Imagine an Indy 500 car screaming around a race track at 200 mph with a flame streaking on top and behind it. This is not your average passing of the torch.
Does that snout say “hangover cure” to you? It does to thousands of people in Asia who rely on traditional medicines made from endangered animals to cure everything from headaches to infertility. In 2014 alone, 1,214 rhinos were killed by poachers in South Africa, mostly for the Asian market. The practice is unsustainable at best; at worst, it’s catastrophic for the species and their ecosystems alike. Students at the University of Maryland’s Institute for Advanced Computer Studies are devising mathematical methods to crack down on hunters.
If you need to restore your faith in humanity, watch this: When 19-year-old Easton LaChappelle built his own brainwave-powered prosthetic arm for only $350, everyone expected him to get rich—fast. Instead, he made his software open-source and will teach anyone who wants one how to build it for free. All you need are the materials.
If you’re experiencing the winter blues, take a few minutes to watch this GoPro-connected Combat Creature play with a litter of kittens and one feisty cat. Smiles guaranteed!