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Robots Evolve!

Nick Cheney, a current candidate for a PhD at Cornell University, has shown off some pretty cool research in robotics recently. He applied the idea of evolution to the bots. A single bot, which was fairly generic, was able to reproduce into several generations of more effective models. By using breeding to respond to a single selective pressure. 

Genius In A Bottle: Amazing Wine Cork Mosaics

Lord Byron once said, "Let us have wine and women, mirth and laughter, sermons and soda water the day after". Conrad Engelhardt, a London-based artist, has certainly taken that advice to heart with his stunning wine-inspired mosaics made entirely out of corks. Wine and women indeed....

Chinese Activist Artist Ai Weiwei Maps The Milk Of China's Discontent

Internationally renowned Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei thinks there IS a point to crying over spilled milk. His latest work, titled “Baby Formula 2013”, maps out China's discontent over multiple milk powder scandals using 1,800 cans of powdered milk.

Will Robots Social Network When They Eclipse Man's Intelligence? [Videos]

'Singularity' for those mere mortals who are unaware is the theoretical emergence of a super-intelligence through technological means. First proposed by mathematician John von Neumann, it is the time when "ever accelerating progress of technology and changes in the mode of human life, which gives the appearance of approaching some essential singularity in the history of the race beyond which human affairs, as we know them, could not continue."

“iSpoon” Ice Cream Shovel Is One Super Duper Scooper

The limited edition, anodized aluminum, Icemania “iSpoon” from Japan's Akao Aluminum can handle the hardest, coldest ice cream around! Priced around $25 each, the super-duper scooper includes a custom carrying pouch ideal for those late night visits to Zyggie's Ice Cream Parlor.

Dreams On The Wind: The Incredible Sand Art of Kseniya Simonova

Some artists use paint, while others choose charcoal. Some paintings take years, and others take hours. Some hang on gallery walls, while others simply lie forgotten on easels. Kseniya Simonova's art is different... it's made entirely of sand, she can create some of them in mere minutes, and when they are finished, she simply blows them away to start something new. 

Thanko's USB Neck Cooler Clamps Down On Summer Heat

The bad news is, Thanko's new USB Neck Cooler makes you look like a sci-fi mecha robot's grabbed you by the throat. The good news is, you'll feel a lot less hot under the collar this summer if you're wearing one.

Drink Mixing Robots Shown Off

The folks over at Coke and Bacard have been working with researchers at the MIT Senseable City Lab to create a robot that is capabale of making you great drinks. The robot, which is currently in testing, is able to make 1000's of different types of drinks with the help of an app.

Gain Additional Clout on Klout When You Play For No Pay?

While still considered a punchline by many, for others that are happy to receive the perk of free access to American Airlines Admirals Club, Klout has been diligently trying to find ways to up its game. No longer content in just assessing one's social media score, Klout is morphing into a social network of sorts.

Up In Smoke: The Revolution of High Art

4/20, International Pot Smoking Day, has come and gone, but Chronic artist Cliff Maynard never stops celebrating the holidaze. His mind-blowing portraits made of the burnt-out roaches from thousands of joints prove that drugs don't just inspire art, sometimes they actually make it. Put that in your pipe and smoke it.

Tired of Torn Toast? Try the Butter Cheese Grater

Cold butter is practically impossible to spread, but not with the help of the butter cheese grater that helps soften things up in no time.

Lytro-style Camera Technology On Smartphones Soon

Pelican Imaging, inventor of array camera technology for mobile devices,  recently announced a $20M investment by cellphone manufacturer Nokia. A representative of Nokia Growth Partners noted, "Pelican Imaging's computational camera solutions are at the cutting edge of mobile camera technologies. We believe they're positioned to lead the next wave in video and image capture; they're a great addition to our portfolio of innovators in the imaging space." If this is any indication, we may see Lytro-style camera technology on smartphones in the very near future.

Promising Gray Hair Cure On The Horizon

In a recent report published in the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, a group of European researchers believes they’ve found a cure to the graying process.

The Neon Lovechild of Modern Art

Paint splatters and graffiti might look like accidents or vandalism to some people, but the eye-catching, genre-bending artwork of Rowena Martinich is redefining ideas of art and beauty, while answering one very important question; what would it look like if Warhol, Pollock, and Picasso got together and went wild on a wall?

Lytro Launches Light Field Photography Contest

Win up to $500 in Lytro's first International Photography Contest! Submit your pictures now for Lytro's first international light field photography contest. Use any of the Lytro camera's features, including Living Filters and Perspective Shiftas as well as Manual Controls to show your creativity. Five finalist will each win $250. One finalist will take the grand prize, doubling the cash prize to $500 and garnering an invitation to Lytro's Pro Shooter Program. Best of all, no entry fee.

UN Reports on Killer Robots

It looks like experts are starting to take the threat of killer robots seriously. A recent report, released by the U.N. Human Rights Commission has come out with some serious concerns about the use of Lethal autonomous robotics, or LARs for short. The report, which is more than 20 pages, make a series of suggestions on how to deal with the threats faced by LARs. 

Emergency Rice “Can” Be Stored Up To Five Years

Whether preparing for the apocalypse (zombie or otherwise) or merely stocking your post-Cold war bomb shelter, you'll be bowled over by soft drink can sized Emergency Rice rations from Japan. The manufacturer, CTC, designed the good-looking, no-nonsense packaging because hey – in an emergency no one has time for nonsense, amiright?

Organic, Vegetable Based Wee Can Too Finger Paints Make Creative Time Safe for Babies

Created by two moms, Wee Can Too Finger Paints use vegetable and fruit powders and other plant based ingredients to take away all the worry so that kids and parents can completely enjoy finger painting time.

Dairy Farms Get A Carbon Grade

A look at how farmers and producers in the dairy industry are getting a new tool that is designed to help them to keep tabs on their carbon footprint. The databased, which is being let out by the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy under the 2008   initiative known as the U.S. Dairy Sustainability Commitment, is designed to help producers to act more green. 

Magisso Tipping Teacup Allows You To Brew And Enjoy Without Added Accessories

If you love loose leaf tea, but hate fumbling around with infusers there’s an option you may not have considered or even known about. The Magisso Tipping Teacup’s inventive design eliminates the middleman and gives tea enthusiasts the opportunity to brew and enjoy without added accessories.