Students from Stanford University's Student Robotics club have created Doggo (pictured) - a robot dog that can backflip and even dance. Its creators have also put all the plans for making the robot yourself online - if you can understand it. Doggo's smart motor senses pressure and applies the right amount of force to its legs. The students are also creating a bigger 'robo-wolf' double the size of the robo-dog.
Game of Thrones universe brought to life: Moving tectonic map of Westeros and Essos reveals the geological processes that would have shaped the fictional landscape
Researchers in Australia have built the first plate tectonic reconstruction of the Game of Thrones continents. Even in this fantasy Game of Thrones world, geological processes like tectonic plate movement, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions would have been responsible for building the mountains, carving the rivers and creating vast oceans.
The oldest fungus ever found: Billion-year-old fossilized fungi preserved in shales from Arctic Canada push the record back by over 400 million years
Microfossils of a spore excavated in the wilderness of the Canadian Arctic are thought to represent the oldest known fungus on Earth, according to scientists. In a new study published Wednesday in Nature , a team of scientists detailed how the multicellular fungus, which they named Ourasphaira giraldae, lived in an estuary environment about 900 million to 1 billion years.
ESA has been tracking the pair, known as 1999 KW4, and says it’s steadily getting brighter as it nears our planet ahead of a May 25 approach. Though it’s classified as ‘potentially hazardous,’ 1999 KW4 is expected to breeze by safely; at its closest, the object will be within 3,216,271 miles of Earth – or 13.5 times the distance to the moon. Asteroid 1999 KW4 is not one but two objects, consisting of a larger space rock measuring about 1.3 kilometers wide (.8 mile) and a small companion that orbits it.
Ford unveils driverless van that comes with its own two-legged delivery ROBOT to drop off packages on your doorstep
Self-driving delivery vehicles may be getting closer to becoming a reality, but Ford believes there's one leg of the process that could be further solved by robots. Ford's autonomous delivery robot robot is capable of lifting packages that weigh 40lbs, so it can deliver your pizza, Amazon package or groceries straight to your doorstep.
Tiny robot inspired by a bush baby can bounce THREE times higher than its own height in a single leap to navigate unstable terrain
A nimble robot inspired by bush babies can now bounce three times its own height in a single leap. Launched in 2016, engineers at the University of California, Berkeley, originally built Salto (saltatorial locomotion terrain obstacles) to jump at 1.75 metres per second. Now, it's been enhanced with a string of new features, which see it reach new heights while navigating obstacle courses and strolling through the streets.
The virtual church redefining religion for the internet age: Watch as pastor BAPTIZES a pink-haired anime girl in VR while Tigger and a talking banana look on
D.J. Soto has been running what’s said to be the first virtual reality church , where gamers from all walks of life are invited to ‘learn about God, faith, and science.’ It exists entirely in the virtual realm, offering hour-long streams every Sunday for an online congregation made up of equal parts robots and human avatars. And, it’s even a place for those looking to be cleansed of their sins. A bizarre new video shared this week by YouTuber Syrmor shows what it’s like to be baptized in VR, complete with an audience of cartoon characters and an anime girl ‘immersed in divine love.’
Jaw-dropping images reveal the 150-FOOT-TALL glacial masses floating through Canada's 'iceberg alley,' where hundreds of towering structures drift past each year
An amateur photographer captured the breadth and versatility of icebergs from his vantage in what's known as 'iceberg alley.' In a series of images from his home in Cape Bonavista, Newfoundland, photographer Mark Gray documented a processions of icebergs as the drifted by in the Labrador Sea through his personal Twitter account. About 400 to 800 icebergs make it to the coast of Newfoundland every year but in some exceptional cases more than 2,000 have been recorded during one banner season in 1984.
Three-million-year old 'Mighty Mouse' had RED fur: Extinct mouse with a ginger back and a tiny white tummy is the first fossil ever found with red pigment
A team of scientists from Manchester University have found chemical traces of red pigment in a mouse that lived millions of years ago, the first time this was detected in an ancient fossil. The extinct creature - nicknamed 'Mighty Mouse' by the research team - had brown to reddish fur on its back and sides and had a tiny white tummy.
Inside Facebook's robotics lab where machines are learning to think for themselves: Firm shows off AI that can touch, play, and interact
Facebook on Monday gave a detailed look into some of the projects being undertaken by its AI researchers at its Menlo Park, California-based headquarters, many of which are aimed at making robots smarter.Among the machines being developed are walking hexapods that resemble a spider, a robotic arm and a human-like hand complete with sensors to help it touch.
Flying jet-powered taxi that carries five passengers at 186mph performs successful take-off in Germany
A German has conducted its first successful flight of its electric five-seater air taxi. Lilium, based in Munich, lew an unmanned test flight of its vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) system in early May. The jet has 36 engines which allow it to take off vertically, and has a maximum top speed of 80mph (300 kmph) and a range of 80 miles. According to the tech firm, its flying taxi would allow users to travel from London to Manchester in less than an hour.
Pigeon slippers, dog's liver and inscribed cheese: The bizarre prescriptions two 'celebrity doctors' made in 17th century England to cure witchcraft, STDS and the plague
Simon Forman (inset, top right) and his protégé Richard Napier (inset, bottom right) paraded through Elizabethan England professing to be able to heal people of anything from witchcraft to 'bloody flux'. Consultation of the stars and a plethora of absurd treatments, including pigeon slippers, deer dung and boiled crab, were prescribed to patients. The pair left behind notes on every one of their 80,000 cases, but it was written in almost illegible writing (main) and has long remained a mystery. Researchers at the University of Cambridge have now deciphered the texts and placed some of the bizarre records online.
The medieval peasant diet that was 'much healthier' than today's average eating habits: Staples of meat, leafy vegetables and cheese are found in residue inside 500-year-old pottery
Residues of food was found inside 500-year-old pottery at the medieval town of West Cotton in Northamptonshire. Analysis revealed the normal folk dined on stews made with mutton and beef as well as leafy vegetables - with cabbage and leek a favourite. They would have dined on bread and so-called 'white meats' - a term used by peasants which included butter and various cheeses. Poor people couldn't afford finer delicacies like fish but the presence of oats and barley proves they had access to carbohydrates, likely in the form of bread.
Remains of the wife of King Canute who 'walked over hot metal to prove she did not cheat on him' have been discovered in chests at Winchester Cathedral
Remains found in 1,000-year-old chests in Winchester Cathedral (top left, top right) are thought to be those of Queen Emma (bottom), wife of two Anglo-Saxon kings, including Canute (inset, left). Her importance was such that she was the first queen whose portrait was painted by artists (inset, right) and immortalised in court records. She was betrothed to King Ethelred The Unready and upon his death, married his successor, King Canute, author of one of the country's most lasting legends. Canute is popularly known by the story that he tried to teach his advisors the limits of his power by instructing them to carry him to the beach. The King then ordered the tide to stay out. The bones will go on display as part of an exhibition of the Cathedral's history, Kings and Scribes, which will open later this month, of which Queene Emma (artist's recreation, top middle) features prominently.
Brand new Doctor Who virtual reality adventure launching on Vive, Oculus and BBC's VR app will let fans step inside the Tardis
Written by Victoria Asare-Archer and directed by Mathias Chelebourg, Doctor Who: The Runaway allow fans of the long-running science fiction show to become the Doctor's latest travelling companion by donning a VR headset.
Russian farmer unearths the remains of a 2,000-year-old nomadic 'royal' buried alongside a 'laughing' man with an egg-shaped head and a haul of jewellery, weapons and animal sacrifices
A farmer found the haul when digging on his land in the south of Russia near the Caspian Sea. It is a burial mound dating back up to 2,000 years and contains the remains of a high-ranking nomadic'royal'. The chieftain (left) was buried with his head raised as if on a pillow and wearing a cape adorned with gold plagues. Other discoveries include along the skull of a 'laughing' man with an artificially deformed egg-shaped cranium (bottom right) and pieces of jewellery (top right).
Stone Age families crawled on hand and foot through dark caves for FUN carrying wooden torches 14,000 years ago, new study suggests
A series of tracks created roughly 14,000 years ago has revealed stunning new insight into the ways ancient humans explored dark, potentially treacherous cave systems during the Stone Age. Researchers say at least 180 hand and footprints line the clay-rich floor of Italy’s cave of Bàsura in the famous Toirano caves, indicating ancient humans crawled barelegged through low tunnels as they searched for food and even explored for fun. The group that left behind these tracks thousands of years ago included a total of five individuals, from adults to children as young as three years old, who navigated the dark pathways using wooden sticks as torches.
Lenovo unveils the 'world's first' foldable laptop with a 13-inch bendable screen that folds in half to become the size of a book
The Chinese tech giant is bringing bendy screen technology to a totally new gadget, releasing what it's calling the 'world's first foldable PC.' Users can fold it in half to read their favorite book in bed, unfold it and stand it up using the built-in kickstand to watch their favorite videos hands-free, or use it as a full-screen tablet to take notes during a meeting at the office.
Revealed: Jeff Bezos' futuristic vision of self-sustaining habitats that could house a TRILLION people in space
Building off of a concept introduced decades ago by physicist Gerard O'Neill – who Bezos himself studied under during his time at Princeton, according to Fast Company – the Blue Origin founder outlined self-sustaining habitats that could hold entire cities, agricultural areas, and even national parks in space. While such a future may still be a ways off, Bezos says it will be an ‘easy choice’ when faced with dwindling resources on Earth. The habitats, reminiscent of the film Interstellar, could be built close enough to Earth to allow people to travel back and forth, and house ‘a million people or more each.’ And, according to Bezos, they’d have the ‘ideal climate’ at all times, ‘like Maui on its best day, all year long.’
Explorer finds a plastic bag and candy wrappers at the bottom of the ocean nearly 7 MILES beneath the surface during deepest-ever submarine dive into the Mariana Trench
In a series of five separate trips into the Mariana Trench, Victor Vescovo, a private equity investor, former naval officer, and now, the record-holder for deepest manned submarine dive, joined a narrow list of explorers to visit the vast underwater chasm. While Victor Vescovo's journey recorded a number of phenomena, including three new species of marine life, he also turned unwelcome visitors: a plastic bag and a candy wrapper.
Elon Musk posts photo of rocket stacked with 60 satellites that will launch tomorrow in SpaceX bid to beam high-speed internet to the world
The SpaceX's CEO (bottom right) has tweeted a picture of a rocket packed full with 60 satellites (left) due to be launched this week as part of his Starlink project that aims to provide high-speed internet to the world, in particular, underserved regions such as parts of Africa. Many more satellite-filled launches are needed for even low coverage. The project could potentially launch 12,000 satellites into orbit
First fossil of an ammonite trapped in amber is found in northern Myanmar – and scientists say the sea creature died after getting stuck on a beach 99 million years ago
The fossil, found in northern Myanmar, is the first ever known example of an ammonite (left) to be trapped in amber. Amber normally traps and immortalises forest-dwelling creatures as it starts life as tree sap which captures them, renders them unable to escape and then hardens. The 33 mm long, 9.5 mm wide, 29 mm high chunk of amber hosts a range of different organisms from the marine world during the Cenomanian age. The researchers used X-ray micro-computed tomography (micro-CT) (right) to obtain high-resolution three-dimensional images of the organisms.
Rise of the machines: Hulking 165-pound humanoid robot delicately 'walks a tightrope' of tiny blocks in eerily similar fashion to a human walking along a treacherous path
Researchers from the Institute for Human & Machine Cognition in Florida have created a robot that uses a planning algorithm to balance its way across an uneven path of cinder blocks. The video shows the robot, called Atlas, carefully moving across a balance beam using body control, much like a human would. It was created using LIDAR, a system that uses a pulsed laser to measure the distance between objects, in order to step correctly on the narrow terrain.
Blue Origin is 'going to the MOON': Jeff Bezos unveils lunar lander at mysterious invite-only event in Washington D.C. and suggests his firm will hit VP Pence's 2024 deadline for putting humans back on the surface
Blue Origin is now in the running to put Americans back on the moon by 2024. During an event on Thursday, Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos started off by sharing elaborate concept images of self-sustaining habitats reminiscent of the film Interstellar, with lush greenery and futuristic homes within its walls. But, the real star of the talk turned out to be something much closer to home – the moon. On stage, Bezos took the wraps off a massive model of what will be the firm’s first lunar lander, dubbed Blue Moon.