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Submission + - The Uncanny Valley Explained (

ColdWetDog writes: "Scientists now believe they’ve figured out what causes the uncanny valley response. By using functional MRI and comparing scans of volunteers when watching images of human appearing androids or the humans that the robots were created to mimic, they noted that

"The results suggests that the uneasiness we feel could be caused by a “perceptual mismatch between appearance and motion.” Basically, the brain seemed to negatively react like crazy when the robotic motions of the android didn’t match its human-like appearance.""


Submission + - Snakes ARE the Plane (

ColdWetDog writes: There are several Asian snakes of the genus Chrysopelea that can sort of fly

they undulate from side to side, in almost an air-slithering, to create an aerodynamic system. It allows them to travel from the top of the biggest trees in the region (almost 200 feet high) to a spot about 780 feet away from the tree's trunk.

Unfortunately, you will have to wait until November 24th to read more about it. While initially funded by National Geographic, it seems that DARPA has recently picked up the tab. With all of their works with robots and the like, I wonder if it is time to welcome our Aerobatic Robotic Reptilian Overlords?

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