News Index

“Travelling to China can often feel like visiting the future.”

On China's high-speed trains

Sun, May 13th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

With Canada's passenger service relying on equipment that's almost 80-years-old, it's no wonder that China's high-speed train network shows just how behind our network has…


“It's a single direct debit that covers all the running costs.”


Sat, May 12th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

Looking like a reworked Citroën DS, Riversimple's Rasa is planning on offering a hydrogen-powered car capable of 480 km (300 miles) on 1.5kg of hydrogen.…


“Benny’s Spaceship Adventure”

LEGO pinball machine

Fri, May 11th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

Built out of 15,000 bricks and featuring the LEGO's Classic Space sets, this working pinball machine even keeps track of your score. The complexity of…


“It will take at least a century to decarbonize our economy.”

Climate adaptation

Thu, May 10th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

Fascinating lecture on climate change featuring Daniel Schrag, director of the Harvard University Center for the Environment, who explains the difficulties in weaning ourselves off…


“The mistake of being born to the wrong parents.”

We live in an unfair society

Wed, May 9th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

On The Startup, Georges Abi-Heila points out that the American dream is dead and that unless you picked the right parents at birth your chances…


“He could get as much work done in five hours as he had in his previous eight.”

With no cut in pay

Tue, May 8th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

According to the Financial Times, trials of a 5-hour work days were so successful that Australian company Collins SBA has rolled them out to all…


“8:30 AM - Maintenance Mode”

We live in interesting times

Mon, May 7th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

It doesn't seem like many people are envisioning the future to be anything but a dystopia. From a complete lack of privacy (thanks to Facebook…


“In this course, you will learn the basics for completing a Sight Reduction Form to obtain a Line of Position (LOP).”

Take a course on AstroNavigation for free

Sun, May 6th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

If you have ever wanted to be able to perform "a sight reduction to obtain a terrestrial position," then this free course on AstroNavigation from…


“In two weeks or less you can have as much meat as from that cow.”

Cost parity predicted by 2021

Sat, May 5th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

At the American Conference Institute (ACI) food law conference Dr. Eric Schulze, Vice President of Product and Regulation at the lab-cultured meat company Memphis Meats,…


“Mobile and cordless phone use may be promoting gliomas.”

Deadly brain tumors on the rise since the advent of smartphones

Fri, May 4th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

Albeit not without controversy, a study published in the Journal of Public Health and Environment implies that the rise of the often-fatal brain cancer in…


“When people think you are crazy, that’s nice, because it allows you to think differently.”

Lab-grown food is coming

Thu, May 3rd, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

The Guardian’s Damian Carrington looks at the startups diligently working in changing not what we eat but how what we eat is made. Noting that…


“We no longer shit alone.”

Social media is unpaid microwork

Wed, May 2nd, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

In this essay, 0xADADA looks at how social media has commodified attention and turned its users into unpaid advertising agencies, monetizing "friendships, tastes, opinions, and…


“Instead of slicing my own avocados, I just got the pictures instead.”

Fake your online profile with LifeFaker

Tue, May 1st, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

If you are incredibly lame but believe your worth as a human being is summed up by what your profile tells other people, then be…


“More than 1,000 miles on a single charge.”

The electric busses are coming

Mon, April 30th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

Noting that "the case for electrification is actually stronger for other types of vehicles," Vox looks at the growing hype behind electric busses. Already Proterra's…


“A country that endured a 60-mile traffic jam in 2010 requiring 11 days to unsnarl.”

Ending the tyranny of the automobile

Sun, April 29th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

In The New York Times', author Justin Gillis and the CEO of Energy Innovation Hal Harvey look at what cities are doing to claim back…


“It would only take about a year to disassemble Venus.”

Let's build a Dyson sphere in five easy steps

Sat, April 28th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

Canadian futurist George Dvorsky looks at just how easy it would be — relatively speaking — to build a Dyson sphere, utilise all of the…


“Is Bitcoin Really Money?”

Everything you wanted to know about Bitcoin but where too afraid to ask

Fri, April 27th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

Follow along with jounalist Brett Scott who will give you an understanding of what Bitcoin is and why it works. Brett Scott is a journalist,…


“Let the Chinese Communist Party rule forever and enslave us all?”

China wants to become the leader in AI

Thu, April 26th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

Chris Chappel of China Uncensored looks at the country's goal to become the leader in artificial intelligence. Fascinating. Scary. And all scheduled to happen in…


“It is full of hallucinations both wonderful and terrifying, a mental goulash of reality and fantasy.”

MIT's System for Dream Control

Wed, April 25th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty



“What life is like on the front lines of the digital revolution.”

Working for Amazon is beyond shitty

Tue, April 24th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

In his new book Hired: Six Months Undercover In Low Wage Britain writer and journalist James Bloodworth goes undercover at Amazon to find out what…