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Robots inspired by nature: the “DelFly” bionic robot (photo)

Engineering school students look at the DelFly bionic robot during a demonstration at the International Workshop on Bio-Inspired Robots in Nantes April 7, 2011. Some 200 bio-robot technicians from 17 countries participate in the three-day event to show the latest developments in robots inspired from the animal world. (REUTERS/Stephane Mahe) The DelFly micro is only […]

International Space Station Expedition 27: Soyuz launch (big photo gallery)

The Russian Soyuz TMA-21 spacecraft, named after the first cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, carrying the International Space Station (ISS) crew of U.S. astronaut Ronald Garan, Russian cosmonauts Alexandr Samokutyaev and Andrey Borisenko, blasts off at the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on April 5, 2011. Three others are already in orbit on the ISS. More photos from […]

NASA Mars Science Laboratory + Curiosity Rover: first look (photo gallery)

[photo, above: MSL's descent stage, which files the rover down to Mars' surface using eight rockets, and lowers it on a tether for landing. The orange spheres are propellant tanks.] This week, Boing Boing was invited to visit NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory for the first and only opportunity for media to enter the Pasadena, CA […]

Vintage NASA mission patches: LIFE photo gallery

Space shuttle ‘Endeavour’ is scheduled to make its final flight on April 29; with this end of an era in mind, has published an image gallery that looks back at a “small but central element shared for decades by NASA missions: the patches worn on astronauts’ flight suits.” Often designed by crew members themselves; […]

Space image of the day: swirling palette of star-forming clouds

Here’s a beautiful new image just released today from NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Explorer, or WISE: the busy star-forming complex called Rho Ophiuch, which is one of the closest star-forming complexes to Earth. More about the image: The amazing variety of different colors seen in this image represent different wavelengths of infrared light. The bright white […]

Creepy vintage ad: the Car Chic

From artist Mitch O’Connell’s bottomless trove of mind-bending ephemera: the Car Chic. (See also: Vibra-Finger.) Car Chics