An auto enthusiast who goes by ‘Cyber Hooligan’ on YouTube wanted to create a Tesla Cybertruck-inspired vehicle capable of going off-road and decided to do so using a Toyota Prius C. To achieve this, the latter had to have its frame shortened and controls arms modified to place the wheels closer to the front of the vehicle.
Thiomargarita magnifica bacteria was discovered in a Caribbean mangrove swamp in the waters off off Guadeloupe, and unlike other bacterium, this was larger than all other known by 50-times. In other words, you don’t even need a microscope to view this bacteria.
File this under: things you might want, but probably don’t need. Inventor Vije Miller wanted to see if it was possible to build a real-life Tacobot, so he set out on building one. What he ended up with was an Arduino-powered taco robot that actually works, complete with voice control.
Michael Pick has wanted to build the world’s largest Xbox Series X console ever since he saw the Xbox Series X fridge two-years ago. So, he did just that and set a Guinness World Record to boot. The process involved fabricating a wood frame, 3D printing parts and then painting nearly everything black.
Photo credit: Ribeiro et al., (2017)
This tiny frog (brachycephalus brunneus), a pumpkin toadlet, just isn’t built for jumping. Why? They are so small that maintaining balance becomes a issue during quick maneuvers, like jumping. They’re capable of hopping when gently prodded, but as you’re about to see, lose control of their trajectory mid-leap.
It’s not everyday that you see a thermal blanket randomly out in the wild, but that’s exactly what NASA’s Perseverance rover came across on Mars. Researchers believe that it may have come from its descent stage, or the rocket-powered jet pack that helped it land on the Red Planet back in 2021.
NASA’s Curiosity rover has been chugging along for nearly a decade now, and its latest photographs most certainly do not disappoint. The Mars doorway it captured a while ago started all the social media buzz, but these spike-like rock formations are just as bizarre. SETI Institute researchers claims that they are basically cemented fillings of ancient fractures in a sedimentary rock.
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Researcher and Computer Science PhD student Giannis Daras has uncovered a secret language that DALL·E 2, a cutting edge text-to-image artificial intelligence generator, has created. It’s believed that DALL·E 2 makes up its own words to make sense of the images it generates. Daras then fed these words back to the system and apparently, the AI understood exactly what it was reading.
Photo credit: Suren Manvelyan
The Expanding Hole optical illusion has been causing a stir online today, and for good reason. Many – up to 86% of the people surveyed – will perceive the central black hole to be expanding, as if you’re moving into a dark environment, or falling into a hole. Put simply, it consists of a circular smear or shadow gradient of the central black hole evoking a marked impression of optic flow, as if you are heading forward into a hole or tunnel.
Photo credit: Paolo Bombelli
Researchers from the University of Cambridge have created an algae-powered computer that has been running continuously for 6-months. It’s comparable to an AA battery and contains a type of non-toxic algae called Synechocystis that naturally harvests energy from the sun through photosynthesis. The algae generates a tiny electrical current that then interacts with an aluminum electrode to power a microprocessor.