This Weirdly Geometric Iceberg Is Freaking Us Out

  George Dvorsky – Image: NASA/IceBridge. Well here’s something you don’t see everyday: an iceberg so unbelievably geometric in shape you’d think it was deliberately carved with a gigantic chainsaw. Scientists have documented this sort of thing before, but this latest ‘berg, which …

The Giant Marionettes of Royal de Luxe

Alan Taylor – Based in Nantes, France, the street theater company Royal de Luxe performs around the world, primarily using gigantic, elaborate marionettes to tell stories that take place over several days and wind through entire cities. Puppeteers maneuver the huge marionettes — …

Customs beagle sniffs out pig head in luggage

By Ben Hooper – Hardy, a beagle employed by Customs inspectors at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, poses with the pig head he sniffed out in the checked luggage of a traveler arriving from Ecuador. Photo by U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Oct. 16 …

The ideal diet to combat climate change

By Lisa Drayer, CNN – Vegan soy bratwurst has become a popular choice in Germany, allowing meat-lovers to cut meat from their diets without necessarily changing them too much. Meat-free diets have come a long way, with a variety of alternative options. (CNN) …

Atmospheric water harvester takes out $1.5m XPrize

  Nick Lavars – Skysource/Skywater Alliance develops deployable machines that can harvest freshwater from the air (Credit: Skysource/Skywater Alliance). Two years ago, XPrize extended its list of pioneering technology competitions with a new contest aimed at the problem of global water security. After …

Prototype low-cost house is 3D-printed using mud

  Adam Williams – Gaia’s €900 (roughly US$1,000) budget only covers the materials and not any labor costs (Credit: WASP).   We’ve been following the work of Italian 3D-printing firm WASP (World’s Advanced Saving Project) for some time and have previously reported on its …

Boston Dynamics gives Spot the robot a job

  David Szondy – Spot is equipped with an arm/neck for making close inspections (Credit: Boston Dynamics). Not content with mastering parkour, Boston Dynamics is putting one of its advanced robots to “work” for the first time. In a YouTube video released by …

Ancient Egyptian pigment may find use on power-saving roofs

  Ben Coxworth – Egyptian blue is considered to be the world’s first synthetic pigment (Credit: Maugli/Depositphotos). Thousands of years ago, the ancient Egyptians created a blue pigment which they used in their depictions of gods and royalty. Derived from calcium copper silicate, the …

Nikon Small World winners zoom in on microscopic marvels

  Rich Haridy – Image of Distinction: Cassida rubiginosa (thistle tortoise beetle), ventral view  (Credit: Özgür Bulur). A surreal close-up of a weevil eye has taken the top prize at this year’s Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition. The magnificent annual photography competition, now in …

Chinese satellite shatters quantum teleportation distance record

  Michael Irving – The Chiense satellite Micius has helped break the quantum teleportation distance record, transmitting entangled photons across a distance of 1,200 km (746 mi) (Credit: Jian-Wei Pan). Chinese scientists have smashed the quantum entanglement distance record. Transmitting information through entangled …

Microwave/laser weapon takes out multiple drone swarms

  David Szondy – The vehicle-mounted laser combines a solid state laser with an advanced variant of the company’s Multi-Spectral Targeting System,  installed on a small, all-terrain Polaris militarized vehicle (Credit: Raytheon). An energy weapon system built by Raytheon has clocked up an impressive score …

Japan lands bouncing robots on asteroid Ryugu

  David Szondy – Artist’s concept of the two MINERVA-II1 rovers (Credit: JAXA). Japan has scored a space race double first by becoming the first nation to land not one, but two rovers on an asteroid. The Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has …

This Weirdly Geometric Iceberg Is Freaking Us Out

  George Dvorsky – Image: NASA/IceBridge. Well here’s something you don’t see everyday: an iceberg so unbelievably geometric in shape you’d think it was deliberately carved with a gigantic chainsaw. Scientists have documented this sort of thing before, but this latest ‘berg, which …

The Giant Marionettes of Royal de Luxe

Alan Taylor – Based in Nantes, France, the street theater company Royal de Luxe performs around the world, primarily using gigantic, elaborate marionettes to tell stories that take place over several days and wind through entire cities. Puppeteers maneuver the huge marionettes — …

Customs beagle sniffs out pig head in luggage

By Ben Hooper – Hardy, a beagle employed by Customs inspectors at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, poses with the pig head he sniffed out in the checked luggage of a traveler arriving from Ecuador. Photo by U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Oct. 16 …

The ideal diet to combat climate change

By Lisa Drayer, CNN – Vegan soy bratwurst has become a popular choice in Germany, allowing meat-lovers to cut meat from their diets without necessarily changing them too much. Meat-free diets have come a long way, with a variety of alternative options. (CNN) …

Atmospheric water harvester takes out $1.5m XPrize

  Nick Lavars – Skysource/Skywater Alliance develops deployable machines that can harvest freshwater from the air (Credit: Skysource/Skywater Alliance). Two years ago, XPrize extended its list of pioneering technology competitions with a new contest aimed at the problem of global water security. After …

Prototype low-cost house is 3D-printed using mud

  Adam Williams – Gaia’s €900 (roughly US$1,000) budget only covers the materials and not any labor costs (Credit: WASP).   We’ve been following the work of Italian 3D-printing firm WASP (World’s Advanced Saving Project) for some time and have previously reported on its …