If you, like me, grew up watching the animated series and playing with the action figures, then this is absolutely a dream come true for you.
A bunch of Turkish engineers just created a real-life Transformer car which, like our favorite Autobots and Decepticons, transforms from vehicle mode to robot mode – and vice versa.
So yes, there’s really more to this sporty red BMW than meets the eye!
A robot in disguise: This sporty BMW can transform into a life-sized robot.
Built by 12 engineers and 4 supporting technicians, the Letrons transforming car came as an idea when the company was brainstorming for a futuristic project. The ANTIMON is built from an actual car and it took the team 8 months to complete it in Ankara, Turkey.
While the car functions via a remote control, the official website tells us that they are “not drivable in traffic yet.” It is, however, a future possibility that they are already looking into.
The video below shows us how the vehicle does its transformation. And it’s pretty sick!
Watch the video here:
Of course, it should be noted that Letrons do not have the capability to walk, fly and punch like a real Transformer. Still, this looks pretty badass and the idea of owning a life-sized robot can be extremely tempting for some.
So far, the car is not “drivable in traffic yet” and can only run using a remote control.
So are Letrons for sale? The website said:
“Yes LETRONS can be for sale if the buyers project and their reasons for use, meets the criteria of the LETRONS team.”
The company mentions that buyers can get the car-slash-robot if they meet the “criteria of the Letrons Team.”
No price has been mentioned but for those seriously interested with this, it is a safe bet that this won’t be cheap.
Scientists Have Found a Way to Create Babies without Egg Cells!
Groundbreaking research has shown that babies can be created without egg cells!
Over the course of medical science, it has been a strongly held belief that in order to create a baby, you need an egg cell, a sperm cell, and a place for the embryo to grow. However, recent scientific studies have shown that the egg and sperm need not meet inside the uterus (In Vitro Fertilization), and the uterus doesn't even need to be the mother's uterus (surrogate).
But even more groundbreaking than that is the possibility that babies can be created without an egg cell! A study published in Nature Communications has shown that eggs may not be unique in their ability to create an embryo.
We used to think that babies = sperm + egg, but scientists have proven otherwise!
Trees Can Sense When They’re Being Eaten so They Launch a Defense!
Did you know that plants can strike back when they know they’re being chewed on?
Plants all around us may seem like passive organisms that only serve to feed herbivores, but did you know that plants are a lot smarter than that?
Over the millennia, plants have evolved to be able to fend for themselves against damage caused by nature. Some plants cover themselves in spines, disguise themselves as predators, and in a recent study, they've also been found to produce a chemical defense against hungry animals munching on their buds.
These cobra lilies can scare off even the largest predators!
Student Accidentally Creates Rechargeable Battery that Lasts 400 Years
This UCI doctorate student accidentally created a battery that can withstand 200,000 charging cycles!
Accidents happen all the time. Sometimes you accidentally put too much sugar in your coffee. Other times you accidentally forget to call your girlfriend. And then other times you accidentally make a scientific breakthrough.
That's exactly what happened to Mya Le Thai, a doctoral student from the University of California, Irvine. She was just playing around in the university's lab when she suddenly came across the perfect structure to create a battery that can be charged repeatedly over a span of 400 years.
The researchers were originally experimenting with nanowires to be used in batteries, but they learned that these thin, fragile wires would break down and crack after multiple charging cycles. Thai then decided to do an experiment wherein she coated a set of gold nanowires in manganese dioxide and a Plexiglas-like electrolyte gel.
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