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Give the Robots Electronic Tongues

Roboticists have to not only in create artificial senses of touch and taste, but figure out what robots should *ignore* in a human world.

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Posted by amiller in Blog, Science
Legend of Loch Ness Monster Will Be Tested With DNA Samples

Legend of Loch Ness Monster Will Be Tested With DNA Samples

The stories seem as tall as the lake is deep. For hundreds of years, visitors to Scotland’s Loch Ness have described seeing a monster that some believe lurks in the depths. But now the legend of “Nessie” may have no place left to hide. From a report: A New Zealand scientist is leading an international team to the lake next month, where they will take samples of the murky waters and conduct DNA tests to determine what species live there. University of Otago professor Neil Gemmell says he’s no believer in Nessie, but he wants to take people on an adventure and communicate some science along the way. Besides, he says, his kids think it’s one of the coolest things he’s ever done. One of the more far-fetched theories is that Nessie is a long-necked plesiosaur that somehow survived the period when dinosaurs became extinct. Another theory is that the monster is actually a sturgeon or giant catfish. Many believe the sightings are hoaxes or can be explained by floating logs or strong winds.

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Posted by amiller in Blog, Science