To keep the peace at home, Keith Hearn had to scold his new robotic vacuum cleaner.
The trouble started when Mr. Hearn first turned on his Roomba automatic cleaner. When the device started scooting around the floor, Mr. Hearn’s dog, Argos, attacked it.
Seeking help, Mr. Hearn found an online forum dedicated to the hundred-dollar Roomba buzzing with similar stories of pet assailants. Owners were offering advice. Among the most popular: Chastise the vacuum in front of the dog.
And so, with Argos looking on, Mr. Hearn shook his finger at his gadget and sternly called it “a bad Roomba.” Argos appeared to be mollified. “After that, he never tried nipping at it again,” says Mr. Hearn, a software engineer in San Carlos, Calif.
Such hijinks have found a place on YouTube, where robots and pets face off on camera. In January, Rob Sheridan, 28, posted a video titled “Puppy vs. Robot! Epic Battle for Territorial Domination!” It features a new Roboquad, a crablike robot toy with adjustable “aggression” settings made by WowWee, and an excited Lola, Mr. Sheridan’s two-year-old Chihuahua-terrier mix.
"The first time I turned on the Roboquad, she went nuts," says Mr. Sheridan, a graphic designer in Los Angeles. "She would bark at it like crazy."
The video has been viewed more than two million times. “Now she’s come to recognize Roboquad as just another thing in the house she can safely ignore, like the TV,” he says.
A set of well over 100 Wii U Smash screenshots have cropped up! These ones mainly feature Ness being adorable, Falco being cool, and Wario being Wario. Enjoy!
Nintendo of America has confirmed that Hyrule Warriors will have Amiibo support in the future. In a tweet uploaded to fans of the Koei Tecmo and Nintendo cross-over title, the publisher disclosed that the Link amiibo figure will be compatible, with more information to be revealed soon.
Amiibos confirmed to function with more games, woo!
How To See Time Travel
In this week’s It’s Okay To Be Smart, I’ll show you how to build your own cosmic particle detector and witness time travel with your very own eyes!
Earth is under constant bombardment from cosmic radiation. There’s sunlight, of course, but that’s the good stuff. Solar wind, the next most common variety, is mostly blocked by Earth’s magnetic field and diverted to the poles. But there are other, more distant sources of charged particles, too.
Distant stars, supernovas, and even other galaxies are constantly exhaling high-energy protons and atomic nuclei, subjecting Earth to a constant cosmic downpour. High in the atmosphere, the subatomic cosmic projectiles smash into gases like billiard balls, sending a rain of muons down towards Earth.
Just this second, dozens of these particles flew through your body. Each minute, 10,000 or so muons hit every square meter of Earth. They could have been a major force in shaping early life on this planet. The thing is, muons don’t live very long, and they shouldn’t be able to travel down to Earth. So how do they get here?
Watch this week’s video to find out more.
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Pic of the Day for October 21st!
Pic of the Day for October 20th!
Hyrule Temple is coming back to the Wii U version of Smash Bros 4!! :D
The Super Mario Fighters and their alternates! (Dr. Mario and Koopalings not included.)
“ The past six months have been the hottest such stretch on Earth since recording began in 1880. ”
On a very related note: NASA is still the most underfunded agency, restrained from what it’s become evolved to do…monitor the biosphere of Earth for the survival of well, everything. Just in case anyone needed reminded of this.
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