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Science/Technology: The Hydrogen-Powered Rasa Car Looks Good On Paper… And On The Road (Video)

Okay, let me beat you vroom-vroom car enthusiasts to the punch. Zero to 55mph in 9 seconds is certainly NOT blowing the doors off anything. But c’mon son, 300 miles on one tank AND no emissions at all… Slow ya roll and save the world… literally!

The Rasa car is powered entirely by hydrogen and looks straight out of a James Bond movie. It can reach 55 mph in 9 seconds.
– Tech Insider

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Science/Advice: Lower Your Chances Of A Being Attacked By A Shark (Video)

YES! Finally, I get an expert to say what I have been telling folks ‘on the record’… if you want to avoid getting ‘shark bit’… don’t be in the damned water with them!

But some of y’all ocean-lovers, including my SCUBA-diving brother BoneBreaker Jones, just HAVE to do it. So, okay, watch this clip and learn how to minimize the risk of being victimized (e.g. being bit the f*ck out of) via shark attack.

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The U.S. Military Budget Is $600 Billion. What If NASA Had That Kind Of Budget? (Video)

The military strength of the United States eclipses that of the armed forces of the next 20 nations or so ranked behind it… together! So, let’s say America’s lead is “comfortable” to say the least. What if we threw more of that military money at NASA instead of shrinking its budget? We might already be living on Mars or something.

Check this out.

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Batteries Not Included: Cell Phone Powered By Light And Radio Waves (Video)

Alright. I will tell you from the start that this is NOT going to be anywhere near as badass as your super-duper-smartphone. But if you spend your time picking at what this cell phone cannot do, you will miss appreciating the glorious technological step forward it represents. The holy grail of power systems is developing a perpetual motion-driven energy source (does not exist), but a very acceptable step down from that is powering things with virtually limitless source energy (like solar). BUT… what if we took a half step down and eliminated the need for a power source altogether? THAT is where THIS is going!

Researchers at the University of Washington have created a cell phone that uses so little power, it never needs to charge and doesn’t have a battery. Instead, it pulls power from ambient light and radio waves.
– Tech Insider

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‘The Monkey King’ Is Ready To Rep China And Take On The American And Japanese Big Bots In Battle (Video)

Awwww daaaamn! Now China has a battle robot that wants a piece of the U.S. Megabot’s chassis? Well, bet money the Americans are gonna say that ‘The Monkey King’ can come and get some… AFTER the battle with the Japanese Kuratas bot! Watch the vid above and continue on the robo-journey after the jump!

MORE: CHINESE INVENTORS UNVEIL NEW GLADIATOR ROBOT (MIRROR)

AND MORE: MEGABOTS.COM

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Fear Not, Robots Cannot Take All Our Jobs (Video)

Alright, the professor starts boldly with ‘We have to embrace creative destruction’ in his pitch to have us understand how technological advancement is a good thing for humanity and industry. But then he inserts and asserts “…and yes there are definitely some jobs being replaced.” So which is it, Doc, are we celebrating tech gains or job losses? Actually, it’s a bit of both; but it will be alright. Watch.

Erik Brynjolfsson, the director of the MIT Center for Digital Business, explains how robots will enhance our future economy. They will not be taking our jobs but instead helping to create new ones.
– Tech Insider

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Deepak Chopra​ Give Tips For You To Get Your Best Night’s Sleep (Video)

You and boo should take a hot bath together after an early dinner. Don’t forget Jasmine (bonus if someone’s name is actually ‘Jasmine’) for the therapy. Then turn down for… BED! I would suggest putting on that C Brown “F*** You Back To Sleep” song but Deepak Chopra says that’s a sack time no-no. Soooo, y’all will just have to figure out your bedroom activity without music. You’ll figure it out *wink*

There’s not much worse than insomnia or a lousy nights sleep. Deepak Chopra, physician, educator and author of “You Are the Universe: Discovering Your Cosmic Self and Why It Matters,” reveals the secrets to a restful nights sleep.
– Tech Insider

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How To Find Water In The Desert (Video)

Fact about me: I like watching survival shows; though I am in no way claiming expertise at anything I watch. However, I am tucking this bit of ‘expertise’ in the back pocket of my mind… in the VERY unlikely event I find myself stranded in a desert, cut off, without water.

If you ever find yourself lost in the desert, knowing how to quickly find water is going to be key to for your survival. Here’s what you’re going to need to know.
– Tech Insider

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Food/Science: That’s Not Blood Leaking From Your Steak (Video)

If that KRS-ONE line, “Red and bloody, a corpse neatly packed,” hasn’t stopped you from eating steak, this won’t. Hey, enjoy your steak famlam.

(If it has stopped you, can I have yours? I love a good steak!)

Raw steaks usually have a natural, blood-like liquid in their packaging. Although its red coloring looks a lot like blood, that liquid is not what it seems.
– Tech Insider

Aha! Thought this clip was gonna go ‘anti-artificial’ on you, right? Interesting video. A couple of things: Bloodlike liquid (wtf) and… those percentages don’t add up to 100 (hahaa, thanks to Youtube commenters/fact-checkers for catching that).

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Technology: Bill Gates Is Backing Cranfield University’s Waterless Toilet Concept (Video)

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is going hard for ‘the toilet of the future’… still. We posted on a prototype the Foundation backed in 2012 on here.

And now this…

In developing countries, access to public utilities like running water and sewer systems are often not available. The lack of those resources leads to unsanitary conditions that can put people’s lives at risk. Researchers at Cranfield University hope to put an end to that with the waterless Nano Membrane Toilet. The design has so much potential to change lives that it’s been backed by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
– Tech Insider

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Science: Even Einstein’s Blunders Help Explain The Universe’s Wonders (Video)

Even Einstein’s bad ideas end up being pretty darn good.
Brian Greene

Ha! This kind of reminds me of Dr. McCoy’s line in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, where he told Spock that Captain Kirk trusted his guesses more than most people’s facts. We can’t even count out the theorems that Albert Einstein tosses out; they might be right.

Brian Greene, Columbia University physicist and co-founder of the World Science Festival, explains how today’s physicists and mathematicians use an Einsteinian formula to explain the universe that Einstein himself originally thought was false.
– Tech Insider

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Technology: A Look At The Phantom Express Spaceplane Concept (Video)

A spaceplane? A HYPERSONIC spaceplane?? You mean we’re getting that in real life? Hell yes! Thank you, technology and science (and business and military)!

The Phantom Express is the latest spaceplane concept. DARPA and Boeing joined up to design an unmanned space craft that can carry 3,000 lb payloads on daily flights.
– Tech Insider

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Science: How Long Could You Survive In Space Without A Spacesuit? (Video)

Okay, I don’t mean it for real for real… but if you actually DO think you could live any significant amount of time in space, kill yourself. This video will show you a spectacular (read: awful) way to do so in the cold vacuum of space.

Why are astronauts always wearing those bulky suits? You don’t NEED them, do you? Here’s what would really happen to an exposed human in the void of space.
– Tech Insider

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Gallium: Liquified Metal That Is Safe To Touch (Video)

I remember everything in my high school chemistry class coming to a screeching halt… because my teacher saw a couple of students break a glass thermometer and ALMOST try to wipe up the spilled fluid with paper towels left on the lab counter.

(I say ‘screeching’ halt because I still remember/hear/feel her SCREECHING yell, admonishing them not to even touch the spill: “Ainh-ainh-AAARRHHH! That is an old thermometer. Mercury. DO NOT TOUCH IT. Back away!”)

Sheezus! That mercury must be a motherf**ker. I got home and looked it up (in my encyclopedias, like Google in book form, old geeks like me remember using them a lot when we were young… Now what was I talking about? Oh yeah, motherf**king mercury).

Mercury is a metal that is liquid at room temperature. Now, there are lots of liquid metals we KNOW to be dangerous to the touch (because molten HOT). But mercury is not gonna burn you for touching it… Check that. I guess you could say injury or death by a metal that POISONS you because it is neurotoxic is a kind of ‘burn’ right?

So, no touching mercury. But Gallium though… You can touch that. You can do all kinds of stuff with it.

You definitely shouldn’t mess around with mercury, but if you want a safe, similar, tactile experience, a metal called Gallium is widely available online. It’s melting point is about 85 degrees, so with just a little heat, you can turn it from a solid, crystal-like state into a fun, reflective pile of goo. Here’s a look at a few of it’s properties and how it’s used in the real world.
– Tech Insider

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Technology: Walking Boat Ramp (Video)

Okay, so I will admit that when I stumbled across “Walking boat ramp gets you to shore without getting wet” as a YouTube title… I was thinking that this would involve some mega-robo-tech that would let passengers board and ‘walk them out’ to a boat; like Godzilla going back out to sea after a monster fight.

No… I do not smoke… anything.

Hard Drive Marine made this walking boat. Its landing gates unfold and pull the craft to shore so you don’t have to go in the water.
– Tech Insider

Really cool. But you KNOW that sh!t would have been epic as I imagined it! Some of you would have booked a boat trip just to ride out on the MechaDockZilla (like MechaGodzilla, just made that up off the movie name, and you LOVE the name… or you’re a hater LOL)!

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More Than A Movie Prop: The EV2 Ripsaw Is A Luxury ‘Super Tank’ (Video)

The tank in ‘The Fate Of The Furious’ is real??? Whaaaaat!!??!!

The unstoppable tank in ‘The Fate Of The Furious’ is actually real. The EV2 Ripsaw Tank is a luxury super tank originally built for the military. It is the fastest dual tracked vehicle ever.

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Education: What Is ‘Infinity’… Really? (Video)

I know you are, but what I am I… I know you are, but what am I… Infinity!

If you had a nerdy Peewee’s Playhouse-watching friend (like me) growing up – or if you were that friend – then you instantly got the reference AND significance to the quote above. Hit the jump if you need clueing in. Ahhh, Peewee Herman: debate champ and math scholar. Hahaaaa! Invoking the concept of infinity to shut down a hater. Science!

Infinity is an elusive concept that can often be difficult to comprehend. In order to better define what infinity actually is, we brought in Eugenia Cheng, a mathematician and the author of “Beyond Infinity.”

Hands up if you ever countered someone with ‘infinity plus one’ though. C’monnnnn, you can admit it. That’s the paradox!

(Well, this gives new meaning to Souls Of Mischief’s “93 Til Infinity”…maybe).

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Technology: Roborace Concept Car Drives Itself (Video)

Bwaaahaaaa! For some reason, I read ‘Roborace’ in my head like ‘Liberace’ (flamboyant and flossy, all the same).

This self-driving race car is a prototype from motorsport startup Roborace. It can go 200 mph.
– Tech Insider

So, the flying car concept has to scooch over a bit for the Robocar now, huh? Okay…

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Science: A 300-Year-Old River In Canada Vanished In Just 4 days (Video)

Wow. A river dried up about as fast as a big puddle after a heavy rain! Because a glacier retreated too fast. Because climate change (e.g. global warming) some scientists believe.

One of Canada’s rivers has vanished. The Slims River has been flowing through Canada for 300 years, but in 2016 something happened that caused it to vanish in the blink of an eye. In just four days, the river dipped in height so much that it could not recover. Today, the only evidence of the Slims River is its empty, thirsty channel. Scientists attribute the river’s disappearance to our warming climate and predict that future rivers may suffer the same fate.
– Tech Insider

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How To Hide On The Internet (Video)

Ever watch those crime dramas and see the villains thwart the authorities time and again when they try to trace them? First, it was tracing back phones (bad guy ALWAYS hangs up before they got the location fixed)? Then the TV shows and movies started adding Internet trickeration to the bad guys’ manual. Like when they try to trace back a transmission to the IP address and get a location, but just like on phones, the villain has ‘bounced’ or ‘masked’ the address… How do they DO that? Well, without getting too techy, here’s how. Watch.

It’s become apparent that anyone — hackers or the government — could be spying on what you’re doing online. Take back your privacy with these simple steps.
– Tech Insider

Oh… In the earlier examples, you realize that the so-called ‘bad guys’ could be working for the government… You knew that, right?

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