How much bubble wrap does it take to survive a jump from that high? One Reddit user posed the question, so Wired decided to find an answer. The answer, and funny image that comes to mind, probably won't surprise you too much. It is a crazy hypothetical idea, after all.
We're all familiar with the idea of metallic life forms like sentient robots, but somewhere out there, metallic life may have actually evolved just like organic life has here on Earth. A Scottish research group is out to prove this is possible by creating reproducing and evolving synthetic cells made entirely out of metal.
Back in high school, the most boring classes were the science ones — especially physics. It's not that learning about the Earth's forces was uninteresting. It was the teachers who put me to sleep. Now, if I had videos like this auto-tuned explanation of atoms and subatomic particles, I'd have paid more attention.
Science: is there anything it can't do? Dr. Jason Steffen, a scientist at Fermilab, got frustrated with how inefficiently airlines board customers. So he used simulations with a Monte Carlo optimization algorithm to come up with a better way.
There's a whole world out there that we're incapable of seeing without the aid of very complicated an expensive electronics. On the large scale, we're talking about looking at the universe through telescopes, but it works the other way, too, using things like electron microscopes to explore the inherent beauty of the very, very small.
Being sick sucks. And while we can't always cure what ails us, researchers at Oregon Health & Science University have figured out where that general feeling of lousiness we get when we're stick actually comes from, and they think they can make it go away.
The hopes of going back in time and visiting the jurassic era to escape a T-Rex and warping into the future to save the world from Skynet will never happen. Chinese physicists have just proved that time traveling is out of the realm of possibility (at least in this universe).
Those greedy scientists, they just can't learn to share. Instead of going out and getting two little glass spheres, they're trying to use a trick of quantum mechanics to take one little glass sphere and make it exist in two places at the same time.
People with scarring in their vocal cords can find themselves with difficulties speaking, or even a complete inability to speak. But a fancy new gel from the smart folks at MIT and Harvard could give them their voices back.
A superlens is something that focuses audio into much smaller regions than their soundwaves normally allow. Essentially, "the cans act as resonators, directing the volume of the sound to peak in a space just a few centimetres wide, and this heightened precision could improve acoustic-actuator systems." And wouldn't you know it, but soda cans are perfect for the job.