How to read a hurricane map

From Quartz. What path will Hurricane Florence take? A hurricane map will tell you if you’re in the path, but reading it wrong can put you in danger. While hurricane maps are supposed to show the path of a hurricane, understanding what track the storm will actually take isn’t always easy. All hurricane maps use…

Fire ants can teach robots about teamwork

From Quartz. Fire ants are teaching robots how to slack at work. Scientists programmed robots to act like ants, and learned a small number of ants actually do most of the work. And in confined, chaotic environments, that’s be a good thing. Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology studied how fire ants dig tunnels…

A 3D-printed bionic eye

From Quartz. Bionic eyes are one step closer to reality, and in the future, they could replace human eyes and help blind people see. Researchers at the University of Minnesota have 3D-printed light receptors onto a prototype for a bionic eyeball. It’s the first time that light receptors have been successfully printed onto a round…

Astrology isn’t science, but your horoscope more real than you think

From Quartz. Astrology isn’t real science, but there’s more to the zodiac than ancient superstition. Before horoscopes were popularly debunked, astrology drove scientific discoveries for thousands of years. And researchers say that astrology still has a lot to contribute today to modern science and medicine. So maybe your zodiac sign is not all nonsense. Does…

Astrology isn’t science, but it’s more real than you think

From Quartz. Astrology isn’t real science, but there’s more to the zodiac than ancient superstition. Before it was popularly debunked, astrology advanced science for thousands of years. And researchers say astrology still has a lot to contribute to modern science and medicine. SUBSCRIBE: https://goo.gl/kdDpXu FOLLOW QUARTZ: Facebook: https://goo.gl/DsmLvx Twitter: https://goo.gl/rY7pSX Check out the rest of…

The real-life jetpack that could save your life

From Quartz. Martin Jetpack, a New Zealand-based company, has built a working jetpack that can fly longer than any previous personal flying machine. The new tech is closer to market than any previous jetpack. The Martin jetpack was designed to conduct rescue missions in disasters, and could be available as soon as 2023. It can…

This backpack robot gives you an extra set of hands

From Quartz. Did you ever want a robot friend? The Fusion robot is here to give you a hand (or two). A group of researchers in Japan made a backpack robot so two people can collaborate on work without being in the same place. The robot is equipped with cameras and has two pairs of…

The flying car future is closer than you think

From Quartz. It’s been a long wait for cars that fly, but that flying car future might finally be here. Thanks to a revolution in technologies like batteries and algorithms, companies like Uber and Airbus are getting into the flying car game and pushing it forward, fast. Flying cars are actually a long-overdue disruption not…

The plan to turn Hoover Dam into a giant battery

From Quartz. To make the dream of a renewable future a reality, we need new solutions for energy storage. Hoover Dam might become a giant battery thanks to a plan from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, which will transform the 20th century marvel into a 21st century technology. Hoover Dam will help…

Why is this drone so squishy?

From Quartz. This drone can smash into a wall and keep flying. Its secret? Extreme squishiness. Researchers in Switzerland wanted to make a more resilient drone and modeled its squishy arms after insects. The flexible quadcopter that squishes when it crashes, so it takes less damage. The drone has a flexible elastic frame that attaches…

Storing energy in concrete blocks

From Quartz. A concrete “battery” could be the future of energy storage. Energy Vault, a Swiss startup, has created a way to store electricity in concrete blocks. The technology helps use solar power when sun doesn’t shine and wind power when the wind doesn’t blow. It’s a low-tech alternative to lithium-ion batteries. There’s been a…

This desk knows when you’re stressed at work

From Quartz. This desk changes with your mood. A new project from MIT Media Lab, Mediated Atmosphere, seeks to improve productivity and happiness at work through design, technology, and psychology. The desk reads over 30 biological signals like heart rate and body temperature to change lighting, images, and sound so hours spent at work are…

Electronic skin that lets prosthetic limbs “feel”

From Quartz. The “e-dermis” was invented by Johns Hopkins University researchers. It’s an electronic skin that fits over the fingers of a prosthetic hand, and allows amputees to feel pain and pressure. No one likes pain, but it serves a purpose: it protects us from injury. Pain tells us when to drop sharp or hot…