News Index

"Prevention of aging is an instinctive desire of humans."

Lost functions in aging cells restored with protein inhibitor

Thu, April 6th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

Aging is caused by the degradation of lysosomes, intracellular organelles that act as the disposal system of the cell. As the lysomes cease to function,…


“It’s possible to achieve at least 100-fold reduction in the cost of space access.”

SpaceX launches a rocket, lands it, refurbishes, launches it again

Wed, April 5th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

Elon Musk's SpaceX successful launch of a used rocket (an historic first) opens the door to cheaper access to space. Reportedly, the goal of the…


“We’re on the cusp of seeing engineered cells as factories for therapeutic applications.”

Reprogramming a cell as easy as writing a program

Tue, April 4th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

By taking Verilog, a programming language used to design electronic circuits, MIT modified it so that it could be used to program microbes. Reportedly, of…


"No matter what Deepak Chopra tells you, time is linear."

Perpetual Clock

Mon, April 3rd, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

Jonathan Odom teaches you how to build the Perpetual Clock, a 3D-printed Arduino-powered clock. While it gives the time in five-minute intervals, the overall presentation…


While Silicon Valley Gets Ready to Release a Plethora of Stupid Jokes for Today

You can ignore them all and watch this instead

Sat, April 1st, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

This has been out for a while, but I keep bumping into it: if you ever played Dungeon and Dragons the analogue way — with…


How Fast Can a Bumper Car Go?

Fast enough to break world records, apparently

Fri, March 31st, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

Brilliant (but possibly crazy) inventor Colin Furze took a bumper car, gave it a 600cc engine, and then had The Stig from Top Gear take…


"If it sounds far-fetched to consider earthly extinction scenarios, it shouldn’t."

Why humans need to colonise Mars

Thu, March 30th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

While it's not the first time that an argument has been made for colonising Mars, in this essay by Jordan Bates he explains how "scientific…


Soviet Air Force’s First All-Female Bombing Squad


Wed, March 29th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

Animated in a style similar to Russian propaganda, this video by The Animation Workshop showcases the impressive skills of a team of 3rd year Character…


The Spaceship Propulsion Compendium

How to get to where no man has gone before

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

Isaac Arthur, who I seem to constantly cover here on CoN, has this video showcasing all kinds of propulusion systems for space ships: from the…


Reviewing Counterfeit Toys Made in China

leokimvideo's dark side toys

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

Aside from what the digital antenna picks up, all the watching done in this house is Netflix and YouTube. While the latter has a plethora…


Unboxing a Factory Sealed IBM Compatible PC from 1988

I guess this counts as an unboxing video?

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

Lazy Game Reviews takes us for a trip down memory lane — at least, if you are as old as me — as they unbox…


“The release of methane from hydrate may be apocalyptic.”

The Arctic methane timebomb

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

Albeit getting little to no attention by the media, a scientific study published in the December issue of Palaeoworld journal warns that if the so-called…


"Fossil fuel executives want to get a piece of the clean-energy business."

Big oil erecting wind turbines at sea

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

According to Bloomberg, with fossil-fuel alternatives limiting growth in oil demand, Big Oil is using its experiences in building off-shore oil rigs to anchor massive…


Nerf John Wick

John Wick with Nerf guns

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

Corridor Digital has this action-packed video featuring a John Wick-like character, shooting it out with... Nerf guns. Really well done. When the price on an…


"This very internationalism that contributed to the apocalyptic disaster that ended the Bronze Age."

The first collapse of globalised civilisation

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

In this video, Dr. Eric H. Cline of The George Washington University examines the rise and fall of the Bronze Age — an era defined…


"Most of what kids currently learn at school will probably be irrelevant by the time they are 40."

Drugs and virtual reality

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

With robots coming and government being warned about the rise in unemployment resulting from it, Yuval Noah Harari of TED wonders what to do with…


“There was not only automation but where the suggestion that humans had any control [...] was absent too.”

World not ready for mass unemployed caused by automation

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

The Guardian's Greg Jericho asks what will happen when automation raises mass unemployment to 20%. Albeit he presents various options as to what could be…


“You can make spaceships much bigger than anything we’ve seen so far in history.”

Mission to Psyche has been cancelled

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

With the proposed 2018 U.S. budget cancelling the Asteroid Redirect Mission, NASA will no longer be going to Psyche, an asteroid believed to be the…


“It's unbelievable how much energy is released.”

Physicist converting old nuclear test explosion films to digital before they decompose

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

The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory brings to attention the work being done by weapon physicist Greg Spriggs and his team, who are uploading films of…


“One of the major concerns with asteroid mining is, of course, getting to the asteroids.”

We could be mining asteroids within the next decade

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

Noting that the future of humanity — and colonising the solar system — will depend on mining asteroids, this article on Futurism explains what governments…