We've seen plenty of stories that measure how big, fast, and effective our transit systems are in the U.S. But for many people, none of that matters unless transit can do one thing: Get them to work. That's why this study by the University of Minnesota is so valuable—it shows which transit systems provide the best…
Wait, I thought evolution was an interminably slow process requiring millions of years to make any noticeable difference? Apparently not if you're yeast. A research team has just announce that it's figured out how to evolve a single-celled organism into a multicellular animal just like a freakin' Pokemon.
This little bot is the Aquapod from the University of Minnesota's Center for Distributed Robotics. Aquapod's designed to tumble on land and at the bottoms of bodies of water like some species of flailing cybernetic horseshoe crab.
If you cast your minds back to the appearance of the Sony Rolly, you'll remember it flapped its wings, but like a little chick, it couldn't take flight. Someone, somewhere, taught one of the rolling robot's cousins how to fly.
Apple's headphones have already passed the test, but what about other sources of loud music? Should we really be worried about going deaf? New research published in the Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing suggests the whole topic is overblown.