NOVA: Making Stuff Wilder

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I've caught a few of these episodes of the NOVA series "Making Stuff," hosted by the pleasantly goofy Michael Pogue (not as personable as Alan Alda, nor as wacky as Bill Nye--kinda like their little brother) and mostly the show's been quite interesting. But I have to recommend this episode in particular, if only because it has several segments on robotics.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/tech/making-more-stuff.html#making-stuff-wi...

The jist of this show is that scientists take inspiration for new inventions from nature. It features a four-footed robot that's the size of a cow and can go tromping off through the woods on command, and a bipedal robot that's learning how to balance itself, even when hit from the side by a 20-lb ball. Even Michael Pogue couldn't do that test.

Other items of interest are a non-stick spray coating inspired by the pitcher plant, and a cloud of tiny drones that can work together for search and rescue operations.

It's the cutting edge of cool.

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