They call it the octobot.

The squishy 8-legged robot described in the journal Nature is made entirely out of soft, flexible materials, runs on hydrogen peroxide, and looks like a 2-centimeter-tall baby octopus.

It is a step forward for robotics, which has long relied on machines with hard skeletons (think The Terminator), or at least with rigid moving parts (like this other octopus-like guy designed by the Italian robot scientist Cecilia Laschi).

In their paper, the authors say the systems behind their invention, which you can watch move in the video below, “may serve as a foundation for a new generation of completely soft, autonomous robots.”

WATCH: Squishy ‘Octobot’ Moves Autonomously

Photo: Ryan Truby, Michael Wehner, and Lori Sanders/Harvard University

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Ronald D Moore: I'd love to drop some Klingons into Outlander

Klingons in a kilt? 😂

SAM Heughan’s bromance with William Shatner might have paid off - as Outlander director Ronald D Moore says he’d love to drop some Klingons into the historical time travel series.

Ronald who was appearing at Edinburgh TV festival said: “If I had my way it would be nice if the Klingons turned up every now and again.”

The director revealed that Sam Heughan and the cast will soon be sunning themselves in the Caribbean in the name of work.

He explained: “We are working on both third and fourth and seasons and third and fourth books.

"The third book starts in Scotland and we have a big extended story between Claire and Jamie separately.

"And they will take a sea voyage across the Atlantic ending up in Jamaica and the Caribbean and eventually the New World.

"It’ll be a whole new look for the show and a big epic adventure for season three.

"It’ll be fun and there’s allays something new in the show. I like the fact that each season is different.”

He added: “Sam’s great. He takes it all in his stride.

"I don’t think he takes himself too seriously. It’s great people have a response to him.”

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Drunk Americans illegally float into Canada
Some 1,500 drifting revelers were rescued.
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Illegally entering Canada and being rescued by the coast guard was not what the swimsuit-clad Americans who were swept into foreign waters on Sunday had in mind when they set off from Port Huron, Mich.

But that’s what happened to Ann Levere, who has spent many summer days in an inflatable raft on the St. Clair River bordering Michigan and the Canadian province of Ontario. The annual Port Huron Float Down, which draws cooler-toting revelers in colorful dinghies and inner tubes, is a tradition dating to the late ‘70s, and Levere has been a regular for nearly as long.

This year strong winds blew Levere eastward, separating her from her family. In an attempt to point her raft in the other direction, the 48-year-old grandmother slipped and fell into Canadian waters.

She wasn’t alone — some 1,500 river partygoers inadvertently drifted across the northern border, entering Canada without documentation on Sunday. Most had to be rescued through a massive effort from several Canadian agencies, then were returned to the United States by bus.

Others were given a lift back to the American side by friendly Canadians on the water.

After Levere tumbled into the river, a Canadian woman pulled her up onto her own raft. Together, they latched onto a Canadian freighter that towed them toward Port Huron. By the time Levere reached land, she had been on the water for nearly seven hours.

“They just made me feel so warm and comfortable,” she said of her rescuers in a phone interview with The Washington Post. “If it wasn’t for them, I don’t know what would have happened to me.”

Other floaters were just as grateful for the neighborly assistance.

“God bless Canada!” a raucous group shouted in a Canadian Coast Guard video posted by the CBC.

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Site C Dam project betrays Trudeau's commitment to First Nations, say critics
Despite a promise to forge a new relationship with Indigenous peoples, the Trudeau government is facing tough criticism for supporting the Site C dam — a project opposed by many First Nation leaders, Amnesty International and the Royal Society of Canada.

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On Aug. 20, with millions of Canadians watching, the Tragically Hip’s Gord Downie  praised Prime Minister Trudeau’s commitment to better reconciliation with First Nations.

But despite their promise to forge a new relationship with Indigenous peoples, the Trudeau government is facing tough criticism for supporting the Site C dam in B.C. — a project opposed by many First Nations leaders, Amnesty International and even the Royal Society of Canada.

The Site C dam is a $9-billion dollar hydro-electric mega-project being built on the Peace River in B.C. The dam would flood an 83 km stretch of the valley near Fort St. John. Those against it say it will destroy ancestral burial grounds, and threaten land that is used for traditional hunting and fishing.

Caleb Behn is a Treaty 8 member and the executive director of Keepers Of The Water, an Indigenous water protection organization focused on protecting the Arctic Ocean Basin. He has been involved in the fight against Site C for many years and tells The Current’s summer host Robyn Bresnahan that he feels “betrayed.”

“Indigenous people in this country know all too well what betrayal feels like and the betrayal is written in the destruction of the natural world.”

‘From the very beginning of this process we were very clear that we were not opposed to the creation of the energy, what we were opposed to was the unnecessary destruction of the river valley.’-  Chief Roland Willson of the West Moberly First Nation.

Behn tells Bresnahan that the Site C dam project is “the most damaging project ever viewed under the history of the Environmental Assessment Act.”

“People may consider the site C to be just a one-off project but when you put it in the context of cumulative impact, this is a region that has been massively impacted by oil and gas development, mining, coal hydroelectric etc. etc.”

Behn says he’s not alone with his concerns about this project and tells Bresnahan that “360 of North America’s leading scientists have identified and written publicly that this project has major issues.”

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NEWSHOUR: After imam shooting, a Bangladeshi community re-evaluates its relationship with police

“There was a lot of, ‘There was a robbery,’ ‘Why are you so sure it’s a hate crime?’ It all felt very dismissive of the community’s concerns.”

— Sharmin Hoque, Ozone Park resident 

Residents told the PBS NewsHour Weekend that for years, the local police department, precinct 106, had worked closely with the community to try to stop anti-Muslim attacks before they happened. And community members said they trusted the police, regularly calling on them for help.

After the shootings, however, Hoque said she felt the police and others were reluctant to label Saturday’s shooting a hate crime, even though the local officers knew that hate crimes have taken place in the neighborhood before.

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Annihilation is based on the sci-fi novel by Jeff VanderMeer and Alex adapted it into a film. Oscar Isaac plays Natalie Portman’s husband. I love Oscar so much. He is so encouraging and he’s been so lovely and so supportive. It’s about five women who are going into the Shimmer, an entity that’s starting to destroy the world. So we’re trying to stop it. We have guns, we’re doing some badass stunts and it’s a brilliant storyline. I play Anya Thorensen, a paramedic from Chicago who happens to be a lesbian and an ex-addict going into the Shimmer to be the hero that she’s kinda always wanted to be.
—  Gina Rodriguez on 2017 film, Annihilation.
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First Look: The Audi Q2 Edition #1

Audi is upping the ante at the market launch of its new compact SUV with a particularly sporty model. The Audi Q2 Edition #1 features an exclusive quantum gray paint finish, black and Manhattan gray exterior details, 19-inch wheels and a long list of standard equipment. Customers can place their orders beginning in early September, 2016.