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Google's All Set To Tango With A New Android Mapping System

Google made an exciting announcement today: Project Tango. Although it's not directly related to robotics, the underlying technology could very well lead to some pretty amazing developments. I should back up a bit, though: basically, Tango is a smartphone that can map your surroundings. Literally.

Hot Cup Of Joe: Coffee Establishment Just For Magic Mike Fans

It is a growing trend to for businesses that have nothing to do with sex, to use it to give them an edge in their market. They use provocative tricks to grow, which is of course controversial.  Women are typically the ones putting themselves on display for the benefit of men in such businesses. The reverse business structure is marginally less common, not because there isn't a market, but because many women prefer to be more discreet when it comes to male ogling. At least, they did until Hollywood decided to make a movie about men shaking what their mommas gave them.

Apparently, Humans Are Programmed To Obey Robots

Everyone would like to think that, when the robot overlords arrive, they'll fight. Turns out, most of us might be likelier to submit - scientists in The Republic of Congo have made some very interesting observations about humans, concluding that we might well be wired to serve.

How Candid Can You Get? New Apps For Cat Selfies!

Two clever apps have recently been released that encourage cats to take selfies.... if you can keep your cats interested in the moving object long enough to snap the photo.  After all, they're cats!

'Ukrainian Spring' Is Just Around The Corner - Wait, It's Here!

As many northern climes are still reeling from the harsh snowstorms of 2014 - the Ukraine is no exception. Yet, today's report has more to do with a climactic versus climate change. Like the Arab Spring that also commenced in the dead of winter [December 18, 2010] and spawned dozens of revolutions throughout Africa and the Middle East, similarly, news of the Ukrainian uprisings are now being conveyed by digital technology, social networks and citizen journalism.

This Game Knows When You're Afraid...And How To Make It Worse

If you're a fan of survival horror, have I got a treat for you today. I'd like to introduce all of you to Nevermind: a horror game which keeps track of how scared you are...and uses that knowledge to terrify you even more. Pretty intriguing, no?

Flying Batbots Could Soon Take To The Sky

The way bats move their wings while in flight could serve as inspiration for a new generation of flying robots. Researchers are examining closely how fruit bats use their wings to manipulate the air around them. An understanding of these processes could in turn help them produce better designs.

Looking For Novel Ideas: 26th DuPont Awards For Packaging Innovation

Once again, DuPont is looking throughout the packaging industry for the year’s most innovative, environmentally responsible and overall fantastic designs. If you’ve recently helped to design a consumer friendly bag, box, wrapper, container or other piece of professional packaging, it’s your time to shine!

EXIT: Scary Business Has Visitors Escape From 'Saw' Inspired Situations

There is a big business in scaring people, and it is a concept that doesn't just find people knocking down its haunted doors for Halloween. Many major tourist areas across North America feature haunted houses and mazes that have people lining up to pee their pants as people jump out of the shadows. While the more traditional scare providers are still successfully operating, there is a new type of terror in town competing in the market, and it creates a unique and scary experience that rivals some popular, nightmare inducing movies.

Mutt Collars? Just For Dogs, At Mutt Couture

Think dog collars and leashes are boring?  Then you haven't seen the designer "mutt wear" from Mutt Couture....