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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… Read More »

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… Read More »

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;… Read More »

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… Read More »

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