Tech lobbyists say letting people fix their own stuff is too dangerous. The Federal Trade Commission isn’t buying it. by Maddie Stone For the past several years, as state legislators across the country have held hearings to consider “right-to-repair” bills that would make it easier for consumers to fix their electronic devices, lobbyists representing manufacturers have shown up to repeat the same arguments over and over: Letting people fix their own stuff is too dangerous. It creates cybersecurity risks. It infringes on intellectual property. It won’t help reduce electronic waste. But while it remains to be seen whether these arguments will win over any of … Continue reading Should customers be able to repair their devices? This federal agency says yes.
What is lost when we lose in-person learning. BY MICHAEL DENHAM Last year, my first in medical school at Columbia University, I used a bone saw to slice through the top half of a cadaver’s skull, revealing a gray brain lined with purple blood vessels. This was Clinical Gross Anatomy, the first-year course that has fascinated or devastated (or both) every medical student. You never forget the day you open the skull. Cutting into the brain, unlike the muscles of a forearm or the arteries running down a thigh, feels personal. As a cloud of aerosolized bone dust particles darkened … Continue reading You Can’t Dissect a Virtual Cadaver
by Phillip Schneider, Staff Writer Waking Times A documentary titled Pseudology: The Art of Lying tells what many of us already presumed. Watching television does put the viewer in a suggestible, almost hypnotic, state of mind and suppresses our ability to think critically. The documentary explains: “If you’ve ever experienced a mind fog after watching television, you’re not alone. The brain has four modes that it operates in, and four brain wave patterns. Delta is when you’re deep asleep, Theta is when you’re in light sleep, Alpha is awake but relaxed, it’s the mode of thinking that you are in when you’re in the most … Continue reading DOCUMENTARY EXPOSES THE ALARMING TRUTH – TV PUTS US IN HYPNOTIC STATE AND SUPPRESSES CRITICAL THINKING
We can see objects because light bounces off of them. Scientists say they’ve found a way to make light pass directly through objects – the secret to invisibility. By TERESA CAREY Invisibility is no longer science fiction. Researchers have developed a unique light wave that, when beamed through an object, makes the object appear invisible to cameras and even the human eye. The backstory: If you think invisibility cloaks are only for wizards, think again. Scientists have been trying to solve this challenge since long before Dumbledore bestowed the hallow cloak upon Harry Potter, and invisibility tech is for real. With the … Continue reading Scientists May Have Found the Secret to Invisibility
By Rima Sabina Aouf Mic is celebrating Earth Day with an entire week of stories. Over the next few days we’ll be rolling out pieces on hyper-urban farming, the future of construction, the catastrophic environmental costs of the dreaded gender reveal, an optimistic imagining of a meat-free world, and much more. All of the stories will be cataloged here, along with the rest of our environmental coverage. If architecture in 2021 is any indication, future skyscrapers might have less in common with the Empire State Building than they do with the 1,300-year-old Hōryū-ji temple in Japan. Its five-story pagoda is one of the oldest standing wooden … Continue reading The skyscrapers of the future will be made of wood
If you can get there within 180 minutes on the train, you won’t be able to fly. BY ADELE PETERS It takes around two hours to take a train from Paris to the city of Lyon. That train ride has a far smaller carbon footprint than flying between the cities—and now the French government plans to ban the flights, along with other short routes that take 2.5 hours or less by train, to shrink the country’s transportation emissions. Another proposal would have ditched all flights shorter than four hours than could have been replaced by train rides, but politicians compromised after … Continue reading France is banning any short flight that can be replaced by a train trip
Iraqi-born Zaha Hadid—aka the Queen of the Curve—fundamentally altered the contours of modern architecture and design. BY LAKSHMI PRIYA RAJENDRAN In the five years since Zaha Hadid’s passing, much has been written about the glorious and towering legacy the fabled British-Iraqi architect left behind. Thinking about what she started, though, is more instructive. Born in Baghdad, Iraq in 1950, Hadid—aka the Queen of the Curve—fundamentally altered the contours of modern architecture and design. She shattered gender stereotypes too by, in 2004, becoming the first woman to receive the Pritzker Architecture Prize—the highest award in her field. As the world grapples with how to respond to the climate crisis, architecture … Continue reading “There are 360 degrees. Why stick to one?”: The real legacy of architect Zaha Hadid
BY SRISHTI MITRA Nowadays almost everything is being 3D printed, so why should architecture be an exception? Many architectural firms are adopting 3D printing as their preferred technique to build structures. It’s a simple, efficient, and innovative technique that lowers the risks of errors, and also manages to save on time! 3D printing eradicates a lot of tedious steps during the construction process and simplifies it. It is being used to build homes, habitats on Mars, and even coral reef islands! The potential and possibilities of 3D printing in architecture are endless and mindblowing. We’ve curated a collection of 3D-printed structures … Continue reading 3D PRINTED ARCHITECTURE THAT SHOW WHY THIS TREND IS THE FUTURE OF MODERN ARCHITECTURE!
Time is a construct — and it’s made of atoms. by SARAH WELLS AROUND THE WORLD, we are all controlled by the same, invisible force that tells us when to wake up, when to work, and even when to socialize: time. After this past year, the concept of time may seem less real than ever, but according to a team of physicists in Colorado, that couldn’t be further from the truth. The team used three different elements to measure the length of a second. To date, atomic clocks (which absorb and emit photons at regular frequencies to keep time) are the most accurate way … Continue reading PHYSICISTS ARE ON THE BRINK OF REDEFINING TIME — STUDY
In “Driven,” Alex Davies chronicles the heady early days and evolution of autonomous vehicle technology. BY M.R. O’CONNOR DEEP IN THE Mojave Desert, 60 miles from the city of Barstow, is the Slash X Ranch Cafe, a former ranch where dirt bike riders and ATV adventurers can drink beer and eat burgers with fellow daredevils speeding across the desert. Displayed on a wall alongside trucker caps and taxidermy is a plaque that memorializes the 2004 DARPA Grand Challenge, a 142-mile race whose starting point was at Slash X Ranch Cafe. It was the first race in the world without human drivers. Instead, … Continue reading The Elusive Dream of Self-Driving Cars