Don’t Trust Dictionaries and Maps
The definition of the word “mountweazel” is the following: “any invented word or name inserted in a reference work by a publisher for the purpose of detecting plagiarism”. In her funny and informative podcast on linguistic facts, English writer Helen Zaltzman from The Allusionist, explores the existence of fake entries in dictionaries and encyclopedias.
Meet Yangyang, Actroid From China
Dressed in a full-length read coat, the humanoid robot Yangyang can function autonomously, talking and gesturing while interacting with people. Thanks to a number of tiny motors beneath her rubbery skin, she can display a wide range of facial expressions, move the head and raise the hands as a sign of greeting.
Drone Operated by Honeybee Brain
The Green Brain Project aims to create drones that will think, act and sense like a bee. In order to do this, the team of researchers from the University of Sheffield and University of Sussex in England is now working on recreating the brain structure of the European honeybee Apis mellifera.
The Future of Artificial Reproduction
The technology behind artificial reproduction is at a level that was unimaginable decades ago, we can now use artificial insemination or in vitro fertilization to create babies without having actual sex. In the future, according to researcher Dr Paul Turek and his team, we could go a step further and use artificial testicles to produce sperm cells.
Lab-Grown Horn to Help Prevent Poaching
Rhinos are an unfortunate species because of the high demand for their horns. South African Department of Environmental Affairs reports that, just in 2014, there have been 1215 cases of rhinos poached for their horns, unfortunately the high number record of the new millennium so far. Pembient, a West Coast startup, might have a solution to help end poaching with its lab-grown rhino horn project.