Singing robot stars in new opera production, Ep. 209This week on Crave, we learn how to make lava at home. News flash, it's not safe. A robot named Myon spent two years preparing for the role of its lifetime in a Berlin opera. Plus, watch an F-16 fighter jet blast a drone out of the sky.
What's up guys? My name is Stephen Beacham and here's what's happening this week on CNet's Crave blog. [MUSIC] Now you can make lava in your own back yard. It's super dangerous please don't try it. Artist Bob Wysocki and geologist Jeff Karson both faculty members at Syracuse University are producing manmade lava and demonstrating lava flows in their own background. The research project of Called the lava project and was recently featured in a video for National Public Radio. Using a large, bronze furnace they melt up to 800 pounds of basaltic gravel, the same material that makes up most of the Earth's crust. The gravel [UNKNOWN] is cooked for days at a time until it reaches a temperature of over 1,000 degrees and liquefies. As the lava pours out of the furnace, it's at a temperature of about 1,035 degrees and takes about a day or two to completely cool down. It is during this cooling stage that Bob [UNKNOWN] He is able to complete his art pieces while the lava is still malleable. Check out more about the man made lava in the Crave blog post. [MUSIC] Are you a die hard zombie fan? Oh my god, I'm so over the zombie craze. Well, now you can take a zombie themed cruise on the Walker Stalker cruise line. [MUSIC] The Zombie Cruise Line will be cruising from Miami, Florida to Nassau, in the Bahamas. And boy is it going to be creepy. There will be celebrity guests, including cast members from the Walking Dead. There will be activities like dancing, fun in the sun, live entertainment and, of course, Zombie themed night. Prices start around Around $500 plus $225 for taxes and fees. But money means nothing when you're a zombie. All they want is brains, right? A small humanoid robot named Myon is the lead actor in a play called My Square Lady, at the Komische Opera in Berlin. The play is an adaptation of the classic Broadway musical, My Fair Lady. [MUSIC] Mayan spent two years preparing for the lead role with a gob squad art collective who worked closely with the Neurobiotics research laboratory at Berlin Hummel University. To make sure Mayan hit all the marks. Mayan was developed to study cognition and language capabilities in robots. When he began his work with the play, Mayan knew nothing. He would literally sit in a chair and stare at the other actors. Actors. But over the course of two years, he learned how to interact with his fellow thespians, taking visual cues, learning how to walk across the stage and sing along with the vocalists and the orchestra. My Square Lady runs through July 5, 2015. [MUSIC] All right, guys. Guys, that's the show. Thank you very much for watching. As always, you can find all these news stories at CNet's Crave blog at crave.cnet.com. Be sure you follow Crave on Twitter, @crave, and check out this week's Crave giveaway. This week's Crave giveaway are three MisFit Bolt color changing smart bulbs. These are LED smart bulbs that you control with your tablet or smartphone, and no need for a hub. Go to the blog and enter to win. Win. [INAUDIBLE] [INAUDIBLE] Snake one, [INAUDIBLE] 68, [INAUDIBLE] hostile. [NOISE] [INAUDIBLE] [INAUDIBLE]