April 30, 2018 Fungus: The Plastic of the Future In this episode of Upgrade, Motherboard dives head first into the R+D world surrounding the development of fungi as a viable replacement for plastic, and the people who hope it can lead to a better and more sustainable future.
April 26, 2018 Relativity of Simultaneity In physics, the relativity of simultaneity is the concept that distant simultaneity – whether two spatially separated events occur at the same time – is not absolute, but depends on the observer's reference frame.
April 25, 2018 Bernie Sanders Has A Plan To Save The Postal Service President Trump has made the mail big news. After a Twitter rant about the Washington Post, Trump launched a presidential commission to look at the finances of the US Postal Service -- and the deals it cuts with companies like Amazon, the brand non-newspaper brand owned by Jeff Bezos. Bernie Sanders has been waiting for this moment. For years he's said Congress needs to take a fresh look at the USPS. His plan: create new revenue for the struggling post office by turning it into a bank.
April 24, 2018 How the World’s First Subway System was Built It was the dawn of 1863, and London's not-yet-opened subway system — the first of its kind in the world — had the city in an uproar. Most people thought the project, which cost more than 100 million dollars in today's money, would never work. So how did they do it? Christian Wolmar explains how the London Underground was built at a time when no one had built a railway under a city before.
April 23, 2018 The Storytellers Reading to Cuba’s Cigar Factory Workers Cuba is world-renowned for its cigars. But there’s a deeper story behind their creation. As per a tradition that started in 1865, storytellers, or “lectores,” stand at a platform reading to hundreds of cigar makers every day. Texts range from magazine articles and news stories to dramatic readings from works of classic literature. Today, the tradition carries on, entertaining, inspiring and unifying generation after generation of factory workers.
April 20, 2014 1934 Lower East Side Slums, NYC (real sound) These street scenes in a tenement housing area in New York City were recorded on October 15-22, 1934. The cameraman used quick cuts and the reel qA completely scattered like a puzzle. Guy Jones tried to piece everything back together to fit where it should be. The last 2 minutes are silent scenes in the reel so Jones included the 1934 record "A Hundred Years From Today" by Lee Wiley. These scenes were taken with early Movietone sound cameras.
April 12, 2018 Optical illusion: Circle in the Circle The white balls appear to be moving as a circle rolling inside of the lager circle.But what you see is actually not true. This is an optical illusion.The true path of each ball is a straight line. This motion was described first by Nicolaus Copernicus
April 11, 2018 Why Is Free Speech Important? A free society depends on exchanging new ideas, regardless of their potential capability of offending someone. Without the open exchange of ideas , our current understanding of the world would be unrecognizable and entirely false. Everything we know about the world— from the age of our civilization and species to the laws that govern energy and the complex workings of the body & brain — has come into being first by free speech, nurtured by the innovation of ideas, and curated into our collective knowledge if deemed worthwhile after withstanding the test of time.
April 10, 2018 Tour of the Moon in 4K Take a virtual tour of the Moon in all-new 4K resolution, thanks to data provided by NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft. As the visualization moves around the near side, far side, north and south poles, we highlight interesting features, sites, and information gathered on the lunar terrain.
April 5, 2018 Star Crash: The Explosion that Transformed Astronomy A startling collision in an ancient galaxy slews Earth's largest telescopes to a spot in the Hydra constellation. Two rapidly spinning neutron stars have violently merged to form a possible black hole. And, for the first time, astronomers see its electromagnetic flash and hear its gravitational thunder as they watch new elements being born.