Previous anecdotal evidence has suggested that virus particles—specifically norovirus, the leading cause of acute gastroenteritis in the United States—might go airborne in the process of puking. But according to food virologist Lee-Ann Jaykus of North Carolina State University in Raleigh, "nobody had ever proven in a lab model that the virus can be aerosolized by vomiting."
To rectify that, Jaykus and her team built a miniature "vomiting machine," a quarter-scale model of the human digestive system complete with an artificial stomach, esophagus, and mouth. They designed it to mimic all the pressures and volumes present in hurling humans and then inoculated its "stomach" juices with a virus called MS2 (which is similar to the size, shape, and composition of norovirus but not dangerous to humans).
There's a whole video explaining the machine and its uses, but this is the only thing that you probably want to see:
Here's the whole video if you're just a stickler for knowing all you can about your vomiting robots.
The Google-owned company that brought you the big dog robot, which you totally remember as that crazy thing that doesn't fall over when it slips on ice, is back at it again giving us a clearer view of what a possible robot takeover would look like.
They showed some footage of a humanoid robot treading its way through various terrain, including going for a leisurely stroll in the woods.
It doesn't have a head or much in the way of arms, but it does have the capacity to make you feel weird.
In the video, as in everything else they produce, they claim the robots could be used for transportation support through rougher environments, but we can imagine many, many other uses for that future terminator.
My personal favorite of these freaky videos is the time they made the big dog into a cheetah, topping out 28 miles per hour.
Remember that sweet remote-controlled, life-size prototype of WALL-E from last year? Robot enthusiast Mike McMaster invites you to his workshop for a test drive and an explanation of how his team re-created Pixar's iconic robot character.
Japan's robotics research collective Bravo Robotics unveiled a preview of its latest prototype model for a remote-controlled sports car that transforms into a bipedal robot, which will be presented during the upcoming Maker Faire in Tokyo. The 1/12 scale model is operated by a modified PS3 controller and comes equipped with a missile launcher on each arm and a wireless camera that feeds into mobile devices like iPad.
Hotlanta's famous Marquese Scott (a.k.a Nonstop) and other members of the DragonHouse dance crew bring out some incredible robotic moves for a test run in bullet time, set to the track "Illusion of Choice" by Gramatik.