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18 Extremely Mesmerizing GIFs That Explain How The World Works

Prepare to be pleasantly surprised.<p><i>This post was translated from German.</i>

GIF Animations

Reinventing the Wheel - Technologue

...to include a motor with no unsprung weight penalty<p>Electric motors are round. Wheels are round. It’s a pretty natural impulse to combine the two. No lesser automotive luminary than Dr. Ferdinand Porsche did it first, inventing the wheel-hub motor in 1897. He mounted two of them to his …

Inventions

Patent Depending, The “Nonsense” Inventions of Steven M. Johnson at Maker Faire

I have followed the career and work of “nonsense” inventor, Steven M. Johnson, for decades. I wrote about his work, back in the day, at both <i>The Futurist</i> magazine and early <i>Wired</i>. Steven has shown his invention illustrations at Maker Faire Bay Area in the past and he’s back this year with more …

Inventions

Mi Mini PC Pocket Computer Now Available From $149

With 24 days still remaining on their campaign the development team behind the “world’s most powerful pocket size mini PC ” have already raised over …

Gear & Gadgets

G Bot Golf Ball Retrieving Robot Powered By A Raspberry Pi

We have already featured an automated tennis ball collection robot here on geeky gadgets, which saves you the trouble of clearing the tennis courts …

Golf

Mecanum wheel

The <b>Mecanum wheel</b> is a design for a wheel which can move a vehicle in any direction. It is sometimes called the Ilon wheel after its inventor, Bengt …

The 6 most cost-effective vegetables to grow in your garden

Use this handy Vegetable Cheat Sheet as your guide<p>Growing your own vegetables can be a great way to help the environment and also save some …

Gardening

11 Surprising Signs That You May Be Way Smarter Than Most People

For one thing, if you're a musician, you're already ahead of the game.<p>If you've been called smart or intelligent your whole life, it may be for any of the reasons listed below. That's according to science, of course.<p>And if the verdict is still out on whether you're truly smart or not, this may just …

Psychology

31 Forgotten Native American Herbal Remedies That Work Better Than The Pills

Maybe you are one of those who deem that the herbal remedies are not as useful as pharmaceutical ones, but the real truth is that these herbal …

Alternative Medicine

Artificial photosynthesis offers clean source of hydrogen

<b>Devices made using conventional semiconductor technologies could make hydrogen using just fresh or saltwater and sunlight</b>The idea of a hydrogen …

Engineering

Figure Out Where You Are With Nothing But a Watch and Protractor

In a recent episode of MacGyver, Angus (yes, that's his first name) finds his location in the desert using only a string, a protractor, and a watch. …

Astronomy

NASA successfully tests next-generation space reactor

In good news for future planetary missions, NASA and the US Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) have announced …

Demonstration

These are the 10 best engines in the world

Wards Auto has released the latest edition of its annual list of best engines in the world. For 2018, the 10 winners are an eclectic bunch. There are 4-, 6-, and 8-cylinder engines, along with fuel cell, electric and hybrid drive units. This the 24th time Wards has conducted the competition to find …

Engines

Contruction Robot Can Lay 1000 Bricks An Hour

Those in the business of automating things will tell you that there are three main kinds of tasks that are perfect for robots. If it’s dull, dirty, …

Robotics

Artificial Intelligence Is Cracking Open the Vatican's Secret Archives

A new project untangles the handwritten texts in one of the world’s largest historical collections.<p>The Vatican Secret Archives is one of the grandest historical collections in the world. It’s also one of the most useless.<p>The grandeur is obvious. Located within the Vatican’s walls, next door to the …

Artificial Intelligence

Baking soda: A safe, easy treatment for arthritis?

Baking soda has been used as a home remedy for generations due to its antacid properties. Yet its benefits run even deeper, and new research may …

Immune System

A graphene roll-out

MIT engineers have developed a continuous manufacturing process that produces long strips of high-quality graphene.The team’s results are the first …

Nanotech

The world’s top wind turbine can power your home in one spin

Wind turbines are getting bigger. Last week, the world’s most powerful wind turbine rose out of the sea off the coast of Aberdeen, Scotland. It’s the …

Hydroelectric Power

7 books you must read to be a real software developer

Congratulations on finishing your four-year computer science degree in two years with no actual practical software development experience or …

Programming

NASA Kepler's Scientists Are Doing What Seems Impossible: Turning Pixels Into Planets

When you think of what’s out there in the vast recesses of space, glorious images of galaxies, stars, and new worlds probably leap to mind. A combination of the greatest images from Hubble and some gorgeous artistic renderings are how we visualize the Universe, but that’s not what most telescopes …

Universe

600-Year-Old Medieval Clock Shows the State of the Universe in Real Time

Via my modern metPrague’s medieval astronomical clock is not just one of the prettiest timepieces you’ll ever come across, it’s also one of the most …

Joining technique dovetails steel and aluminium for military vehicles

<b>A process for joining thick plates of aluminium to steel could to lead to lighter-weight military vehicles that are more agile and fuel …

Engineering

When Stirling Engines Meet 3D Printers

Let’s face it, everybody wants to build a Stirling engine. They’re refined, and generally awesome. They’re also a rather involved fabrication project …

3D Printing

The Raspberry Pi 3B+ As An SDR – Without The SDR!

We’ve become used to software-defined radio as the future of radio experimentation, and many of us will have some form of SDR hardware. From the $10 …

Raspberry Pi

Watch artificial intelligence create a 3D model of a person—from just a few seconds of video

Transporting yourself into a video game, body and all, just got easier. Artificial intelligence has been used to create 3D models of people’s bodies …

Raspberry Pi Home Power Usage Monitor

Anyone interested in monitoring their home power usage may be interested in an awesome little project created by Hackster.io member Jorge. Which uses …

This chart shows every major technological innovation in the last 150 years — and how they have changed the way we work

LONDON — Humanity is always moving forward with innovation after innovation improving global quality of life.<p>The last 150 years have seen the most remarkable advancement of technology in history. Electric lighting, cars, plastic, the telephone, and television are all less than 150 years old, while …

Innovation

This new lidar sensor could equip every autonomous car in the world by the end of 2018 - MIT Technology Review

A new lidar sensor could equip thousands of driverless cars with the sensing abilities required to drive at high speeds on the open road.<p>Lidar has …

University of Oxford

Watch robots build a timber frame in no time

Leave it to the robots<p>Humans have spent thousands of years successfully constructing buildings on their own, but sometimes it’s nice to get a little help from our robotic friends. In a new exploration of digital fabrication, researchers at Swiss university ETH Zurich partnered with Gramazio Kohler …

NASA’s virtual tour of the moon in 4K will blow your mind

The moon can look spectacular enough from here on Earth, but a just-posted NASA video showing the lunar surface in amazing close-up detail is also …