MOSS Robotics Toy Review: The Easiest Way To Build Your First Robot

When reviewing a building toy it's impossible not to make comparisons with Lego. Not only are its bricks able to build everything from dinosaurs to X-wings, Lego also offers robotics sets that have been used to make some truly impressive autonomous creations. And in that latter category, it finally has some… » 7/09/14 9:00am 7/09/14 9:00am

Scientists Revive Moss That Was Encased In Ice For 1,500 Years

Cryonics enthusiasts will be pleased to hear that scientists have demonstrated the ability to revive frozen life not just after a couple years or even a couple of decades. They can bring something back to life that's been frozen for fifteen centuries. The previous record was just 20 years. » 3/17/14 3:00pm 3/17/14 3:00pm

Moss-Covered Table Uses Photosynthesis To Power an FM Radio

As an electricity source, what could be greener than plants? That's the idea behind this rig, the world's first system that powers an FM radio using nothing more than the photosynthetic powers of moss. And creators Fabienne Felder and Dr. Paolo Bombelli are just getting started. » 3/12/14 3:20pm 3/12/14 3:20pm

Hands On the MOSS Robotic Building Toy: A Kickstarter That Delivers

If the phrase 'caveat emptor' (aka buyer beware) applies to anything, it's Kickstarter and other crowdfunded products. Wonderful things are promised by optimistic designers, inventors, and marketers, but rarely are they delivered. That's not the case with Modular Robotics' new MOSS robotic building toy, however.… » 1/08/14 8:30pm 1/08/14 8:30pm

Steel Spheres Give These Magnetic Building Block Robots Even More Life

With the goal of giving kids the ability to easily design and build their own robotic creations, a group of researchers at Carnegie Mellon University came up with the idea for a series of technology-packed building blocks they called Cubelets that became complex robots when assembled. Those researchers went on to… » 11/07/13 8:00am 11/07/13 8:00am

What Our Gadgets Will Look Like a 100 Years From Now

Some objects age gracefully. Think the design of products from 1960's era Braun. Or some of Apple's stuff. But that's just the design that stays timeless, the actual object gets beat up by both Father Time, Mother Nature and Careless Human. It's going to be rare to see a mint condition iPod a hundred years from now,… » 4/20/13 1:00am 4/20/13 1:00am

Ethical Graffiti: Pressure-Washing Moss to Make Art

Most street artists add to the urban environment to make a statement. But Stefaan de Croock takes away instead: he uses a pressure washer to carve graffiti into the natural dirt and growth that cover our cityscapes, and the results are quite amazing. » 4/27/12 6:08am 4/27/12 6:08am