Part sand castle and part roller coaster, this Lego City 9v train takes you on a mini vacay to the Outer Banks. The gravity-powred ride travels through a castle, a seashell forest, and a series of underground tunnels for a one-of-a-kind ride along the North Carolina coast.
A 2016 report estimated that around 700,000 people die each year from antibiotic-resistant "superbugs". A large part of the blame goes to our massive overuse of antibiotics — from farm animals to overprescription. But Andrew Roberts is developing new tools to fight bacteria, by taking research out of the lab and crowd-sourcing swabs from filthy places.
Owning a miniature Apple II could be as easy as rounding up your spare change. Using a $9 CHIP computer, game developer Chris Larkin has created a working replica of the vintage computer. All of the components are housed in a 3D printed model with a custom paint job to match the original hue and is completly self-contained thanks to a 12V drone battery. Larkin shows how he made his and shares the plans to build your own.
Automation used to mean dumb robots performing narrowly defined work. Now machines can learn, and the massive pools of data generated by everything humans do teaching them how to it better than we ever could. Kurzgesagt looks at what the future of work might be, and how humans fit into the coming brave new world.
Because a trip to Jupiter will probably never happen in our lifetime, here's a stunning flyby of the fifth planet from the sun. The video started when Mathematician Gerald Eichstaedt took still shots taken by NASA's Juno spacecraft and spent 60 hours editing them together. As if this wasn't enough, animator Seán Doran then spent another 12 hours smoothing each frame, all 2,400 of them, resulting in this awe-inspiring tribute to the gas giant. Time well spent.
Evolution never stops — the timeline for evolution is usually measured in hundreds of thousands or even millions of years. But in just over a century, the height of the average American male has increased three inches and there have been adaptations to disease in the span of decades. Some of the most radical evolutionary shifts may come from our own doing, as gene editing technologies like CRISPR allow for extreme fine-tuning of the human genome, and the growing potential for interfacing our biological selves with computers. And in 1,000 years, we might not be living on Earth at all.
We spend about a third of our life sleeping, so the mattress you sleep on every night is incredibly important. Make sure you get the right one by trying out a Casper. This USA-made mattress is made up of multiple layers of foam, including one for support and pressure relief, and one to make sure you don't get too hot. It's all wrapped up in a durable woven cover, and shipped right to your door in a box that's easy to maneuver into even the smallest abodes. You get 100 nights to try it out, can return it for free if you're not satisfied, but if you are (and you probably will be), you can upgrade even further by grabbing some of the company's soft Supima cotton sheets and dual-layer pillows.
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If you wear contact lenses, you know they're essential — and likely know the feeling of panic when you realize you're on your last pair and haven't reordered. With a subscription service and direct business model, Hubble delivers high-quality disposable lenses right to your door every month, so you don't have to remember when it's time to re-up. The lenses are made from a high-grade hydrogel material for all-day comfort, by an FDA-approved factory that's been making contacts for over two decades. The first box is free, the monthly charge is roughly half what you'd pay for competing dailies, and if you need a prescription, Hubble will even set you up with an optometrist for an eye exam before you place an order.
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The most elegant solution is often the simplest. Making robots walk requires lots of hardware — in the form of motors, servos, gyroscopes, and the structure of the robot itself — and software to process those data points and translate them into movement. The Planar Elliptical Runner is a prototype bipedal robot that uses mechanical design to ditch much of the hardware and all of the software required to make it move, using only a motor and remote control.
Professional drivers — people that drive the UPS trucks, big rigs, courier services and many others — are one of the biggest employee groups in the US. With the self-driving car revolution already under way, they stand to be hit hardest in the first salvo of automation. WIRED looks at the current state of the technology, how it will affect drivers and whether autonomous vehicles are really ready for the road.
Everything must die. Death isn't limited to just the living things here on Earth — it will come to the stars and even the universe itself. White dwarfs are star corpses, what remains of a star's core after it sheds its outer layers. Far in the future, finding a suitable white dwarf to inhabit will be necessary for life as we know it.
Elon Musk hates Los Angeles' infamously terrible traffic as much as anyone. While you might think his electric car company Tesla and his dream of fully autonomous cars might solve that problem, there isn't much that satisfies a supervillain. Now he wants to disrupt the construction industry with The Boring Company and build tunnels underneath cities to transport cars on electric sleds at speeds of up to 124 MPH. This demonstration video shows Elon's idea to relieve congestion in cities once and for all.
This short film contains graphic images. Facebook, dating sites, forums — moderators are keeping watch over all of it. With an estimated 150,000 people employed in scrubbing offensive content from the web's social media and other sites, more people work in this area of the tech sector than any other. Field of Vision follows a group of new recruits at a firm in India that scrolls through 2,000 pictures per employee per hour, weeding out what doesn't meet the guidelines — and alerting authorities when the images depict illegal acts.
20 years ago, the Cassini spacecraft left Earth on a journey to Saturn. The probe has explored Saturn's icy moons, sending back evidence of the building blocks for life and diving between the planet and its famous rings. But now, Cassini's mission is almost over. It's running out of fuel, and to protect the purity of Saturn's moons, Cassini will plunge into Saturn's atmosphere and burn itself up in a spectacular end to a successful mission.
In China, there are entire markets devoted to cell phone parts — not surprising when nearly every component is manufactured and assembled there. Formerly a programmer from Silicon Valley, Scotty of Strangeparts wondered if he could build an iPhone 6S from parts found at the market. It took a while to finish, but finish he did — with a working iPhone made from about $300 in second-hand and refurbished components.
Daniel de Bruin has taken rides to the next level. With a biometric sensor implanted in his forearm, Daniel's own body controls the motion of this 2-foot tall tower, designed and built by Daniel himself. As the motion of the ride produces changes in the rider's biometric data, the biometric data changes the motion of the ride.
Bridging the gap between the stuff on store shelves and a trip to a custom tailor, INDOCHINO offers high-quality made to measure suits with amazing fit and feel. They take 14 measurements to create suits and shirts that fit and feel better than anything off the rack. And the fit isn't the only thing that will make you stand out, as INDOCHINO offers a great selection of fabrics and complimentary customization options — from lapels to linings and more — to personalize your look. The result is an investment-quality wardrobe that's far more attainable than traditional custom-tailored options and is much more affordable than just about any custom-fit suit on the market.
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You could run all over town looking for the best men's accessories around for Dad this Father's Day, or you could just go with a subscription to SprezzaBox. They simplify the shopping experience by shipping you a new box each month with around six new items that help put the finishing touches on a great look and all at a price that won't break the bank. A personal stylist tests out and hand-picks the items like ties, wallets, sunglasses, socks, and watches every month and subscriptions start at just $28 for over $100 in retail value. Quality, professional items are hand selected by an in-house stylist each month and shipped right to your door.
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Slave over the griddle no more. The Flippy Kitchen Robot can handle the cooking, leaving you free to dream up new dishes. Using a robotic arm, cameras, and artificial intelligence, this mechanical assistant cooks perfect burgers and chicken breasts, toasts buns, fries, and even builds sandwiches, all on its own. It installs in minutes, is controlled via a simple touchscreen interface, and can even move out of your way when needed, making it an ideal addition to many a professional kitchen, or the private kitchens of the very, very lazy.
It's more a proof-of-concept than an actual home, at least by Western standards. But Apis Cor's innovative solution to on-sight 3D building printing shows how construction might take place in the future. In 24 hours, this 400 square-foot mini-house was built for about $10,000 — around 70% less than the average cost of about $1,000 per square foot in the United States. In addition to reduced costs, 3D printing allows for much more creative architecture, making the ubiquitous square house a thing of the past.
Boston Dynamics has taken the wraps off its latest autonomous robot. Called Handle, it looks like it was inspired by a horse walking on its back legs — making it slightly more creepy than the company's previous designs. Despite the strange looks, Handle can definitely perform — tackling uneven terrain, steps, 100-pound loads, and even jumping over concrete barriers with impressive ease.
Made from adamantium, Wolverine's claws are nearly indestructible. They've taken down Lady Deathstrike, Silver Samurai, and an alternate version of himself. But they may be about to meet their ultimate foe: the hydraulic press.
Repairing any modern device looks impossible. Thousands of tiny components, all soldered onto multiple boards tightly layered on top of another — it's something only a robot could do. But Jessa Jones wants you to know that it isn't impossible — and to teach you how to do it. Jessa's background is in molecular genetics, and she used that to found the Practical Board Repair School, where she teaches the art of replacing microscopic parts.
LA-based Binishells is reinventing the construction business. The balloon-shaped structures are formed using low air pressure to create reinforced concrete shells. Using less labor and materials, the company can cut costs in half and build three times faster than traditional methods, while using less waste. They currently offer six systems that can be utilized for anything from homes and resorts to schools and public housing.
Jetpacks: They aren't just for secret agents and movies anymore. JetPack Aviation has brought fiction to reality with their self-contained personal flight systems. Devin Supertramp went to California to capture this epic demonstration of JetPacks' amazing technology.
With artificial intelligence getting more and more advanced, determining between humans and our robot friends could soon become difficult. So at what point do robots deserve fundamental rights? The answer revolves around consciousness. Until we begin programming them to experience pain and suffering, there's no need for rights. So let's just keep robots the empty, emotionless beings that they are.
Just 40 light-years away, NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has just discovered seven rocky Earth-like planets orbiting the star TRAPPIST-1. Of the seven, at least three appear to be in the habitable zone — meaning liquid water could be found on the surface. If any of these planets also carry oxygen and methane in their atmospheres, the presence of life is highly likely, making your alien dreams closer to a reality. In 2018, NASA plans on launching the James Webb Space Telescope to futher measure the chemical fingerprints of these exoplanets.
Chinese company Ehang is bringing the first unmanned aerial taxi to Dubai this year. The massive drones can carry 100 kgs and have a compartment for a small suitcase. Navigation is provided by a passenger-controlled tablet, for selecting your destination. While pricing isn't yet available, you can expect it to be a little more expensive than a cab ride across town.
123456. Qwerty. Password. These are just a few of the easiest to remember passwords, and hackers love them. Technology has made juggling the massive amount of logins required to function in our modern world much easier with password managers. Vox has some helpful tips to keep your information as safe as possible — at least from people looking to criminally profit. We have enough things to remember in the course of a day, so take passwords off that list.
Amazon Dash Buttons have been making our lives easier by restocking our paper towels and laundry detergent at a moments notice. Now, those handy buttons can do more than just order your pantry essentials. Using the company's customizable IoT Button, programmer Nathan Pryor linked one up to directly donate money to the American Civil Liberties Union. Stick it on your desk or laptop, and every time you see our current president's latest terrible tweet, you can ease your tension by pressing the button and sending five dollars to support the ACLU.
Nearly 7,000 feet beneath the surface of Ontario, Canada, a laboratory is searching for the glue that holds our universe together. SNOLAB uses the earth to shield its instruments from radiation in the search for neutrinos, a particle created in the nuclear reactions of the sun. VICE goes inside the lab and talks to the scientists that work there and their search for the beginnings of the universe.
Once you're on Earth, you're never supposed to leave. We owe an ancient debt to the universe, a debt more than four billion years in the making. In order to get off the planet, that debt must be repaid. And once we're off, staying in space requires even more energy. Kurzgesagt explains why leaving Earth is like leaving prison — and just a difficult to do.