This Fleet-Footed New Robot Walks Exactly Like You Do

One of the biggest challenges that engineers have faced in their quest to build a humanoid robot is one of the simplest tasks for humans: walking. More specifically, they've had a hard time engineering a robot to take strides and roll each foot heel-to-toe, like we do. Until now, that is. » 10/24/13 11:20am 10/24/13 11:20am

This Clever Egg Washer Could Save 90 Million Chickens a Year

Regardless of which came first, chickens and their eggs are big business. In the US alone, we raise nine billion fowl—more than the total number of humans on Earth—every single year. Problem is, eggs have a natural failure rate (due to bacterial infections and such) of one percent—90 million birds annually—and our… » 7/09/13 11:30am 7/09/13 11:30am

Humble Radish Survives 30 Minutes In the Vacuum of Space

Radish Log, 2011.15: Took those bastards 30 minutes in a vacuum to finally wilt me. Thirty minutes in hell, or 29 minutes longer than that human sap back in '65. I'm king of the world and I'm just a radish. » 1/16/11 8:00pm 1/16/11 8:00pm

Sound Wave Harvesting Justifies Your Annoyingly Loud Phone Voice

The surge of systems devised to re-capture bodily output continues, this time with a nano-piezo technology that could use sound waves to charge cellphones. But how long must you talk before you can... talk? » 12/03/08 10:30pm 12/03/08 10:30pm

Guitar Hero Robot Shows Just How Much Its Creators Love Achievements

These Electrical Engineering students at Texas A&M love Guitar Hero so much that they made a "robot," which is actually just some levers and switches and a circuit board set up on top of a Guitar Hero guitar, and a system that analyzes the video signal to determine when and where to hit the notes. The end result is… » 4/23/08 3:00pm 4/23/08 3:00pm