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Meet Omron Global’s Ping Pong Playing Robot (Video)

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Omron Global, a Japanese electronics and engineering company, has outdone themselves by building a ping pong playing robot. The innovative machine that doesn’t just serve out balls, it can actually return them and rally with you. The machine is designed with complex robotics and engineering technology that allows it to sense the opponents movements and calculate the speed and trajectory of the ball. Check it out… The machine is designed for low difficulty matches (maybe only for kids). So while it probably won’t beat you, it

The U.S. and India Just Agreed on A Joint Space Mission to Study Climate Change

Editor’s Note: I am extremely excited to announce that The Higher Learning recently acquired three talented new authors to help us bring you more valuable news and knowledge. Over the next few days we will be introducing you to them and their writing. The following article was authored by Mikaela Cannizzo. The long sought after human exploration of Mars has recently made progress. In the last month, both India and the U.S. have had satellites reach the Red Planet’s orbit to carry out research

Antarctica Is Melting So Fast That It’s Altering Earth’s Gravity (Animation)

The strength of Earth’s gravity varies depending on where you are, mostly because of differences in the composition (ie. densities) of different regions on Earth. In 2009, the European Space Agency launched a satellite called the Gravity field and steady-state Ocean Circulation Explorer (GOCE), with the purpose of mapping these variations and seeing how they changed over time. During its four year period, the satellite gathered a lot of interesting and useful data, including this “gravity scar” left behind by the

Why Do the Majority of Chinese Citizens Think A War With Japan Is Imminent?

Recently, Genron, a Japanese non-governmental organization, teamed up with the state-run Chinese newspaper China Daily to conduct a survey about how people living in Japan and China felt about the two countries’ relations with one another. The results of the poll were a bit shocking. 53.4% of Chinese citizens believe that a conflict between China and Japan will happen in the near future, with a significant portion saying they believed it would happen within the next five years. In Japan, only 29% of people believed that

Forgotten: The Coolest Abandoned Places In the World (Pictures)

Dadipark- Dadizel, Belgium

We as humans have proven to be phenomenal architects and builders, constructing amazing buildings, monuments, amusement parks and countless other structures. However, we’ve also proven to be somewhat fickle, often abandoning our creations when they are no longer useful or entertaining to us. As nature reclaims these places, it creates an enchanting scene, juxtaposing human development and the natural world in a way that we can’t help but be intrigued by. Check out some of the coolest examples in the pictures below (click an image

India Continues to Lead the Solar Industry By Building A Huge Floating Solar Power Plant

India has been at the forefront of the solar industry for the past few years now. They are currently in the process of building by far the world’s largest solar power plant, and newly elected Prime Minister Norendra Modi has announced a plan to bring electricity to every home by 2017, using solar power. Now, India is taking another huge step in the development of their solar infrastructure. The idea of floating solar panels is not a new one. India already has

This Is What An Erupting Volcano Looks Like from the Space Station (GIF)

On June 12, 2009, the International Space Station’s orbit happened to take it over the Kuril Islands (northeast Japan). The Kuril Islands were built by volcanic activity and still have active volcanoes. The most active is Sarychev Peak, located on the northwestern end of Matua Island. Although Sarychev Peak hadn’t erupted since 1989, it was somewhat overdue for one, considering it had previously erupted in 1986, 1976, 1954, and 1946. By a stroke of luck, the ISS was flying overhead when Sarychev Peak was

How Stoats Hypnotize Their Prey When Hunting (Video)

You may have never heard of stoats before. These cute little creatures are closely related to ferrets, which are becoming an increasingly popular house pet these days. But don’t let their innocent appearance fool you- stoats are ferocious hunters. And when their speed and agility isn’t enough, they have a strange but fascinating secret weapon: hypnotism. Check out a stoat using this amazing ability to snare a rabbit in the video below: Stoats are very hardy creatures, and are able to live

Japan’s Prime Minister Is Planning to Host the World’s First Robotic Olympics in 2020

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wants his country to be on the cutting edge of the robotics industry. During a recent visit to a number of Japanese factories that build robots for industrial and care-giving purposes, Abe revealed his plans to bring about a “robotic revolution” in Japan. These plans include tripling Japan’s robotics budget to 2.4 trillion yen (~$23.5 billion USD) to make robotics a “major pillar” of Japan’s economic growth in the future. Abe also revealed his intention to

Man Vs. Machine – The World’s Best Robotic Soccer Goalie Vs. Lionel Messi (Video)

Engineers from Japan set out to build the world’s best robotic soccer goalie and they just might have succeeded. The goalie has a built-in motion-sensing device and it can ball hawk like crazy. So what do you do when you design a functioning robotic goalkeeper that is surprisingly effective? Well after crushing all local competition, you challenge the world’s best soccer player to see just how good your machine really is! Lionel Messi has been arguably the world’s best soccer player for

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