Japan and America Are About To Have A Giant Robot Fight

Japan and America Are About To Have A Giant Robot Fight

The US and Japan are about to engage in a giant robot fight, and you’re all invited to watch. No, we’re not kidding, although if you’re thinking on the scale of Pacific Rim or anime shows like Evangelion or Gundam, you might need to revise your expectations a little. Billed as the “world’s first giant…

This Weird Shape-Shifting 3D Material Is Inspired By Octopus Skin

This Weird Shape-Shifting 3D Material Is Inspired By Octopus Skin

Scientists have created a material that mimics the characteristics of octopus skin, which could have numerous uses in materials research. The study was led by Cornell University, and published in Science. Engineers created a stretchable surface with a programmable 3D texture, allowing it to “camouflage” just like an octopus or cuttlefish. The material starts out…

Professor Brian Cox Believes Humanity Will Soon Achieve Immortality. Here's How We'll Do It

Professor Brian Cox Believes Humanity Will Soon Achieve Immortality. Here's How We'll Do It

Humanity has been looking for a way to “fix” our own mortality since, well, forever. In medieval times, there were the alchemists who searched for a universal elixir or philosopher’s stone. In the 20th century, people paid to be cryogenically frozen and now we have companies, like Humaii and Carboncopies, using artificial intelligence (AI) and nanotechnology to enable our…

How Do South Korea's Secretive "Blackout Bombs" Actually Work?

How Do South Korea's Secretive "Blackout Bombs" Actually Work?

As tensions across the Korean peninsula continue to simmer, reports are now circulating that South Korea’s military forces are prepared to use so-called blackout bombs in any future conflict. These high-tech weapons have only been used a handful of occasions before – most notably during the last two Gulf Wars and during the conflict in…

The Real (And Terrifying) Scale Of Nuclear Weapons

The Real (And Terrifying) Scale Of Nuclear Weapons

Nuclear weapons are straight-up terrifying and one of those brutal facts of life most of us try to forget for our own sanity. The bomb that fell on Hiroshima, ironically called Little Boy, produced an explosion of 15 kilotons (or the equivalent of 13,600 tonnes (15,000 US tons) worth of TNT). The one on Nagasaki was 21…