Robot Scientist Amniote

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Ever wonder how the earliest land animals moved? If so, you’ll be glad to know that scientists, led by evolutionary biologist John Nyakatura at Humboldt University in Berlin, have used a 290-million-year old fossil skeleton to create a moving robot model of prehistoric life. This four-legged plant-eater lived before the dinosaurs and believed to be called a “stem amniote”, or an early land-dwelling animal that later evolved into modern mammals. It fascinates scientists “because of its position on the tree of life,” said Nyakatura. The team partnered with robotics expert Kamilo Melo at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne to develop a model of how the creature moved before building OroBOT. This robot is made of motors connected by 3D-printed plastic and steel parts and “helps us to test real-world dynamics, to account for gravity and friction,” said Melo. Read more for a compilation of interesting images gathered from around the web.

15. Jurassic

I bet the oxygen is as Crisp as shit here in Koolau Mountains, Hawaii.


14. Work of Art

Amazing epoxy resin wood table


13. Cyclonic

Cyclones encircling Jupiter's North Pole


12. Exquisite Collection

Every NES and SNES game from 1985-2000


11. Icy

What more could you ask for wonderful Lake Dobbiaco in Italy


10. Classic Batmobile

1925 Rolls Royce Phantom 1


9. Aurora

Levi, Finland


8. Legendary

The fabulous vintage vehicle in the movie, The league of Extraordinary Gentlemen.


7. Best Friends

Samus and Pikachu


6. Muscle

1968 Ford Mustang


5. Award Winning

Breathtaking Photos of Earth and Space Taken in 2018


4. These May Baffle You

Modern Mysteries


3. “Deep Blue” – The Largest Great White

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2. Microscopic

My microscope setup and some interesting microscopic creatures


1. In Alternate Universes

Darth Vader re-imagined