The World Record In Human-Powered Flight Still Stands from 1988

Few things seem less likely than extended human-powered flight, but it has been done. The Icarus Cup is an ongoing competition for human powered flight. Below is a video of Zak Moore’s 1km flight in the 2018 Icarus Cup. If you think that’s cool, consider this: The world distance record for human powered flight has … Continue reading

Jupiter: Once an earth-sized ice asteroid farther from Sun

It is strange and fascinating how much we can learn about the history of our solar system from computer simulations. Researchers at Lund University recently determined, for example, that the largest planet in our solar system, Jupiter, was, 4.5 billion years ago, an earth-sized icy asteroid four times further out in the solar system than it … Continue reading

Video: Volkswagen Levitating Car, Fun Sci Fi

Is there a Volkswagen levitating car like this? No. The hovering is computer generated fakery, but it is still fun to watch. The “People’s Car” project allowed Internet users in China to post ideas about cars of the future. From the 119,000 ideas received. three vehicle and technology concepts were produced and are now on … Continue reading

Null Ship: a Vacuum Airship Lifts With No Hydrogen or Helium

It is strange but true that “nothing” floats. That is, a vacuum is lighter than air. If you had a material strong enough, you could create a closed shape with it and pump all of the air out of it, creating a lifting body for transportation that would be even lighter than gas filled blimps. … Continue reading

3D Printer Could Build A House In A Day

Here’s an older article that is still interesting. Have we started 3D printing houses yet in 2019? It looks like they are still at the phase of seeking investors, but I like this idea. Imagine being able to lease a 3D printer to build your entire house. The technology, called Contour Crafting, is already here … Continue reading

Videos: Robot Jellyfish: Underwater and Flying

Today’s strange topic is robotic jellyfish. The idea has been around for a while and there are now several different working models. I got interested in them back in 2013 with this article: Swimming with the Robotic Jellyfish Virginia Tech College of Engineering researchers have unveiled a life-like, autonomous robotic jellyfish the size and weight … Continue reading

DNA transistors pave way for living computers

Have you ever thought about computers made from living cells? Before the Internet (that’s how old I am) I had an idea about self-healing molecular memory. DNA does some of the things needed for this naturally. This is an older article, but still strange and intersting. Two groups of researchers have independently built the first … Continue reading

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