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"Cyber-Roach" Forces Rethink On Animal Movement 41

Lanxon writes "A team of researchers at the Royal Veterinary College in London has built a 'cyber-cockroach' (a cockroach wearing an accelerometer in a tiny backpack) to try and better understand the movements of many-legged animals. They found that unlike bipedal creatures, animals with more than two legs don't adjust their movements when walking over a softer surface." The academic paper is available from the Journal of Experimental Biology. This research will be helpful in finding better ways for multi-legged robots to navigate difficult terrain.

Why the First Cowboy To Draw Always Gets Shot 398

cremeglace writes "Have you ever noticed that the first cowboy to draw his gun in a Hollywood Western is invariably the one to get shot? Nobel-winning physicist Niels Bohr did, once arranging mock duels to test the validity of this cinematic curiosity. Researchers have now confirmed that people indeed move faster if they are reacting, rather than acting first."

Submission + - Mid-life career switch to network engineering

kuknalim writes: "I'm 33 and currently between jobs having lost my job in a software development role in the networking domain, including a stint in maintaning the TCP/IP stack of a big-iron UNIX. I've a reasonably strong understanding of IP networking but am without any prior practical experience of networking in the "field" outside of an OS stack. To slashdotters who work as network engineers in ISPs or large enterprise networks, and especially to those who've made a similar switch, any words of wisdom/advice to make a successful transition to network warrior? Are vendor certifications essential?"
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Submission + - Hackable in car GPS (

gigne writes: "I'm in the market for a new in car GPS/sat nav. I am preferably looking for one that has live up to date traffic information and route planning that doesn't make you want to cry. I'm not quite dumb enough to drive off a cliff, but something that doesn't even try and lead me to watery doom is preferable.
The only thing I absolutely must have is the ability to hack it. It would be prefereable if it ran GNU/Linux, but given a convincing argument, I would be swayed to another OS.
Without wanting the Moon on a stick, what is the best device that would offer a decent modding community and a good feature set?"

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