Tan Le’s astonishing new computer interface reads its user’s brainwaves, making it possible to control virtual objects, and even physical electronics, with mere thoughts (and a little concentration). In the following video, she demos the headset, and talks about its far-reaching applications.
Are you a living creature? Then, congratulations! You have DNA! That microscopic little building block of life that makes us all the same, but grants us with distinct differences. But for as common as DNA is, it can be a though subject to understand. Below are some of the facts to help you better understand […]
R136a1 may sound like a lame attempt to create a more secure webmail password, but it’s actually the star with the largest mass ever discovered. The British astronomers who found it said this week that though it’s currently 265 times more massive than our Sun, it may well have been as much as 320 times […]
Having just returned from the beach myself, this story particularly caught my attention this morning. Not to mention that, for about two years during my elementary school education, I was convinced I would become an oceanographer or a marine biologist. I was obsessed with dolphins, and did a rather snazzy presentation on echolocation in the […]
In the following video, Youtube user NurdRage shows you how you too can make glow stick liquid at home and walks you through all the chemicals you need to reproduce various colors. He also talks about the chemistry behind the liquid’s luminescent reaction. Enjoy!
A team of British researchers say they’ve worked out how eggshells are produced. It appears to confirm that the chicken did indeed come first. The solution lies in a chicken protein named ovocledidin-17 (OC-17) which is found in the hard layer of the shell. A team led by Mark Rodger and David Quigley have published […]
At TEDGlobal 2010, author Matt Ridley shows how, throughout history, the engine of human progress has been the meeting and mating of ideas to make new ideas. It’s not important how clever individuals are, he says; what really matters is how smart the collective brain is.
Among the wit and wisdom of Homer Simpson is the dismissive comment that “You can prove anything with facts.” But now it appears that for once, Homer was wrong. A paper from academics at the University of Michigan and Georgia State University argues that not only can facts sometimes fail to correct misconceptions, but in […]
In the following 10-minute video, bestselling author, political adviser and social and ethical prophet Jeremy Rifkin investigates the evolution of empathy and the profound ways that it has shaped our development and our society.
The following video features excerpts from Carl Sagan’s Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space. More specifically, from the chapter titled A Universe Not Made For Us. Narrated by Carl Sagan himself, the clip is truly a wonder to listen to. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did.
Today marks the 172nd birthday of Ferdinand von Zeppelin. Or, as his full name goes, Ferdinand Adolf Heinrich August Graf von Zeppelin. You can likely guess what we have him to thank for (and no, I’m not talking about anything related to Robert Plant and Jimmy Page). While airships never quite gained in popularity as […]