Just What We Need—Drones with Grappling Claws

Fan-freakin'-tastic. It wasn't enough that drones are already watching our every move and capable of raining down missile-locked death strikes. No, we had to give them the ability to swoop and snag items like a goddamn Golden Eagle taking a baby. Everybody duck. » 3/14/13 3:20pm 3/14/13 3:20pm

This Automated Poop Scooper Picks Up Your Pet's Piles

I dislike picking up my dog's droppings almost as much as stepping in them. However, a fleet of these automated scoopers could one day safeguard my shoe soles without reducing me to picking up poop. » 10/17/11 8:40pm 10/17/11 8:40pm

Leukemia Patients Treated by Gene Therapy. Let's Hope the Cure Doesn't…

On Wednesday scientists announced an exciting new potential cure for leukemia using gene therapy. Yay. Let's hope the test subjects don't get sick and die. Because that's what happened last time. » 8/12/11 12:32pm 8/12/11 12:32pm

Computer Predicts Prisoners' Chances of Murdering Again

A university professor has invented a computer program with crystal ball powers, only its channel is tuned purely to predicting the probability of murders—specifically, if inmates at a Pennsylvanian prison will ever kill again. » 8/09/10 1:40pm 8/09/10 1:40pm

Scientists Build Nanowire Memory That Uses Trits, Not Bits

Scientists at University of Pennsylvania have been tinkering with germanium-tellurium nanowires and have figured out how to make them store data in three states. Yup, that's 0,1 and 2... binary seems passé now doesn't it? According to the team, storing trits instead of bits "could allow for a huge increase in the… » 7/03/08 6:30am 7/03/08 6:30am

Shape-Shifting Robot Re-Assembles Itself, Will Chase Snotty Teens on…

University of Pennsylvania roboticists—who talk like robot versions of Alan Alda—have developed modular artificial creatures capable of recomposing themselves in case they are destroyed—effectively taking the first step toward global annihilation, thank you very much. Happily for Humanity, they are far from T1000,… » 4/29/08 12:50pm 4/29/08 12:50pm