If you’ve seen the movie Jupiter Ascending, you may have noticed that the plot revolved around obtaining the resources to create elixirs that restored a body to a more youthful state - basically it reversed aging. The fight against aging is an age-old one, dating back to the conquistadors searching for the fabled Fountain of Youth, but one that is still relevant today. The field of gerontology - the study of aging - has expanded drastically in the last decade as people look at the all the new things we can do with current technology and wonder how we haven’t found a way to extend our lifespans yet.
One scientist may have a new solution. At the very least, he’s come up with a whole new way to approach the problem.
Imagine being paralyzed or losing a limb. You would mourn the loss of your full mobility, knowing full well that a prosthetic replacement wouldn’t offer you the same ease of movement or sensitivity that your original limb did. Losing an arm would be particularly difficult as humans use their arms and hands for a large variety of tasks, such as: picking up objects, feeling the texture of surroundings, and communicating.
Prosthetic arms are thought of as having limited functionality; they allow a small range of motion and are not capable of reaction to external stimuli. In response to this problem, DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency), the research branch of the U.S. military, launched a program called Revolutionizing...
In today’s society, it is a common assumption that higher-level mathematics is so complex and jargon-heavy that the average person cannot comprehend the problem. However, the Collatz Conjecture, one of the most well-known unsolved problems in mathematics today, easily disproves this assumption. The only requirement of the conjecture is a basic understanding of arithmetic. First proposed by German mathematician Lother Collatz in 1937, the conjecture offers the following procedure:
Take any natural number n.
If n is an even number, divide it by 2 to obtain n/2.
If n is an odd number, multiply it by 3 and add 1 to it to obtain 3n+1.
Repeat this process with the numbers obtained from this procedure.
The conjecture states that all natural numbers,...
I’ve always hated traffic. As a passenger, it’s tedious: no scenery changes, no sense that you’re actually making progress. And as a driver, it’s just stressful. As a result, just about everyone has fantasized about how nice it would be to just fly above all the gridlock in flying cars. In my daydreams, wings would unfold from within the doors of the car, shoving away traffic on either side, and we would launch straight up like a helicopter. This dream stayed dormant for a long time, but recently, a video I saw jogged my memory of childhood car rides through traffic, and here is my childhood dream come to life.
The Transition is a hybrid plane-car, with retractable wings that are as convenient for using as lowering or raising the top on yo...