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Hop aboard this driverless bus

Driverless public transportation may not be seen first in Google's home of Mountain View, California, or in London where rapid transit first began. Cities like Lausanne, Switzerland and Zhengzhou, China are already te...

The Foldscope – A Paper Microscope that Costs $1

To help make microscopes as accessible and as sturdy as pencils, Stanford University biophysicist Manu Prakash created an ultra-low-cost origami-based microscope. He was inspired by a 2011 visit to a Thailand clinic w...

Madeline the Robot Tamer

Allowing people to easily direct industrial robot actions through human movement, researcher, designer, and educator Madeline Gannon developed a gesture-based communication software, Quipt, as an artist-in-residence a...

How this Japanese town is working to produce no trash

Since 2003, the small town of Kamikatsu, Japan has worked to become a zero waste community by rigorously composting, reusing, and recycling their materials, and they are close to the goal: As of 2015, only 20% of thei...

Climate Change 101 with Bill Nye + solutions great and small

What is climate change, what causes it, and how do we mitigate its effects? Bill Nye summarizes Climate Change 101 in concert with National Geographic's Climate Change issue and COP21, the December 2015 Paris Climate ...

How Google[x]’s Project Loon Tests Its Giant Internet Balloons

What if massive pumpkin-shaped balloons could bring internet access to rural and remote locations around the planet? Google[x], which also developed Google Glass and Google's Driverless Car, has a team working on gian...

Debunking the “I will never need to use this…” myth

If you've ever heard the phrase, "I will never need to use this ever again," regarding a theorem of mathematics, or a scientific law, or a fact from the history of a far corner of the planet, consider this from astrop...

The Quietest Race in the World – The Formula E

What goes 225 kilometers per hour (140 miles per hour), but is only 15 decibels louder than a group conversation? Check out this Fusion video about the innovative Formula E and The Quietest Race in the World: The s...

Can Namib Desert beetles help us solve our drought problems?

Can we pull enough water out of the air to sustain drought-stricken places around the planet? It might help to Think Like A Tree... or a Namib Desert Beetle called the Stenocara gracilipes, who harvests water from the...

Mimicking shark skin to combat superbugs – Think Like a Tree

In 2001, materials scientist Dr. Anthony Brennan observed that Galapagos Sharks are barnacle and algae-free due to the micro-topography of their skin. These diamond pattern nanoridges also make it difficult for bacter...

Think Like a Tree – Problem solving with nature’s best ideas

Biomimicry -- imitating nature's best ideas in our design of materials, structures, and systems -- can provide huge leaps in our understanding when it comes to solving challenges. Example: How do we keep our buildings...

Exploring Space with Shape-Shifting Robots

Can a "skwishy" baby toy help inform how next generation robots explore other worlds? Vytas SunSpiral's team at NASA Ames Research Center joined forces with Alice Agogino's Mechanical Engineering lab at UC Berkeley to...

Much A-Doo About Poo – Gross Science

Poop! Poop for fertilizer, heat, and electricity! Around 300 cows at Jordan Dairy Farm help generate energy and a nutrient-rich digestate, thanks to a specially built barn floor that collects their manure. Nearby, an ...

LeVar Burton Takes a Ride in a Driverless Car – Reading Rainbow

Self driving car videos often focus on the possible fun of rider experiences or the usefulness of computerized driving, but we'd also like to know more about the technology. How do driverless cars avoid crashing into ...

Rescuing Leftover Cuisine & working together to reduce food waste

Rescuing Leftover Cuisine co-founder Robert Lee is working with a team of volunteers to deliver excess restaurant food to food pantries and homeless shelters in New York City. This video from Mic explains RLC's missio...

Stanford Solar Car Project: Racing on Sunshine, a documentary

In 2013, the Stanford Solar Car Project student-run team raced Luminos across the Australian outback, 1,864 miles (3,000 km) from Darwin to Adelaide, in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. The trailer above gives j...

3D printing with 1900F molten glass – G3DP at MIT

Optically transparent glass printing. A brand new glass 3D printing process called G3DP has been developed through the teamwork of the Mediated Matter group at the MIT Media Lab, MIT's Mechanical Engineering Departmen...

The Surprising Places We Waste Energy – It’s Okay to Be Smart

We're always told to turn the lights out as we leave the room, or to shut off the water while we brush our teeth, but those are just two places that we might be wasting energy. In Joe Hanson's third episode of It's Ok...

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