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Visitors to Resorts World on Sentosa Island, Singapore, can witness a 10-minute animatronics spectacle wherein two 80-metric-ton mechanical cranes appear to emerge from the water and flap their wings as they fall in love. The cranes’ 25-meter-wide wings are created by spraying nearly 37 000 liters of seawater from the 10-story-tall birds’ bodies over the course of each show.
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Willie Jones is an associate editor at IEEE Spectrum. In addition to editing and planning daily coverage, he manages several of Spectrum's newsletters and contributes regularly to the monthly Big Picture section that appears in the print edition.