Month: December 2014

SCIENCE AND CHRISTMAS

PBS show It’s OK To Be Smart brings you the science behind Christmas. Why do the damn Christmas lights always tangle? How could Santa deliver all those presents (and none to me)? Why does Rudolf has a red nose? Hint: It’s not cancer. Check out the REAL science behind the questions:

VIRTUAL WINDSHIELD

Jaguar Land Rover is developing a virtual windshield system complete with interactive heads up display, ghost car navigation, and a 360 degree unhindered view of the road and I want it in my PT Cruiser CONVERTIBLE (playa’s gotta play) yesterday. The windshield system displays useful information like speed and rpm and also eliminates blind spots with video screens embedded in vehicle pillars. Check out the demo video:

ROBODUDE

That’s right folks the future is nye. A team of researchers at John Hopkins have fitted Les Baugh, a double amputee of nearly 40 years, with two robotic arms that he is capable of controlling with his mind. Les underwent an operation to reassign nerves in his chest to the mechanical devices which enable him to intuitively control the arms with 30 degrees of total motion. Ok sure we’re a few years away from seeing full on Robocop-types, but a man can dream.

If you want to skip the gobbledygook and get to the real (somewhat anticlimactic) meat jump ahead to the 2:25 mark.

YOU’RE NOT QUITE EVIL ENOUGH

After a disappointing threat to Sony from hacker group ‘Guardians of Peace’ (aka ‘The Crazies’ aka ‘All of North Korea’) last week, Dr. Evil makes a return to the spotlight to school the group on what it means to be truly evil.

Stick that in your pipe and smoke it, Kim.

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD

Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron team up to take out a bunch of angry dudes in the upcoming film Mad Max: Fury Road. The fourth installment of the epic dystopian series follows the style of its predecessors in what looks to be holy-sh*t-balls-to-the-wall action-packed fun. Set for a May 15, 2015 US release, check out the trailer.