Thursday, November 28, 2013

Video: Hidden Mathmatics in Futurama

Video Description: "Author Simon Singh discusses mathematics in the TV show Futurama - specifically taxicab numbers and the great Ramanujan.

This video features 1729 and 87539319 among its stars."

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Arthur Benjamin: The magic of Fibonacci numbers

Video Description: "Math is logical, functional and just ... awesome. Mathemagician Arthur Benjamin explores hidden properties of that weird and wonderful set of numbers, the Fibonacci series. (And reminds you that mathematics can be inspiring, too!)"

Video: Dambisa Moyo: Is China the new idol for emerging economies?

Video Description: "The developed world holds up the ideals of capitalism, democracy and political rights for all. Those in emerging markets often don't have that luxury. In this powerful talk, economist Dambisa Moyo makes the case that the west can't afford to rest on its laurels and imagine others will blindly follow. Instead, a different model, embodied by China, is increasingly appealing. A call for open-minded political and economic cooperation in the name of transforming the world. "

Video: 24 Unintended Scientific Discoveries

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Alessandro Acquisti: Why privacy matters

Video Description: "The line between public and private has blurred in the past decade, both online and in real life, and Alessandro Acquisti is here to explain what this means and why it matters. In this thought-provoking, slightly chilling talk, he shares details of recent and ongoing research -- including a project that shows how easy it is to match a photograph of a stranger with their sensitive personal information. "

Larry Swanson: Build Your Own Standing Desk

Video description: "In what became the very first standing Ignite Seattle talk, office fitness expert Larry Swanson gives a great introduction to the health benefits of standing desks and presents a number of inventive DIY standing desk designs. Be sure to stand up before you hit play.

You can find Larry at"

Mohamed Hijri: A simple solution to the coming phosphorus crisis

Video Description: "Biologist Mohamed Hijri brings to light a farming crisis no one is talking about: We are running out of phosphorus, an essential element that's a key component of DNA and the basis of cellular communication. All roads of this crisis lead back to how we farm -- with chemical fertilizers chock-full of the element, which plants are not efficient at absorbing. One solution? Perhaps … a microscopic mushroom. (Filmed at TEDxUdeM.) "

The Future of Human Enhancement by Technology

Video Description: "Natasha Vita-More explores the future of human enhancement by technology."

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Video: The Future of Design

Video Description: "SpaceX is exploring methods for engineers to accelerate their workflow by designing more directly in 3D. We are integrating breakthroughs in sensor and visualization technologies to view and modify designs more naturally and efficiently than we could using purely 2D tools. We are just beginning, but eventually hope to build the fastest route between the idea of a rocket and the reality of the factory floor. Special thanks to Leap Motion, Siemens and Oculus VR, as well as NVIDIA, Projection Design, Provision, and to everyone enabling and challenging the world to interact with technology in exciting new ways."

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Video: Box (No post processing special effects)

Video description: "Box explores the synthesis of real and digital space through projection-mapping onto moving surfaces. The short film documents a live performance, captured entirely in camera."

Kickstarter: The Peachy Printer - The First $100 3D Printer & Scanner!

Here is another project I found on Kickstarter recently.  I think this is a really cool product with a lot of promise.  Although, I think it will take some time to evolve before it really shines as a 3D printing technology (just my personal opinion).

Product description: "It's affordable, small, lightweight, and unique. It's a 3D printer in a class all its own!"

Kickstarter: vrAse - The Smartphone Virtual Reality Case

I found this a on Kickstarter today (watch the video for more information).  I have been a fan of the Oculus Rift, which reminds me of that that product.  Although, I really like the concept.

Product description: "Turn your Smartphone into the ultimate device for Movies, Games and Augmented Reality. Huge 3D screen, everywhere and hands free"

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Video: Andras Forgacs: Leather and meat without killing animals

Video summary: "By 2050, it will take 100 billion land animals to provide the world's population with meat, dairy, eggs and leather goods. Maintaining this herd will take a huge, potentially unsustainable toll on the planet. What if there were a different way? In this eye-opening talk, tissue engineering advocate Andras Forgacs argues that biofabricating meat and leather is a civilized way to move past killing animals for hamburgers and handbags."

Video: Marla Spivak: Why bees are disappearing

Video summary: "Honeybees have thrived for 50 million years, each colony 40 to 50,000 individuals coordinated in amazing harmony. So why, seven years ago, did colonies start dying en masse? Marla Spivak reveals four reasons which are interacting with tragic consequences. This is not simply a problem because bees pollinate a third of the world's crops. Could this incredible species be holding up a mirror for us?"

Sunday, September 01, 2013

Opinion: The Tablet Bubble is Going to Bust Soon

We are told we live in a "Post-PC" world, and the tablet and the smartphone is going to replace the laptop and desktop computer.  Personally I don't see either the laptop or desktop computer being replaced anytime soon.  Just as I don't see "cloud computing" replacing the need for companies to own servers in the near future.

The technology pundits who look at things as black or white, will almost always be wrong.  In the eighties, they told us that mainframes were dead with the invention of the PC.  Mainframes are still being used today. Every technology has its place, and like all market trends today's popular technology will eventually find its niche.

Although like all popular technologies, it has its time in the spotlight, but soon it will fade.  Before the tablet, the rage was netbook computers.  Then as soon as Steve Jobs announced the iPad that market seemed to die quickly.

For me tablets are too limiting (i.e. the inability to run Windows applications) to even come close to replacing my laptop.  I found most modern mobile apps and devices too under-powered in the features I need.  They also required making too many compromises to use them for everything I wanted to do.  The Microsoft's Surface Pro is the first tablet I would consider buying because of its ability to run native Windows applications.

The problem with the tablet market right now is that there are so many different tablets being offered by a plethora of manufactures, and they all look like they do the same thing. Products are now being distinguished by price and not innovation.  It looks like the market may soon hit a "glut", where small manufactures will fail, unprofitable product lines will be discontinued, and people looking for a great deal will feed on the remains.

Personally I believe we might see a great deal more tablet/laptop hybrids (i.e. laptops that convert into tablets) from PC manufacture and eventually Apple.

Video: I Forgot My Phone

Video: Message To All YouTubers (Keep End Of Videos Short)

Video: "Brain Divided" (CGI Animated Short)

Video: If Computer Problems Were Real (Comedy)

Article: Tips and Tricks for Saving Money, and Getting Discounts on Everything Else

Saving money on anything is not something that will generally happen automatically. You may get lucky at times and get an awesome deal every now and then. Although, to get the best deal possible does require work in the form of research and the ability to negotiate.

 There are some basic things that you can do that can help save money on buying new products and services (online or in the real world), or how to get better deals on ones that you're already paying for.

Read all tips in the rest of the aticle

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

FABtotum Personal Fabricator

 The FABtotum is a multipurpose open-source low cost personal fabricator (i.e. scan, 3D print, cut or mill).

Why Are American Health Care Costs So High?

Video Description: "In which John discusses the complicated reasons why the United States spends so much more on health care than any other country in the world, and along the way reveals some surprising information, including that Americans spend more of their tax dollars on public health care than people in Canada, the UK, or Australia. Who's at fault? Insurance companies? Drug companies? Malpractice lawyers? Hospitals? Or is it more complicated than a simple blame game? (Hint: It's that one.)"

Friday, August 16, 2013

Video: The Science of Invisibility

Video description: "Harry Potter and numerous sci-fi novels have glamorized the idea of a cloak of invisibility, but Duke engineering professor David R. Smith has come up with a blueprint for the real thing. His research on a prototype cloak was selected as one of the top-ten scientific breakthroughs of the year in 2006 by Science Magazine. In a live, "Office Hours" webcast interview February 23, 2012, Smith answers questions on the science of invisibility. Karl Bates, director of research communications at Duke, conducts the interview."

Video: Steve Ramirez and Xu Liu: A mouse. A laser beam. A manipulated memory.

Video description: "Can we edit the content of our memories? It's a sci-fi-tinged question that Steve Ramirez and Xu Liu are asking in their lab at MIT. Essentially, the pair shoot a laser beam into the brain of a living mouse to activate and manipulate its memory. In this unexpectedly amusing talk they share not only how, but -- more importantly -- why they do this. (Filmed at TEDxBoston.)"

Video: AMP (Robotic SciFi Short Film)

Video synopsis (from site): "10 years after leaving a war his father started, Quinn and Amp live in the slums selling illegal custom-tech just to afford the batteries that keep Amp alive.

When an old childhood friend tracks him down, Quinn is confronted with the dilemma of choosing to remain idle in a city run by the corrupt Coreley Corporation or finally finish the war he never wanted to be a part of."

Video: Life In Single Drop Of Pond Water

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Check out Google Maps Dr. Who Easter Egg

Its the TARDIS from the BBC Dr. Who television series.  Its tricky to access this Easter Egg, so you will have to follow the instructions below:
  • Go to the Google Maps street view (referred to as the Police Telephone Box, at Earl's Court Rd, London, Greater London SW5 9RB, United Kingdom)
  • Click on the double chevrons (they're circled in red in the picture)

  • You should now be inside the TARDIS, with a 360 degree view of it.

Video: The Innovation of Loneliness

Video: Star Wars - Speed Dating

Video: Welcome To Youtube! (How to become famous)

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Internet Easter Eggs

According to WikiPedia, an Easter Egg is: "an intentional inside joke, hidden message, or feature in a work such as a computer program, movie, book, or crossword. According to game designer Warren Robinett, the term was coined at Atari by personnel who were alerted to the presence of a secret message which had been hidden by Robinett in his already widely distributed game, Adventure. The name has been said to evoke the idea of a traditional Easter egg hunt."

Easter Eggs are not limited to applications, movies, etc.  Web sites have them too, some of the best and most documented ones that I have found are in Google and its related properties (such as: YouTube, etc).

I will admit that some of these are better then others, because some are real Easter Eggs while others are 'quasi' features (or something like that).


  • In the search field, type "fibonacci". (arranges the results in a tiled effect in accordance with the mathematical sequence)
  • In the search field, type "beam me up scotty". (the videos on the results page will be ‘beamed’ down)
  • Click on a blank part of the page and type "1980" to play Missile Command
  • Click on a blank part of the page and type "1337" to see all the comments in leetspeak.
  • In the search field, type "do the harlem shake" and press the search button.
  • Watch the "Swedish Chef makes Popcorn Shrimp (video)", turn on the CC (closed caption), then select "Swedish-Chef".  You will have to wait for it, it happens about the middle of the video.


  • In the search field, type "recursion" (this one is subtle)
  • In the search field, type "zerg rush".
  • In the search field, type "do a barrel roll".
  • In the search field, type "2*sqrt(-abs(abs(x)-1)*abs(3-abs(x))/((abs(x)-1)*(3-abs(x))))(1+abs(abs(x)-3)/(abs(x)-3))sqrt(1-(x/7)^2)+(5+0.97(abs(x-.5)+abs(x+.5))-3(abs(x-.75)+abs(x+.75)))(1+abs(1-abs(x))/(1-abs(x))),-3sqrt(1-(x/7)^2)sqrt(abs(abs(x)-4)/(abs(x)-4)),abs(x/2)-0.0913722(x^2)-3+sqrt(1-(abs(abs(x)-2)-1)^2),(2.71052+(1.5-.5abs(x))-1.35526sqrt(4-(abs(x)-1)^2))sqrt(abs(abs(x)-1)/(abs(x)-1))+0.9"
  • In the search field, type "askew" or "tilt" (look towards the top of the page)
  • In the search field, type "anagram" or "define anagram" (this one is subtle)
  • In the search field, type "binary" (this one is subtle)
  • In the search field, type "conway's game of life" (look to the right part of the screen)
  • In the search field, type "bacon number [actor's name]" (e.g. kevin bacon, which is equal to 0)
  • In the image search field, type "atari breakout"
  • Google in different languages:

Mozilla Firefox

  • Type "about:robots" in the address bar at the top of the browser window. (Bonus: do not press the button)
  • Type "about:mozilla" in the address bar at the top of the browser window.  (history/folklore: its supposed to be a response to a blue screen of death in Internet Explorer 5.5 when “about:mozilla” was typed. )
Google Chrome

  • Type "about:crash" in the address bar at the top of the browser window.  It's really nothing more then a crash page in Chrome, but did you know it was there?

  • Go to Easter Egg entry in the pictures of the rabbits click on the little thing that looks like a turtle in the lower right corner.
Note: All of these were tested at the time of the article, but over time some of the features may stop working or be removed.

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

KickStarter: HOLHO - hologram generator for SMARTPHONE and TABLET

With this KickStarter project you can turn your smartphone or tablet into holographic player.

Introducing CarTube (YouTube for Your Car)

Is CarTube a good? "Asterisk" (note: you will have to watch the video to understand the reference).  Also CarTube retails for $2.7 million dollars and is not a real thing.

Star Wars Filibuster (Patton Oswalt's Rant Animated)

Nerdist's created an animated version of  Patton Oswalt's Star Wars Filibuster from Parks & Recreation?

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

How Energy Efficiency can Save the World

When you think of some of the greatest problems facing the world, there are lots of issues that need addressing such as: global warming, over population, etc.  Most of these problems are already heavily discussed in countless different types of media (e.g. video, articles, blogs, and many others).

Although, one of the least discussed problems effecting us is the lack of access to clean, cheap and plentiful energy.  It can also be easily debated that our pursuit for energies (e.g. electricity, liquid fuels, etc.) is what got us into this situation in the first place.

The main issue with energy is the demand for it is not going away anytime soon, and the need for it is only going to increase as the population grows and there is increased affluence in developing and mature countries.

When people don't have access to clean affordable energy, this reduces our ability as a society to produce and deliver food, water and medical care. Which increases the destruction of the environment for any easily accessible resources, causes more poverty, war, terrorism, and disease.

Obviously with a source of clean, cheap and plentiful energy we can save ourselves and our planet for future generations.  Over the pass few decades more new clean energy technologies have been developed, then anytime in the past.

One of the greatest issues with any relatively new technology is its ability to gain a broad acceptance.  It can literally take a decade or more for new a energy technology to come to the market before it becomes widely accepted.

Although the greatest problems with energy is not our ability to create new sources of it, or make them in large enough quantities to meet the market demands.  The two greatest energy issues that we are facing right now are:

  • As a society changing our energy consumption habits so we need less of it.
  • Not increasing the energy efficiency of our existing technologies to their fullest potential.

For example, over the past few decades automobile manufactures increased the fuel efficiency of vehicles, as it was mandated by law and market demand.  When gas was cheap car manufactures didn't build their cars to be fuel efficient, they were created to be powerful.  It was not until fuel became more expensive overtime that they slowly increased the fuel efficiency of the vehicles.

Its important to note that building energy efficiency into any product does take time and can be expensive because it requires the redesign of existing technologies to use less power.

Although as a society and as individuals I really believe we underestimate the impact that we can have by changing our power consumption habits.  Also by using smarter technologies (such as a programmable thermostat) can help save us money without sacrificing comfort and help protect the environment.  By using less power, we as a country can avoid the need to create new power plants to meet our electricity demands.

Recently I watched a great video from TED by Alex Laskey, called "How behavioral science can lower your energy bill".  He discusses showing people how much more energy they're consuming then their neighbors can help people reduce their energy demands by causing a sense of competition among them.

The main point I want to express with this article is that we don't have to wait for some scientist or company to come up with a clean energy technology or new way to save energy.  We also want to avoid at all costs the creation of old style power plants, that burn fuels to create electricity.  

What we do need to do is take personal responsibility for our energy consumption.  We also need to realize that if a lot of people try to save power it does add up incrementally and can reduce our society's overall power demands.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Opinion: The new desktop PC Form Factor

The standard desktop form-factor has not changed much in 3 decades.  If you look at the standard PC tower its basically a 1980's IBM PC turned on it side.

Any of the more "innovative" designs over the last few decades never really took-off or lasted.  I believe Apple's new Mac Pro could start a "fashion" trend in the desktop PC design because its so different from most other case styles available from PC manufactures.

If you have not seen Apple's new Mac Pro case check out the video below as an example.

Video: Star Wars vs. Star Trek (Death Star Destroys Enterprise)

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Software: Best Deal on Microsoft Office for the Home

If you have ever used  Microsoft Office, then you might agree its one of the best commercial Office software suites available.  I want to point out I make a distinction when I say "best commercial Office suite", if you're looking for a free office suite check out LibreOffice.  I will note LibreOffice formerly part of OpenOffice, but it's a long story, but these are now two separate projects.

Although to come back to the original topic, the problem with Microsoft Office was that it felt too expensive for the home.  For example, the current version of Microsoft Office Professional lists for $399 (MSRP) per copy.  Although, if you purchase an Office365 subscription, you can get it for 5 PCs (or Macs) in your house for $99 a year, plus any updates.  There is also some additional extras (like extra SkyDrive storage and Skype minutes every month), but check out the offer for more details.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Video: The Social Revolution - (From: Remember Me Video Game)

Video: The Quarter Life Crisis

I remember being in my mid-20s when this happen to me.  Video description: "A video about growing up, being an adult, the anxiety that comes with adulthood, and defining your own life. This is a love letter to anyone in their 20's."

Video: The NEW Periodic Table Song

Tom Lehrer sang the original "Element Song" in 1959, which was about all the elements in the Periodic Table at the time.  Since then new elements have been added, so the educators at ASAP SCIENCE updated the song.  The new song covers all the elements in their correct order.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Video: Google Glass 2.0: What If We Had Glass?

Video description: "Now that we all have seen Google Glass we tried to think beyond version one. We wanted to visualize how heads up displays can affect our interactions with information, each other and the world.  For more information check out:­-google-glass"

Video:3D Scanning at the Smithsonian

I am really impressed with modern 3D scanning, it has the potential to allow general viewing and the ability to study different objects and artifacts in ways that would normally be impossible or limited only to an elite few.

Video description: "What can you do to bring some of the Smithsonian's 137 million objects to life? Put them in 3D!

This is a full-time job for two of the Smithsonian's very own "laser cowboys," Vince Rossi and Adam Metallo, who work in the Smithsonian's 3D Digitization Program Office. They work hard to document, in very high three-dimensional detail, many of our priceless and important collections so that the objects are available for research, education and general interest.

Smithsonian 3D Digitization on Facebook:

Gunboat Philadelphia:

Cornell Imaging:

Smithsonian Gardens' orchid collections:

Euglossa ignita bee:"

Sunday, May 05, 2013

Video: SNL reviews Google Glass (Comedy)

Video description: "Seth welcomes tech blogger Randall Meeks, who has high praise for the Google Glass."

Monday, April 29, 2013

Video: Michio Kaku: The Universe in a Nutshell

Video Description: "The Universe in a Nutshell: The Physics of Everything Michio Kaku, Henry Semat Professor of Theoretical Physics at CUNY

What if we could find one single equation that explains every force in the universe? Dr. Michio Kaku explores how physicists may shrink the science of the Big Bang into an equation as small as Einstein's "e=mc^2." Thanks to advances in string theory, physics may allow us to escape the heat death of the universe, explore the multiverse, and unlock the secrets of existence. While firing up our imaginations about the future, Kaku also presents a succinct history of physics and makes a compelling case for why physics is the key to pretty much everything."

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Article: The Robots Are Coming, and They're Taking Jobs

Below is an excerpt from an article about how advancements in robotics (or any other new technology) slowly replace existing jobs and how to stay relevant: "It seems like every time a new technology gets created, it threatens the livelihood of individuals that derive their income from that industry. Progress destroys some jobs (generally low skilled), but at the same time it always seems to create new jobs (generally higher skilled).

Consider when the first cars came on the road, it literally killed a whole industry that was created around horses and related types of vehicles and the infrastructure needed to maintain it. For example, horse related jobs like: breeders, ranchers, stables, etc. became obsolete (or needed less) over time, but it also created thousands of new jobs that required newer skill sets, to support the car industry." (read the rest of the article)

Friday, April 26, 2013

Technology Evolution (videos)

I came across the top video a little while ago, then when I came across the second one it made me think of the first.  I find it interesting that technology used to propel a tractor in snow 87 years ago found its way to  being incorporated in to a snowboard.  I wonder if the creator(s) of the second device were influence by the first.

1926 Armstead Snow Motor Vehicle

Video Description: "This screw-propelled vehicle was designed to cope with difficult snow and ice terrain. Instead of tracks, the vehicle is moved by the rotation of two horisontal cylinders fitted with a helical flange that engages with the snow surface. The Armstead Snow Motor was developed in the early 1920's. Leading Detroit automobile makers had organized a company entitled "Snow Motors Inc" to put out a machine that would negotiate the deepest snowdrifts at six to eight miles an hour. The vehicle consisted of a tractor power-plant mounted on two revolving cylinders instead of wheels."

(2013) Propul~surf 

Video Description: "Propul~surf is an alternative to ski tows and snowmobiles. It is a portable device: once packed in a bag, the snowboarder (or skier) can freely go down trails.This propulsion system is based on Archimedes' screw: this is efficient and soft for the environment."

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Video: The Future of Wearable Technology (PBS)

Video Description: "As computing moves from our desktops to our phones, we look into the future to see how technology will become increasingly ingrained in our movements and our active lives. From the Nike Fuelband to Google Glass, consumers are already seeing hints of the future of wearable devices. They have the possibility to make us more knowledgeable about ourselves and our surroundings, and connect us with each other in an uninterrupted, more intimate way. From DIY wearables to high-tech sensors and smart fabrics, the years ahead will show how integrated technology can impact our lives for the better."

Video: Supervillains Trying to Find Love Through Speed Dating

Monday, April 08, 2013

When Everyday Technology Becomes Art

I find it interesting when technology we use everyday is considered beautiful enough to be considered art. All of this technology is from the past, and the majority of the collection is from Apple.

There are literally thousands of different pieces in Museum of Modern Art's (MOMA) complete collection.
Below is a brief list of computers and other electronics that can be found in it:

Saturday, April 06, 2013

Video: PBS - Watch Making Stuff: Stronger (NOVA)

I have a fascination with material science and how its progressing.  Our society's success and failure to generate new materials (e.g. carbon nanotubes, graphene, etc.) will determine our ability to create the next generation of structures, spacecraft, electronics, etc.  

The following video PBS's NOVA, and called Making Stuff: Stronger.  Here the program description from the site: "What is the strongest material in the world? Is it steel, Kevlar, carbon nanotubes, or something entirely new? NOVA kicks off the four-part series "Making Stuff" with a quest for the world's strongest substances. Host David Pogue takes a look at what defines strength, examining everything from steel cables to mollusk shells to a toucan's beak. Pogue travels from the deck of a U.S. naval aircraft carrier to a demolition derby to the country's top research labs to check in with experts who are re-engineering what nature has given us to create the next generation of strong stuff."

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Cold fusion research continues in 2013 as further experiments are planned (Wired UK)

Wired Magazine UK has posted an article on the current state of Cold Fusion (some call it LENR, then others know it as E-CAT).  Whatever you want to call it, here is an excerpt from a article: "There has been steady progress in the world of Low Energy Nuclear Reactions (LENR), better known as Cold Fusion, in the last few months. The main commercial players have been quiet -- although April is likely to be make-or-break for "Energy Catalyser" (E-Cat) inventor Andrea Rossi -- but the open-source Martin Fleishmann Memorial Project (MFMP) has made some big steps towards its goal of proving the reality of LENR to a skeptical world." (read the rest of the article)

If you want more information, I have posted an article with videos and links to other sources such as: 60 Minutes and NASA on the subject.  I won't say I am a supporter of the technology, I will say that I see a lot of promising information coming from sources other then from "independent scientist" I have never heard of.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Video: Future Cyber-Therapist

Video description: "The USC Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT) is a leader in basic research and advanced technology development of virtual humans who think and behave like real people. ICT brings together experts in clinical psychology, cognitive science, computer vision, speech processing and artificial intelligence. This video shows two interactive technologies recently developed for multimodal perception and healthcare support" (read the entire description)

Thursday, March 21, 2013

TED Video: Elon Musk: The mind behind Tesla, SpaceX, SolarCity

Video Description: "Entrepreneur Elon Musk is a man with many plans. The founder of PayPal, Tesla Motors and SpaceX sits down with TED curator Chris Anderson to share details about his visionary projects, which include a mass-marketed electric car, a solar energy leasing company and a fully reusable rocket."

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Video: The Worlds of Viral Video (Why Videos Go Viral)

Video description: "Viral Video" is the signature phenomenon of internet media. Something akin to pop songs, these videos with irresistible hooks have saturated video culture online and have now evolved into a multitude of sophisticated forms. Whether rooted in comedy, spectacle, schadenfreude, cuteness, politics, performance, or deep meaning, the idea of viral videos, and the huge audiences they generate, have forever changed the values and potential impact of video online."

Did we go from the being the MTV generation to the YouTube generation?

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Video: Stewart Brand: The dawn of de-extinction.

Video description: "Throughout humankind's history, we've driven species after species extinct: the passenger pigeon, the Eastern mountain lion, the dodo .... But now, says Stewart Brand, we have the technology (and the biology) to bring back species that humanity wiped out. So -- should we? Which ones? He asks a big question whose answer is closer than you may think."

Video: Michio Kaku: Can Nanotechnology Create Utopia?

Video description: "Dr. Kaku addresses the question of the possibility of utopia, the perfect society that people have tried to create throughout history. These dreams have not been realized because we have scarcity. However, now we have nanotechnology, and with nanotechnology, perhaps, says Dr. Michio Kaku, maybe in 100 years, we'll have something called the replicator, which will create enormous abundance. "

Video: Amazing Water & Sound Experiment

Excerpt from video description: "The effect that you are seeing can't be seen with the naked eye. The effect only works through the camera. However, there is a version of the project you can do where the effect would be visible with the naked eye. For that project, you'd have to use a strobe light." (more information see the video page)

Monday, March 04, 2013

Allan Savory: How to green the world's deserts and reverse climate change

Video Description: "'Desertification is a fancy word for land that is turning to desert,' begins Allan Savory in this quietly powerful talk. And terrifyingly, it's happening to about two-thirds of the world’s grasslands, accelerating climate change and causing traditional grazing societies to descend into social chaos. Savory has devoted his life to stopping it. He now believes -- and his work so far shows -- that a surprising factor can protect grasslands and even reclaim degraded land that was once desert."

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Will 3D Printing Change the World?

Video description: "Much attention has been paid to 3D Printing lately, with new companies developing cheaper and more efficient consumer models that have wowed the tech community. They herald 3D Printing as a revolutionary and disruptive technology, but how will these printers truly affect our society? Beyond an initial novelty, 3D Printing could have a game-changing impact on consumer culture, copyright and patent law, and even the very concept of scarcity on which our economy is based. From at-home repairs to new businesses, from medical to ecological developments, 3D Printing has an undeniably wide range of possibilities which could profoundly change our world."

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Video: Sugata Mitra: Build a School in the Cloud

Video description: "Onstage at TED2013, Sugata Mitra makes his bold TED Prize wish: Help me design the School in the Cloud, a learning lab in India, where children can explore and learn from each other -- using resources and mentoring from the cloud. Hear his inspiring vision for Self Organized Learning Environments (SOLE), and learn more at "

Video: The Super Supercapacitor (Next Generation Battery Technology)

Video Description: "Ric Kaner set out to find a new way to make graphene, the thinnest and strongest material on earth. What he found was a new way to power the world."

Monday, February 25, 2013

Video: Solve for X: Charles Chase on energy for everyone

Video Description: "Solution: A 100MW compact fusion reactor that runs on plentiful and cheap deuterium and tritium (isotopes of hydrogen). Breakthrough technology: Charles Chase and his team at Lockheed have developed a high beta configuration, which allows a compact reactor design and speedier development timeline (5 years instead of 30)."

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Video Description from SlashDot: "Many of us have plug-in external batteries of one sort to recharge our smart phones when we're away from power outlets. Or we have gigantic aftermarket batteries that make our phones so fat they barely fit in our pockets. So there is this company, Lilliputian Power Systems, that is just starting to market a tiny, butane-powered fuel cell they call the Nectar that plugs into your cell phone (or whatever) through a USB port and supposedly charges it for up to two weeks. That's a lot better than an add-on battery. It looks expensive, although the power "pods" aren't too pricey at $19.99 for two."

Esther Perel: The secret to desire in a long-term relationship

Video Description: "In long-term relationships, we often expect our beloved to be both best friend and erotic partner. But as Esther Perel argues, good and committed sex draws on two conflicting needs: our need for security and our need for surprise. So how do you sustain desire? With wit and eloquence, Perel lets us in on the mystery of erotic intelligence."

Lee Cronin: Print your own medicine

Video Description: "Chemist Lee Cronin is working on a 3D printer that, instead of objects, is able to print molecules. An exciting potential long-term application: printing your own medicine using chemical inks."

Monday, February 04, 2013

Michio Kaku: Faster than light speed is possible

Howard White, a professor working at NASA made some tweaks to the shape of the bubble allowing this process to take place with the amount of energy required to deliver a modern rocket to space. (article)

Sunday, February 03, 2013

Cameron Herold: Let's raise kids to be entrepreneurs

Video Description: "Bored in school, failing classes, at odds with peers: This child might be an entrepreneur, says Cameron Herold. In his talk, he makes the case for parenting and education that helps would-be entrepreneurs flourish -- as kids and as adults."

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Video: Voice Over (English Subtitles)

This is a great video about an astronaut struggling to stay alive after crash landing on an unknown planet.  As his air supply dwindles, he starts contemplating his current situation and how it compares to other life and death scenarios.  I don't want to give away too much, but I will say its very well done.

Video: Wingham Rowan: A new kind of job market

Description: Plenty of people need jobs with very flexible hours -- but it's difficult for those people to connect with the employers who need them. Wingham Rowan is working on that. He explains how the same technology that powers modern financial markets can help employers book workers for slivers of time.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Dr. Wade Adams: Nanotechnology and the Future of Energy

Video Description: "Dr. Wade Adams, Associate Dean of the School of Engineering at Rice University, passionately explains what nanotechnology is and why it is fundamental to solving many of the world's most pressing challenges." Nanotechnology may one day do everything from curing cancer to solving the world's energy problems.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Video: Jane McGonigal: How Gaming Will Change the World

Video Description: "Jane McGonigal, author of The New York Times best seller "Reality Is Broken" and world-renowned designer of alternate reality games, talks about how games can be created to improve the way we learn, work, solve problems, and lead our real lives."

Web site: National Flu Situation Page 2013

Want the latest information (such as CDC maps, news and twitter feeds and more) on the current national flu situation, check out the following page on the VueToo site.

Video: Ellen Jorgensen: Biohacking -- you can do it, too (The rise of DIYbio labs)

Video description: "We have personal computing, why not personal biotech? That’s the question biologist Ellen Jorgensen and her colleagues asked themselves before opening Genspace, a nonprofit DIYbio lab in Brooklyn devoted to citizen science, where amateurs can go and tinker with biotechnology. Far from being a sinister Frankenstein's lab (as some imagined it), Genspace offers a long list of fun, creative and practical uses for DIYbio."

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Arictle: White House shoots down petition to build Death Star

Excerpt from CNET article: "However, in a playful, "Star Wars"-inspired response titled "This Isn't the Petition Response You're Looking For," Paul Shawcross, the chief of the science and space branch at the White House Office of Management and Budget, explains that construction of the universe's ultimate weapon would cost $850 quadrillion ($850,000,000,000,000,000). The administration also said it was reluctant to spend such an uncountable amount on "a Death Star with a fundamental flaw that can be exploited by a one-man starship."" (read the rest of the article)

Sunday, January 06, 2013

Friday, January 04, 2013

Video: Futuristic highways in the Netherlands glow in the dark

Here are some innovative ideas for the highway.  The only issue will be will some of them be more of a driver distraction then helpful.  Then there are other issues like how do you pay for the energy used to power the electronic car induction lanes, or to pay for the other enhancements.

Video description: "A futuristic highway that can save energy and improve road safety is set to be installed in the Netherlands by mid-2013. Two companies, Studio Roosegaarde and Heijmans Infrastructure, came up with the highway, which includes: glow-in-the-dark road markings painted with photo-luminescent paint which are charged during the day and light up during the night; temperature-responsive paint which indicates slippery roads when temperatures fall below zero; and interactive lights along the highway that light up as cars approach. Wind lights that light up using the draft produced by cars and priority induction lanes that can recharge electric cars as they run along them also feature.

The luminous road markings and weather indicating roads will debut in the Dutch province of Brabant in the middle of next year. The wind powered and interactive lights along with the induction lanes are also planned to go into service in the next years."