The Worminator lives, with the brain of one of nature’s simplest creatures and a body carefully crafted out of Lego Mindstorm V3 parts history shall record the world’s first Cyborg as being a Lego worm. While not as impressive as James Cameron’s interpretation of a Cyborg sent back in time it is none the less an important milestone.
Created as a part of the OpenWorm project Worminator programmer Lucy Black describes the process of creating the neural simulation software in her I-Programmer article published November 16. Using off the shelf (toy shop shelf) hardware and fairly standard networking protocols the team have in fact been able to observe very similar behaviours to that of the original facsimile, a roundworm (Caenohadbitis elegans).
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Scientists have this week announced the Milky Way and Andromeda are on collision course! If no action is taken, if courses aren’t corrected, in four billion years from now a new apocalypse will approach.
Andromeda, The Milky Way’s nearest galactic neighbor is on a slow motion collision course with the galaxy in the next lane, our galaxy. Currently more than 2.5 million light years away and moving towards us at roughly 110km per second it may be time to toot our horn, flash our headlights or brace for impact.
Included for your viewing pleasure is the latest stunning video simulation of this interstellar event of immense proportions. Impressively the team were also able to generate renderings of the night-time sky in the aftermath, an amazing preview.
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