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SWITL scoops oozy goop with amazing robotic precision (video) Look, sometimes, not often, but sometimes we'll miss a truly spectacular and mind bending story that requires a double-back. The SWITL robotic hand is just such a case. The patent-pending technology looks to have been revealed on video back in late October showing the Furukawa Kikou robot deftly lifting a ketchup and mayonnaise mess from a table and then replacing it unchanged from its original shape. The tech was developed for bakeries with the intention of automating the handling of soft substances that were either too malleable or too icky for human hands. Unfortunately, Furukawa Kikou isn't providing any details about the science behind SWITL so we'll just assume that it's Satan's work until otherwise informed. See what we mean in the video after the break.

Make Your Own Spectrometer Note: This experiment involves sharp objects and should only be performed by children if under supervision. As long as care is taken, this is a fun experiment with effective results. It can be done without the razor blades, but the results are not as good. Spectrometers are used, like prisms, to spread light out into the component colours. This enables us to understand the compositions of everything from stars to streetlights. Photo: The Bounty of Species in a Single Scoop of Seafloor Mud A mere handful of seafloor mud may contain as many species as are found in a square meter of tropical rainforest. The fantastic assemblage seen above was gathered from a single scoop of mud, about 2 inches deep and 5 inches across. “It’s easy, when you get away from the coast, to think of the oceans as a homogeneous blue.

Welcome 2012! New Year's Around the World - Alan Taylor - In Focus As midnight marched across the world's time zones last night, people welcomed the start of a new year, ushering out the old and toasting the new. From Beijing to Moscow, Beirut to Paris, and London to New York, parties, fireworks and festivals welcomed 2012, the Year of the Dragon in the Chinese Lunar Calendar. Gathered here are images from these celebrations last night, and the many people who took part. Happy New Year everyone, may it be a fantastic year for you and yours. [39 photos] Use j/k keys or ←/→ to navigate Choose: Japanese Museum Unveils A Giant Globe Made of 10,000 Live-Updating OLED Panels Geo-Cosmos If you want to see what Earth looks like from space, become an astronaut (or, barring that, a space tourist). For the next best view, pay a visit to Tokyo’s National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation where a massive, nearly 20-foot spherical OLED orb--the world’s first large scale spherical OLED --offers a satellite’s-eye view of the planet in super high resolution.

This Awesome Urn Will Turn You into a Tree After You Die You don't find many designers working in the funeral business thinking about more creative ways for you to leave this world (and maybe they should be). However, the product designer Gerard Moline has combined the romantic notion of life after death with an eco solution to the dirty business of the actual, you know, transition. His Bios Urn is a biodegradable urn made from coconut shell, compacted peat and cellulose and inside it contains the seed of a tree. Once your remains have been placed into the urn, it can be planted and then the seed germinates and begins to grow. You even have the choice to pick the type of plant you would like to become, depending on what kind of planting space you prefer. I, personally, would much rather leave behind a tree than a tombstone.

10 Best Foods and Drinks for Exercising You know exercise is key if you want to stay fit. But did you know that what you eat and drink can help you reach your fitness goals faster? By feeding your body the right nutrients you can ensure it’s getting the raw materials it needs to help you power through your workout and build and repair muscle afterward.

Anamorphic Graffiti French collective Paper Donut has painted a series of walls with three-dimensional shapes. (Above) The image is part of an ad campaign for fashion store Sqwear, and the other two visuals are personal projects. See also: “Are you ready for a paper breakfast?” Photos © Paper Donut Link via Unurth "Hella" Gets Huge How a Facebook campaign might formalize the biggest slang word yet. Words for measurements and numbers often move from science to slang, as you know if you’ve ever waited light years for anything, or used clichés such as “don’t give them an inch.” Real numbers like millions and billions are fodder for zillions and kajillions, and insults such as "nano-minded" and "nano-souled" show that a certain metric prefix gets used for all sorts of imprecise, small things besides iPods. The English language is a world champ at slangifying the specific (while disappointing math teachers everywhere). Now a slang term is trying to make the reverse journey, thanks to almost 60,000 Facebook fans who want to make “hella” the official word for 10 to the 27th power, or 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000, in SI (the French Système International d'Unités).

Book Of Art January 18th, 2011 Books of Art by Isaac Salazar, a simple idea well executed. found at ffffound New camera promises to capture your whole life - tech - 16 October 2009 A camera you can wear as a pendant to record every moment of your life will soon be launched by a UK-based firm. Originally invented to help jog the memories of people with Alzheimer's disease, it might one day be used by consumers to create "lifelogs" that archive their entire lives. Worn on a cord around the neck, the camera takes pictures automatically as often as once every 30 seconds.

Most Amazing Miniature Food Artworks by Shay Aaron Shay Aaron is a brilliant artist from Israel who makes the most astonishing miniature food jewelry. These foodstuffs look so beautiful that we would desire to eat them. Actually, there’s a whole market out there for miniature food. Not actual stuff you can eat, but beautifully hand made designs of steaks, burgers, pies, vegetables, eggs and pretty much food artworks you can think of. Comments Vicon Revue Introducing the next generation Revue. Revue 3MP has four times more storage and a 3 megapixel sensor. For detailed product information including new features, example images and a downloadable brochure click here . Revue is a digital camera designed to take photos without intervention whilst being worn by the user. Based on Microsoft SenseCam technology, Revue is a research tool aimed at researchers as an aid for people with memory loss.

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