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Texas Law Hawk Re-extends His Talons Of Justice

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The Texas Law Hawk is back with another inspiringly insane vision to protect your rights.1 The Law Hawk will protect you from being arrested for playing Hungry Hungry Hippos as part of an elaborate gambling syndicate and drug smuggling scheme. It’s important for your firm to specialize, people. That’s advice you can take to the bank. Since we first met …

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Earth Day and the Blue Marble: An Alternative History

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One the eve of Earth Day, I had the opportunity to see the very excellent Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson speak in person. Dr. Tyson concluded his speech by talking about the “pale blue dot.” It’s a profound image; this picture of Earth from the edge of our solar system. And it reminded me of another profound image, the first image of …

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Darpa Robotics Challenge: Meet Tartan Rescue’s CHIMP

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Meet CHIMP, brainchild of team Tartan Rescue representing  Carnegie Mellon University’s National Robotics Engineering Center. Like the other ‘bots we’ve introduced you to, CHIMP is going to compete in the DARPA Robotics Challenge being held on June 5th and 6th in California. The DARPA Robotics Challenge aims to incentivise the awesome robot makers of the world to create robots that …

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Sexing A Dinosaur

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ZOMG. Get your mind out of the gutter. We would never write about dinosaur sexxxytime. We are not that kind of blog. Well, except that one time. At band camp. No. What we are talking about is exciting news in the field of paleontology: finally, scientists believe they can accurately differentiate between male and female dinosaurs.1 Oh what, you thought …

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DARPA Robotics Challenge: Team Grit’s Cog-Burn

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Team Grit’s Cog-Burn is one of the weirdest of the entries in the DARPA Robotics Challenge. Reminiscent of  (but literally nothing like) the eminently cool Super Ball ‘bot being developed by NASA’s Ames Center for work in space, Cog-Burn isn’t humanoid, animalistic, or even a tensegrity structure. What the hell is Cog-Burn?! Awesome. It is is awesome. One of the …

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Five Geektacular Peeps Dioramas

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Minnesota is the birthplace of Peeps diorama competitions. Who knew? Apparently, our local paper (the St. Paul Pioneer Press) was the first newspaper to make a big fuss about the marshmallow art form. We feel that it would just be remiss to ignore such a noble tradition. And so, in keeping with our love of all things campy and geeky, we …

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DARPA Robotics Challenge: Meet THOR-MANG

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THOR-MANG SMASH! Seriously, all on its own this robot look like an enormous, lumbering hulk. Well, it is lumbering, but it really isn’t ginormous, standing only 4′ 10″ tall. And wow! This little dude looks like it’s ready to compete in the DARPA Robotics Challenge right now! But, despite this excellent video from the qualification trials, the finals of the …

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5 Very Odd Children’s TeeVee Characters

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For some reason lost to the sands of time my teevee has been tuned to Nickelodeon the last few days. This would be less odd if there were any children in my house, but I have yet to be blessed with the desire for a sticky monster who will boss me around. And yet, somehow, there it is. Being all …

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DARPA Robotics Challenge: NimbRo’s Momaro

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The rough and tumble nature of the real world, and especially disaster zones, has been a bit too much for our robot friends. Most robots are designed to work in tightly controlled laboratory and factory settings. DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, is hoping that their upcoming challenge will kickstart the rescue segment of the robotics field. There are 25 …

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