Worm Mind Control Through Lasers
A team at Harvard University has recently announced that they have developed a methodology to control the very minds of worms by firing lasers at individual neurons. According to Scientific American, by engineering the worms to be light sensitive, scientists were able to stimulate specific parts of the worms' nervous system through their transparent bodies with observable results. For instance, they can make the worm stop, change direction, and even lay eggs.Read on...
Origami You Can Program [Video]
Researchers at MIT and Harvard have inched a bit closer towards the engineering holy grail that is programmable matter in the form of so-called "programmable origami," a flat surface capable of folding itself into almost any shape. Electric currents driven through tiny motors govern the folding of the object, and shapes are locked into place by small magnets at the edge of each joint.
Watch it in action after the jump:Read on...
Pug in a Teen Wolf Costume Baffles ScienceA new study by Harvard psychology researchers claims to have found the real reason why people like to dress pets like people. According to the study, it's not just a matter of anthropomorphizing our pets because we think they're like us (we are using the word "our" in a very general sense here): people also do it to exert control over our environments. That may be true in a general sense, but how, then, do you explain the unique appeal of pug blogger Winnie Wong's pet pug, Shelby, in a Teen Wolf Halloween costume?Read on...