MIT’s Cheetah Robot Lands the Running Jump

MIT’s Biomimetic Robotics Lab created the Cheetah. Now it has become the first four-legged robot to “see” and jump over hurdles in its path while running. When you think of the many instant calculations that a flesh-and-blood animal must do to accomplish this (even though they do it quickly and constantly), this robot is all the more impressive.

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It won’t be so cool when these things are chasing you. Take some comfort in the fact that robotics engineers type in anagrams the way I do and “algorithms” comes out as “algrotihms.” -via reddit


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Matsumoto's Astonishingly Good Balloon Art

Japanese balloon artist Matsumoto is a master of his craft. These aren't ordinary twisted balloons, but impressively realistic depictions of animals and anime characters. Someday, I want to see a video in which he demonstrates how he makes these wonders possible.

You can see other great selections from his gallery at Kotaku.


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Stayin' Alive With The Electric Knife Orchestra

Most orchestras merely bore you to death, or bore through your skull with cymbal crashes and French horn blasts, but this deadly mechanical orchestra of knives can slice you to bits as it lulls you into a musical coma!

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These cutting edge orchestral devices were created by artist Neil Mendoza, a guy who knows a thing or two about sharp notes.

His keen machines crank out a rather robotic rendition of the Bee Gees hit "Stayin' Alive", hypnotizing the viewer to come in for a closer look, so the music can really sink in...

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20 Excellent Scientists in Mainstream Film and TV

Who are the best pop culture scientists? Meaning, the ones that are smart, accurately portrayed, and are not trying to take over the world. Den of Geek ranks twenty of them on intelligence and ethics, plus how they represent real scientists. There are some caveats, because movies and TV differ so much. How do you compare a character on a sitcom who happens to be a scientist to one who saves the world in a film? You may disagree with the results, but it’s nice to take a closer look at the scientist characters they selected and an explanation of why they ranked where they do.


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10 Of The More Quotable Kramer Moments On Seinfeld

Cosmo Kramer may not be the best employee, or the best neighbor, but he’s aces when it comes to doling out bad advice, dressing like a hipster dufus and spouting super quotable sayings.

You probably shouldn’t live by Kramer’s words or follow his example in terms of lifestyle, but ever Seinfeld fan knows it’s easy for quotes coined by Kramer to come up in conversation.

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From the ever popular"These pretzels are making me thirsty!" to the lesser known "If I had a kid I'd name him Isosceles. Isosceles Kramer", they're (not quite) all here for your viewing pleasure!

See 10 Quotable Kramer Moments at Uproxx


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12 Great Pieces of Avengers-Themed Home Decor

Can't get enough Marvel movie merch to satiate your obsession? Then head over to Homes and Hues, where we rounded up 12 awesome pieces of home decor inspired by The Avengers. 

From light switch covers to cutting boards, there are pieces to enhance every room of your home with geektastic Marvel goodies. We're particularly enamored with this desk loaded with movie props by Tom Spina Designs.

So if your home could use a little more heroism, visit Homes and Hues for the full list: 12 Awesome Decor Pieces Inspired by The Avengers


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I Made This One Week Friends Light

I've just completed my latest crafting project: an acrylic edge LED light inspired by the anime series One Week Friends.

One Week Friends is an endearing 12-episode romance. It's about Yūki Hase, an anxious high school student who befriends a lonely girl named Kaori Fujimiya. With a compelling story, charming characters, and great music, it's easily one of my favorite animes.

Yūki in particular is a well-told character. He's truly realistic in that although he's heroic, he's also a teenager. Yūki is immature with tendencies toward jealousy and insecurity, so he's remarkably human. I decided to make him the subject of my latest project.

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Ultraviolence Raiders - Bezoomny Ballers


Ultaviolence Raiders by Buby87

Sports have become mega brutal since the world went to orange hell, and the only people still interested in participating in these bloodsports are the gangs that used to roam the city ruining lives. Thugs spend their young lives training for their own kind of ultraviolence, and they get used to taking hits and tackling their problems head-on, which makes them perfect for arena ball. There's just one problem with this new wave of players- every game, like clockwork, somebody ends up dead!

Root for your favorite fictional sports team with this Ultaviolence Raiders t-shirt by Buby87, and when your droogs viddy you wearing this horrorshow koshtoom the next round of Moloko plus will be on them!

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Being An Artist Is A Lot Like Playing Skyrim

Many artists live a unique lifestyle that their 9 to 5 friends don't comprehend, and as a result creatives can sometimes feel like lone Dovahkiin, out of sync with the "normal" world and constantly seeking new artistic adventures.

You gain experience about the world the hard way, trying to earn some coin with the point of your sword (in this case a pen) and stay on the good side of humanity when lazy townies are constantly trying to get you to work for free.

The life of a creative is full of highs and lows, years of eating mammoth steaks and Colovian brandy and years of living lean and hungry, when you’d practically kill to eat at a sit-down restaurant.

Dorkly’s Julia Lepetit and Andrew Bridgman use pretty pictures to reveal how the life of a creative is a lot like playing a game of Skyrim. Now how do I develop my own Dragon Shout?

See How Skyrim Perfectly Describes The Life Of An Artist here


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Norwegian Navy Beard Application

According to internet rumor, this photo shows a form that sailors in the Royal Norwegian Navy fill out if they wish to grow beards. A sailor completing this form will explain why he wants one, then draw a picture of what it would look like when fully grown. Redditor alleguta offers this translation:

On the top it says "BEARD APPLICATION", then it's rank/ military ID-number, full name and platoon/ division. Then it says "Reason:" to which I wrote "I get irritated skin from daily shaving and it's starting to get cold outside." Under the sketch I drew, it says "DRAW HERE!" and at the bottom the Lieutenant has written that he will inspect it after the next excercise (which gave me about 2,5 weeks) followed by a stamp to show my application was accepted.

Beards are serious business in Norway (as is proper). In 2011, the worldwide beard champion wove a moose and the Norwegian flag into his beard.

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Misconceptions About Disney


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Disney: it's such an institution that it's not surprising urban legends, rumors and other debatable truths often surround its legend. From Walt himself (what were the circumstances of his death and was his body interred after death?), to the origins of beloved characters' names and images, to whether there have been any deaths in their theme parks, Elliot from Mental Floss discusses common misconceptions about all things Disney.


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This Is a Wheelchair for a Goldfish

This mysterious photo is circulating the internet. Redditor leability describes it as a wheelchair for a goldfish that has trouble staying upright. The dorsally-mounted cork presumably encourages proper balance. An Australian news site points to this 2011 video of a goldfish named Ada using a similar contraption.

-via The Soul Is Bone

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Baby Elephant's Collapse is No Trouble His Herd Can't Handle


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In this sweet footage that reinforces everything animal lovers know and like about the caring family and herd behavior of elephants, a calf seems to have problems crossing the road and either lies down or collapses in the middle. Members of his herd shield him from the stopped traffic and gently coax him to his feet. -Via The Daily Dot

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The Mystery of the Margate Shell Grotto

In 1835 a laborer in England accidentally broke through the ground into a series of subterranean chambers covered with mosaics made from seashells- millions of them. The site was purchased and turned into a tourist attraction, but its origins are still a mystery almost 200 years later.  

Shell grottoes of this type were extremely popular in the Europe of the 1700s. Many suppose that this was the result of a local bigwig embarking on the Grand Tour and returning with a desire to recreate a highlight of his or her European expedition.  Yet although this is not without the realms of possibility, the land above the grotto never formed part of any large estate, which is where you would expect such an extravagance to be positioned – close enough to the big house to easily chaperone curious guests to its confines. These visitors would be impressed both by the owner’s wealth and aesthetics because, frankly, this kind of thing was built to do both.  

Why would anyone build such an elaborate grotto and keep it a secret? Your guess is as good as mine, but you can find out what we do know, and see lots of pictures at Kuriositas.  -via Digg

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Horse Happily Blows out the Candles on His Birthday Cake


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When his human friends sang "Happy Birthday," JD the horse knew exactly what to do! He blew out the candles, then laughed. He's so happy to be the birthday boy!

JD lives at Ilithien Stables (yes, that's a Lord of the Rings reference) in Whitehouse, New Jersey. Hopefully he got some good presents to go with his cake.

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Amazing Things People Would Never Believe Without Photographic Proof

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Have you ever encountered something so awe inspiring that you had to take a picture of it and share it with all the people in your world, in case they don't believe you when you tell them about the experience after the fact?

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Before we had camera phones we were forced to use one of those old fashioned film cameras to document the event, but now we can prove the existence of the double banana by clicking a button and hitting send.

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Diply has put together a collection of 20 Awesome Things You Would Never Believe Happened Without Photographic Proof, and lemme tell ya- if you didn't have a camera handy when one of these amazing things happened you'd never forgive yourself for missing the photo op!


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Quentin Tarantino's Movie References

Quentin Tarantino is more than just a filmmaker. He's a scholar of film who loves the craft. Tarantino's works are filled with references to other movies that inspire him--some of which you've probably never heard of. In this video, Jacob T. Swinney shows you some of those allusions in Tarantino's movies.

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Hilarious Pet Store Descriptions by Obvious Plant

We've featured the work of prankster and Tumblr user Obvious Plant before, but his sign plants at a local pet store might just be his best prank yet. From voodoo death birds to judgemental tree frogs, these pets promise to give you a little more bang for your buck. Well, all but the turtle that is...

I guess not all pets can be incredible -some are just born boring.

Via The Daily What

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Longue Vie Et Prosperite - An Alien Learns To Appreciate Fine Art


Longue Vie Et Prosperite by Gilles Bone

Vulcans never fully appreciated fine art until the day Spock saw an Impressionist painting in person during a trek to Smithsonia-9. That painting changed his life, and the inherent beauty brushed into the painting by the artist's adept hands made Spock understand why humans had been bragging about art for millennia. Soon Spock had his own collection of paintings, but nothing seemed to speak to him like that Impressionistic work, so he scoured Federation databases searching for a star painter from whom he could commission a painting of his very own...

Bring some out of this world artistry to your geeky wardrobe with this Longue Vie Et Prosperite t-shirt by Gilles Bone, it's one far out way to show love for your favorite sci-fi franchise.

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Kung Fury: the Movie

When we posted the trailer for the potential movie Kung Fury a year-and-a-half ago, we described it thusly:

Kung Fury is a trailer that would like to be a real movie someday. Kung Fury is a cop who's also a martial arts master. He travels through time to defeat Hitler, with the help of Vikings -and dinosaurs! It's a sendup of '80s cop movies, with any movie trope that was ever (or might be) vaguely successful thrown in. I'd watch it. You know you would, too. Written and directed by Swedish filmmaker David Sandberg (Laser Unicorns), who also stars as Kung Fury.

That's pretty much the size of it. The idea got everyone so excited that internet backers raised over half a million dollars to fund the movie, which is now a full 30-minute story, available here and now. If you are in Sweden and cannot access the YouTube video, see it here

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The music soundtrack is available here, and the video for "True Survivor" by David Hasselhoff is here. Sandberg says he will have a feature-length movie ready in the next three years. -via reddit


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San Francisco: An Illustrated Travelogue





Grant Snider of Incidental Comics always gives his readers fantastic glimpses of his travels, even if they are merely the excursions of his philosophical and often whimsical train of thought. Here, Snider brings us along on his trip through San Francisco, with its many eclectic sights and sounds. Yet featured here is only the first section of part "II: The City." See the rest of the comic at Snider's Tumblr or Instagram. Also, poster prints of Snider's work are available here, as always. 


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10,000 Years of Artificial Cranial Modification

Changing the shape of one’s skull is shockingly simple. The cranial bones of an infant or young child are pretty soft and take years to knit together. Applying pressure during that time can reshape the skull, which becomes permanent when the bones reach maximum growth and then harden. The practice doesn’t appear to affect cognitive function. And what’s most amazing is that different cultures around the world have been independently doing cranial modification from antiquity all the way up to the present.

Until the early 1900s, a form of artificial cranial deformation was still taking place in Western France, in Deux-Sevres. Known as the Toulouse deformity, the practice of bandeau was common amongst the French peasantry. A baby's head would be tightly bound and padded, to protect it from accidental impacts. At around the same time, the practice was still occurring in Russia and the Caucasus, as well as in Scandinavia.

It turns out that altering the shape of one's head is not shockingly unique; it's incredibly common, across time and geography. Its meaning isn't fixed, so understanding why and how it happens can reveal much about the societies who choose to change the shape of their heads.

Atlas Obscura looks at several of those cultures and indeed the very universality of deliberate cranial modification. -via the Presurfer



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Some Of The Most Bizarre Demands Made By Celebrities

Anyone who has ever worked with entertainment industry talent knows they can be a mighty demanding bunch who often use their celebrity status to get what they want, no matter how bizarre.

Sometimes their request is as simple as top billing, or a reworking of the script so their character gets more screentime, but other celebs aren’t so easily impressed. They demand stuff, really strange stuff, or they're liable to come down with a case of Scriptatosis, rendering them unable to effectively read their lines.

Touring performers generally have a document known as a backstage rider doing all their demanding for them, which lets the concert promoters know what they expect to find backstage before a show.

If you’re Marilyn Manson you simply want an assortment of sweets, but review Lady Gaga’s rider and you’ll find this strange request:

Not sure if the mannequin was for her show or something to make the House of Gaga feel more like a home...

See 23 Bizarre Demands Celebrities Have Made Behind The Scenes at Cracked (contains NSFW language)


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Fifty of the World's Most Breathtaking Restaurant Views

Le Panoramic, Chamonix, France | Image: Chamonix

The folks at Foodbeast put together a list of 50 restaurants worldwide that are worthy of travel to-do lists due to their stunning views. Each panorama is so beautiful that it's hard to put the destinations in order of priority in terms of the ones I'd like to visit first (although the views from the restaurants featured here I find particularly breathtaking). What do you think? Any reviews of these spots you'd like to share?

La View, Ubud, Bali | Image: Kupu Kupu Barong

 Ithaa Undersea Restaurant, Rangali Island, Maldives | Image: Conrad Resorts

 Crater Lodge, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania | Image: Ngorongoro Crater Lodge


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The A-Z of YouTube

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YouTube celebrates ten years of viral videos with an alphabetic salute to the different types of videos that made it a success. There are dozens and dozens of video references that go by fast, but there are barely any that I’m not familiar with -which just goes to show how much I’ve been living on the internet over the past decade. Try to guess what will represent the next letter of the alphabet before you get to it, if you must, but you won’t guess any that are better than the ones chosen. -via Tastefully Offensive


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How To Build The Only Five Campfires You'll Ever Need

There is no camping without a campfire, unless your idea of camping is sitting around the warm glow of a laptop screen outside your home, so avid campers have to know their way around a pile of fiery wood.

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Groups like the Boy and Girl Scouts teach young recruits how to build a campfire out of gathered wood and kindling, but the basic Tipi style they teach you doesn't last as long as the Star, and isn't as effective for cooking as the Platform.

So if you’re planning on heading to the great outdoors this summer you should check out this article that teaches you How To Build The Only Five Campfires You’ll Ever Need, and make sure you invest in a Zippo lighter (or some waterproof matches) before you go!


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The Best Movie Sets Ever Built, Ranked


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In this video, CineFix counts down their picks for the best movie sets ever built, revealing a number of interesting facts in terms of the size and scope of the designs. One of the films included in the countdown is Batman's 4.1 million square foot (!) Gotham City set, the look of which earned designer Anton Furst an Academy Award. The set took up eighteen soundstages, which consisted of nearly the entire 95-acre backlot at Pinewood Studios. Check out all ten films on the countdown, and the honorable mentions included for each, and see which sets you think are the most impressive. -Via Slate


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Anna Foucher's Geeky Driftwood Sculptures

Anna Foucher, an artist in Nantes, France, collects driftwood and uses its natural forms to create human figures. She often works with characters from pop culture, including Batman, Robin, the Joker, and Darth Vader. Her gallery includes photos showing how, step by step, her found pieces turn into funny-looking people.

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Hunting Club-Azure Ratheos - Duck Hunters Need Not Apply


Hunting Club- Azure Ratheos by Adam Works

Monster hunters must feel no fear as they stalk their gargantuan prey, because fear makes you sloppy. Whether you've chosen the path of a Blademaster, or prefer to rain hellfire upon your prey as a Gunner, you must steel your nerves as you make your way into the wilds, because many monsters can smell fear. Once you've taken down a few hulking monsters, like the mighty Ratheos or the savage Lagiacruz, you'll learn to control your fear and fight as if deal with giant monsters every day of your life.

Get all geared up for your next gaming session with this Hunting Club- Azure Ratheos t-shirt by Adam Works, a wearable trophy that shows the world you're not to be messed with!

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