Using Digital Light Synthesis, Adidas plans to ship more than 100,000 pairs of 3D-printed shoes by the end of 2018
Adidas is back with another sneaker based on a 3D-printed midsole, but this time the company says it’s moving even closer to mass production. The Futurecraft 4D shoe will be the first one using Carbon’s “Digital Light Synthesis” process. Continue reading “Adidas Futurecraft 4D starts a new era of 3D-printed shoes”
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Early humans ate each other — but why?
If you were to eat, say, another human being, how many calories would you be taking in? That’s a valid question not only for health-conscious people, but for anthropologists, too. You see, our human ancestors were cannibals — but we don’t really know why. Did they kill and eat each other like they would a mammoth or a wholly rhino — for the meat? Or were they practicing some sort of religious ritual? Continue reading “How many calories is that human? A nutritional guide for prehistoric cannibals”
Men Don’t Live As Long As Women, Because They’re Men
There’s plenty of nuance to be had in Richard G. Bribiescas’s examination of the discrepancy of average lifespans between women and men. But really, it’s largely because young men die at higher rates than young women.
Bribiescas lays this all at the feet of testosterone and natural selection. You see, the two have an interesting relationship. Given how reproduction works, natural selection doesn’t really care about how old you can live. It favors those who can pass on their genes, not so much those who live to see their genes pass on their genes. Testosterone, generally, makes you thin and strong and encourages risky behavior — all qualities that, well, lend themselves to passing genes on. Continue reading “Testosterone Is Killing Men”
Our reserves are being depleted faster than they can be built back up.
August 8th 2016, according to the environmental think tank the Global Footprint Network, is Earth Overshoot Day the day that we’ve used up as many natural resources as we can replenish in a single year. Continue reading “Earth Overshoot Day: As Of Aug 8Th, The World Has Used A Year’s Worth Of Resources”
Designer babies, the end of diseases, genetically modified humans that never age. Outrageous things that used to be science fiction are suddenly becoming reality. The only thing we know for sure is that things will change irreversibly.
Source: Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell
And it’s got some pretty extraordinary properties
Scientists have discovered a new kind of ‘blue whirl’ flame that could lead to cleaner ways of burning fuel, as well as helping in the clean-up of oil spills.
The refined flame is based on fire whirls, which naturally occur when rising heat and turbulent winds combine to create a thin tornado of flames. When creating fire whirls in the lab, researchers happened upon their blue whirl flame, which has never before been observed.
“A fire tornado has long been seen as this incredibly scary, destructive thing. But, like electricity, can you harness it for good? If we can understand it, then maybe we can control and use it,” said fire protection engineer, Michael Gollner, from the University of Maryland.
Continue reading “Scientists just discovered a new kind of fire”
The internet is growing quickly around the world, but it’s penetrated certain regions and countries faster than others. This map, which was generated by pinging every IPv4 address on the planet and mapping the ping responses, is a rough look at internet access around the world:
I Pinged All Devices on the Internet (again), here's a Map of them
Continue reading “Mapping The World IP Addresses”
As we near the limits of human strength and speed, technology and culture keep moving the finish line.
In 1896 Charilaos Vasilakos won the first modern marathon, a qualifying race for Greece’s Olympic team, with a time of three hours and eighteen minutes. Today that would not even qualify him for the Boston Marathon. Since the beginning of the modern Olympic Games world records in every sport have advanced sharply, driven by factors as disparate as global conflicts, social change, technological improvements and changing rules.
The general upward trend in performance is largely due to advances in our understanding of fitness, conditioning, diet and nutrition, says Mark Williams, a professor of sport, health and exercise science at Brunel University in London.
Continue reading “Are We Reaching the End of World Records?”
IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY IN THE ARCTIC
In the polar regions called, the sun never sets in summer — and it looks really nifty when you watch it sped up.
Why Doesn’t the Sun Set ?
Continue reading “WATCH: A Breathtaking Timelapse Of The Never-Setting Arctic Sun”
International report confirms Earth is hot and getting hotter
2015 topped 2014 as warmest year on record with help from El Nino
An annual State of the Climate report has confirmed that 2015 surpassed 2014 as the warmest year on record since at least the mid-to-late 19th century.
Last year’s record heat resulted from a combination of long-term global warming and one of the strongest El Niño experienced since at least 1950, according to the more than 450 scientists that contributed to the report. They found that most indicators of climate change continued to reflect trends consistent with a global warming. Continue reading “2015 Warmest Year On Record”
Physicists can’t agree on whether the flow of future to past is real or a mental construct.
DOES ANYBODY REALLY KNOW WHAT TIME IS?
According to our best theories of physics, the universe is a fixed block where time only appears to pass. Yet a number of physicists hope to replace this “block universe” with a physical theory of time.
Einstein once described his friend Michele Besso as “the best sounding board in Europe” for scientific ideas. They attended university together in Zurich; later they were colleagues at the patent office in Bern. When Besso died in the spring of 1955, Einstein — knowing that his own time was also running out — wrote a now-famous letter to Besso’s family. “Now he has departed this strange world a little ahead of me,” Einstein wrote of his friend’s passing. “That signifies nothing. For us believing physicists, the distinction between past, present and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.” Continue reading “Physicists Can’t Agree On Whether Or Not Time Is Real”
How do creative people come up with great ideas? Organizational psychologist Adam Grant studies “originals”: thinkers who dream up new ideas and take action to put them into the world. In this talk, learn three unexpected habits of originals — including embracing failure.
How do creative people come up with great ideas? Organizational psychologist Adam Grant studies “originals”: thinkers who dream up new ideas and take action to put them into the world. In this talk, learn three unexpected habits of originals — including embracing failure. “The greatest originals are the ones who fail the most, because they’re the ones who try the most,” Grant says. “You need a lot of bad ideas in order to get a few good ones.”
How are humans progressing? Be it resolved humankind’s best days lie ahead…
Progress. It is one of the animating concepts of the modern era. From the Enlightenment onwards, the West has had an enduring belief that through the evolution of institutions, innovations and ideas, the human condition is improving. This process is supposedly accelerating as new technologies, individual freedoms and the spread of global norms empowers individuals and societies around the world. But is progress inevitable? Its critics argue that human civilization has become different, not better, over the last two and a half centuries. What is seen as breakthrough or innovation in one period becomes a setback or limitation in another. In short, progress is an ideology not a fact; a way of thinking about the world as opposed to a description of reality. Continue reading “Progress! Do mankind’s best days lie ahead?”