Museum of Science and Industry


Who would have thought it? These robots have rhythm. In order to get a group of NAO robots to dance in sync, a group of scientists have programmed them to use techniques based on quorum sensing (the way bacteria and

Hot Bee Ball of Death

By Andy
April 06, 2012

One of the most humiliating ways to die is to be snuggled to death by bees. This is true whatever your species, but it is most common for the giant Asian hornet, whose tough exo-skeleton is so thick that their rival Japanese honeybees cannot sting them. Instead, the bees swarm around the unfortunate hornet and beat their flight muscles until their combined body heat raises the internal temperature of the ball to 47° Celsius (116° F), smothering the invader in a deadly cuddle. Interestingly, 


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