As it bounces through the Australian outback, the typical kangaroo can cover around 25 to 30 feet per hop. It’s a model of efficiency: Every time the kangaroo hits the ground, its tendons stretch to store energy like the spring in a pogo stick, so it can easily speed up without getting tired. It’s so good at hopping, in fact, that for the last two years, a German company called Festo has been secretly developing a robot that tries to copy everything a natural kangaroo can do.
It’s not the futuristic hovercraft we imagined but we’ll take it!
“You don’t begin a marriage by walking through a metal detector with two lawyers. Nor do I believe that you should end a marriage that way.”
Today not only can you find the love of your life online—now you can also divorce them.
If you want to be happy, living near a park could be a good idea. More and more research shows a relationship between green space and higher levels of mental health.
The latest comes from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Researchers looked at 2009 survey data that asked 2,500 residents about depression, anxiety, and stress. They next analyzed 229 neighborhoods for vegetation cover. Those places with more trees tended to be happier, and the association was “significant and sizable,” according to a paper discussing the results.
This image titled “Coleman” isn’t a photograph. It’s a pencil portrait.
Why doesn’t the tech industry use mascots as much as other industries? The answer is more nuanced than you’d think.
These houses, which can be plopped down nearly anywhere—on roofs, in deserts, on riverbanks—offer stylish alternatives to mobile homes for the contemporary nomad. Some can be built up in the course of a day, then broken down again, like giant Legos. And, as we all know by now, such homes are far more eco-friendly than resource-guzzling McMansions.
A tech war has raged in China, and a winner seems ready to emerge. It’s Tencent—a controversial, $139 billion company with nearly a billion users, which functions like Facebook, Amazon, Twitter, and Uber all rolled into one. Now it’s gunning for global expansion.
How’s this for being prepared? If water levels rise too much, this waterproof building design could actually float in the ocean.
A music journalist-turned-filmmaker on his 10-year quest to create Time is Illmatic, the cinematic story of one of hip hop’s greatest albums.
Non-whites are shockingly more likely to be exposed to deadly air pollution, compared to whites even at the same income levels.
Reminded us of this:
One of the most amazing things about being a mammal is our sensitive hearing. Where does it come from? — These three little bones in our middle ear.
Our reptile ancestors only had one bone, but our two extra bones enable us to amplify sound.
Learn more and tune in tomorrow night (4/16) on PBS at 10/9c when Your Inner Fish continues.
For those who couldn’t make it to this year’s Innovation Uncensored event in New York, you missed a day full of insights, emotion, and powerful inspiration. Lucky for you, we have pulled together some of the day’s best moments.