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Japan Invents Robotic Pollinators To Replace Real Bees

If you’ve watched Black Mirror, you know this will not end well.

If you’ve watched Black Mirror, you will know that creating robot bees isn’t exactly a good idea. It’s definitely something that will never end well.

That’s why it is pretty surprising and baffling that real world scientists have just come up with a technology extremely similar to bee-like pollinating drones. Talk about an example of life literally imitating art!

Japan has just created robotic drones that collect pollen from flowers – just like real bees do.

According to reports, the Japan-based National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) have used horsehair, drones, and liquid ion gel to invent tiny robots that do the job of bees.

So how does it exactly work?

For starters, the drones fly into flowers just like a bee would do. Once the tiny tech makes it inside the flower, pollen is collected with the use of horsehair and ion gel. The pollen will then be transferred into another flower.

A Popular Mechanics report tells us that AIST chemist Eijio Miyako accidentally invented the sticky ion gel in 2007. Although Miyako initially considered the gel to be a failure, he eventually discovered that it can be quite useful for this new project.

Currently, Miyako leads the team behind the “Robo-bees” project.

The footage below shows us how one of the drones successfully pollinated flowers, Japanese lilies in this case, for the first time. Be sure not to blink or you just might miss it.

Watch this video and see the robotic insect in action:

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Why do we need robot bees in the first place?

Well statistics tell us that bees are dying at an alarming rate – and we are partly to blame for it.

TIME reported in 2014 that a study conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health has confirmed that pesticides containing neonicotinoids (NNIs)have caused Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD).

So while, yes, it does sound like robot bees are a terrific solution to the problem, we couldn’t help but feel a bit paranoid about them. Besides, the Black Mirror episode showed us that the robots were eventually hacked and started attacking humans.

Or maybe we’re just watching too much TV?

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Ancient 99-Million-Year-Old Frogs Look Just Like Modern-Day Toads

Frogs will always be frogs, whether they were born today or in the Cretaceous Period.

The world is filled with exciting new discoveries from ancient times. Scientists have just uncovered evidence that frogs roamed the Earth during the Cretaceous Period about 100 million years ago. Interestingly, these ancient toads seem to look just like their modern-day descendants.

A new report confirms that scientists have found four frog fossils in northern Myanmar. The tiny bodies were encased in amber and offer a clear glimpse at what tropical rainforests looked like in the Cretaceous Period. In any case, the discovery is groundbreaking since frogs rarely become fossils.

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Elon Musk’s Flamethrowers Get Misused On Social Media Despite Strict Terms & Conditions

What better way to start a particularly hot summer?

There is little doubt that Elon Musk's flamethrowers are the hottest new commodity right now. After all, the fiery device produced by The Boring Company have just been sold out. However, it looks like consumers have already started misusing the dangerous product despite its lengthy terms and conditions.

The Boring Company finally rolled out Not A Flamethrower at a celebrated pick up event held at the company's headquarters. People who had pre-ordered the gadgets were given a chance to sample the power of the flamethrower on unfortunate marshmallows. Although safety was reinforced during the event, things took a dangerous turn once everyone got home.

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NASA’s Curiosity Rover Finds Ancient Organics On Mars, Possible Life On Planet In The Past

The new discovery might confirm life thrived on the Red Planet billions of years ago.

Curiosity has made an exciting discovery on the surface of Mars. The rover has just found possible evidence of life on the planet billions of years ago. NASA might not quite ready to confirm that creatures once roamed the Red Planet. Nevertheless, the agency believes that the findings could mean positive things for future missions.

The NASA rover has found organic molecules in sedimentary rocks near the planet's surface. These molecules may contain hydroxen, carbon, oxygen, and nitrogen and are usually associated with life. However, their presence in the billion-year-old rocks does not confirm life on Mars just yet.

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