Tiny crustaceans can generate huge amounts of power

From Quartz. Krill may have a huge environmental impact and play a major role in fighting climate change, according to new research that shows sea creatures can create massive amounts of power, despite their small size. Scientists at Stanford University, who’ve been studying brine shrimp, discovered that migrating crustaceans can create powerful jets. It suggests…

The virtually indestructible tardigrade

From Quartz. This tardigrade, or “water bear,” came back to life and reproduced after being frozen for 30 years. These microscopic animals can survive in the harshest of environments. Scientists are still trying to discover the secrets to their incredible survival abilities. SUBSCRIBE: https://goo.gl/kdDpXu To read the original scientific paper: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0011224015300134 FOLLOW QUARTZ: Facebook: https://goo.gl/DsmLvx…

How to build a Rube Goldberg machine

From Quartz. A Rube Goldberg machine uses cause and effect to do a simple task in a very complicated way. Kinetic artist Joseph Herscher is an expert in these machines. He’s built contraptions like a stamp licker and a machine to turn the pages of a newspaper, and here, he shares his tips for creating…

The most popular dog breeds in the United States

From Quartz. The American Kennel Club released their annual list of the most popular dog breeds in America. The winning dog has been foremost in Americans’ hearts for almost 3 decades. Internet famous dogs such as the doge and a certain sausage with a fluffy butt are not as high on the list as you…

This giraffe-sized pterodactyl has scientists’ minds blown

From Quartz. Pterosaurs were ancient flying reptiles that outlasted many of their dinosaur contemporaries, living through the Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous periods. But while many were the size of modern-day birds, some were enormous. Meet “Dracula,” the largest one ever found, who just went on display for the first time in the Altmuehltal Dinosaur Museum…

A giant drone that cleans industrial wind turbines

From Quartz. Aerones, a Latvian startup, designed a giant industrial cleaning drone. Cleaning wind turbines and grain storage drums is often done by helicopters, but it’s expensive. This drone does it for a lot less money. Aerones is still in its incubator phase (it’s backed by Y combinator), so the company’s drone has yet to…

Citrus juice accelerates faster than rockets

From Quartz. Every wonder why oranges, lemons, and limes spray a small mist when you peel them? That’s the question researchers at the University of Central Florida have been asking for the past eight years. They shot this footage of exploding citrus oils accelerating 1,000 times faster than a space rocket. Read more about it…

Ai Weiwei is making international refugee art

From Quartz. Chinese artist and dissident Ai Weiwei unveiled his latest work at Sydney Biennale in Australia. The piece, “Law of the Journey,” highlights the plight of refugees across the world. It’s made out of raft rubber, it’s over 60 feet long, and is meant to evoke the dangerous journey that many refugees take across…

We tried driving in a hangover suit

From Quartz. This is a hangover suit. It recreates the effects of a hangover. Ford had a German company build it to illustrate how difficult it is to drive hung over. When you’re wearing it, your arms and legs feel heavy, and a throbbing noise emanates from the headphones to simulate a headache. So we…

A drone with a robotic origami claw that picks things up

From Quartz. This drone has a origami-inspired, robotic arm that is attached to its base. It was created at Seoul National University, and can be used to pick up objects midair. It’s also possible to equip the gripper with a camera. It’s weird-looking, but scientists also think the arm’s origami design could be useful in…

Everything you ever wanted to know about seltzer

From Quartz. Seltzer: It tastes like nothing and makes you burp. And in the US, it’s insanely popular right now. But why? Why is seltzer having a moment? Where did seltzer come from? Is seltzer bad for you? And why do so many people call it seltzer instead of sparkling water or fizzy water? We…

Levi’s is starting to break in jeans with lasers

From Quartz. Levi’s goes to great lengths to give their jeans an aged, vintage look. Their newest method creates “broken in” jeans in about 90 seconds. Using lasers. In the past, Levi’s pre-aged jeans were the product of human workers,, a process that took a lot of elbow grease and about 30 minutes per pair.…

Knocking down Lego figures with sound

From Quartz. Using a technique called “time reversal,” researchers at Brigham Young University were able to knock over Lego figures using nothing but sound waves. The researchers hope that the compelling demonstration will inspire new uses for the technology. SUBSCRIBE: https://goo.gl/kdDpXu FOLLOW QUARTZ: Facebook: https://goo.gl/DsmLvx Twitter: https://goo.gl/rY7pSX Check out the rest of our videos: https://goo.gl/A8gZvx…

A soft robot that moves like a snake

From Quartz. Harvard researchers wanted their robotic snake to move like a real snake, so they gave it skin like a snake. They used Kirigami, a Japanese form of paper cutting, to create a snake-like skin for soft robots. When the robot is inflated, the cuts expand and create friction with the ground, just like…

The scientific mystery of Olympic curling

From Quartz. Curling is one of the most unique sports in the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics, a test of athletes’ precision and strategy over speed or other abilities. But even stranger than the sport itself is the science that makes it possible, which physicists have spent decades trying to understand. SUBSCRIBE: https://goo.gl/kdDpXu FOLLOW QUARTZ: Facebook:…