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.
Most guys dread the thought of clothes shopping and dread the thought of having to try clothes on at a store even more. With Mott & Bow, you can say goodbye to that painful process, and still get a well designed, great fitting pair of premium jeans. Mott & Bow is all about comfort and quality. They use different types of denim from left-hand weave Italian denim for extreme softness (seriously, they're really soft) to 4-way stretch denim for optimal flexibility. Mott & Bow cuts out the middleman and sells directly to you so they can sell their jeans at half the price of jeans of the same quality. They will also ship you two waist sizes at no extra charge to make sure you get the right fit — just send back the pair that doesn't fit at no additional cost. Finally, you can afford premium denim that fits without an awkward trip to a department store. And keep an eye out, as several new styles are on the way in 2018.
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Inspired by NASA's X-Plane Project, the Zelos ZX series aims to push boundaries, just like the experimental aircraft. The ZX-8 Limited Edition has Swiss Automatic 7750 movement and even features a titanium dial made from an actual SR-71 Blackbird, the fastest jet in the world. The titanium is cut from an SR-71 engine, and the original finish was left intact, including all marks, scratches, and leftover paint, making each dial unique.
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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.
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.
With a simple Scandinavian design and rock-solid Ronda 515 Swiss quartz movement, the Richardt & Mejer Signature Watch is an elevated and reliable daily timepiece. Its chunky, brushed 316L stainless steel case measures just 38mm across but a sizable 47mm lug to lug, with just enough curve to soften the design. The dark sunray dial has four lumed steel markers, a date window at 4:23, and an arcing logo at 12:00. Water resistant to 50 meters, it ships with both black and brown calf leather straps and arrives in a custom wooden case.
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This structured duffel bag is designed to be by your side through everything, with everything you need. In classic Filson fashion, the exterior twill is water and abrasion resistant and made to stand up to nearly a lifetime of use. The large U-shaped top makes finding gear inside easy and at-a-glance, while the attached nylon-lined collapsible dry bag keeps wet and muddy gear separate from the main compartment. While the exterior of the bag is made from Filson's classic rugged twill, the interior of the bag is lined with soft 6 oz. nylon to protect your things from being scuffed or damaged. A removable and quick-drying webbed nylon shoulder strap makes carrying easier when fully packed.
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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.
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.