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The Future: Japanese Scientists Create Spherical Flying Hover Drone, 26 years After REAL GENIUS

A few weeks ago Japan’s Ministry of Defense revealed a helicopter hover drone that can fly up to 40 MPH. It can also roll on the ground or up a wall under full control of the operator. This new thing has obvious uses in defense and security. Hell, pick any high technology dystopian future, evil genius base or shady multinational corporate entity in fiction and you’ll see a fleet of these suckers.

But a Google+ user pointed out what should have been obvious from the get go. This hover drone could revolutionize certain aspects of filmmaking. We’re embarrassed the creative idea didn’t come to us before the hard practical uses.

Another thing that struck us about this machine is that the 1980s movie REAL GENIUS prophesied it about 26 years prior.

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Today in Star Wars: Floppy Discs Show Their Allegiance to the Dark Side, Play “Imperial March”

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There Will Be Robots: Modified Ditch Witch is the Mother Alien Fighting Exo-Suit You’ve Always Wanted

Say what you will about the wonderful idea of having “loader technology”(please remember your ALIENS) but that Vice President of operations is going to regret calling that robot a slave.

“Engineers at Raytheon-Sarcos in Salt Lake City demonstrated a unique set of tele-operated robotic arms attached to a modified Ditch Witch. With no training at all, one immediately meshes with the feelings and actions of the machine. It mirrored everything one does with their arms, wrists and shoulders.”

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Entrepreneur , Steve Jobs (1955 2011)

We have issues with Apple and their policies but Steve Jobs is not a faceless company. Without Jobs we would not be able to hold the future in the palm of our hand.

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Robot Envy: Festo’s Aerodynamic SmartBird

What you see: an awesome display of biomimicry.

What we remember: the future as told by those partly metal, partly real.

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Our Strange Sky: Snapshots of Endeavours Last Mission in Space. Also, Hot Space Docking Action.

Up above the sky so blue, astronauts are working hard on their experiments and observations.

Sidenote: Of all the things that have been written on this site, we swear “Hot Space Docking Action” is what we may future regret the most.

Endeavour’s Starry Night
Orbiting this island earth at 17,000 miles per hour.

Space Shuttle and Space Station Photographed Together
Thanks to a Russian supply ship, Space Bastards(like us) get the photograph we always imagined and have always seen in fiction.

If you want more of these images be sure to check out the NASA’s ISS gallery.

The supply ship was the Russian Soyuz TMA-20 which landed in Kazakhstan later that day. The above spectacular image well captures the relative sizes of the station and docked shuttle. Far below, clouds of Earth are seen above a blue sea.

A Last Landing for Space Shuttle Endeavour
Sad now.

All told, space shuttle Endeavour flew 25 flights since being deployed by NASA in 1992, spending a total of 299 days in space. Endeavour’s next mission will be a stationary one in the California Science Center.

APOD: 1, 2, 3, NASA

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AMERICAN PICKERS Inspires 62 Year-Old Man to Build Car that Runs on Whiskey, Prefers Maker’s Mark

He ran a snarky crew off his property then proceeded to build a car powered by liquid awesome. Mr Nilsson, you are our hero of the week.

1) First you have the idea.

The idea of doing something with an old still came to him last October, after he had some unusual visitors. The cast of a TV show, American Pickers, Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz, came to try and purchase some of his items for the show. While they did manager to grab an older oil can from Mr. Nilsson, after making a disparaging crack about the use of his still, they were gently encouraged to leave his property, with the help of a fire arm. After a hasty retreat by the crew, Mr. Nilsson began to think about what he could do with that old still.

2) Then you do something about it.

The visit did motivate Nilsson. “After I’d run them off, I kept thinking about what they kept saying to me, ‘what are you going to do with all this stuff, you might as well sell it to us’. Well that left me pondering. Folks around these parts do a lot of pondering, so it wasn’t really nothing new for me as I ponder about something almost everyday. But this time my pondering gave me an idea, watch Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.”

Inspired and motivated by the film, Nilsson spent the next 6 months, in his workshop turning his one-time still and collection of junk into a whiskey sipping motor vehicle. “The car will run on almost any bourbon, but she really purrs on Maker’s Mark” said Nilsson.

The Daily Blam reports that Nissan has made a deal with Nilsson to make a consumer version of the car to be released into the wild in 2014.

Ah, the power of ingenuity.

Now. We need an idea.

via physorg, The Daily Load

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Good Morning, Rat Racers: Control Your Delicious Coffee’s Temperature with Coffee Joulies

Seriously, we need several packs of these.

Coffee Joulies work with your coffee to achieve two goals. First, they absorb extra thermal energy in your coffee when it’s served too hot, cooling it down to a drinkable temperature three times faster than normal. Next, they release that stored energy back into your coffee keeping it in the right temperature range twice as long.

As of this posting 10 days remain to back this awesome invention on Kickstarter.

Official site!/coffeejoulies
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Robot WTF: Geminoid Robots are Meeting, Having Conversation. (Talking About Us)

There are only a handful of people in the world who can say they have a robotic clone of themselves, and most of them just got together in Japan. ATR’s facilities in Nara hosted a bizarre reunion at the end of March as three Geminoid robot replicants and their originals met for a press conference and photo shoot.

We feel the need to reiterate this each time robots get together or unlock some new achievement: THIS IS HOW THE CYLON WAR STARTED.

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Robot OMG: Geminoid Smiles for the First Time. Then We Smile and Secretly Cringe

From the Geminoid DK You Tube comes the Geminoid robot smiling for the camera.

Associate Professor Henrik Scharfe’s plan is to build a robot that looks like him.

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