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StickBot Modular Robot Sticks
Photo credit: Eric Sucar
There are modular laptops, the Polymega game console, and then StickBot. Developed by UPenn Ph.D. candidate Devin Carroll, this modular robot is made from actual sticks, circuitry, actuators, a microcontroller, and a motor driver. The robot is controlled by a smartphone app that Carroll designed, which allows it to pivot from sticks as legs in ‘crawler mode’ to using them as arms.

1989 Mazda RX-7 Ferrari F40 Knockoff Replica
Typically, auto enthusiasts prefer using Pontiac Fieros for their replica builds, but this one from Japan decided to transform a 1989 Mazda RX-7 into a strange Ferrari F40 knockoff. Power comes from a turbocharged 13B-T twin-rotor engine making 182 hp and 181 lb-ft of torque, mated to a 5-speed manual transmission, which enables it to hit 60 mph in 6.5-seconds. In other words, this knockoff won’t be fooling anyone on the road, even if they don’t know much about cars.

Elvis Worms Peinaleopolynoe Elvisi
Photo credit: Greg Rouse and Avery Hiley
Researchers from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego have discovered new ‘Elvis worms’, named for their scales that sparkle at 13,000-feet underwater on the deep-sea floor. They typically feed on on chemical-harnessing bacteria that grow on all these habitats using their jaws, which is used to graze bacteria.