25 Times The Avengers 2: Age Of Ultron Trailer Blew Our Minds

The official “teaser” trailer for Avengers: Age Of Ultron was put up yesterday by Marvel, and I think I’ve watched it over 100 times already. Get in here and gawk at the best moments from the trailer. Get ready for endless, nerdy deconstructions!


Kraft Foods Gave Away A Real Spaceship Simulator In 1959

If you were a kid in the 1950s and ’60s you were bombarded with an amazing promise: one day, when you’re all grown up, you’ll be able to holiday on the moon. But until then you’ll have to settle for space-adventure TV shows and comic books. Unless, of course, you won this real, live space simulator from 1959.


US Special Force's New Sniper Scope Works Like A Human Eye

Conventional sniper scopes may allow for superlatively long shots but they are far from perfect, requiring a time-consuming refocusing of the sights should the target (or shooter) have to move position. But with the new RAZAR scope from Sandia National Labs, that refocus is handled almost instantly with the push of a button.


Vertical Tsunami Shelters Will Help People Get To Higher Ground, Fast

The threat of a tsunami is a very real thing for much of the Pacific coastline, yet many cities in the US haven’t taken specific infrastructural measures to ensure their residents are safe when they happen. A new building in Washington will have the first purpose-built tsunami shelter in the country, offering accessible safety in a second-story room.


A New York Times Photographer Seeks The Perfect Shot In A Sea Of People

The New York Times Lens Blog recently posted this nice short doc on one of their photojournalists, Ozier Muhammad. It follows Muhammad around as he documents the climate march that took place in NYC in September.


Why Sweden Commissioned Its Own Typeface

The idea of branding a place is a fairly new one, and the notion of place-based typefaces is even newer, with national and local governments from Qatar to Chattanooga commissioning their own fonts. The latest country to set its on typeface is Sweden — but it’s also questioning whether a national font is a bit too nationalistic for their progressive Scandinavian sensibilities.


The Robots That Could Fight Ebola

The US government is looking into ways to use robots to save lives from the Ebola virus. Robots may not have feelings, but they have amazing immune systems, and experts have already pinpointed nine possible ways to put them to use.


This Is What Paris Looks Like From An Eagle's Point Of View

This point of view video shows the impressive flight of Victor, a white-tailed eagle, as he takes off from atop the Eiffel Tower, glides over the Trocadero and plunges at 180km/h to land softly on his handler’s arm.


These Cool Animations Helped Me Understand How The Brain Actually Works

Video: When I first heard of Harvard’s Fundamentals of Neuroscience online course, I thought it was going to be so hard to understand that I’ll have a seizure before the end of the first clip. But no, thanks to these cool and straightforward animations it’s actually very easy.


Classic Sci-Fi Spaceships Make Me Nostalgic For A Future That Never Was

French illustrator Manchu is one of the masters of classic sci-fi illustration. His worlds and spaceships are massive, optimistic, colourful and sometimes even zany on his alien spaceship designs. Masterfully crafted, his work reminds me of another one of the greatest: The British Chris Foss.


How 15 Anonymous Architects Envision The World's Next Great Museum

The Guggenheim in New York is as famous for its distinctive Frank Lloyd Wright eggshell as it is for its art. Design is a selling point for museums — which may explain why the Guggenheim opened up its search for an architect to design its new Helsinki outpost to the public. The competition ended up being the most popular design contest ever, with almost 2000 entrants.


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