News, Offbeat, Robotics, Videos

The great Pan-Pacific Robot Duel

USA’s MegaBots Inc issued a challenge to Suidobashi Heavy Industry, Japanese robotics manufacturer, to a giant, epic, ROBOT DUEL (hype intensifies).

Environmental Issues, News, Videos, World Problems

The Great Barrier Reef left out of UNESCO “in danger” list, environmental group films turtle-back video to raise awareness of the area’s fragility

Image via: lt.umn.edu

The Great Barrier Reef, which stretches 2,000km (1,200 miles) along the coast, is the world’s largest living ecosystem. Environmental groups are pushing to get the reef listed as “in danger” by the UNESCO, so that the Australian government would have to work harder to protect it from various dangers such as pollution, dredging, fishing and so on. The UN says this

News, Space, Videos

Today’s Recipe – Making Tortillas… in Space!

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Samantha Cristoforetti, an astronaut currently on board the International Space Station was allowed to take some extra food with her (astronauts are allowed to take “comfort food” with them for psychological reasons – a little something that reminds them of home). Today, she’ll be telling us how to make some space tortillas. Cooking in microgravity is no easy feat –

Anatomy, Videos

Sitting down for too long is really bad for you – see why [VIDEO]

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Though it enjoys to sit or lie down from time to time, the human body is made for moving not sitting. It’s all hardwired in our biology. Inside, there are about 360 joints and about 700 skeletal muscles that enable easy, fluid motion. Our skin is stretchy. The blood circulates best when the body is upright. Basically, every cell in our body itches for a walk. But when you sit down for too long, all sorts of health problems can arise from back and muscle pain, to more threatening long-term problems like hearth disease or cancer. I’ll leave you to Murat Dalkilinç in this extremely enlightening, but also practical TED animated video.

Videos

Iceland, as seen from the skies

Image via Air Pano (not from the video).

The guys at Hybrid Dynamic Media went on an epic adventure through the stunningly beautiful country and came back with this video. The detail and sharpness is amazing, and they did a fantastic job at surprising Iceland’s raw, geological beauty. Here’s the clip. Iceland from the sky from Hybrid Dynamic Media on Vimeo.

Nutrition, Videos

Why corn is a fruit, tomatoes are berries, rhubarb is a vegetable, and strawberries are neither

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Fruits and vegetables – they’re tasty and they’re healthy… but do you know what they really are? Hank Green, which we know for developing EcoGeek, explained on Youtube why some things are fruits, some things are vegetables, and some things are neither. Prepare to have your mind blown: We generally consider vegetables as a side dish or a part of a

Feature Post, Space, Videos

NASA releases 4K timelapse of photos taken from the ISS – artists create epic videos

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As the ISS hurtles in orbit around the Earth, an eternal freefall at 17,100 mph, its cameras, and the astronauts on board, are capturing images and footage of our planet below — much of which is from NASA, and therefore public domain.

Biology, Videos

Smithsonian slow motion video shows plant’s explosive birth

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The guys over at the Smithsonian Channel run a great show about plants. One of the recent short videos they posted online show how violets, touch me nots, and squirting cucumbers employ an impressive ballistic seed dispersal mechanism.

Space, Videos

How a rocket feels like when its tumbling back into Earth’s gravity (GoPro footage)

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During one of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 launches, either ferrying cargo the International Space Station or deploying a satellite in orbit (this hasn’t been disclosed yet), a GoPro camera recorded the gentle moments right before the debris entered the planet’s atmosphere. The footage was probably relayed back to Earth in real time, since I doubt it could have survived the harsh conditions of atmospheric re-entry, when temperatures exceed 1,260 °C (2,300 °F). Nevertheless, the rocket elegantly danced as it slowly rotated around a fixed axis. Of course, the producers dubbed Johann Strauss’ Blue Danube waltz over the whole film. Now we know what their favorite movies is.

Animals, Videos

Watch: The first 21 days of a bee’s life in stunning timelapse

Image via National Geographic.

As part of a recent TED Talk (presented at the bottom of this article) photographer Anand Varma captured the incredible 21 day transformation from bee egg to larvae to pupae to adult, all in a breathtaking one-minute time-lapse video: In order to construct this time-lapse, Varma raised bees in his backyard, in front of a camera. His effort is part