JEROS: Jellyfish Elimination Robotic Swarm

A team of unmanned swimming robots designed to scour an area and grind up all the jellyfish they find, at a rate of 2,000 pounds an hour.

The jellyfish-eradicating bots feature two motors that move them forward and backward and rotate them 360 degrees. Users program the robots to tell them what area they want cleared and then drop the bots into the water. The JEROS have cameras to help them see where jellyfish blooms are. They also automatically calculate their own routes and motor around in formation without human help. Once they encounter jellyfish, JEROS suck the jellies up and shred them with a propeller.

Myeong's team has been working on JEROS since 2009, according to KAIST. This year, the engineers got several robots to cooperate in formation to shred jellies more efficiently.

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Syphilitic malformations of the permanent teeth

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A step-by-step guide to profiting off a 3-cent hike on US postage stamps

Phase Three: Profit

So what's stopping stamp peddlers from buying up forever stamps at $0.46 before the price hike on Jan. 26, 2014, and selling them afterwards at a profit for less than $0.49?

We hashed out a hypothetical plan to see whether forever-stamp arbitrage is worth it. [...]

The good news is that you can buy up to 1 million stamps in a single order from the USPS, and pay a mere $1.75 in shipping. [...]

If you look at that as a profit on the $4.6 million initial outlay, it's not very much: less than 1.3%. But remember, all that outlay was leveraged. So if you look at it as a return on our investment -- $33.25 for shipping -- it's 175,541%.

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Whac-A-Mole Warehouse Explosion

"No humans were hurt, but robotic limbs smoldered amid the wreckage."

Aaron Fechter must be one of history's strangest mechanical geniuses. After inventing Whac-A-Mole, the timeless game that allows children to beat the hell out of buck-toothed creatures popping out of holes, he rented a gigantic central Florida warehouse to create robotic, animatronic rock bands for Chuck E. Cheese's and ShowBiz Pizza Place franchises.

Lately, he'd turned his attention to an alternative fuel that supposedly burned cleaner than propane -- but apparently was equally explosive. Fechter's warehouse spectacularly blew up yesterday, causing chaos near downtown Orlando and leaving robots scattered around burning rubble.

The explosion rocked downtown Orlando around 12:30 yesterday afternoon, shaking nearby office buildings and sending workers running outside to see what had happened.

One wall of Fechter's building collapsed in the blast. Bystanders who arrived to check for casualties found a bizarre scene: No humans were hurt in the explosion, but robotic limbs smoldered amid the wreckage.

"It was weird," Tim Roth, an office worker who rushed into the building, tells the Orlando Sentinel, which described the interior as the "Joker's Lair."

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DNA Lounge: Wherein it's the spookiest time of the year.

Our Halloween lineups are out! Trannyshack and Bootie are doing their parties the weekend before, on the 25th and 26th, and then the epic DNA Lounge Halloween party is on Halloween proper: Thirteen spooky DJs in four spooky rooms, with The Vau de Vire Society and Dr. Kingfish's costume contest!

That Bootie poster is pretty amazing, and R.Black has nailed it again on the DNA poster. Both of these are on sale now in the store!


This is Peter Hook rocking a melodica

This show was kind of amazing, and I must admit that I didn't expect that.

Also, if you have not read his book, "How Not To Run a Club", then get on that ASAP.

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Chinese surgeons at a hospital in Fuzhou, Fujian grew a new nose on a 22-year-old man's forehead after an accident left his original one unusable.

Xiaolian had sustained injuries to his original nose after a traffic accident, which led to a severe infection and deformity.

To craft the new appendage, doctors took cartilage from Xiaolian's ribs and implanted it under skin tissue on his forehead. When finished growing later this month, the nose will be transplanted to its proper place.

In January, British doctors grew a nose on a man's arm after he lost his original to cancer.

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DNA Lounge: Wherein the parklet has annexed the sidewalk!

Today we installed the hinged diamond-plate flap to cover the drainage gap between the parklet and the sidewalk. It has a pretty wonky shape because our sidewalk has a pretty wonky shape. It had to be this wide in order to be level. It's pretty heavy, but it flips up to let us clean the gutter and for access to the various utility vaults buried in our sidewalk.

We also got a couple of these, and a couple of these. Check out how long those bolts are!

Only stools and bike rack left to do.


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