There's a whole generation of people that will never know the joy of pressing their face up against an old-school CRT television and trying to see how it works. This video by the Slow Mo Guys demonstrates how a CRT TV creates an image by scanning side-to-side, top-to-bottom in far less than the blink of an eye. Using film speed as low as one-millionth of a second, you can see how it works like never before.
Coffee, cellphones, work, school, kids — it's a wonder anyone gets a good night's sleep. Sleep is one of the most important aspects of our health, and few of get enough. But knowing why it's hard to fall asleep can help us sleep better and feel better while we're awake.
Mike Hooker and Jon Erhlich are the last of a dying breed — New York pinball repairmen. Pinball games are complex, and they were never intended to last more than maybe five years in the field. So they break down — a lot — and there are a very few left with the skills to repair them. Here's what it takes to keep this uniquely American pastime going.
It's been a landmark year for SpaceX. Spearheading the private orbital launch market, SpaceX is pushing the commercialization of space travel. Their latest rocket launch caused a sensation over California with its bizarre contrail, actually causing car accidents and reports of UFO activity. Photographer Jason Watson captured a beautiful time-lapse as the Falcon 9 rocket streaking across the night sky.
How could humans make something that they have no idea how it works? This is the secret behind machine learning — the algorithms that run nearly everything we do in our digital lives. CGP Grey tries to explain how something we don't really know how it works, works, and how these robots are the future of humans.
They have lightsabers, mind-bending reflexes, and can influence other's thoughts. Every eight year old wants to be one, but is it possible? As far as we know, they only exist in the Star Wars Universe but AsapSCIENCE is putting their abilities to the test to see if humans could, in fact, wield The Force.
It's January: your motivation to eat better and be healthier is at its peak. While you're making time to hit the gym, make sure you're getting the nutrients and fuel your body needs. Care/of takes the guesswork out of finding the right vitamins and supplements for your individual needs. After a short quiz about your diet and health concerns, they recommend the vitamins you need and deliver a month's supply directly to your door in convenient, travel-friendly daily packets. Plus, they even have your name on them. It's an easy health hack if you're focused on taking care of yourself this year.
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The result of three years of research and millions of data points, the Casper Wave is a breakthrough in mattress design. Underneath its handsome exterior, you'll find the new, proprietary Natural Geometry System. It uses five layers of foam to mimic the natural contours of your body at 36 specific points, adjusting naturally to your shoulders and hips without sacrificing support, and keeping your spine properly aligned. Like the original, it uses open-cell foams to keep you cool at night. Designed and assembled in the USA.
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For the very first time, NASA has detected an interstellar asteroid traveling through our solar system. Named Oumuamua, it's a long, cigar-shaped object that measures about a quarter of a mile in length. Due to its rarity, this discovery has scientists and space enthusiasts very excited.
If you're into Disney or live with a kid under the age of 12, you've probably heard of Baymax. For those of you who haven't seen Big Hero 6, he's a huggable robot helper turned huggable robot superhero. This fluffy protagonist was actually modeled after an actual creation by Chris Atkeson — a pioneer of soft robotics. His goal is to bring his humanoiud helpers to the masses and according to him, it could be soon than you think.
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.
We're all guilty of mindlessly staring at our smartphones instead of taking the time to view the real world in front of us. The Light Phone, now off of pre-order and available for immediate shipment, acts as a temporary replacement to your existing phone, giving you a break from social media feeds and news notifications, while still keeping a sleek device in your pocket for those old-fashioned "phone calls".
The Light Phone arrives with its own SIM as an unlocked 2G GSM phone that's ready to be used right of out the box (which in this case is actually a special hardbound book). So along with your new number, you'll mostly want to use call forwarding from your fancy smartphone. You get three free months of service, and then it's only $5 a month afterwards (U.S. only).
Roughly the shape of a credit card and only a bit thicker, you'll forget you have a phone with you until you really need one. A beautiful and extremely user-friendly web-based interface let's you add up to 10 contacts for quick dialing. In our own usage, the battery lasts a few days on a single charge. Available in white or black, the Light Phone's minimal design is an instant classic, and surely makes Jonny Ive envious.
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Two of Filson's signature materials — tin cloth and bridle leather — come together to make a perfectly-sized weekend duffel that's up for anything. The tin cloth's tough and water-resistant properties will keep your gear dry and scuff-free, and the rust-proof brass YKK zippers are designed to last forever. The bag features a reinforced and structured base for ease of packing and extra protection, a soft dry-cloth liner, eight interior and exterior organizational pockets, and a detachable webbed cotton shoulder strap you can adjust to fit. Once packed, you're set for a couple days of adventure (or relaxation), as the name implies.
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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.
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.