From Radio New Zealand comes word that Happy Feet, the Emperor Penguin who was stranded on a New Zealand beach last June, is finally on his way home in a specially designed ice crate. Despite encountering some rough sailing conditions south of New Zealand, New Zealand’s largest research vessel, the RV Tangaroa, is expected to deliver Happy Feet to more congenial (for him anyway) sub-Antarctic waters sometime today or tomorrow. Safe travel, big guy. We at Caterpickles Central will miss you.
Don’t these people watch horror movies?: From Caterpickles Senior Contributing Editor Michael Howell comes an update on DARPA’s latest initiative.
File under “What Could Possibly Go Wrong?” … Military research agency DARPA harvests biomechanical energy to power cybernetic flying beetles. No, seriously. Cybernetic beetles. Flying ones. Why do they need to harvest this energy? To power the insect-mind-control devices, of course. Seriously? Seriously. Haven’t these guys seen a single horror movie? Ever?
Actual journal article: http://iopscience.iop.org/0960-1317/21/9/095016/
We at Caterpickles Central gently submit that DARPA may wish to view some of these fine titles before getting too excited about their new line of research.
So, what about you? What’s your favorite bug-based horror flick?