So much coolness in one room
Technology at it’s cutest — The Bipedal Cycling Robot
In 2011, robot creator Masahiko Yamaguchi demonstrated a robot which can balance, steer and correct itself while riding a fixed-gear bike.
Full video with more information here.
This is how the robot revolution starts…
I’d like to correct this:
“God, send us someone to cure AIDS, cancer, etc., etc.”
“I did, but you gave them a substandard education because they lived in an area with poor funding due to low property taxes.
I did, but you let them die because they couldn’t afford healthcare.
I did, but due to racism you stomped out their potential and didn’t give them the same opportunities.
I did, but you make a college education too unaffordable while giving the big bankers passes.
I did, but you saw a homeless youth before you saw a kid with potential.
I did, but you kicked the downtrodden while they were already shoulder deep in sinking sand.”
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I did, but you forced her to carry an unwanted pregnancy to term—making her a single mother with limited income who had to sacrifice her college dreams in order to provide for her unwanted child.
Lung in a box. Very cool.
To extend the time an organ can last before it’s transplanted into a recipient, engineers have developed the Organ Care System — which is essentially a box pumping blood and oxygen to the lung.
As Gizmodo explains:
What’s especially neat about the OCS is that they can actually be used to improve imperfect donor lungs by flushing it with antibiotics and nutrients. Like refurbishing a lung, sort of. Putting donor lungs through the OCS helps increase and improve the number of potential donor lungs. Not every donor lung is usable, donor lungs that go through the OCS may be.
Hey, that’s us! Here’s another GIF for you:
The episode airs this Sunday at 7:30PM ET. It was pretty amazing to see the OCS work.
We also had the opportunity to see it work with a heart last year.
Chances are you’re going to sit down to a big holiday meal this week. But I bet you’ve never wondered the most basic scientific question, even though it’s sitting in the middle of your table: Why Do We Cook?
Feed your brain with this delicious tale of human evolution.
Here’s an idea: When that one weird uncle starts talking about politics tomorrow, you’ve got something else to talk about :)
Happy holidays, my curious friends!
It’s a problem that I read the word “cook” and immediately thought of Jesse, Walt, and Breaking Bad in general.
MIT has demonstrated a “Dynamic Shape Display” that can physically change shape to render 3D content. As Fast Company reports, the display is called inFORM, and it’s a large surface that sits atop a series of pins, actuators, and linkages. By moving each actuator, inFORM can move the pin it’s attached to up or down, allowing for a wide range of interactions.
Most of the people you are descended from are no more genetically related to you than strangers are.
From Veronique Greenwood’s fascinating look at just how interconnected our pool of shared ancestry is, and how genetics has changed the way we look at our genealogy: We Are All Princes, Paupers, And Part Of The Human family, at Nautilus.
Previously: Why everyone of European ancestry is related to Charlemagne, and anyone who was alive and reproduced in 3,000 BCE is an ancestor of everyone alive today.
Hello, my cousins. Nice to have you in the family.
Just reinforces my view of humanity as one family.