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New Hubble Images

The Hubble Telescope, now running with its new upgrades, is back taking stunning pictures. 8 new photos were unveiled today, including this image of the 'Butterfly Nebula.'

Dutch 'Moon Rock' Fake

An investigation by the Dutch national museum has revealed that one of its prized possessions, a rock supposedly brought back from the moon, is nothing more than a lump of petrified wood...

Calculating Your Demise

It's the age old moral quandary: if you could know how and when you will die, would you really want to know? Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University are giving you the opportunity to find out for yourself...

Robot Chefs in China

A new restaurant in Nanning, China offers dishes created by two robot chefs. The restaurant, appropriately named "I Robot," has hundreds of recipes stored in computers that control the robots' movements...

Knapp's News Links 8/16

A number of articles have caught George Knapp's attention in the last week or so, including stories about the Large Hadron Collider, a 'visual time machine,' and a giant meat-eating plant...

Animated Mona Lisa Talks, Waves

Thanks to cutting edge technology Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa is now able to speak and interact with visitors at Beijing's Planning Exhibition Hall. The multimedia exhibition also gives voice to the Last Supper and other masterpieces. In related news, a mechanical lion invented by da Vinci to entertain the King of France has been brought back to life. Video reports at BBC News.

Video: Touchable Hologram

Researchers from the University of Tokyo have created a holographic image that can be "felt" with bare hands. The new technology utilizes Nintendo Wii hardware and ultrasonic waves to create the sensation of touch. In one demonstration, holographic rain drops can be seen hitting and bouncing off of an open palm. More info and video available at PhysOrg.com.

New Jetpack

A New Zealand company, Martin Aircraft, has unveiled a jetpack that can transport a passenger at a speed of 62mph for around 31 miles...

Trash Can 2.0

Meet the DustCart: a robotics project in Italy that hopes to create an on-demand garbage collection service...

Longest Eclipse

The 21st century's longest eclipse brought near darkness to a path that swept across India, China, and the South Pacific during daylight hours. Many stayed indoors, fearful of the event, while others gathered and cheered...

New Jupiter Impact

New NASA photos suggest that a large impact has occurred on Jupiter, with a possible comet-sized object hitting its south polar region. The new dark "scar" on the planet was spotted on July 20th...

George Knapp's News Links

A number of articles have caught George Knapp's attention in the last week or so, including stories about the mysterious Arctic blob, a unique crop circle in Wiltshire, and a new technology...

Moth Jams Bat Sonar

A species of tiger moth can evade hungry bats by making extra-loud clicks that jam the bats' ability to echolocate. In a study published in Science, researchers found that as long as moths could emit clicks, the bats could not catch them. However, when the scientists pierced a small hole in the moths' vibrating tymbals, the muffled moths were promptly eaten. More info and video at Wired.com.

LRO Sees Apollo Sites

NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) has captured images from five of the six Apollo sites, the space agency reported Friday. The photos show the Apollo missions' lunar module descent stages sitting on the moon's surface, with distinct shadows making the modules' locations evident. LRO should see the Apollo 12 site, the only one not yet photographed, in the coming weeks. More at NASA.

Cybug: Half-Insect, Half-Robot

The US military is experimenting with creating half-robot, half-insect "cybugs," that could function as spies and fly undetected into enemy locations. They will attempt to surgically implant microchips into insects...

Ancient Supernova

Astronomers have found the most ancient and distant supernova-- a star that detonated just 3 billion years after the Big Bang. The new technique they used to find it may reveal many other ancient supernovae...

Robo-Hummingbird Takes Flight

DARPA-contractor AeroVironment has developed a tiny drone that mimics the wing movement of a hummingbird, allowing it fly about and hover just like the actual bird...

Night Vision Video Clips

Dean Warsing has posted a set of video clips showing various aerial phenomena captured through Night Vision. In a number of the clips, they point a laser at objects in the sky...

Supersonic Flyby

A recent photo shows an Air Force F-22 Raptor as it executes a supersonic flyby over the deck of an aircraft carrier in the Gulf of Alaska. The breaking of the sound barrier is sometimes accompanied by a visual phenomenon referred to as a "vapor cone"...

John Alexander's Letter About Taser

Last week's guest with George Knapp, John Alexander, an expert in non-lethal weapons, claimed that no one has ever been killed by a Taser. George received a number of emails to the contrary. In this letter, Alexander responds...

'Emotional' Robot

A new humanoid robot that can express emotions was unveiled in Tokyo on Tuesday. Named KOBIAN, it's able to express a variety of emotions through "actuators" that allow its face and body to move in different ways...

Satellite's Final Descent

Video footage of Japan's Selene satellite shows its final descent just before it crashes on the surface on the moon. The 3-D movie reveals fine details...

Secrets & The Sun

A territorial imbroglio has erupted over plans to build a massive solar power plant near Nevada's Nellis Air Force Base.

Auroras From Space

The ghostly green beauty of the Northern and Southern Lights, normally seen from Earth's polar regions, has been captured from space by astronauts during shuttle missions and aboard ISS...

Ancient Martian Lake

A research team at the University of Colorado has discovered evidence for an ancient lake on Mars...

Rendering: Power Pod

Charles Shults writes: "Here is a rendering of our upcoming power pod which can produce electrical power anywhere in the world and in space...

Planet Detected in Andromeda Galaxy

Astronomers may have discovered the first planet in another galaxy. Through a technique called microlensing, they detected a world about six times the size of Jupiter...

If Roombas Could Think...

SignalTheorist.com captured this beautiful long-exposure shot of a Roomba robotic vacuum as it ran through its cleaning cycle. What appears to be a seemingly random and inefficient pattern actually ends up thoroughly covering the entire floor area.

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