Leaping lizards and dinosaurs inspire robot design

” ‘We showed for the first time that lizards swing their tail up or down to counteract the rotation of their body, keeping them stable,’ said team leader Robert J. Full, UC Berkeley professor of integrative biology. ‘Inspiration from lizard tails will likely lead to far more agile search-and-rescue robots, as well as ones having greater capability to more rapidly detect chemical, biological or nuclear hazards.’ ” (Robert Sanders, UC Berkeley)

A New YouTube, Herding the Funny Cats

A New YouTube, Herding the Funny Cats - New York Times

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“But beyond aesthetics lies a deeper change, one that the naysayers have perceived, explicitly or intuitively: the redesign is a muted but firm declaration that the party is over. It’s YouTube’s strongest step away from what will be seen as its short-lived early heyday as a largely unregulated repository of funny cats, anonymous guitar masters, angry Asian bus riders and countless other weird and wonderful things.” (Mike Hale, NYTimes.com)