Monkey Island: Test Ground for Human Cognition

From Motherboard. In episode nine of The Most Unknown, neuroscientist Anil Seth and cognitive psychologist Laurie R. Santos travel to Puerto Rico’s Cayo Santiago, a small island home to over a thousand monkeys where scientists study human cognition. Subscribe to MOTHERBOARD: http://bit.ly/Subscribe-To-MOTHERBOARD Follow MOTHERBOARD Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/motherboardtv Twitter: http://twitter.com/motherboard Tumblr: http://motherboardtv.tumblr.com/ Instagram: http://instagram.com/motherboardvice More videos from…

Inside The Shared Hallucinations of Our Conscious Reality

From Motherboard. In episode eight of The Most Unknown, physicist Jun Ye, builder of the world’s most powerful atomic clock, travels to England to undergo consciousness experiments with neuroscientist Anil Seth. Subscribe to MOTHERBOARD: http://bit.ly/Subscribe-To-MOTHERBOARD Follow MOTHERBOARD Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/motherboardtv Twitter: http://twitter.com/motherboard Tumblr: http://motherboardtv.tumblr.com/ Instagram: http://instagram.com/motherboardvice More videos from the VICE network: https://www.fb.com/vicevideo

Inside The Most Precise Atomic Clock in the World

From Motherboard. From his basement lab in Boulder, Colorado, physicist Jun Ye and his team have built the world’s most precise atomic clock. The clock is so powerful it can measure otherwise imperceptible changes in the physical world. “Have you ever seen the movie called Interstellar? You’ll see some of that in our lab, it’s…

The Invisible Creatures at the Bottom of the Sea

From Motherboard. Less than 2 percent of the ocean floor has been explored by scientists. “Every time we go to the deep sea, we find new species of organisms,” explains geobiologist Victoria Orphan. “These organisms aren’t germs to be feared but actually are making the world tick.” In episode six of The Most Unknown, astrophysicist…

Looking Into the Center of the Galaxy

From Motherboard. Astrophysicist Rachel Smith is an observer of forming stars. From 20,000 light years away, Smith trawls the frontiers of our galaxy searching through the chemistry of where in the universe Earth-like planets could exist. “You have a puzzle with a million or a billion pieces, and we’ve got one piece,” explains Smith. “I’m…

Searching For Alien Life in the Hot Springs of Nevada

From Motherboard. For astrobiologist Luke McKay, the question of whether life exists on other planets begins at the microbial communities thriving in America’s hot springs. It’s at hostile environments like these where extremophiles, to the bewilderment of scientists, are able to survive on our planet where all other life can’t. “What I do is, I…

Decoding the Human Brain With Robotic Limbs

From Motherboard. The human brain is composed of around 88 billion neurons, with each neuron connecting to about 10,000 other neurons. Consciousness, as psychologist Axel Cleeremans puts it, is one of the most significant problems of the 21st century. “It really remains a mystery how the biological activity of the brain produces minds,” explains Cleermans.…

The New Hunt for Dark Matter

From Motherboard. In the over two-decades-long search for dark matter, scientists so far have come up short. In recent years though, construction of new experiments and upgrades to already existing detectors are giving new hope that we’re closer than ever to understanding dark matter. One of those new efforts is SABRE, an international collaboration that…

What Does a Nuclear Bomb Explosion Feel Like?

From Motherboard. The existential threat of nuclear war is no longer a Cold War memory. With nine countries armed with around 15,000 atomic bombs up to 53 times stronger than those dropped in the Second World War, the stakes are arguably higher. Ahead of the International Day against Nuclear Tests on August 29, we met…

This Cave Slime Could Be a Clue to the Origins of Life

From Motherboard. In episode one of The Most Unknown, microbiologist Jennifer Macalady, along with a team of divers, spelunk through Italy’s water-rich Frasassi Caves to search for mysterious microbes that could hold clues to the origins of life on Earth. For the past 20 years, Macalady and her team have rappelled through Frasassi’s immense chambers…

The Rogue Tesla Mechanic Resurrecting Salvaged Cars

From Motherboard. Rich is a car enthusiast whose passion is to find wrecked Teslas, bring them back to life, and then share his repair adventures on his YouTube channel Rich Rebuilds. When he found out that Tesla would not service or support his salvaged cars, he took it upon himself to scour the internet and…

The Bowling Mechanic Keeping America’s Favorite Pastime Alive

From Motherboard. From birthday parties to televised professional leagues, bowling is the number one participatory sport in America. To keep this favorite pastime alive, a rare breed of highly skilled technicians thrive on the fridge of our modern technological society to make sure that these old-school pinsetter machines work as well today as they did…

Surveillance and the City: Know When You’re Being Watched

From Motherboard. Ingrid Burrington, author of “Networks of New York,” explains how big cities like New York are constantly under surveillance. WATCH NEXT: The First Artificially Intelligent Surveillance Camera — https://youtu.be/2xVNgP0PHzg Subscribe to MOTHERBOARD: http://bit.ly/Subscribe-To-MOTHERBOARD Follow MOTHERBOARD Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/motherboardtv Twitter: http://twitter.com/motherboard Tumblr: http://motherboardtv.tumblr.com/ Instagram: http://instagram.com/motherboardtv More videos from the VICE network: https://www.fb.com/vicevideo