Rory McIlroy vs Geoff - a trash-talking golf robot
Before, we have seen how Messi tried to beat a robot-goalkeeper. Now it’s Rory McIlroy’s turn to win the race against the machines. How about Vettel against an autonomous car or LeBron vs a robot shotblocker or Federer against flying robots? And don’t forget: “Losing to a robot is a bit like losing to Martin Kaymer.”
Rory McIlroy has beaten just about every golfer on the planet so for the latest European Tour challenge he’s up against a robot. Or a Golf Laboratory Computer Controlled Hitting Machine to be precise.
One of these things is not like the other.
A team of scientists from the University of Minnesota developed a flying robot that can be controlled by human thoughts. Bin He, a biomedical engineer who led the team, explains its importance on The Takeaway.
Exploring Dinosaur Growth With Psittacosaurus
by PhysOrg staff
Tracking the growth of dinosaurs and how they changed as they grew is difficult. Using a combination of biomechanical analysis and bone histology, palaeontologists from Beijing, Bristol, and Bonn have shown how one of the best-known dinosaurs switched from four feet to two as it grew.
Psittacosaurus, the ‘parrot dinosaur’ is known from more than 1000 specimens from the Cretaceous, 100 million years ago, of China and other parts of east Asia. As part of his PhD thesis at the University of Bristol, Qi Zhao, now on the staff of the Institute for Vertebrate Paleontology in Beijing, carried out the intricate study on bones of babies, juveniles and adults.
Dr Zhao said: “Some of the bones from baby Psittacosaurus were only a few millimetres across, so I had to handle them extremely carefully to be able to make useful bone sections. I also had to be sure to cause as little damage to these valuable specimens as possible.
"With special permission from the Beijing Institute, Zhao sectioned two arm and two leg bones from 16 individual dinosaurs, ranging in age from less than one year to 10 years old, or fully-grown. He did the intricate sectioning work in a special palaeohistology laboratory in Bonn, Germany…
illustration by Nobu Tamura; photo: Wikipeda