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Guinea Pig Harem Says "Hello Sooty"

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FngSaiYuk sent me a newspaper shot of a guniea pig named Sooty. He had a night to remember after escaping from his pen and tunneling into a cage of 24 females...

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Robot Uses Mouse Whiskers to Get Around

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Mousey would be so proud of his rodent species. New Scientist's story says a robot with real mouse whiskers could represent an important step towards developing simple robots that navigate by mimicking rodents. Such whiskered machines could eventually be used to perform repairs in pipes.

The bristly bot, known as AMouse (Artificial Mouse) was built by researchers from the University of Tokyo in Japan and the University of Zurich in Switzerland. It uses real mouse whiskers because simulations have shown these to be the perfect size and shape for the task, but artificial whiskers will also be developed eventually.

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