It seems like only yesterday Atlas was merely running on a treadmill and wobbling across footholds. Now, the humanoid robot is doing backflips. Backflips. Not to mention it totally stuck the landing. At this rate, humanity is only one cartwheel away from complete extinction.
One thing by itself can't do much. But when things work together, the possibilities are nearly endless. Whether ants, humans, or cells, you need lots of small parts to make a whole. Kurzgesagt looks at emergence and how it underpins life on Earth as we know it.
Japan's famous bullet trains had a problem: they were extremely loud. Pressure waves while exiting tunnels at high speeds caused a shockwave that could be heard from 1,500 feet away. Engineer and birdwatcher Eiji Nakatsu led the redesign of the trains, and found solutions in birds, most notably in the beak of the kingfisher.
The leading cause of death is being alive. Our bodies are full of zombies — senescent cells that refuse to die when they should. As these cells accumulate, they wreak havoc on healthy cells around them — and making us age in the process. Kurzgesagt looks at how scientists are looking at reversing aging as a means to keep us healthier for longer.
If you could live forever, would you? It's an age-old question. But now, we're getting closer to having an answer. Kurzgesagt looks at the end of aging and the problems of deciding how long to live.
In the North Sea, energy company Statoil has finished the first floating wind farm in the world. Creating over 30 MW from five huge turbines, the Hywind Scotland wind farm is the first in what Statoil hopes will be a future of carbon-free emission power sources.
Made in their Portland, Oregon, factory, the Danner Ridge was created to be a lighter weight and more versatile hiking boot that still reflects its classic Danner styling. Built with light hikes and city streets in mind, the overall design is inspired by the original Danner Light with an updated construction method that integrates the shank, midsole and lasting board into a single piece. This new, unified platform, combined with a low profile Vibram outsole, allowed Danner to significantly reduce weight and create an out-of-the-box comfort that doesn't come standard with most classic hiking boots.
Built with top quality components and thoughtful construction, you can't go wrong with a made to measure gray or blue suit from Indochino's Premium Collection. All their suit jackets are half canvassed, with fully fused fronts, for greater versatility and excellent shape for your body. Each jacket also features fully canvassed lapels, bullhorn buttons, lightweight shoulder pads and high-quality collar felts. Just choose your fabric, customize your suit, and submit your measurements. The result is an investment-quality suit that's far more attainable than bespoke options and fits better than off-the-rack options. You can wear them year round, and you get the most bang for your buck as Black Friday sales are already running.
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We still don't have hoverboards, but police in the city of Dubai now have hoverbikes. Although they can only hit speeds of 40 mph, they do have the advantage of reaching heights of 16 feet. These flying police cruisers are sure to fit in nicely with their more traditional McLaren, Bentley, and Mercedes police cars.
In 1958, the United States launched the first solar-powered satellite, Vanguard 1, into orbit. Over 2,200 days later, it's still in orbit — just one of millions of pieces of debris orbiting the Earth. As space around the planet becomes more crowded with the leftovers of human spaceflight, it poses a grave danger to the future of space exploration.
The Star War Universe is expanding further and going beyond virtual reality and into hyper-reality. The collaboration between Lucasfilm, ILMxLAB and The VOID will send players to the planet of Mustafar disguised as Stormtroopers to go on a Rebel mission and recover Imperial intelligence. Although there doesn't appear to be any lightsaber action, the multi-sensory experience will include a blaster battle with a giant lava monster. Tickets are on sale now for the winter debut at Disney Springs in Orlando and Downtown Disney in Anaheim.
Inside our gut, there are three pounds of bacteria that do everything from help your immune system to break down the food we eat. It's a beautiful relationship that's been going on for millions of years. But new research suggests that your microbiome may be doing more than just helping you out — it might be telling your brain what to do.
If you saw moving animation on a TV screen in the 70s and 80s, it was more than likely made on a Scanimate. Only about 10 were ever made, and the digital revolution in the late 80s made them obsolete after a decade. Engineer Dave Sieg the last running Scanimate going and gave Viceland a demonstration of its classic capabilities.
They fight, they make up, they sue each other for copyright infringement, and then Apple orders 80 million OLED screens for the upcoming iPhone X. Yeah, it's complicated. Nerdwriter examines the love/hate relationship between Korean tech and manufacturing giant Samsung and bitter arch-rival Apple — and why the two of them can't live without each other.
With our very limited way of understanding the world around us, humans have had to invent ways to overcome the limitations of our senses and brains in order to find out how the universe really works. And we've done an alright job so far. But there's a compelling argument that the reality around us isn't real — we might be living in a simulated reality. Kurzgesagt looks at the concepts behind the simulation theory, and what it would take to make it possible.
20 years ago, a spacecraft named Cassini began a journey to the planet Saturn. Cassini spent 13 years orbiting the ringed planet, sending home pictures that greatly advanced our understanding of the solar system that we inhabit. With its mission accomplished, Cassini crashed into the planet it was studying. NPR looks at some of the highlights of what Cassini saw over the course of its trip.
Built to stand up to the harshest elements, the Halfdan Boot from UGG is crafted using waterproof leather and suede. Each pair features sealed seams and a traction-enhancing sole for lightweight, all-terrain durability. And since you'll reach for them most during the winter, the Halfdan also boasts a soft, temperature-regulating lining for cushioning and warmth on cold days.
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You've taken thousands of showers, but never one like this. The Nebia Spa Shower provides an immersive sensation that gives you ten times more spray coverage than a typical shower. It wraps your body with millions of tiny droplets for a spa-like shower experience that feels like stepping into a warm cloud. Nebia also uses 70% less water than a regular shower and pays for itself by saving the average home 20,000 gallons of water per year. It's easy to install yourself, doesn't need any more maintenance than you're already used to, and is made in the USA from premium materials.
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If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. Never has this been truer than with Elon Musk and his SpaceX Rockets. Although the aerospace manufacturer has seen many accomplishments, like last week's successful landing of Falcon 9, they did not come without many, many failures. In what might be the most expensive fail video of all time, the tech billionaire compiles all of his botched landings into an explosive 2-minute how-not-to.
Mechs: They aren't just for animes and video games anymore. Yang Jin-Ho is the chairman of Hankook Mirae Technology, a company focused on robotics. And they're focused on big robotics, creating a fully-articulated mech, piloted by a human. Translogic went to South Korea to take a test drive in something straight out of science fiction.
There was time before the softly-squared rectangle in everyone's pocket. The iPhone revolutionized the way we communicate, but over the last decade, it's been a design of compromises. The iPhone8 promises to be the iPhone that Apple has always wanted to make, as technology and design come together.
Finding absurd ways to wipe out civilization and life on Earth as we know it is always a fun thought exercise. Kurzgesagt thought up the best way to blow it all up — by giving an idea of what would happen if the Sun came to Earth.
Black holes are like the cosmic recycle bin of the universal desktop — once you click empty, it's never coming back again. In a universe where we've based a lot of what we know about it on the fundamental principle of the indestructibility of information, black holes literally tear right through that theory. Kurzgesagt looks at the paradox of black holes, and how they can tell us about the real nature of the universe.
On August 21, 2017, the moon wasn't the only thing crossing the sun. Not long after the eclipse began, another, smaller fellow traveler raced across the sky — the International Space Station. Smarter Every Day was in Wyoming to capture the event with some awesome video and still images.
Solar eclipses aren't rare — they're happening somewhere on Earth every year or two. But what exactly causes solar eclipses and how to view them safely can be. National Geographic shows you how the phenomenon occurs and how to watch it without ruining your eyesight.
Don't blink. On August 21, 2017, a total eclipse will pass over the United States for the first time in almost 40 years. Everyone is going to be watching — but before you do, WIRED has a few tips for getting the most out of this rare astrological opportunity.
For the first time in almost 40 years, the United States will experience a total solar eclipse on August 21, 2017. Unfortunately for some, the celestial sight will only be visible from 14 states — Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina — leaving the rest of the country to witness a mere partial eclipse. If you're not lucky enough to already be a resident of one of these states, Alex Gorosh urges you to get out and go see this eclipse.
Garner Holt Productions has been making animatronics for movies and theme parks for over 40 years. Founder Garner Holt began in his parent's basement, and now handles the animatronics for Disney. This concept demonstration is capable of over 40 unique expressions and takes robots out of the uncanny valley and into something blurring the line between man and machine.
It's ready. A 430 hp Chevy LS3 V8, tank treads, one giant claw, one double-barrelled paintball gun, and seating for two — America's entry in the Giant Robot Duel is here. Watch Eagle Prime as it drifts around a slalom course, busts through a barricade, and test fires it's weapon. The upcoming duel against Japan's Suidobashi Heavy Industries is almost here, and it looks like America is ready.
The future of transportation is almost here. During its latest test run in the Nevada desert, Hyperloop One reached a top speed of 192 miles-per-hour, crushing its previous run but still not reaching their 250-mile-per-hour goal. While the Hyperloop still has a ways to go before it can transport passengers at commercial airline speeds, the company seems to be moving in the right direction.
Being an astronaut is hard — but now you don't have to worry about doing all that work. Google now gives you a Street View look at the entire International Space Station. From hallways to windows and even the bathroom, you can experience life 249 miles above the Earth.
Sure, you can always pass the time playing games on your phone but that won't give you the same dose of nostalgia as a classic Game Boy. For those of you wanting a more authentic experience, Vincent Buso has made the already portable gaming console even more portable by shrinking it down and making it into a keychain. The best part is you can build it yourself.