News Index

"We’ve never before built machines that operate in ways their creators don’t understand."

It is not entirely clear how AI makes its decisions

Wed, April 12th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

Technology Review brings to attention a fascinating concern "at the heart of AI": as impressive as deep learning has been in resolving problems and figuring…


Building a High Powered Air Cannon with PVC Piping

Blowing up watermelons has never been so much fun

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

In this instructional video, NightHawkInLight shows you how to build a high-powered air cannon using nothing more than PVC piping and a 2" PVC piston…


A Slow Motion Video That is Not in Slow Motion

Fast slow motion

Mon, April 10th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

The very clever Eran Amir has this YouTube video titled Fast Slow Motion, where things shot in real-time appear to be in slow-motion. Very clever.…


Analogue Coin Sorting Machine

Cardboard, glue, and a sharp knife

Sun, April 9th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

Keeping in theme with everything The Q does with cardboard, here is their instructional video for a very low-tech yet functional coin sorting machine. They…


The Ford Motor Company Baby Crib

Max Motor Dreams

Sat, April 8th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

New Atlas brings to attention the Max Motor Dreams, a smart crib that simulates a car ride — from engine noise, street lights flashing by,…


"Lighten up, nerd. I was only... choking."

Vader's got jokes

Fri, April 7th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

Using clips from the original movies, Nerdist Presents turns Darth Vader into a comedian delivering some pretty awful puns. Darth Vader apparently isn't just a…


"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…