Graphics card maker NVIDIA is coming up with a deep-learning AI solution for creating slow-motion video from footage shot at standard frame rates. The software creates extra frames and inserts them into the original video, creating the slow-motion effect. NVIDIA even went so far as to take footage from the Slo Mo Guys and slow it down even further, making clear, coherent video from the source.
The countdown has been used to launch rockets, start events, and just about everything else since 1961. But the countdown has its origins in film, not science. German film director Fritz Lang's 1929 Woman on the Moon was the invention of the countdown — and was an amazingly accurate film.
On a beach in West Jutland, Denmark, a low building near the beach houses one of the most crucial Internet connections in the world. Undersea fiber optic cables from New Jersey terminate here, connecting the US with Europe. MOTHERBOARD talked with a marine maintenance manager to find out just how important it is keeping the transatlantic link up and running in the information age.
Climate change is nothing new. The Earth's weather has gone through different periods of hot, cold, dry, and wet over its lifetime. Nearly 234 million years ago, the planet went through one of these stages. At the time, the world was one big supercontinent known as Pangea. The entire surface was flat and extremely dry. That is, until one day it started raining, and it kept on raining for the next two million years.
Disney's animatronics have always been way ahead of their time. Now, the entertainment giant is teaching their performing robots a new set of tricks. Comprised of three hinged links, the headless cyborg uses a gravity-driven pendulum to perform a series of acrobatic stunts while flying through the air with the greatest of ease.
The country is divided. Families split down the middle. All over one thing — yanny or laurel. The audio illusion is driving the internet crazy but luckily science is here to save us. Several different factors, like the device you use, go into what each person hears but it mainly comes down to pitch. AsapSCIENCE breaks down the entire phenomenon in under three minutes while Neuroscientist Tyler Perrachione also weighs in.
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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The ideal brush is one you'll actually want to use (twice) every day. Named one of the TIME's Best Inventions, quip is the slim, simple, and surprisingly enjoyable electric toothbrush designed to help you brush better, from just $25. Its sensitive sonic vibration pulses every 30 seconds for 2 full minutes to guide a full clean in hard to reach places. quip's nifty cover mounts to mirrors at home and hygienically stores your brush for travel in a bag or carry-on. When you subscribe, you'll get fresh brush heads automatically delivered on a dentist-recommended schedule — when your old bristles become dirty and ineffective — starting at $5 every 3 months with free shipping worldwide.
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Richard Jenkins loves sailing — on land and sea. He broke a speed record for land sailing in a vehicle of his own design and then set his sights on something completely different — bringing autonomous tech to sailing. His company Sail Drone has a fleet of self-sailing drones, powered by nothing but sun and wind, that are navigating the San Fransico Bay and sending back real-time telemetry via satellite.
Gamers, prepare to be amazed. After you pick your jaw up from the floor, allow Lewis Hilsenteger to walk you through his insane gaming PC setup. It starts with a 42.5-inch 4K LG Display, flanked by a pair of 24-inch portrait displays to completely immerse you in the action. It's powered by a Xidex PC with a PlayStation input. At the heart of the station is an Imperator reclining chair, fitted with a refrigerator and snack stand for those long nights of Far Cry 5. But playing in a throne fit for a gaming king doesn't come cheap. Altogether, it'll set you back about $30,000.
The most prolific killer on Earth is the bacteriophage — a virus that does nothing but kills bacteria by the trillions, every day. Right now, you're covered in them, but fortunately, they can't infect humans. With bacteria becoming more resistant to antibiotics, the bacteriophage might be the best weapon we have in the fight against infection.
More electricity produced by solar panels sounds like it's a win-win proposition. But with the current structure of our power grid, solar energy actually causes a problem. Called the "duck curve," demand for energy dips when solar energy production is at its highest, potentially causing damage to the grid. Which means some solar panels are shut off at their peak production, causing energy to be wasted. Find out the details in this explanation from Vox.
Boston Dynamics continues to hasten the end of human usefulness with their latest demo of the SpotMini robot. After being driven through the test area to build a map, the SpotMini then navigates the course on its own — indoors, outdoors, and up and down steps. Boston Dynamics other robot, the bipedal Atlas, was also spotted outside for a jog and jumping over obstacles. Watch Atlas in action here.
In a constantly expanding universe, what would the end look like? As the universe expands, it expands faster — faster than the speed of light. Which means actually getting there might be impossible, even if the technical limitations were overcome. So there's a good chance that we'll probably never know.
There are a lot of rumors and half-truths surrounding space and what it's really like to be out there. Chris Hadfield was the first Canadian to walk in space and has been there three times, making him a bit of an expert on the subject. Chris refutes some of the biggest myths surrounding living above the atmosphere and even confirms a few in this question-and-answer session with WIRED.
A spinning black hole could provide enough energy to power civilization for trillions of years — and create the biggest bomb known to the universe. Using the rotation of a black hole to supercharge electromagnetic waves could create massive amounts of energy or equally massive amounts of destruction. Kurzgesagt explains what it would take to harness a black hole and the potential risks of the process.
Hand Sewn in Santa Ana California, using high-quality materials, The High Water Shirt will help you stand out this summer. Designed with a slim fit, the prints are hand painted transposed onto super soft cotton-lyocell fabric. They come equipped with a hidden dry pocket for your phone and are made from comfortable 10 oz. cotton-modal loop terry lining. The High Water even comes with a bottle pocket and bottle opener — the perfect accessory for any poolside bash this summer.
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A good pillow can be the difference between a night of restful sleep and a literal pain in the neck. The team at Casper knows this and designed a pillow that provides comfort and support regardless of your sleeping position. They've invented a unique pillow-in-pillow with a firm inner core and a soft outer shell. Thanks to the even fill distribution of silky fibers, the pillow won't lose its shape. It's also finished with breathable percale cotton to keep airflow moving and your pillow cool. It's even machine washable. Take advantage of the 100-night trial, and if you don't love it, Casper will give you a free refund.
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To be a fighter pilot, you need a good g-force tolerance — or at least better than Tom Scott. Tom took a ride in the Royal Air Force's centrifuge, where they test and train pilots on withstanding the g-forces encountered while flying a modern jet aircraft. This is what it looks like when you lose consciousness from g-loc — hopefully while not actually flying a plane.
Scientists have been cloning animals for nearly two decades. Since Dolly the sheep, horses, cows, pigs and even two monkeys have been successfully cloned — but it still isn't an exact science. Life Noggin looks at what would happen if you were to clone yourself and the surprising facts about what might happen to it.
We see the moon every night when the sun goes down but due to the synchronous rotation, we actually only see a small portion of it. Luckily for us, NASA is allowing you to view our natural satellite like never before. Using data collected over the last nine years by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft, they have created a virtual tour that offers a detailed look at the near side, the far side, and everything in between.
We may not have much, but on a large enough scale, there's lots and lots of time. But while time won't go on forever, none of us will be there to see it end — so make the most of what you've got. This remaster of one of Kurzgesagt's videos puts time in perspective, from beginning to end.
At the University of Arizona, the Giant Magellan Telescope is under construction. Using seven 27-foot-tall mirrors ground to within one-thousandth of an inch, it will be the largest optical telescope in the world once completed. Astronomer Patrick McCarthy describes the what it takes to make the mirrors and what the telescope will be capable of when it's installed at it's permanent home in Chile.
There are pros to living in the city, but there are also a whole bunch of cons. Between pollution, traffic, and crime, the perfect one just doesn't exist. So let's create it. Borrowing all of the great features from the best cities around the world and throwing in a few of their own, Life Noggin builds a marvelous utopia from the ground up. Too bad it's only hypothetical.
Currently, our planet Earth is happily residing in the Milky Way. We say currently because The Andromeda galaxy is heading straight for us. When the two galaxies collide, the crash will cause both of them and their supermassive black holes to merge creating a super, supermassive black hole. The good news is none of us will be around to see it. The event won't take place for at least another four billion years.
A lot of the talk about commercial space companies focuses on getting there — the reusable rockets and vehicles that will take people and cargo into orbit. But getting there is only half of the discussion. A whole private industry based on satellite imaging and communications has sprung up in the last decade — making space one of the last financial frontiers.
Not sleeping for a week won't break any records, but it might break you. The effects of going without sleep are well documented, but there's also a growing body of research that suggests sleep deprivation can have a beneficial effect on depression. Life Noggin looks at the ups and downs of not sleeping.
It's a long way up to leave the Earth's atmosphere behind reach true space. But just how far away is it? The Royal Greenwich Observatory has an answer — and it's both farther away and closer than you might think.
Dubbed Cue, Toyota has finally created an athlete that will never let you down. Although it's a robot, it can shoot free throws with 100 percent accuracy. Even when pitted up against players from Japan's Alvark Tokyo it just can't miss. NBA players don't need to worry just yet. With only a perfect shot from the stripe in its repertoire, Cue won't be getting drafted anytime soon.
So you need to destroy a pesky, Rebel-controlled planet. You're going to need a Death Star to do it, and Death Star's aren't cheap. To help you plan financially for the big purchase, Second Thought did up an estimate on what it would cost to get a new Death Star in your driveway.
In short, we imagine aliens the way we do because of Hollywood. There's no scientific research that has concluded that they are flying around space in saucers with big heads and squinty eyes. From the film franchises to TV series, our perception of extraterrestrials has been greatly influenced by the science fiction genre. In this video, Oscar-nominated VFX supervisor Charley Henley explains the process behind creating the unknown for Prometheus and Alien: Covenant and how that has shaped our ideas of life beyond our planet.
Mars gets all the talk when it comes to the next great step in human space exploration. But Venus is a lot closer — even if it is a little harsher. Life Noggin makes the case for attempting to reach our neighbor closer to the sun instead of the Red Planet.