In the first half of the program, George Knapp welcomed author Bill Friedman, who recounted inside stories about the organized crime origins of the Las Vegas Strip. In the latter half, investigative journalist Toby Rogers (book link) shared the untold story of mafia legend Silvio Eboli, a Genovese mob scion who developed an ongoing organized crime operation which involves the sale of marijuana throughout the New York metropolitan area.
A group of engineers at Harvard University have built a robot that can assemble itself into a working machine and walk away without human intervention. Inspired by the art of Japanese origami, the contraption uses panels of memory plastic that contract like muscles when heated. "Getting a robot to assemble itself autonomously and actually perform a function has been a milestone we've been chasing for many years," said project lead Robert Wood. The team thinks the origami robot could one day be used on the battlefield. Check out the video here.