Our built world is a pretty remarkable by-product of humanity. From door wedges to the International Space Station, we've become pretty good at making stuff. More recently the maker culture has exploded into many niche categories around the world, everything from custom-made knives to walls that display vital health stats. Where did all this begin? What was the first thing that got the world of making going? Perhaps more importantly, who was the first maker?
For nearly 400 million years our planet has been home to spiders. In their time on Earth they have become vital parts of ecosystems, some of nature's coolest architects, and they've even fallen down as rain from time to time. Wait a minute, can it really rain spiders?
Vision is one of the most useful aspects of life. Over time the ability to see has guided evolution and allowed for many life forms to survive across the planet. Vision based injuries or degeneration can cause serious problems. While centuries of research have allowed us to understand the eye, we are still trying to figure out many ways to fix damaged vision. Recently scientists worked on an old question, can we give sight to the blind?
With an ever growing population, access to energy becomes a large factor in planning for the future. Many individuals and organizations have tried to bring alternative power methods to the table, but none have caught on just yet. A new option, the Power Wall, was recently introduced to the world and could very well be a game changer in the energy business. It's got a cool name, a slick design, and comes from a very reputable organization, but how does it work?
We all know that polluting the environment has drastic impacts on everyone and everything including human health. A lot of these changes cause damage that takes generations to address or understand. Our air is one of the most important features of our planet. The stuff that fills so much of our world can get polluted as well. How can we clean up the air to prevent any harm?
From ancient tribes beating on drums to Zayn Malik's upcoming solo project, music has been a vital part of the human experience. The study of music usually refers to mastering a composition or a specific instrument, but recently scientists have been studying the brain for a totally different reason. The question they're asking is - can music impact your brain?
Every year on April 7th, the cereal industry celebrates the birth of W.K. Kellogg, American industrialist and founder of the Kellogg's cereal empire. In 1906 the cereal guru started to churn out classic cereals under the name The Battle Creek Toasted Corn Flake Company, later to be simplified and renamed to just his last name.
Artificial intelligence has been appearing in science fiction for a long time. The concept of machines gaining consciousness and acting on their own still seems far-fetched, but there are big strides being made quite often. So, how far are we from robots that can learn?