1. An engineering student at MIT has taught a robot to bake cookies. Well, the robot still hasn't learned to cut the dough into little circles, so the basically it's a cookie-cake specialist robot. And it takes the robot about two and a half hours to put together a recipe that would take a human baker about 25 minutes, so robots still got some learnin' to do. But, you guys, the future of cookies is coming.
2. CNN has released a roundup of all the new roller coasters opening in the United States this summer. There are a couple of record-breakers in the batch, including Goliath at Six Flags Great America in Illinois, which, when it opens, will be crowned the world's fastest wooden roller coaster. Road trip, anyone?
3. If you miss Church Street Station from the '80s or want to see what Lake Eola looked like all the way back in 1890, you'll want to savor this gallery. You'll also get to see the Beacham all lit up in the '30s, where you could catch a showing of the Marx Brothers' Duck Soup.
4. A new species of spider discovered in Morocco may want to think about training for the Olympics. Or trying out for the cheerleading squad, at least. In addition to traditional spider-walking, Cebrennus rechenbergi uses a cartwheel-like motion to propel itself around. One scientist was so taken with the spider's way of moving, he created a robot that mimics it. You can see both the spider and the robot in the above video.
5. Mustaches and books go hand in hand, right? 101Books collected eight of the very best literary mustaches throughout history. From James Joyce's Hitler-esque nose-hugger to Nietzche's massive, bushy soup-strainer, the list covers some of the best booky 'staches ever. They totally overlooked John Steinbeck, though.
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