For years, Giertz’s robo-fails have made us laugh. Now she wants to build something that will actually help people. Most of the robots Simone Giertz builds fail. The lipstick bot smears makeup all over
Employees don’t like them. Research proves they’re ineffective. Why is it taking so long for us to get rid of them? First, you tear down the walls and dispense with the soulless cubicles. Then you put
There’s a pervasive misconception that forgiveness means pardon and reconciliation—particularly with sexual abuse. #MeToo is our chance for an upgrade. Years ago, I was raped by a man I dated briefly.
Bighorn sheep and moose learn to migrate from one another. When they die, that generational know-how is not easily replaced. In the 1800s, there were so many bighorn sheep in Wyoming that when one trapper
The asteroid belt is rich with precious metals. There are already plans for asteroid mining but could we ever build a colony on one? The science-fiction series The Expanse is set 200 years in the future:
Dogs are colourblind and struggle to distinguish between red and green, meaning finding a red ball in the park could prove tricky, scientists have said. Experts have known for some time that dogs have
A deluge of new features drowns out the best parts of the game Middle-earth: Shadow of War, the follow-up to 2014’s Shadow of Mordor, is in many ways a prototypical video game sequel. Its main goal is
Our brains have some pretty inaccurate maps of our body. Everyone hates awkward pauses, and your brain is no exception. The mind’s eye will attempt to fill in dead spaces—though it’s not always very accurate.
Your ideal device is out there. Tablets pack all the power of smartphones behind a much larger screen. That comes in handy when you're watching Netflix on the sofa or reviewing documents on the go. Grab
Our own Napier Lopez spotted an odd change in Google’s search service on Android today: search results don’t include URLs like they used to. Instead, they only display the page’s title, a thumbnail of
Customers are sharing photos of the new solar tiles—and how well they perform When Elon Musk started taking preorders for Tesla’s solar roof tiles in 2017, he said they’d be installing the roofs on Tesla
Many point to unromantic 20-somethings and women’s entry into the workforce, but an overlooked factor is the trouble young men have in finding steady, well-paid jobs. TOKYO—Japan’s population is shrinking.
Practically everyone has seen the iconic images of the Easter Island heads. What you may not have known is that those Easter Island heads actually have hidden buried bodies. Archaeologists have uncovered
Researchers at Facebook realized their bots were chattering in a new language. Then they stopped it. Bob: “I can can I I everything else.” Alice: “Balls have zero to me to me to me to me to me to me to
In a remote region of the US, a town is struggling with a chilling health crisis caused by a recessive gene. The reason? Here, polygamy is still practised. This story is featured in BBC Future’s “Best