Archive for July, 2013

July 29th, 2013 - 2:56 pm § in Uncategorized

More future technologies – thin and flexible circuit boards.

Here’s another example of an invention that might fly under the radar as something that will vastly improve our lives. This is the kind of thing that takes us from holding phones in our hands to holding them in our brains. There are, of course, more important uses such as the medical advantage[...]

July 24th, 2013 - 10:46 am § in Uncategorized

Fairness Test: Monkeys paid differently

Here’s an excerpt from a TED Talk of primatologist Frans de Waal. He shows footage from a behavioral study where they gave two monkeys uneven payment for doing the same task. We expect for the monkey that gets paid less to react negatively but exactly what he does is a little surprising. Embed[...]

July 22nd, 2013 - 10:48 am § in Uncategorized

Learning from the Past: Transmissions

Check out this very comprehensive video from the 1930s about car transmissions and exactly how they work. Pretty neat that you can learn so much from something that is practically a century old. Embed This Video[...]

July 17th, 2013 - 11:03 am § in Uncategorized

The Infinitely Variable Transmission

Here we have another product of individual creativity, a new type of transmission that can shift from the top gear to reverse without thinking twice. I can’t say I understand completely how it works after watching the video but they do manage to explain it thoroughly. Embed This Video[...]

July 16th, 2013 - 5:32 am § in Uncategorized

Tubes: The Future of Transportation

This video shows a demonstration of a concept for high-speed travel that will blow anything we currently have out of the water. You and your family can step in to one of these tubes and get on the other side of the world in a matter of hours. Embed This Video[...]

July 12th, 2013 - 10:45 am § in Uncategorized

Simulated Evolution

This video is pretty astounding. What you’re seeing are “creatures” that were generated based on an algorithm that worked in a way that the creatures would change from iteration to iteration in order to become better at a specific task, essentially evolving. What makes this video e[...]

July 10th, 2013 - 7:50 pm § in Uncategorized

The funeral of Sir Winston Churchill

Today’s video is not educational so much as it is historic. This simple video shows how the man who led a nation was mourned by his people. But stepping away from the tragedy itself, I like how this video represents a certain window of time. When thousands of years from now people are learning[...]

July 9th, 2013 - 9:29 am § in Uncategorized

Solids of constant width

This absolutely fascinates me. Functionally, these objects are as good as spheres, yet they’re edged and asymmetrical. Looking at these shapes it never would’ve entered my mind that they might possibly have an unchanging width. Even though I can’t think of a practical use for this [...]

July 8th, 2013 - 7:05 pm § in Uncategorized

Molding an ant colony

Ants are possibly one of the more interesting creatures on this planet. Hundreds of them will work together as if they have one brain and it’s all for the survival and the betterment of their colony. Walking around through the woods, you could have any number of layers of ant colony below your[...]

July 1st, 2013 - 9:18 am § in Uncategorized

World’s roundest object.

I never thought I would be impressed by something as dull sounding as the world’s roundest object, but watching it appear to float when held and hearing all the information about it really turned me around. Not only do you get a background on this object itself but also a bit of a lesson on [&[...]