Google's Quest for Cheap Wireless VRCardboard is convenient from the perspective of cost and usability, but is lacking in processing power, a method of interacting within the virtual world (save for one button on the side) or even ... More >
Robot Surgeon "Superior" To Human DoctorsIn recent years, robots have steadily crept their way into the operating room, helping to perform procedures as humans direct their movements. Robotic devices in surgery have a lot of potential ... More >
Infecting Mozzies... To Kill Zika?For its size, the Wolbachia bacterium packs a powerful punch. When it infects an insect, it hijacks the animal's reproductive system and ensures that it can only mate with other infected ... More >
The Biggest Player in Offworld Mining is...The next gold rush might be the race for asteroids, and the nation-states that dominate this new industry may not be the usual suspects. After all, in space the amount of land you control on Earth ... More >
China Wants Humans Back on the Moon by 2030Lieutenant General Zhang Yulin, deputy commander of the manned space program, announced that China would land a man on the moon in the next 15-20 years. Chinese authorities also announced their ... More >
Inside a lofty brick building on a quiet Brooklyn street, thirty of us sat around a horseshoe-shaped table with plates of grapes, almonds, bread, and pungent, sweaty cheese. Between every group of four sat six wine glasses, which we held to the light and shoved our noses into, like you would at any wine tasting. Except instead of wine, these glasses were full of honey. By the end of the night, I decided I much prefer honey tastings, if we're going to be honest.
The Pentagon is building another space plane. It already has one, the Air Force's secretive X-37B, but DARPA, the Pentagon's future-focused project's research agency, wants another. This new space plane is the XS-1, and it has a deeply ambitious goal: deliver 3,000 pounds to orbit, every day, at a cost of $5 million for delivery.
If you want wireless radio that runs on free energy and is disguised as a large pizza, John Greenlee's “Crystal Radio To Go” build might pique your curiosity—you just need to find scarce supplies like germanium diodes, high-impedance earphones, and Fahnestock clips. You can print or construct a dummy pizza of your preference.
Though the Apollo lunar modules were built for the sole purpose of landing two men on the surface of the Moon, their usefulness didn't end after ascending from the lunar surface. NASA used the spent spacecraft for science, directing these modules for controlled crashed into the Moon. These crashes caused moonquakes, and scientists measured the vibrations moving through the Moon and found it rings like a bell.
Curling seems like a low-tech sport: just a broom, a heavy stone, and a sheet of ice. However, new technologies have led some curling broom companies to innovate. But there are concerns that new directional fabrics and broom designs could be giving players an advantage--they're just too good to use in competition. So much so that they're often dubbed "frankenbrooms" and have been banned from the sport.
Over the past few years, we've seen a surge of interest in insect-based foods. There are cricket cookies, crackers, granolas, power bars, and cocktail bitters, as well as kitchen-top insect incubators, in various stages of development, to grow your own crickets, black soldier flies, and mealworms.