The Olympic torch’s one job is to stay lit no matter what. And honestly, I never gave much thought to how that was accomplished. Lots of tiki torch fluid? Very careful runners? Ghosts? Correct answer: pressurized gas and a chassis that could probably survive reentry into Earth’s atmosphere.
Pictured above: a flying revolver destroying a locomotive, in a creative expression of one’s hype towards Kerbal Space Program’s big upcoming 1.1 patch.
Whether it’s on your laptop or in a data canter, extra storage is always welcome. Now, it’s been shown that heat-assisted magnetic storage could let us squeeze over ten times more data into the same volume.
Hey, have you finished Undertale? If you haven’t, there’s massive spoilers within. But if you have, get ready for an extremely cool Minecraft build: a playable version of Undertale’s final boss fight.
The sci-fi dream of flexible electronics is on its way—it’s just taking a while to arrive. But this new prototype flexible smartphone, that responds to the way it’s bent and twisted, at least hints at how your future phone may behave.
Want to make sure you back something up indefinitely? Then you could do worse than a digital data storage technique that uses laser light to store 360 terabytes of information on nanostructured quartz for up to 14 billion years.
Held together by Slime Blocks and Redstone, the Minecraft X-Wing blazes through the trench, heading towards the Death Star’s thermal exhaust port.
Admittedly it looks and moves more like a worm (it’s even partly made of slime blocks), but hey, it’s underwater and it keeps you dry. A bit proof of concept-y, but it’s a Minecraft submarine.
Very serene, up until the point when the spider mech starts shooting boxes of TNT at another mech. But that’s just what Minecraft mechs do.
If you played GTA V like this, you’d probably hurl in, like, ten minutes.
If you’ve ever had a bee land in your beer, you’ll know they can’t swim. If it were one of Harvard’s Robobees, however, it would be a different matter altogether.
Take cover: scientists from Osaka University have begun using the world’s most powerful laser, that pumps out 2 quadrillion watts. That’s 2,000,000,000,000,000 watts.
Iron Golems? Useful when your village faces skeletons or zombies. Not so much when it's the Colossus.
When you're a hammer, every problem looks like a nail. And if you have several thousand nuclear warheads just lying around, it seems a shame not to put them to good use. Here are ten of the most bizarre proposals for nuclear bomb use over the decades.
The Microsoft engineers building Kinect "knew this thing was going to be viewed as a toy," says one, "and so it was going to be abused." So they abused it first, toughening the thing up to the point it could be dropped on concrete and still function.
German engineers have rigged up a Volkswagen Passat so it maneuvers using only the driver's mental directions. This technology could lead to a new age in which people actually use their brains while driving.
Almost two millennia before the rest of humanity entered the industrial age, the Greek inventor Hero invented the steam engine, wind-powered machinery, and theories of light that couldn't be improved for centuries. And then he invented some really crazy stuff.
We've had brain-computer interfaces for years now, as well as mind-controlled prosthetic limbs. Now neuroscientists have taken it to the next level, with a system that would allow you to control a super-powered exoskeleton using only your thoughts.