It's a fact of school life, long established, that some science experiments are cooler than others. Burning peanuts to establish calorie content? Boring. Exploding a mess of chemicals to create a multi-limbed ash kraken monster?
This experiment, featuring the combustion of Mercury (II) thiocyanate and Ammonium chromate, is a spectacular example of the 'Pharaoh's Snake' fireworks, particularly popular in North America.
The video above is a highly toxic and more extreme version of the experiment, and notable for the fact that its many-limbed terror looks exactly like a monster risen from hell.
Take a look, above.
Meet Jules, the newest and most realistic humanoid robot yet from David Hanson and the team at Hanson Robotics.
A robot that looks just like its creator (www.newscientist.com).
Engineers at Kagawa University in Japan are developing a talking robotic version of the human mouth: To enable the robot's speaking abilities, engineers at Japan's Kagawa University used an air pump, artificial vocal chords, a resonance tube, a nasal cavity, and a microphone attached to a sound analyzer as substitutes for human vocal organs.
ACTROID-F in AIST Open Lab 2010.
Robot modeled after Albert Einstein. Einstein mimics the facial expressions he detects in others. Smile at him, and he'll smile back.
Cybernetic human dance demo in DCEXPO, 2010.
Humanoid face created by Hanson Robotics (www.hansonrobotics.com). Robotics scientists at Hanson previously created animatronic puppets for Disney studios.
Animatronic baby mechanism for anonymous TV series. Built by Chris Clarke for CNFX Workshop.
Taiwanese Kissing Robots (NTUST Robot) were exhibited in AutoRob2009 in Gwangju, Korea. They were developed by Prof. Chyi-Yeu Lin's research team in National Taiwan University of Science and Technology.
Robot girl with silicone skin.