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All Your Ticks Are Named John Conner

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Daniel Andrlik
Daniel Andrlik lives in the suburbs of Philadelphia. By day he manages product teams. The rest of the time he is a podcast host and producer, writer of speculative fiction, a rabid reader, and a programmer.

I just read an article in Wired about a robot designed by the Virginia Military Institute that can troll around your yard recognize and collect ticks. The ticks are then placed inside the robots denim skirt, which ticks cling to naturally. The fabric of the skirt is soaked in permethrin, which means that little insect’s disease carrying days are over.

The robot goes all around the yard, recharging after every lap, while emitting carbon-dioxide to attract our little bloodsucking friends. It seems to be pretty effective. According to the article, students released 75 ticks into the test area. During an eight hour test the robot collected 72 of them. Super cool, eh?

Read about it here.


Roach Cyborgs Will Rule The World
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I survived my weekend at work and I am totally burned out. I plan on having a beer and crashing until tomorrow, but in the meantime you should read about the research that I am sure will someday evolve into our cybernetic overlords.
Quick Post: People Search For The Darndest Things
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I was just perusing some of my Statcounter data when I came across this search string a Canadian used to find my site. It’s far from the most bizarre thing I’ve seen in my search results, but it is notable for its specificity.
No Enforced RFID In My State!
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Via /.: Wisconsin may soon become the first state to ban the practice of mandatory microchip implants in human beings. State Representative Marlin Schneider has authored a proposal that will make it illegal for governments and companies to require RFID chips, or implanting them in employees without their knowledge.