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Robots Invent Their Own Language. What A Bunch Of Fonzanoons.

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Ruth Schulz and her colleagues in Queensland, Australia, are teaching a set of robots to create their own language to communicate directions to each other.

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“Quadrotor Formation Flying Gets Aggressive” Oh. Great.

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Researchers at UPenn's GRASP Lab taught quadrotor helicopters "<a href="http://widget.uproxx.com/b/2010/06/the-manhacks-are-coming">precise aggressive maneuvers</a>" then <a href="../2010/07/the-manhacks-are-cooperating">gave them claws</a> and programmed them to lift objects in unison and <a href="../2010/09/whats-that-terrifying-quadrocopter-doing-now">recover from violent throws</a>.

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Another Awesomely-Safe Homemade Slingshot

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We wrote about Jörg Sprave of <a href="http://widget.uproxx.com/b/130/http://slingshotchannel.blogspot.com/2011/03/machetes-new-ammo-type.html" target="_blank">The Slingshot Channel</a> when he made a <a href="../2011/03/two-awesomely-safe-ways-to-launch-a-machete">machete slingshot</a> and a <a href="../2011/04/awesomely-safe-gatling-gun-slingshot">Gatling gun slingshot</a>.

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Awesomely Safe: Gatling Gun Slingshot

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When last we <a href="../2011/03/two-awesomely-safe-ways-to-launch-a-machete">mentioned</a> slingshot maker Jörg Sprave of <a href="http://widget.uproxx.com/b/130/http://slingshotchannel.blogspot.com/2011/03/machetes-new-ammo-type.html" target="_blank">The Slingshot Channel</a> he had built a machete slingshot / crossbow measuring more than six feet long, for when you absolutely, positively have to shoot a machete into your neighbor's second-story window ("If only there were an easier way.

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Well This Is Awesomely Safe

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A guy from Saskatchewan, Canada has built a working single-shot 12 gauge shotgun out of a pipe, a stapler, a sharpened drill bit for the firing pin, miscellaneous metal bits, and a piece of an old Croc to pad the butt.

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Two Awesomely-Safe Ways To Launch A Machete

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Internet commenters are known for many things: bad grammar, casual xenophobia, having no cognitive dissonance while insulting the looks of a solid ten while being a four at best themselves, bullying teenage girls 20 years their junior, and blaming political figures for their lost car keys.

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Robot Robin Hood Is Not To Be Trusted

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Oh look, it's Chief Running On Batteries.

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What's That Terrifying Quadrocopter Doing Now?

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We've been following Daniel Mellinger and Vijay Kumar's work at UPenn's <a href="http://widget.uproxx.com/b/130/http://www.grasp.upenn.edu/" target="_blank">GRASP Lab</a> for awhile, mostly so we can be cursed to know the exact nature of our death, like a cyclops.

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Robots Taught To Lie

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Ronald Arkin and Alan Wagner at the Georgia Institute of Technology are teaching robots how to use deception.

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Guy Sticks Hand in Liquid Nitrogen

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Theodore Gray over at <a href="http://www.popsci.com/diy/article/2010-08/cool-hand-theo">PopSci</a> stuck his left hand into a sub -320° F container of liquid nitrogen without injuring himself.

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The Manhacks Are Cooperating

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Last month we wrote about the engineers of the <a href="http://widget.uproxx.com/b/130/http://www.grasp.upenn.edu/" target="_blank">GRASP Lab</a> at UPenn who built a quadrotor helicopter that looked like the <a href="http://widget.uproxx.com/b/130/http://half-life.wikia.com/wiki/Manhack" target="_blank">manhacks</a> in Half-Life 2.

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Attention: Flying Cars. That is All.

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The FAA has just given a weight exemption to the Terrafugia Transition, a flying car (pics and video below).

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Toshiba Seizes Chance To Make All Its Customers Wear Goofy Glasses

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If you put a gun to my head, I'd be forced to admit I am profoundly skeptical that 3D is going to find any sort of significant home audience.

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Monkey Controls Robot With His Mind

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Crane game world champion Andrew Schwartz and his team at the University of Pittsburgh have placed two brain implants in a monkey (in the areas of the motor cortex controlling the left arm and hand) and taught it to control the most expensive crane game ever.

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Vodka’s A Hell Of A Drug

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<a href="http://gizmodo.com/5516895/snow-mad-max">Gizmodo</a> found a fine selection of awesomely-dangerous homemade Russian snowmobiles.

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Scrap metal helicopter runs on cajones and double dog dares

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Three men from Somaliland dreamed of someday building a helicopter, so they gathered some scrap metal and windshields and an engine from an old van and built one.

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ELECTROMAGNETIC PULSE CANNONS ARE AWESOMELY DANGEROUS

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Canadian company Eureka Aerospace, along with funding from the US Marine Corps and the Office of the Secretary of Defense, has built a High-Power Electromagnetic System (HPEMS).

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MACAQUE MIGHTIER

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