News Index

Small House 3D-Printed in 24 Hours

Just needs a sofa bed

Mon, March 6th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

Apis Cor and PIK companies have announced that they successfully 3D-printed a small house in the middle of winter and that the entire process took…


“Sickle cell is caused by a typo.”

Doctors reprogram teenager's DNA to stop sickle cell disease

Sun, March 5th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

BBC reports that a French teenager has been free of sickle cell disease for the last 15 months after a world-first procedure involving reprogramming his…


"Almost every flight today takes longer than it did back in the 60s."

Why Planes Don't Fly Faster

Sat, March 4th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

In this video, Wendover Productions explains why airplanes today fly just as fast or not as fast as they did back in the 60s.


Alternative Methods of Getting into Space

Upward Bound

Fri, March 3rd, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

Isaac Arthur has a very fascinating series of videos that cover different aspects of space, from travelling between planets, to understanding alien languages, to life…


“The startling warning issued by the oil giant Shell more than a quarter of a century ago.”

In 1991, Shell warned that fossil fuels would be causing climate change

Thu, March 2nd, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

The Guardian brings to attention a video by Shell's film and video unit called Climate of Concern. Already in 1991, the oil giant warned that…


“Think 'Terminator riding on a hoverboard' and you’ll have a pretty good idea of the impression Handle gives off.”

Boston Dynamic's Handle

Wed, March 1st, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

Probably in response for the need of a robot capable of tackling all kinds of terrain for deliveries, Boston Dynamics has released this video for…


"Two-thirds of all jobs in developing countries might be lost to automation."

Automation will render low-wage under-developed countries too expensive

Tue, February 28th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

According to a report by the UN Conference on Trade and Development, not only will automation take away two thirds of all jobs in developing…


“This is a really cool concept, but it’s not clear whether it will make its way off the drawing board.”

The maglev rocket launcher proposal

Mon, February 27th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

While it probably won't work, Inverse looks over at the idea of YouTubber PatentYogi who proposes building a system similar to Elon Musk's Hyperlook to…


“Super-intelligence is a serious danger for humanity, possibly even more dangerous than nuclear weapons.”

Hacking democracy

Sun, February 26th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

With artificial intelligence taking more and more roles in society, crunching all those Big Data numbers we produce, this lengthy Scientific American essay raises its…


"When it comes to growing intestines, the first inch is the hardest."

Lab grown guts

Sat, February 25th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

Intestines now join kidneys, brain matter "and a few other kinds of tissue" that can be grown in a lab. While there is no mention…


"Would we be forced, one day, to give machines rights?"

If robots become self-aware, do they deserve rights?

Fri, February 24th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

If artificial intelligence reaches a point where machines become self-aware, do they deserve rights? In their usual nutshell style, Kurzgesagt takes us down a food-for-thought…


Documentary on Toronto's Subway at the End of the Service Day

The Last Train

Thu, February 23rd, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

In this short documentary, Matt Knarr interviews travellers taking the very last train of the day before the vomit comet service takes over. A documentary…


“It will be very disruptive and very quick.”

The robots are coming to take your job, very very soon

Wed, February 22nd, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

American businessman Marc Cuban warned that "automation is going to cause unemployment and we need to be ready for that," after pointing out that the…


“The cost of carbon fibre could drop, dramatically and be seen in far more applications.”

Australians figure out how to mass produce carbon fibre

Tue, February 21st, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

According to techAU, CSIRO and Deakin University may have found a way to mass produce carbon fibre, a material known for being both light and…


“Mark Zuckerberg's manifesto [...] is a scary, dystopian document.”

Facebook wants to run like a country, except you have no idea how it works

Mon, February 20th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

On Bloomberg, Leonid Bershidsky calls Mark Zuckerberg's manifesto a "scary, dystopian document" designed for a place that causes anxiety, addiction, stress, and the need to…


“We could set up a small lunar base for $10 billion or less, and we could do it by 2022.”

And that's five years from now

Sun, February 19th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

In this slightly dated article on Popular Science, Sarah Fecht believes that in just a few years humans could potentially set up a fully-functional and…


"It's the equivalent of being able to see a grapefruit on the surface of the Moon."

The Event Horizon Telescope

Sat, February 18th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

Using the Event Horizon Telescope, researchers are hoping to take a picture of Sagittarius A*, a huge black hole at the centre of our galaxy.…


Leningrad's “Kolschik”

Truly bizarre

Fri, February 17th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

Directed by Ilya Naishuller, this bizarre music video for Russian band Leningrad shows disaster striking a circus... in reverse. It's pretty graphic.


“We’re only producing the product that the consumer wants — muscle.”

Breakthroughs in lab-grown meat

Thu, February 16th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

Futurism brings to attention a paper published in the journal Scientific Reports in which researchers highlight two significant breakthroughs in lab-grown meat: the ability to…


“A new material that is capable of turning different types of energy into electricity.”

Perovskite crystal can convert heat, light, and movement into electricity

Wed, February 15th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

Researchers from the University of Oulu in Finland have discovered a type of perovskite crystal called KBNNO that can convert heat, light and movement into…