A Japanese firm has built a drone with two arms and hawklike talons that is capable of lifting objects that weigh as much as 22 pounds. That’s roughly the weight of a 1-year-old, although you should not use drones to transport a child or any other living thing. Japan-based Prodrone is marketing the PD6B-AW-ARM as the world’s first large-format drone with dual robotic arms. The hovering robot weighs 44 pounds and can fly for up to 30 minutes.
Brewery uses pipeline to transport beer across city
Beneath the gilded spires and medieval cobblestone streets of Bruges, the lifeblood of Belgium now flows at more than 1,000 gallons an hour. The turn of a tap last week propelled the Belgian city into the future — and sent its citizens to the bar — as dignitaries and drinkers celebrated a momentous innovation: the world’s first beer pipeline. The 2-mile pipeline carries beer from one of the country’s oldest still-operating breweries in the center of Bruges to a bottling plant on its outskirts. An influx of visitors to the city, a UNESCO World Heritage site, made transporting the brew daily on tanker trucks tedious and expensive, and risked forcing the 500-year-old Half Moon out of its home. So the brewery cut out the trucks in favor of the pipeline, which will operate 24 hours a day.
With 800 offspring, tortoise saves species
A century-old, extremely sexually active giant hooded tortoise has single-handedly brought his species back from the brink of extinction. Fifty years ago, there were 14 members of Chelonoidis hoodensis in Española, an island of the Galápagos Islands — 12 females and two males. They didn’t even need the other guy. Since 1976, a tortoise named Diego has fathered more than 800 young — two of every five hooded tortoises in existence, according to genetic testing.