Non-Newtonian fluids sure seem like they’d be fun to play in. As a kid, I used to have loads of fun mixing water and corn starch together and just rubbing my fingers around in it. I can’t even imagine the amount of joy this large of an amount of “oobleck,” the technical term for this mixture, would bring to me.
That said, non-Newtonian fluids behave as both a solid and a fluid…or as neither. I’m not 100% sure on the science behind it. All I know is that I want to run across it and that’s good enough for me.
The key to this design is lithium batteries. When combined with water, they create a chemical reaction with enough heat to explode a bottle of Axe body spray.
The point of all this is to demonstrate that the TSA’s security measures are more of a spectacle than real protection. In an interview with Fast Company, Booth explains that he started working on the project shortly after the TSA began using full-body scanners to screen passengers. “It just seemed so invasive, and really expensive,” he says. “And if you’re going to go through all that trouble getting into the terminal, why is all this stuff available in the terminal?”
“I think people have kind of been suspecting that the type of things I’ve built are possible,” added Booth. “I just don’t think anyone’s ever taken the time to do it.”
Check out the rest of Booth’s homemade arsenal here. Really this proves the one thing we’ve always know… “Given enough time”… “If there’s will”… “Life uh… finds a way.” I dunno, one or all of those quotes.
In 2005, neuroscientist James Fallon was looking at brain scans of serial killers to find anatomical patterns in the brain that correlated with psychopathic tendencies in the real world. When, lo and behold, his own brain scan revealed low activity in certain areas of the frontal and temporal lobes linked to empathy, morality and self-control. Fallon writes:
“I was looking at many scans, scans of murderers mixed in with schizophrenics, depressives and other, normal brains … Out of serendipity, I was also doing a study on Alzheimer’s and as part of that, had brain scans from me and everyone in my family right on my desk… I got to the bottom of the stack, and saw this scan that was obviously pathological… I’ve never killed anybody, or raped anyone… So the first thing I thought was that maybe my hypothesis was wrong, and that these brain areas are not reflective of psychopathy or murderous behavior.”
Fallon then underwent a series of genetic tests that revealed he has a variant of the MAO-A gene that has been linked with aggressive behavior. According to Smithsonian.com, “based on further neurological and behavioral research into psychopathy, [Fallon] decided he was indeed a psychopath—just a relatively good kind, what he and others call a ‘pro-social psychopath,’ someone who has difficulty feeling true empathy for others but still keeps his behavior roughly within socially-acceptable bounds.”
“I’m obnoxiously competitive. I won’t let my grandchildren win games. I’m kind of an asshole, and I do jerky things that piss people off” … “But while I’m aggressive, but my aggression is sublimated. I’d rather beat someone in an argument than beat them up.”… “Since finding all this out and looking into it, I’ve made an effort to try to change my behavior”…”I’ve more consciously been doing things that are considered ‘the right thing to do,’ and thinking more about other people’s feelings.”… “At the same time, I’m not doing this because I’m suddenly nice, I’m doing it because of pride—because I want to show to everyone and myself that I can pull it off.”
Yep Jimmy… You sound like you could’ve been a Serial Killer… Imagine that headline: “Jimmy Fallon found wearing the skin of seventeen dismembered corpses” Whoa… Late Night is getting so NSFW. Anywho, you can read the full article here or check out his book: The Psychopath Inside.
This is Atlas, the Pentagon’s 6’2″, 330-pound humanitarian robot, designed with the intention to to save lives in disaster zones. In December, seven teams of scientists will compete to code the bot for action. According to Wired:
Each team will send its own Atlas into Darpa’s trials—eight tasks that will test his ability to navigate degraded terrain, drive a utility vehicle, and enter buildings. “We designed Atlas to facilitate programming, but we expect Darpa to make the competition challenging,” says Marc Raibert, president of Boston Dynamics, Atlas’ maker. Here’s the skinny on the massive bot.
1 // Vision
Lidar, stereo cameras, and perception algorithms in Atlas’ head-mounted sensor package give him a wide field of view.
2 // Computer
An onboard system monitors sensors, controls actuators, collects data, and communicates with a remote user.
3 // Hands
The wrists accept all kinds of accessories—you can swap in hardware for any situation. Some even have fingers so Atlas can use tools like screwdrivers.
4 // Joints
With 28 hydraulically actuated joints, Atlas is capable of a range of motions, like crouching, kneeling, or jumping down to a lower level. And he’d do well in step class—he can handle stairs and rough terrain.
5 // Feet
Made for walking: Atlas takes elegant heel-to-toe strides.
6 // Materials
The robot is mostly aluminum, steel, and titanium. Good for crash protection.
7 // Stature
Atlas’ predecessor, Petman, was the size of a 50th-percentile American male. The new bot’s proportions are similar, but he’s several inches taller—every 50th-percentile man’s dream.
*Chanting & Banging hands on Desk* ATLAS! ATLAS! ATLAS! I can’t wait to see this guy swoop in and lift huge debris up and find like ten children and then carry the children down main street during the victory parade. ATLAS!
So, I think that the main point of this video, besides educating you on how crack cocaine affects your brain, is that you really shouldn’t be smoking crack. Ever. Like, don’t even think about it.
That message was for you, Toronto mayor Rob Ford.
I mean, that’s one way to cook your breakfast in the morning.
Just kidding. I have no idea if you can actually consume that. I’m not sure you’d even want to eat a frozen egg. Or maybe you do? God, make up your mind, it’s just breakfast.
Earlier in the week we posted a video of a “Morphing Table Surface” developed by MIT. Now we know how they’re hoping to implement the technology:
inFORM is a Dynamic Shape Display that can render 3D content physically, so users can interact with digital information in a tangible way. inFORM can also interact with the physical world around it, for example moving objects on the table’s surface. Remote participants in a video conference can be displayed physically, allowing for a strong sense of presence and the ability to interact physically at a distance. inFORM is a step toward our vision of Radical Atoms: http://tangible.media.mit.edu/vision/
Sweet! I can’t wait to use this technology to punch Trolls the face. Imagine one day how cool it would be if you could hug someone through the screen or play an old-fashioned board-game with someone miles away. SIGN ME UP! Who’s with me?! What else could we do?