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Lets Pull Together, uTug Micro Bots Moving Cars.

Stanford U boffins have been working on their uTug micro robots for a few years now, and damn it if the little fellas don’t continue to surprise. Using nothing more than synthetic gecko pads and tiny yet powerful winches these micro robots can drag 1000’s of times their own weight. Now they have learned to work together and it turns out it only takes six of them to move a full sized car across a polished concrete floor. We suspect Guinness may get involved soon.

Presented for your viewing pleasure are the little robots that could. The 6 bots with a combined weight of just over 100 grams that could soon be moving a car near you. Sit back relax and prepare to be amazed by a sticky footed robot.

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The Mayan Calendar Continues. Archaeologists Save The World, Find Another 7000 Years Of Calendar…

The Mayan Calendar, a marvel of calculation produced by the ancient world. While popular belief suggest the calendar ominously ends on the 21st of December 2012 recent archaeological discoveries may have found the missing years.

The location of this latest discovery is the Mayan city Xultzn, rediscovered nearly a century ago the city has largely remained unexcavated till now.

Funded by Nation Geographic a team has begun the excavation of Xultzn. Led by William Saturno of Boston University, the team has unearthed a small pyramid structure that appears to be the home or workshop of the local town scribe and astronomer. With three walls covered in glyphs, inscriptions and calculations for various Mayan calendars, the workshop is a treasure trove for archaeologists.

Saturno and his team began their excavations at the Xultzn site in 2010. The entire Xultzn city in Guatemala’s Peten region covers an area of 12-square-mile (31-square-kilometer), encompassing thousands of structures. A sprawling complex with many structures still to be uncovered.

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