Thursday, February 8, 2024

This Is The World's First LIQUID Robot


Watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VmV3m0QqNOY

AsapSCIENCE on Youtube has the story.

These liquid robots are truly mind-blowing and fascinating.

The Magnetic Slime Robot is interesting. A magnetic slime robot is a self-healing soft robot made up of polyvinyl alcohol, borax and neodymium magnet particles. It was co-created by professor Li Zhang of Chinese University of Hong Kong. It is really a non-Newtonian fluid that behaves like a liquid or solid depending on force, having "visco-elastic properties". The robot is developed by and could be deployed inside the human body to perform tasks such as retrieving objects out of it. Contrary to its name, it currently does not have a robot in it, and is only controlled by magnets. It can reach speeds of 30 millimeters per second.

Properties of the so-called robot are interesting. It is in the form of a blob of slime. It is said to be able to make C and O shapes with its body, and these robots could navigate passages as small as 1.5 millimeters. Its self-healing properties make it able to connect with other separate parts of itself to make a whole. It is made of neodymium magnet particles, which make the slime magnetic, and allow the slime to stretch when being attracted to metal.

The robot has various hypothetical uses for the future, such as in health care. It is believed that this kind of magnetic robot could extract unhealthy objects ingested by humans, and possibly traverse out of the body with the ingested object with it, and scientists state that the slime is capable of "transporting harmful things". The robot could be used to be deployed into the human body to retrieve objects that were possibly accidentally ingested. Zhang states that the slime can prevent toxic electrolytes from leaking out by performing encapsulation, and create a kind of coating around the object that is leaking.

Despite the possible health benefits this "robot" can provide, it is currently toxic to ingest for humans, and will leak out toxic neodymium particles into the body. Researchers coated the slime robot in silicon dioxide to make a protective layer in the belief that it will prevent the slime from having neodymium leak into human insides. Zhang states that the safety of the slime being in the human body is dependent on the time duration it stays inside.

Electrical properties of the robot are interesting. The magnetic slime robot is shown and told to be able to conduct electricity, and to pull wires together. Scientists state that the robotic slime is capable of "circuit switching and repair."

Tuesday, January 16, 2024

How the USA election could impact Canada and the world


CBC News has the story.

CBC/Radio-Canada is a Canadian public broadcast service.

Americans head to the polls on Nov. 5 this year. What might the result mean for Canada and the world? Laura Dawson, executive director at Future Borders Coalition, and David McNaughton, president of Palantir Technologies Canada and former Canadian ambassador to the United States, discuss the possibilities.

Canada: As fixed-rate mortgage rates decline, experts caution against longer-term mortgages


Global News has the story.

Canadians aiming to purchase a home this year have a lot of decisions to juggle, and those looking to secure or renew mortgage agreements have seen rates on some longer-term products drop.

For the first time in months, some five-year fixed rates are sitting around the five per cent mark.

But as fixed-rate mortgage rates start to come down, some brokers are warning against locking-in longer-term mortgages.

Global's Kyle Benning reports.

Canadian passport ranked among the most powerful in the world: What it means for travelers?


Global News has the story.

Canadian passports have been named among the most powerful in the world in a recent report analyzing the strength of global travel documents. 

According to the report, Canadian passport holders have visa-free access to 188 countries, making it one of the most desirable passports to own. 

Kyle Benning has more details on this story.

Canada: Feds to reduce amount of international students in Canada


CTV News has the story.

Immigration Minister Marc Miller speaks about the volume of international students in Canada and how it’s contributing to the housing crisis.

Canada: Edmonton's extreme cold strains Alberta's energy grid, triggers emergency alert


CBC News has the story.

CBC/Radio-Canada is a Canadian public broadcast service.

Edmonton is in the midst of unprecedented temperatures, with the potential for three consecutive days of record-breaking cold. Mayor Amarjeet Sohi discusses the increased challenges around housing and homelessness due to the weather.

Canada: Dangerous deep freeze in Western Canada


CBC News: The National has the story.

CBC/Radio-Canada is a Canadian public broadcast service.

A dangerous deep freeze in Western Canada pushes Alberta’s power grid to the brink as shelters overflow. An Icelandic town hit by a river of lava after the worst volcanic eruption in decades. Plus, the role an ‘affordable’ piano plays in Michael BublĂ©’s songwriting.

Canada: Extreme cold in Calgary makes hospital close


CityNews on Youtube shows the story.

The polar weather has prompted an emergency department unit at the Peter Lougheed Hospital to temporarily close.

Canada: Deep freeze shattering records across Canada


Global News has the story.

Canada is known to be cold, but the biting winds and bitter temperatures blanketing the west have shattered records in some areas and there’s no immediate end in sight. Winter warnings and watches cover the entire country tonight, from coast to coast. Across Eastern Canada, there are warnings, watches and travel advisories as some powerful storms move through. In the West, bone-chilling temperatures are sweeping across the Prairies and parts of B.C. making it feel anywhere from -40 to -50 with the wind chill. Catherine Urquhart has the latest from this cold snap affecting the West.

Canada: Snow cleaning costs skyrocket in Metro Vancouver


CBC Vancouver has the story.

CBC/Radio-Canada is a Canadian public broadcast service.

Building stratas and commercial properties across Metro Vancouver are seeing rising costs for snow removal. And it's adding an even heavier financial burden for many home-owners this winter. Sohrab Sandhu looked into what's behind the sudden hike.

Canada: B.C. plunged into a deep freeze, storm expected in the East


CBC News: The National has the story.

CBC/Radio-Canada is a Canadian public broadcast service.

B.C. is in the grips of a polar vortex that's plunging temperatures to dangerous levels, especially for the most vulnerable people. It has caught many off guard because temperatures don't usually fall so low there. Meanwhile a large snowfall is expected to blanket Ontario eastward.

Apple agrees to pay Canadians $14.4M in class-action lawsuit


CTV News has the story.

Apple has agreed to pay $14 million to settle a class action lawsuit over batteries on older phones, entitling users to at least $150.

Air Canada passenger opens cabin door, falls out of plane before YYZ takeoff


Global News has the story.

A passenger aboard an Air Canada flight from Toronto to Dubai opened a cabin door and fell to the tarmac before takeoff Monday evening, injuring themselves and causing lengthy delays.

The plane, a Boeing 777, was sitting on the tarmac at Toronto Pearson International Airport preparing for takeoff when the incident took place.

Air Canada confirmed to Global News that during the boarding of flight AC056, a passenger “who had boarded the aircraft normally,” opened a cabin door on the opposite side of the aircraft, instead of going to their seat while the aircraft was at the gate.

As a result, the passenger sustained injuries falling to the tarmac, and emergency services and authorities were called in.

Global's Sean O'Shea has the details.

Is the USA about to 'pillage' Canada's drug supply?


CBC/Radio-Canada is a Canadian public broadcast service.
CBC News has the story.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is allowing Florida to import prescription drugs from Canada in bulk, potentially saving the state $150 million annually. Andrew Chang explains how this agreement works — and whether Canada could face shortages as a result.

Saskatoon passengers landing in Orlando told they 'entered the country illegally'


CTV News has the story.

A Saskatoon-area couple travelling to Orlando last Friday is left with many unanswered questions after an unexpected delay because of a security breach by an airport employee.

Monday, January 15, 2024

Japan's All Nippon Airways Flight Reports a Crack on Its Cockpit Window Mid-Air


Firstpost Channel on Youtube has the story.

Japan's All Nippon Airways Flight Reports a Crack on Its Cockpit Window Mid-Air

A domestic flight of Japan's All Nippon Airways reported a crack on its cockpit window mid-air. The Boeing 737-800 plane, carrying 59 passengers and six crew, returned to its departure airport. The flight was en route Toyama city but headed back to Sapporo. The crack was found on the outermost of four layers of windows surrounding the cockpit. This marks the second incident involving a Boeing 737. Earlier this month, cabin panel of Alaska Airlines Boeing plane fell off mid-air, forcing an emergency landing.

Air traffic transcripts reveal new details of Japan plane crash


9 News Australia Channel on Youtube has the story.

Air traffic control transcripts have shown that the coast guard plane involved in a fatal crash at a Japan airport did not have clearance to be on the runway prior to the crash.

How Japan Airlines Rescued 379 People in Just Minutes


Firstpost Channel on Youtube has the story.

How Japan Airlines Rescued 379 People in Just Minutes

379 passengers and crew members were evacuated from a Japan Airlines flight before it exploded into a fireball. How did it pull off this miraculous rescue? Palki Sharma tells you why safety guidelines and following rules can save lives. 

All 379 people aboard a Japan Airlines (JAL) plane escaped the burning airliner after a collision with a Coast Guard aircraft at Tokyo's Haneda airport that killed five of six crew on the smaller aircraft on Tuesday.

Watch the Japan Airlines story. Tokyo's Haneda Airport had the airplane on Fire. Evacuation of passengers happened in World News.

Plane Passenger's Shoes Ripped Off After Door Plug Detaches


Inside Edition on Youtube has the story.

A shocking picture shows the aftermath of an Alaska Airlines passenger’s foot after a plane’s door plug detached midair. His shoes and socks were sucked off his feet. The image shows bruises on the man’s ankle. The passenger says he started dozing off on the flight when he heard a noise. All at once, his shoes and socks were gone at 15,000 feet in the air along with his cellphone. Inside Edition’s Jim Moret has more.

Sunday, January 14, 2024

Japan: Newest Advanced Humanoid Female Robots


Carros Show on Youtube shows the story about Japan Humanoid Robots.

Japan continues to astonish the world with its advanced humanoid robots. The country actively develops autonomous robots to assist the elderly and enrich society with new technological solutions. Professor Hiroshi Ishiguro from Osaka University plays a pivotal role in creating incredibly lifelike androids, anticipating the future interaction between humans and machines.