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June 5, 2019

Following Schrödinger’s cat to its death and giving it a reprieve

Enlarge / Two-state cat. (credit: RBerteig on Flickr)

One thing I dislike about quantum mechanics is that it encourages journalists to overuse words like “mysterious” and “spooky.” Given that we can model quantum systems to an accuracy that would make a god cry, where is the mystery?

I personally blame Schrödinger and his eponymous cat. That thought experiment, combined with an ever-increasing body of experimental results, shows just how subtle quantum mechanics is. Rather than admitting a lack of understanding, some journalists seem to use Schrödinger’s cat as a get-out-of-explaining-for-free [...]

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May 31, 2019

Meow-troid? Cat-slevania? Either Way, Gato Roboto Is Excellent

A space pilot named Gary crash-lands on a small planet, gets stuck in his ship, and sends his cat (who caused the crash in the first place) on a retro platforming adventure to find help. A real cat would lick itself and fall asleep, but this is no real cat. This is Gato Roboto, monochrome cat Metroid. Catroid, if you…

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May 30, 2019

Ekasbo’s Matebot may be the cutest cat robot yet created

If Shrek saw Matebot, no amount of sad-eyes could win him back to Puss in Boots’ side. Created by Shenzhen-based robotics company Ekasbo, Matebot looks like a black and white cartoon cat and responds to your touch by wiggling its ears, changing the expression in its big LED eyes and tilting its head.

Built with voice recognition, infrared technology and seven moving parts, the Matebot is designed to serve as an interactive companion, including for people who can’t keep pets, creator Zhang Meng told TechCrunch at Computex in Taiwan.

The Matebot is controlled with a smartphone app and can be integrated with Android voice control systems. [...]

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May 11, 2019

An Action Scene in John Wick 3 Was Almost Derailed By an Army of Cats

Considering John Wick’s origins in its protagonist’s love of his dog, it makes sense that the sequel’s biggest nemesis would be a bunch of cats.

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