When is a minivan not just a people transporter? When you’re in Hyundai’s iMax N ‘Drift Bus”. Powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 402 horsepower and 409 pound-feet of torque, mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission that sends power to the rear wheels, it has perfect 50:50 weight distribution when all eight of its seats are occupied. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
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CGTN (China Global Television Network) in Beijing has releases surveillance footage captured by dashcams, security cameras, etc., of a giant meteorite that appeared overhead in northeast China, or to be more specific, Songyuan in the province of Jilin, on October 11th at 12:16 a.m. local time. It literally turned night into day and cast dark shadows as it streaked through the sky. Read more for the clip and additional information.
Matt Thompson, a professional woodworker from Michigan, is known for his wacky creations, including a beer-dispensing Adirondack chair, but his latest project may be the most unique of all. Simply put, it’s a wooden Rube-Goldberg-inspired chair that not only massages the back, but can even pour you a glass of wine. For those who don’t know what a Rube-Goldberg machine is, it’s basically one designed to perform a simple task in an indirect and overly complicated way. Read more for a video and additional information.
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San Francisco–based AI research lab OpenAI managed to successfully train a robotic hand to manipulate a cube with extraordinary dexterity. That’s right, using a reinforcement-learning algorithm, the hand taught itself how to manipulate the cube with a technique modeled after how animals learn. It simulated various conditions, and trained the robot to solve the cube to keep going regardless of any unknown physical factors. Read more for two videos and additional information.
English-American scientst Dr Peter Scott-Morgan is dying from a terminal illness, and plans on becoming the world’s first full cyborg. Scott-Morgan was diagnosed with an incurable terminal motor neuron disease in 2017, a condition that damages parts of the nervous system and affects the body’s ability to function properly. The final stage of this transformation is called laryngectomy, which requires that his voice box be surgically removed to reduce the risk of aspiration because it prevents food, liquids and saliva from going into the lungs, thus causing pneumonia. Read more for a video of his avatar and additional information.
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Tourists are now allowed to enter the control room of Reactor 4 at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. This room is significant because the decisions made on that fateful day in 1986 contributed to the worst nuclear accident the world has ever seen yet. For the past 20+ years, visitors were only permitted to observe the abandoned schoolyards, amusement parks, and classrooms outside the nuclear plant since they aren’t considered dangerous anymore. Read more for two videos and additional information.
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Former photojournalist Dan Price decided to leave his career and live underground in rural Oregon, and he’s been there for over 20 years with no interest in returning to the hustle and bustle. Simply put, he was worn out from the never-ending rat-race in 1990, and had an epiphany after reading a 1974 book called Payne Hallow about the simple lifestyle. Read more for a tour of his humble abode and additional information.
The Star Wars x Le Creuset Collection is one collaboration nobody expected. It offers something for everyone, from young Padawan learners to Master Jedi chefs, including a Darth Vader Signature Round Casserole, Han Solo Carbonite Signature Roaster, Droid Mini Cocottes, and the most expensive item of the collection, a $900 Tatooine Round Dutch Oven. The limited-edition collection will be available exclusively at select Le Creuset boutique stores, and online from November 1st.Read more for two videos and additional information.
We’re possibly less than a decade away from self-conscious artificial intelligence capable of learning on its own, and this latest project gets us one step closer. Researchers OpenAI took an unusual approach at developing AI, one inspired by natural selection and competition. Put simply, they pit multiple AI agents against each other to compete for conflicting goals and found that it developed new sophisticated behavior in the long term. Read more for a video and additional information.
University of Michigan (UM) researchers have equipped an autonomous drone with a nail gun to fix asphalt shingles on rooftops. They used a DJI S1000 Octocopter set up with a group of cameras and markers to enable it know exactly where it’s going and proper placement for the nails. A virtual switch was programmed so the drone automatically pulls the nail gun trigger when in the correct position. Read more for a video and additional information.