This is being labeled as the world’s first commercially available cyborg. The RoboRoach will allow you to wirelessly control the left/right movement of a real life cockroach by microstimulation of the antenna nerves. The ethics of this project are a huge concern and you can read more in detail about the topic and the product on the Backyard Brains website.
Japan has called on US naval seal teams to help reel the iron-shelled beast in, Weighing in at over 7 tons. Some residents claimed at night its eyes would glow red as it emerged from the waters, usually hungry for small children or cattle, but its appetite knowing no true limit. Other residents say the great demon turtle could be heard wailing in the distance, bellowing out toward the heavens and speaking ancient Japanese, the words they say were a call toward the dark gods of ancient times.
When US special forces were finally called in, one soldier recalled, “We watched the target gallop down a highway, running head first toward a brave truck driver determined to be heroic and knock the damned monster out with kamikaze tactics. Japanese officials frantically called him on his CB radio, telling him to turn around. I would say the turtle was running a good 20 miles per hour, it was insane! It was crazy.”
US naval seal teams eventually acquired large quantities of meat and laced them with sleeping agents. After two hours the sleeping agents took effect and the beast was subdued. Naval teams then quickly approached, restrained the turtle and with Japanese military officials, bound the animal in reinforced steel and hauled it to the nearest secure government research facility.
A marine science instructor snorkelling off the southern California coast spotted something out of a fantasy novel: the silvery carcass of an 18-foot-long (five metre), serpent-like oarfish. Jasmine Santana of the Catalina Island Marine Institute needed more than 15 helpers to drag the giant sea creature with eyes the size of half dollars to shore on Sunday.
Jeremy Wade, a British fisherman and a host of National Geographic Channel’s River Monsters Show, was on a fishing expedition up the Congo River in Africa when he managed to catch a Goliath Tigerfish. This type of fish can be described as a much scarier version of the piranha, considering its significantly larger size (approximately 44kg) and its shark-like massive teeth.
The Goliath Tigerfish is said to attack humans and even crocodiles, supposedly reacting to a sudden movement or splash in the water. Thanks to its powerful bite, the fish is also able to eat up prey of its own size.
An amazing video from Huntsville, Alabama. USA., shows a copperhead snake bite itself after being decapitated. Sam Billeter, who filmed the video, says he killed the snake — which had been hiding in his woodpile — so it wouldn’t bite his son or his dog.
Real or Hoax?
MIT scientists are attempting to create a robot cheetah. While nowhere near as fast as the real thing, their biomimetic approach has certainly resulted in one of the more realistic legged robots around.Biomimetics is a type of engineering that attempts to imitate biological systems.
It can trot at 8km per hour for up to 90 minutes, not even close to Boston Dynamics’ Cheetah which can reach an impressive 46km per hour, see below.