Science&technology TigerITank THIS highly realistic replica of the Second World War German Tiger I tank is not just for steering around the garden tormenting the cat, it actually fires stuff too. Designed to emulate the original 88mm gun, it fires ball bearings and has a smoke generator and sound effects. Watch out, cat... 79.99, gadgetsarcade.com 12 Thursday, 27 August 2009 London Lite TERMINATOR ROBOT, JET FIGHTER The latest generation of remote-controlled gadgets is smaller, cheaper and a lot easier to control. Banish your disappointing childhood memories of feeble, tiny boats on the pond at the local park. You can now more or less go to full-blown war with a host of must-have boys toys that includes everything from an F-16 fighter plane to a Second World War tank, a water cannon and even a killer shark. Here DUNCAN GRAHAM-ROWE reviews the latest remote-control gizmos that promise hours of fun -- for grown-ups and kids alike. BLACK with an iridescent blue/ green coppery sheen is the colour scientists believe a 40 million-year- old dinosaur feather would have been in its day. A team at Yale University found that, like many living creatures, it contained periodic nanoscopic structures that would have created the appearance of colour through light, not pigment. TREES have long been chopped down for building. Now German architects have made a structure out of living trees. The nine metre-high baubotanical tower is made out of several hundred trees grown to produce a structurally sound framework. MEN who smoke marijuana daily are four times more likely to have trouble reaching orgasm than non- smokers, according to an Australian survey of 9,000 people. Many other dope smokers quizzed had the opposite problem -- premature ejaculation at three times the rate of non-smokers. ECCEROBOT is the creation of a team of European researchers who believe that if you want robots to move more like humans you need to build them like humans. It has electric motors that are used to drive rigid bone structures. Extreme funatthe touchof aremote AeroVironmentNAV FURTHER down the line, the next generation of microfliers could leave you in a flap, quite literally. A Californian company called AeroVironment has developed the smallest free-flying aircraft that is capable of hovering by flapping its wings like a humming bird. With backing from the American defence department, the aim is to use these flappers for reconnaissance missions on the front line. avinc.com i-Bladez BACKED by Peter Jones of Dragons Den, Iain Morgan has developed a novel form of controller for his Salvation range. The i-Bladez is a revolutionary flight stick that gives six- way control and lets you fly the copter almost like a real pilot. However, it is quite fragile and can sometimes be difficult to control. 44.99, play.com 6/10 F-16FightingFalcon ITS ironic that remote-control gizmos are always designed to look fast and furious when usually they are actually quite slow and fragile. But not this one. With no flimsy propellers in sight, this jet comes with a brushless fan motor that can take it up to 90mph. And, at more than a metre long, the F-16 is no microflier. Comes with a range of about 1km. 209.00, nitrotek.co.uk 9/10 TBC 8/10 Lite bytes Science news in brief from around the world Eccerobot: built more like a human index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html