links for 2010-06-09

  • When did romantic comedies go ballistic?

    Or was it the action movies that went soft?

  • Robotics developers at the Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich's Institute for Dynamic Systems and Control have built autonomous robots that drive, dock with their peers on the ground, then fly into the air in coordinated swarms….all of this without human direction. In fact, the vehicles can drive around on the ground as individual, autonomous units, but "it is not until they assemble that they are able to fly," according to the researchers:
    (tags: robots)
  • Claimed to be one of the finest examples of its kind, the 1953 three-and-a-half-litre Bentley Saloon is valued at between £75,000 and £90,000 and is offered together with a comprehensive collection of diaries documenting its many trips in great detail, some 75 years after it was built.

    More unusually, however, it comes with ownership of the company which built the bespoke bodywork and interior of the car; Freestone and Webb