News Index

Can a Ceiling Fan be Converted into a Turbine Generator?

Yes, with a bit of work

Mon, March 25th, 2019 11:00 by capnasty

In this video, Giesbert Nijhuis shows you the (rather complex) process of turning a ceiling fan into a wind turbine. A ceiling fan looks similar…


“But what about when those technologies destroy the environment?”

Renewables can't save the planet

Sun, March 24th, 2019 11:00 by capnasty

In this TEDx Talks, energy expert Michael Shellenberger gives a provocative talk on how renewable technology is actually harming the environment. Needless to say, he's…


“It's not more expensive to build and it's hugely cheaper and more efficient to live in.”

Sustainable City

Sat, March 23rd, 2019 10:32 by capnasty

On the Fully Charged channel, Robert takes us for a tour of Dubai's Sustainable City, a development designed to have a net zero energy development.…


How to Make a Cheesecake that Looks Like Cheese

Tom&Jerry No-Bake Emmental Cheesecake

Fri, March 22nd, 2019 10:35 by capnasty

> on YouTube, CookingTree offers silent recipes in the company of two toy mice.


“Bulgaria is hemorrhaging citizens at a rate of 164 per day.”

Disappearing Bulgaria

Thu, March 21st, 2019 09:23 by capnasty

Directed by Kay Hannahan, this short documentary on The Atlantic looks at the rapidly declining population in Bulgaria, the world's fastest-shrinking country. Welcome to Altimir,…


“Social media is the publisher, not just the postman.”

Prime Minister Ardern challenges the responsibility social media platforms should have

Wed, March 20th, 2019 09:03 by capnasty

Gizmodo brings to attention the speech by New Zealand's prime minister Jacinda Ardern. In it, Arden notes that albeit social media was not responsbile for…


“Featuring over 2,000 flags in motion to Ludwig van Beethoven.”

Film of Flags

Tue, March 19th, 2019 11:05 by capnasty

Playing to Beethoven, Daniel McKee puts centuries of flags together by design elements that connects them.


“By day, she visits morgues, observes autopsies, and studies pictures of crime scenes.”


Mon, March 18th, 2019 10:41 by capnasty

This short documentary by Kevin Staake looks at Abigail Goldman, who creates 1:87 scale dioramas of murder and dismemberment. By day, she visits morgues, observes…


“It’s taking orders for a real-life flying motorcycle powered by five modified jet engines.”

It's called the "Speeder."

Sun, March 17th, 2019 11:22 by capnasty

The Washington Post brings to attention the Speeder, a $380,000 vertical-takeoff-and-landing aircraft capable of travelling at over 240km/h for a distance of 72 km. “This…


“Without ads, how does Netflix manage to make money?”

Getting into debt to make more money

Sat, March 16th, 2019 08:08 by capnasty

As a Netflix-only home the question came up: how does Netflix make money if it doesn't show advertising? Someone on the Internet unsurprisingly answers that…


“How easy it is for anyone who tracks our digital activities to gain insight into our personalities.”

The Internet knows you better than you know yourself

Fri, March 15th, 2019 10:50 by capnasty

With privacy being constantly eroded in more and more places in a constant quest for data mining just to sell you more stuff, Scientific American…


Where Drones Bark

Drone barks like a sheep dog

Thu, March 14th, 2019 08:55 by capnasty

According to Radio New Zealand, farmers are embracing drone technology to handle jobs deemed dirty, dangerous, or dull. "Winter time it's ideal for flying it…


“Line Paper Anamorphic Drawing.”

Drawing a 3D city

Wed, March 13th, 2019 07:58 by capnasty

The Circle Line Art School has a series of fascinating tutorials on drawing. Above, how to draw a 3D City.


A Bicycle Made of wood

With wooden bearings

Mon, March 11th, 2019 10:16 by capnasty

William Osman and his team build a bike made entirely of wood — down to the bearings — and haphazardly discover that while functional it…


“Nobody wants to look alone while they mindlessly snap pictures of themselves.”

The Selfie Arm

Sun, March 10th, 2019 11:00 by capnasty

This has apparently been around for a while but I have only just seen it: the Selfie Arm, a fiberglass light-weight arm designed by artists…


“The takeoff point is the robo-taxi.”

Peak Automobile

Sat, March 9th, 2019 11:00 by capnasty

Bloomberg Businessweek notes that we are not too far from reaching peak car, that moment when owning a vehicle is no longer financially appealing, and…


“Why Aren't Lasers Doing Cool Shit?”

Yeah! Why aren't they?

Fri, March 8th, 2019 11:11 by capnasty

The Axis of Awesome asks this very important question on what I'd call my slowest news day ever. Lasers are incredible in the movies but…


“Climate change is going to fuck us over.”

Depressing academic paper explains how fucked we are

Thu, March 7th, 2019 13:41 by capnasty

Vice brings to attention Deep Adaptation: A Map for Navigating Climate Tragedy, an academic paper by Professor Jem Bendell at the University of Cumbria, who…


“A chain of endlessly recommended YouTube videos made by strangers motivated by advertising dollars.”

The Real “Momo Challenge”

Wed, March 6th, 2019 09:30 by capnasty

The real Momo challenge isn't one of an Internet-demon encouraging children to engage in self-harm, but the challenge parents face in the era of completely…


“35,880 robots were shipped in 2018 to the U.S., Canada and Mexico.”

16,702 were to non-automotive companies

Tue, March 5th, 2019 11:54 by capnasty

CNBC reports on the spike of robots being shipped to North America, many of them going to small and medium companies. Above, MIT's mini cheetah…