On April 18, the National Mall in Washington, D.C. will be filled with the country’s most brilliant and creative math nerds. Nothing of the kind has been attempted before, possibly out of fear that the nation can’t handle this much awesome in a one-mile radius.
Here we are at the tail-end of winter. To bid farewell to this snow-coated season, let’s watch some Finnish engineers defy gravity. Have you ever dreamed of attaching a snow mobile to a parachute and flying off a cliff? These guys have, and it’s pretty interesting to watch!
Infrastructure isn’t sexy, but it’s wholly necessary for the basic survival of civilization. John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight took on the challenge of highlighting the dire state of U.S. infrastructure and the politics surrounding it, giving it the Hollywood treatment in hopes that people will take notice.
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.