Rock 'em Sock 'em Robot!
Tech company, Raytheon, have developed a robotic exoskeleton dubbed the XOS 2. This amazing piece of technology allows the wearer to lift extremely heavy objects and even punch through solid wood. At the moment the technology is tethered to a power supply but with production estimated at five years away, that seems likely to change.
What is thought to be the world’s largest crocodile has been captured in the Philippines. This killer-croc weighs a whopping 170 stone and is 20ft long! The search was launched due to reports that a giant crocodile had eaten a child two years prior. Using an animal carcass and steel cable traps, animal hunter Ronnie Sumiler was able to capture this mega croc with relative ease. However, Sumiler and his other crocodile hunters are still on the lookout for a much bigger crocodile that may actually be responsible for all the trouble.
Could meat created in a test tube end up in a local supermarket near you? According to Scientists at Eindhoven University, this could be a viable reality with further research. By culturing live cells from a pig, they were able to multiply these cells into muscle tissue. Environmentalist and animal rights groups are generally in approval of this research as its success could mean a reduction in methane gas produced by livestock and an end to commercial meat farming.
Two Faced Piggy
Farmer Li Zhenjun and his wife Yu Wanfen are the proud yet worried owners of a unique piglet. What sets it apart from its average siblings is that it has two faces. Little Xiaobao, named after the legendary literary pig, Babe, has to be hand-fed by Li and is able to eat from both mouths. However, the other pigs haven't taken to Xiaobao as much as Li has, maybe because he is... two faced
Breath-taking images of the moon’s surface from NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbitor (LRO) have been revealed. These images are so clear that the tracks from Apollo 17’s lunar rover can be seen with pristine clarity. Also, experiments and equipment left behind from other moon landings are captured in stunning HD. The LRO took over 192 terabytes of data, images and maps, enough to fill 41,000 DVD’s! The LRO has given NASA the ability to survey the moon with extreme precision and according to project scientist, Richard Vondrak, this is only the beginning.
Other beautiful freaks of nature in our Mutant Planet site.
Food synthesis, virtual actors and space tourism abound in our Nextworld video playlist.
More mind-blowing images and videos from NASA in our Last Shuttle Site.