Tag: science

Sep 14, 2014

This Rube Goldberg Machine Uses Light, Mirrors and Magnifying Glasses

This Rube Goldberg Machine Uses Light, Mirrors and Magnifying Glasses

A Rube Goldberg machine is a contraption, invention, device or apparatus that is deliberately over-engineered or overdone to perform a very simple task in a very complicated fashion, usually including a chain reaction. The expression is named after American cartoonist and inventor Rube Goldberg (1883–1970). [source] In this creative spot by Japanese firm au…

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Sep 10, 2014

How Beans Turn Into Farts [1:03]

How Beans Turn Into Farts [1:03]

Beans, beans, they’re good for your heart / The more you eat, the more you fart / The more you fart, the better you feel / So let’s eat beans with every meal :)

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Aug 23, 2014

What Happens When the Majority of People Become Unemployable?

What Happens When the Majority of People Become Unemployable?

This isn’t science fiction, this is happening as we speak. CGP Grey discusses the inevitability of automation and why we, as humans, need to start thinking about a world where the majority of jobs, across all sectors, can be performed better by a robot.

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Aug 19, 2014

How Jellyfish Stings Work in Microscopic Slow Motion

How Jellyfish Stings Work in Microscopic Slow Motion

Destin of SmarterEveryDay meets with toxinologist Dr. Seymour to investigate how jellyfish stings work using microscopic, slow motion video footage.

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Aug 16, 2014

This is How the Sun Sees You

This is How the Sun Sees You

Using an ultraviolet camera, people on the street were shown how the sun sees them. Under UV light your skin may look more different than you think. Video by Thomas Leveritt Music: ‘Summer in the City – Starcadian remix’ by Freedom Fry

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Aug 11, 2014

Microsoft Engineers Just Devised a Way to Turn Your Shaky GoPro Footage Into Hyperlapses

Microsoft Engineers Just Devised a Way to Turn Your Shaky GoPro Footage Into Hyperlapses

This could be a game changer. Engineers at Microsoft recently unveiled a method for converting first-person videos into hyperlapse videos (time-lapse videos with a smoothly moving camera). As the team explains on their research page: At high speed-up rates, simple frame sub-sampling coupled with existing video stabilization methods does not work, because the erratic…

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Aug 4, 2014

Scientists Recover Audio by Analyzing Tiny Vibrations in a Bag of Chips

Scientists Recover Audio by Analyzing Tiny Vibrations in a Bag of Chips

Using a high-speed camera, scientists at MIT have been able to passively recover audio by analyzing minute vibrations, effectively turning everyday objects into ‘Visual Microphones’. You can read more about this fascinating work by Abe Davis, Michael Rubinstein, Neal Wadhwa, Gautham J. Mysore, Fredo Durand and William T. Freeman at the MIT project page.…

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