Get the patents. Make a video. Prove the concept, then wait. The front end of Amazon that we're all familiar with — it's retail website — is just the tip of a massive internet juggernaut. Amazon also pretty much hosts the internet through its Amazon Web Services platform, also the most profitable part of the company. Now, Amazon wants you to buy your groceries at its coming chain of checkout-less locations, with the aim of getting as big a slice of a $25 trillion dollar pie as possible. And this is just the beginning.
Having Morgan Freeman as your in-home assistant, whipping you t-shirts and playing your favorite movies, sounds like a dream. We'll leave it to Mark Zuckerberg to make it a reality. The Facebook founder created his own AI to run his home through an app on his phone and computer. As well as controlling your lights, thermostat, appliances, and security, Jarvis even begins to pick up on your tastes and patterns, keeping your ears safe from unbearable music choices. Unfortunately, Zuckerberg is keeping this all to himself for the time being, but hopes to eventually make it available to the world.
The great thing about movies is there're just movies. They're not real. You can fall off a skyscraper or get shot 27 times and still survive. Christmas movies are no different. With some help from Jake from Vsauce3, former NASA engineer Mark Rober puts scenes from Home Alone, Elf, and A Christmas Story up again science to see how they hold up. The pair place their bets and the winner gets a major award.
After Stephen Hawking's crushing quantum chess loss to the genius Paul Rudd, someone stole Simon Pegg's cat. It's up to Zoe Saldana to get it back, but she's going to need some help. Unfortunately, Paul didn't pick up the phone, so Zoe is stuck with her second super-genius choice — Stephen Hawking. If you thought quantum physics was above your brain power, you were wrong.
Behind nearly everything that happens in the digital realm, there's a supercomputer. Scott Misage designs some of the most powerful supercomputers in the world for Hewlett Packard. From online gaming, automotive and aircraft design, to financial markets, Scott's supercomputers help power our modern-day connected world.
Our Jurassic Park dreams are finally coming true after dinosaur feathers were discovered encased in amber. The feathers come from the tip of a tiny bird-sized reptile's tail, dating back 100 million years. Although there are no immediate plans for a theme park island inhabited with cloned dinosaurs, we're sure it's only a matter of time.
Trying out new hot sauces is easy. Finding ones that taste awesome is not. That's where Fuego Box comes in. Available as a subscription or as a gift, this service brings boxes of little-known, high-quality hot stuff right to your door, with an emphasis on flavor over mind-melting heat. Every purchase helps support small, spicy businesses throughout the U.S. and no long-term commitment is necessary.
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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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The New York Times is the second-largest circulation in the United States, so you'd think pumping out all of those papers would take some pretty high-tech equipment. Actually, most of the machines are more than 20 years old, and keeping them up and running is an art form. Meet Greg Zerafa, Jerry Greaney, and Chris Bedetto, the team of machinists that keep the paper's eight three-story printing presses in tip top shape.
Amazon is once again upgrading your life by making grocery shopping slightly less terrible. With the new Amazon Go, the e-commercer giant has created a brick and mortar store with no checkouts and no lines. Just enter with their app and grab everything you need — the app will track everything you pick up and put back. Once you're done, simply walk out and all of your items will be charged to your Amazon account. The supermarket of the future is not too far away, with the first store opening in Seattle in early 2017.
NTDs are the new Black Plague. They can weaken, maim, blind, disfigure, and kill — all of which costs society financially as well as resourcefully. Kurzgesagt explains the war between humans and parasites, how we're fighting it, and who's winning the battle.
Ta'u has an electricity problem. Located in American Samoa, the island has been using diesel generators to produce energy for its grid — at massive cost. Each generator burns approximately 110,000 gallons of fuel per year, and shipping anything to the remote location is expensive. Tesla partnered with the island to build a solar generating plant that fulfills all the islands needs, and is one of the most advanced electrical grids in the world.
One of the greatest technological achievements of the First World War was the gun synchronizer. It allowed for the mounting of guns firing through an airplane's propeller, turning the entire machine into a weapons platform. The Slo Mo Guys built a mockup of a WWI fighter aircraft and filmed the operation of the synchronization gear at over 120,000 frames per second.
Living in a digital world, it's hard to believe that we didn't always have a camera in our back pocket. Animator Portero Delantero reminds us of the days when cameras had to be loaded with film and pictures took time to develop. Starting in 1900 with the Kodak Brownie, he takes us through an animated evolution of the last century of photography.
Along with Darth Vader, Slave Leia, and about a thousand catchphrases, we also have Star Wars to thank for those sugar-fuled nights spent at the local laser tag arena. Originating in 1984, inventor George Carter came up with the concept after watching the Battle of the Blockade Runner in A New Hope, spawning a TV show, series of novels, and a number one selling toy line. Although the game veered off from his original idea, our childhood's are indebted to him for allowing us to live out our blaster pistol dreams.
Two of the best things on the internet have finally come together — the hydraulic press and super slow motion video. The Slow Mo Guys took some inspiration from the Hydraulic Press channel, compressing a full deck of cards into a millimeters-thin stack. The explosion was captured, of course, in fantastic slow-motion.
Interplanetary travel isn't easy. There are all kinds of ways to die — radiation, solar flares, equipment failures. But before you get to space, you need to get off the ground, and that's dangerous too. And if you actually make it to Mars — well, you get the idea.
Neil Armstrong's first step on the Moon was a giant leap for mankind — but what about the last? Apollo 17 was the last manned mission to the Moon. Apollo 11 gets all the glory, but the story of the last moonshot is rarely told. From recordings, photos, and footage, relive man's last moonwalk on December 7, 1972.
Facebook has pretty obvious reasons to get internet access to as many people as possible. To help spread the reach of the ubiquitous social network, Facebook launched Aquila, a solar-powered drone that cruises the stratosphere at altitudes of more than 40,000 feet. There's only one problem: getting internet to the drone. WIRED looks at how Zuckerberg and company are solving the problem of getting the internet to some of the most unconnected places on Earth.
It's the Holy Grail of energy production — nuclear fusion. Fusion is clean and produces a massive amount of energy with a small amount of fuel, but there's one significant drawback: current fusion reactors use more energy than they produce. Kurzgesagt explains how fusion works, and how we might be able to make it cost-effective enough to power humanity into the future.
Growing food on Mars can't be that difficult — Matt Damon did it all by himself. But that was a movie, and if we make it to the Red Planet, we're going to need real solutions. National Geographic talks to NASA scientists to find out what the plans are to cultivate food in Martian soil.
Just because you're orbiting the Earth, doesn't mean your vote shouldn't be heard. Astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Kate Rubins were probably the farthest absentee ballots this election when they cast their vote from the International Space Station. But what will happen when we start shipping our citizens off 34 million miles away to Mars?
The future is here, at least in CGI form. Start-up Hyperloop One has just announced plans for the first hyperloop transport systems in the United Arab Emirates. Using an app, passengers will choose the gate where they will catch a pod that will transport them through the tube. Travel times are said to rival commercial flights, turning a two-hour car ride into a 12-mintue commute.
For all the imagining of extraterrestrial aliens as strange, technologically-advanced creatures, they seem to be an awful lot like us. When scientists ask how aliens might try to communicate with other lifeforms, they tend to assume they would use methods and technology very similar to our own. Aeon makes the case that looking for alien life might be more than simply trying to find our own reflection in a mirror.
No one likes zombies — unless they're on the screen and you don't have a role in the movie. So stopping a zombie outbreak before it becomes a full-blown apocalypse is important, and something the people in movies seem to be really bad at. They definitely should have talked to Professor of Epidemiology at Columbia University Dr. Stephen Morse. Dr. Morse walks you through the steps needed to prevent a zombie outbreak and make sure those delicious brains stay in your own head.
It might be about time to trade in this old Earth for a newer model. There are a few good candidates that are relatively close, with Mars and Venus having the best base to start from. But terraforming a planet isn't easy, takes a long time, and — oh yeah — it's never been done. While dreaming of moving an entire civilization to another planet might sound neat, starting here on Earth might be a little more realistic.
Alyssa Carson is 15 years old. In 15 years, NASA wants to land the first manned mission to the Red Planet. Alyssa could very well be part of that historic crew of astronauts. Skipping the being a kid part of being a kid, Alyssa is all-in for training to be a part of NASA's Mars team, having spent her entire short life up to this point to put a boot in some red dust millions of miles away.
If you've ever wanted to see exactly what it's like on board the International Space Station, now is your chance. NASA presents a fly-through of every part of the ISS, giving you a first person view of what living quarters in space are like. It's a little cramped, and the decor leaves something to be desired, but the view is unlike anything else on — or rather, above — Earth.
Humans have already been pretty good at destroying our planet, but getting rid of the entire universe is a slightly bigger task. Unless you're a False Vacuum. This unstable tunnel of energy is so fierce, it would disintegrate everything in its path in a matter of seconds. Life, and physics, as we know it would be completely lost. Luckily for us, it's just all speculation.
At around $10,000 per pound, shipping anything into space is extremely expensive. Most of the brain power in the new space race has focused on more efficient, multi-use rockets. But a small company called Made In Space has turned that idea on its head: Instead of designing and building better vehicles to get things into orbit, why not just build those things in space? In March 2016, Made In Space sent their second 3D printer to the International Space Station, giving interplanetary travel a huge boost in the process.