Briefly: China’s French Ghost Town, Olympus PEN E-P5 Review, Terrifying Slime Mould Robot

Brief news items of note for Lifehacker readers including: Inside China’s ghost town replica of Paris, Olympus PEN E-P5 reviewed and rated, Scientists use slime mould to control robotic face.

  • Digital music service Rdio has revamped its stations feature. “In the left-hand navigation, click Stations to find new station types like popular genre stations and You FM — a station comprised of artists and songs inspired by your taste in music,” the company explained.
  • In 2007, China began developing a replica of Paris, with the intention of housing around 10,000 people. Today, the town’s population hits somewhere around 2000 — and those are mostly people working on the French-themed village park next door. You can see a video of the sadly underpopulated town here.
  • Looking for a new high-quality snapper? Gizmodo has just reviewed the Olympus PEN E-P5; a 16-megapixel Micro Four-Thirds camera with a five-axis image stabilisation system, precise and fast auto-focus and retro 1970s looks. “If you’re in the market for a great mirrorless/Micro Four Thirds camera and have $1000 to spend, you’ll do yourself a disservice by going past the Olympus PEN E-P5,” they conclude. Sounds impressive!
  • I count myself as something of an authority when it comes to scary robots. Examples to instill terror include the Kansei human emotion robot, the Geminoid DK, CB2 and this nameless, singing monstrosity from Hell. The latest robotic nightmare to join their ranks takes things even further by using slime mould to control its face. “Electrical signals produced when a yellow slime mould moves eagerly towards food or is repulsed by light are used to power a human-like robot face,” the video explains. Brrrr…
  • PC Case Gear is currently selling the PowerColor AMD HD7970 OC graphics card for $369. The card boasts an engine clock of 955MHz, 3GB GDDR5 memory, PCI-E 3.0, DirectX 11.1 support, 2x DVI, HDMI, 2x Mini DisplayPort and also comes with four game codes (Crysis 3, Bioshock Infinite, Tomb Raider and Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon.) [Via OzBargain]