I love my rock music, and I love robots, and I’ve been heard to remark once or twice that the two spheres of interest simply don’t converge often enough. I need never do so again, however, for thanks to Wired I have now discovered Captured! By Robots – a band that consists of one human guy in a gimp mask and a stage-full of freaky foul-mouthed automatons. Be warned – the video clips beyond the link feature synthesized swear-words and the sort of music that doesn’t make it onto daytime radio. Amen to that.
The news out of the Middle East just gets weirder by the day – often with an animal flavour to it, so it seems. Less than a fortnight after the British military had to deny deploying a crack team of attack badgers into Basra, the Iranian government has announced that they have captured a number of squirrels with GPS and other spying kit embedded in their bodies. I’m very skeptical as to how true this story will turn out to be, but it’s still one hell of a headline. [Image by Ogwen]
Brain scans of a French civil servant reveal that, despite displaying no disability in his day to day life, his brain may be up to 50% smaller than average thanks to a bizarre complication of hydrocephalus. I don’t need to provide you with a punchline for this one.
You just can’t make a story like this up … a spokesman for the UK armed forces in Iraq has had to deny rumours that they were responsible for releasing a horde of man-eating animals into Basra. A bit implausible, especially for us traditionalist Brits … but it strikes me as the sort of thing DARPA might have thrown money at, had they thought of it first.