My picks, 2015-14

These are the latest articles and videos I found most interesting.

  1. Michio Kaku on How Curiosity Is CRUSHED By The Education System
  2. Chameleon Fight – Madagascar
  3. Morph-Powered Nymph
  4. Color Shifting Spider
  5. Introducing Spot
  6. Grape-sized Guts
  7. SIGGRAPH 2014 – Elliot Kotek, Keynote Speaker
  8. Mating Crabs Busted by Sharks
  9. Sneaky Hummingbird

Michio Kaku on How Curiosity Is CRUSHED By The Education System

Curiosity Is CRUSHED By The Education System
Imagination: The Rocket Fuel of Science

“Science is not about memorizing facts,” says Michio Kaku. It’s about innovation and curiosity and imagining.


Chameleon Fight – Madagascar

BBC

Another Madagascan specialty is the chameleon. Perfectly adapted to life in the trees, these colourful characters will fiercely defend their territory.


Morph-Powered Nymph

National Geographic Wild

This underwater creature shoots, captures and eats just about anything that moves!


Color Shifting Spider

National Geographic Wild

A crab spider ambushes her prey by changing colors.


Introducing Spot

Boston Dynamics

Spot is a four-legged robot designed for indoor and outdoor operation. It is electrically powered and hydraulically actuated. Spot has a sensor head that helps it navigate and negotiate rough terrain. Spot weighs about 160 lbs.


Grape-sized Guts

National Geographic Wild

Underground ants inflate their stomachs as food pantries for the colony.


SIGGRAPH 2014 – Elliot Kotek, Keynote Speaker

SIGGRAPH

Great talk. Reminded that it is so important to have cause in life!

Elliot Kotek, co-founder of Not Impossible Labs, presents the SIGGRAPH 2014 Keynote. By utilizing crowd-sourcing to crowd-solve healthcare issues, Not Impossible aims to provide low-cost and DIY solutions on an open-source platform, and to enable high-tech devices to reach people in need all over the world. Utilizing the content production strength of its founders, Not Impossible is disrupting the status quo of healthcare via compelling stories in which the one person helped inspires many to action. Not Impossible creates a sustainable cycle where collaboration inspires innovation, and where content compels further action. SIGGRAPH 2014 takes place 10-14 August 2014 at the Vancouver Convention Centre, Vancouver, BC.


Mating Crabs Busted by Sharks

National Geographic

During a National Geographic expedition surveying sea life off the coast of Chile, an underwater camera attracted voyeuristic sharks that interrupted a pair of mating crabs.


Sneaky Hummingbird

Alaska: Earth’s Frozen Kingdom

A female rufous hummingbird has an crafty way to fuel up on sap.

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