Naomi Yorke

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Two Guys Live In 'Hamster Wheel House' For 10 Days

This is <i>In Orbit</i>, a hamster wheel 'house' with two sets of furniture (one for inside the wheel, one for out) that can be rotated by its two occupants …

Nothing: Seinfeld supercut with no people

Nothing is a supercut of scenes from Seinfeld in which no humans appear, creating a show that's not only about nothing, but also about <i>no one</i>. It's …

The best science and technology pictures of the week

The most impressive pictures from the last seven days, including Typhoon Haiyan, the Olympic torch spacewalk and Lady Gaga's flying dress.<p><b>More stunning image galleries:</b><p>Rare eclipse, Olympian rocket and singing mudskippers<p>Volcanoes, snake massages and a very unusual seahorse<p>New space ventures and …

New Albums

Building computer brains that can reason like humans

What if a computer chip could think – and react – just like a human? IBM’s Cognitive Computing Group believes such a breakthrough is just around the corner.<p>Computing has developed at an amazing pace over the last few decades, but even today’s computers are essentially glorified calculators, says Dr …

Quantum Computing

Test-riding the bicycles of the future

BBC Click tries out the latest models aiming to become the personal transport device of choice, but will they ever replace the traditional bike?<p>Companies are shrinking personal transport into ever-more compact models. Battery-powered personal transport devices are intended to be an economical way …

Transportation

The more inept you are the smarter you think you are

Psychologists have shown humans are poor judges of their own abilities, from sense of humour to grammar. Those worst at it are the worst judges of all.<p>You're pretty smart right? Clever, and funny too. Of course you are, just like me. But wouldn't it be terrible if we were mistaken? Psychologists …

Psychology

Google’s balloons that could bring the internet to all

Many parts of the world are without internet coverage. Now search giant Google plans to bring web connections via a fleet of high-flying balloons.<p>We are becoming increasingly more dependent on the internet to help run our lives. But much of the planet is outside the web, zones that are without web …

Internet

What will it take to set up colonies in space?

An ambitious idea for creating giant orbiting homes in space is being resurrected by a think tank. If you think this sounds absurd, it’s worth noting this group predicted travelling to Moon 30 years before it happened.<p>Imagine a pristine landscape of fertile fields and forests nudging up against the …

Jeff Bezos

Secret city design tricks manipulate your behaviour

Hidden in our streets and buildings are "unpleasant designs" that force us to make certain choices, discovers Frank Swain. Once you know what they are, it will transform how you see your city.<p>When Selena Savic walks down a city street, she sees it differently to most people. Whereas other designers …

Skateboarding

The trickle-down case for designer babies

Our pick of the week from around the web, including the decline of Wikipedia, biology’s brave new world and an astronaut fact-checking the film Gravity.<p>Death in space<br>Olaf Stampf | Spiegel | 23 October 2013<br>An astronaut fact-checks the film "Gravity". Getting a puncture in your space-suit isn’t all …

Peer Review

How sleep makes your mind more creative

It’s a tried and tested technique used by writers and poets, but can psychology explain why first moments after waking can be among our most imaginative?<p>It is 6.06am and I’m typing this in my pyjamas. I awoke at 6.04am, walked from the bedroom to the study, switched on my computer and got to work …

Creativity

Why the age of the jetpack may finally be here

After decades of dreams, the idea of flying around on your own machine could soon be upon us, and the first adopters may well use them to save your life.<p>Inside a warehouse in Christchurch, New Zealand, a man is fulfilling a fantasy many of us have had. He is levitating, a few metres above the …

Remote Controls

Would you take smart drugs to perform better at work?

Drugs that boost brainpower are increasingly being taken by healthy people to study or work harder. Could this become the norm, or a condition of employment?<p>Would you let your child get on a bus driven by someone on mind-altering drugs? What about having an operation conducted by a surgeon taking …

The Brain

How to make your TV a touchscreen

The cutting-edge sensor technology that aims to take your big-screen experience to a whole new dimension for just $75.<p>Tablets and smartphones have made touchscreens the norm for many exploring the internet and controlling devices.<p>Could this work on a screen the size of your TV, though?<p>BBC Click’s …

Touchscreens

The secrets of a great subway map

Our pick of the week from around the web, including the true threat of artificial intelligence, a chilling hacker experience, and a rude awakening in genetics.<p>The science of a great subway map <br>Eric Jaffe | Fast Company | 29 October 2013<br>Researchers at MIT find a way to determine how well subway …

Artificial Intelligence

Five coolest mission control rooms of all time

Our space correspondent picks his favourite and most inspiring places to see a launch, from Houston to beneath a London roundabout.<p>We all know the first words spoken on the surface of the Moon. But the response from mission control is just as memorable: “Roger, Tranquility,” a relieved Charlie Duke …

Space Exploration

Ben Zank Is Messing With My Mind

And he'll mess with yours too.<p>Ben was also featured in this article. Read more about his process and work.<p>He's also showing his work in NYC if you want to go and have your mind messed with IRL.

New York City

Guy Builds Adult-Size, Street-Legal Little Tikes Car

British man John Bitmead spent over 1,000 hours and £4,000 (~$6,500) building a street-legal version of a Little Tikes Cozy Coupe car. Why? I'm not …

People Are Making Some Alarming And Wonderful Things With This LEGO Game

Google has built a Chrome plugin that lets you build LEGO and you never run out of bricks. And you can build crude-looking body parts.

Can historically inaccurate movies still win Oscars?

It's Oscars time again, and this year many of the big contenders have one thing in common. Two thirds of the contenders for best film are based on historical events. History also picks up four out of five best actor nominations, two out of five best actresses, and three out of five directors. So …

Playful Illustrations Make It Easy to Learn Chinese

If you ever wanted to learn Chinese but never thought you could do it, here is a great opportunity! London-based entrepreneur and author ShaoLan Hsueh is developing a book, <i>Chineasy</i>, that makes it rather simple to learn basic Chinese words and phrases.<p>The visual system uses playful illustrations to …

Graphic Design

Art, Economy, and the City: San Juan and Detroit

NADA and Phaidon present: ART, ECONOMY, AND THE CITY: SAN JUAN & DETROIT A panel discussion examining the cultural and economic conditions of San …

Artists who can help you with a New Year declutter

Art

Could you create a work of modern art?

The week’s best arts and culture reads – including a shocking new view of Walter Benjamin, do-it-yourself modern art and Beowulf in a hundred tweets.<p>Schools and Citizens<br>Robin West | Boston Review | 13 January 2014<br>Discussion of Diane Ravitch’s Reign of Error, about American school reforms over the …

Art

Sensing spaces: Emotional buildings

An exhibition at London’s Royal Academy explores the way architecture makes us feel as well as how it looks. Jonathan Glancey pays it a visit.<p>A foreshortened Spanish-American timber castle, its spiral stairs winding up to stretches of gilded cornicing beneath a 19th Century iron and glass roof. A …

Horror

How We Can Design a Better System Through "Ethical Hacking"

<i>In this article, originally posted on Grasp as "We Are All Ethical Hackers!", Kasper Worm-Petersen demonstrates how design has the ability to make</i> …

Design

What Exactly Is A Smart City?

Before you start pushing for smarter cities, it helps to know exactly what you’re advocating for.<p>Having worked in the smart cities space for several years now, I am encouraged by the growth of the sector and the pace of technological advancements being developed for urban environments. However, I …

Smart Cities

The Case For Building Cities Underground

Forget supertall skyscrapers–a new wave of architects wants to build cities underground.<p>Deep beneath the streets of New York City’s Lower East Side, a new type of green space is coaxed out of the darkness. Delancey Underground, a 1.5-acre space that formerly served as a trolley terminal, has gone …

Self-Driving Pod Cars Are Coming to the U.K. in 2015

The U.K. town of Milton Keynes isn't waiting for Google or General Motors to bring autonomous cars to the masses. Instead, it's enlisting a fleet of …