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Apr
01

How to — Sand Sled


Skip the surf and head to the desert for a fun alternative: sand sledding. Brought to you by OV Tech Sweat.


Mar
25

New Bionics Let Us Run, Climb and Dance


Hugh Herr is building the next generation of bionic limbs, robotic prosthetics inspired by nature's own designs. Herr lost both legs in a climbing accident 30 years ago; now, as the head of the MIT Media Lab's Biomechatronics group, he shows his incredible technology in a talk that's both technical and deeply personal — with the help of ballroom dancer Adrianne Haslet-Davis, who lost her left leg in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, and performs again for the first time on the TED stage.

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Mar
18

Where Food Meets Art


“The menu started with color and form,” says chef Jordan Kahn of Los Angeles restaurant Vespertine, described on its website as a “gastronomical experience seeking to disrupt the course of the modern restaurant.” In a new video from The Atlantic, Kahn details his culinary inspiration—which started with the building itself. “I stood in front of the [building] for a solid 25 minutes,” he says. “That was the first time I’d ever been emotionally and physically moved by a piece of architecture.”


Mar
11

Swim Peacefully with Thousands of Jellyfish in Palau


On Eil Malk Island in Palau, you can swim with jellyfish without getting stung. This marine lake was once connected to the ocean, but as the island changed, it was cut off. Now in isolation, it's filled with a jellyfish species found nowhere else. With no predators to keep them in check and plentiful algae to feed on, these golden jellyfish swarm and fill the lake like a cloudy dream. Ready for a swim?

This story is a part of our Planet Earth series. From mammals to insects and birds to reptiles, we share this great big world with all manner of creatures, large and small. Come with us to faraway places as we explore our great big planet and meet some of its wildest inhabitants.

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Mar
04

Why It's Almost Impossible to Run a Two-Hour Marathon


Three of the world's finest distance runners are about to attempt one of the greatest feats of athleticism in history: a sub two-hour marathon. To do it, the athletes will need to maintain an average pace of at least 13.1 miles per hour. So, we timed how long WIRED staffers could run at that speed. Needless to say, we didn't last long. Here's why only a handful of people in the world could ever come close to a two-hour marathon.

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Feb
26

Techies Are Using Ketamine to Fight Their Depression


Sean Spencer is a pretty successful entrepreneur in LA's startup community but he also struggles with depression, so he uses ketamine to help with his lows.

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Feb
19

Learning To Code Is The Best Thing You Can Do This Year


As a student, Zach Sims was already a prodigious talent. A political science major at Columbia University, Sims worked with startups like GroupMe and Drop.io while building an impressive resume up until the point that he accomplished "everything" he wanted in college.

It's then, with just one year to complete before earning his bachelor's degree, that Sims decided to drop out the Ivy League institution. Key to his experience after dropping out, though, was the fact that he didn't stop educating himself. And what he'd found after leaving Columbia was that people were better off learning things by actually doing them.

It is with this approach that he and former classmate Ryan Bubinski founded C...


Feb
12

Enter This 700-Year-Old Temple of Colors


The heart-stopping, brightly colored Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple in southern India wasn't built just to catch the eye. It is also one of the largest Hindu houses of worship. The complex is dedicated to the Hindu God of Ranganatha, a reclining form of the deity Vishnu. In total, it has more than six miles of walls and 100 buildings. Its temples are adorned with pyramid-shaped towers and made from sandstone, soapstone or granite. Explore this remarkable site that dates back nearly 700 years.

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Feb
05

The Butterfuly Effect, Literally


This is potentially a new series (a la Understanding Art House) about unintended consequences of human action on Earth. I AM IN THE COMMENTS below if you want to discuss, or ask me anything on Tumblr here: http://thenerdwriter.tumblr.com/ask

To learn how to build a butterfly rest stop, via National Geographic:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6JpLR2hpfSk



WORKS CITED:

Michael Risinit, "Decrease in monarch butterfly population raises concern"
http://www.usatoday.com/story/weather/2013/08/22/monarch-butterfly-population/2687621/

Wikipedia: Indirect land use change impacts of biofuels
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indirect_land_use_change_impacts_of_biofuels

Michael Wines, "Migration of Monarch Butterfli...


Jan
29

Ripples Makes Waves: Changing The World


In this reel, we meet five incredible individuals changing the world with love. We speak with Claudette Colvin, an activist who refused to give up her seat to a white passenger around the same time as Rosa Parks. Then, we visit Fabian Williams, aka, "Occasional Superstar," a street artist bringing hopes to the streets of Atlanta. We close out in Berlin, Germany where we meet with a 71-year-old activist scrubbing hate from the streets of Berlin.

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