"The world's oldest continuously operating family business ended its impressive run last year. Japanese temple builder Kongo Gumi, in operation under the founders' descendants since 578, succumbed to excess debt and an unfavorable business climate in 2006." More
"China has created artificial snow for the first time in Tibet, Xinhua news agency reported on Wednesday, months after experts warned of melting glaciers and drought in the Himalayan region. The Tibet meteorological station had performed a "successful artificial snowfall operation" last week in northern Tibet, about 4,500 meters above sea level, the agency said." More
"Robots can get away with things that humans cannot. In the Minami area of Osaka, for example, a humanoid robot dressed in a “sailor suit” high school uniform now works the street as a tout for an adult information center that navigates potential customers to local sex clubs. Humans in Osaka are prohibited by law from engaging in such nefarious activity." More
"Welcome Home, Pioneer" is an installation created for the "Mechanosphere" show at the Three Rivers Arts Festival Gallery in Pittsburgh, ... all » PA. A tumbleweed rolls on black canvas stretched over a gimbal mounted frame. More
0.5 inch / 12.5 mm on a side 0.125 cubic inch / 2 cc volume 15 minute run time 0.5 f/s / 0.15 m/s maximum speed Microcontroller Infrared sensing
Pico qualifies as the smallest in its category in spite of the existence of a 1 cc class in some Japanese robot competitions because to my knowledge (to date), none of those robots have contained their own power source, and many of them don't even contain any circuitry.
From the North Korean Arirang / Mass Games 2005. Watch the giant human mosaic in the background, composed of 15,000 or more individuals each holding a coloured placard. The mosaic changes with the music.