Just when I thought the Japanese had really cornered the market on all things strange and fetish, I come across this insane video. From a robot that makes omelettes from scratch to watermelons that are grown in square shape for ease of packing and decoration (they’re not even edible)… here are 10 bizarre Japanese inventions!
It is literally nature’s most disgusting creature and there are few people – men and women alike – who are unbothered by it coming within close proximity: the cockroach. And yet, the cockroach is an extraordinarily successful creature on planet Earth and one that will easily survive any apocalypse: mad-made or natural.
And so, in this fascinating TED Talk video, Dr. Robert Full (Director of the Poly-PEDAL Laboratory at Berkeley University) shows us just how amazing these creepy crawlers are in their ability to move through, up, around and over any obstacle or terrain. He and his team have applied the various laws of mechanics and modes of stabilisation they learned from the cockroach to the fabrication of robots, which are cute in a weird and creepy way.
Video Source: TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) at YouTube channel http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ekUh9AW1hKg
Why is this research prudent? Because getting into tiny spaces, travelling over very rough terrain, pulling off gymnastic maneuvers in air and getting around impossible obstacles could be extremely useful in delivering aid to people trapped in disaster situations, such as earthquakes, tornado or hurricane swept areas. Robots such as these could also be the future of unmanned planetary exploration.
Prestige aside, watching cockroaches move around in slow motion is super interesting!
From a special trauma foam that can stop bleeds in seconds to a concrete that drinks more water than you do beer on a Friday night… here is a collection of some of 2015’s most amazing discoveries!
Video Source: Uploaded by Mark James to YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GfBCLf1jNHw
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Adam Savage is one half of the insane genius behind the hit TV show Mythbusters and in this illuminating short TED Talk, he explains to us how some of history’s most profound discoveries have come from really simple, yet insightful methods: Eratosthenes’ calculation of the Earth’s circumference (200 BC) and Fizeau’s measurement of the speed of light (1849).
It’s a lesson in how you don’t have to have a PHD behind your name to conceive mighty concepts.
Amazing Science Video Source: “How simple ideas lead to scientific discoveries” – TED Talks. Uploaded by TED-Ed on YouTube channel https://youtu.be/F8UFGu2M2gM
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