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US Hitchhiking Robot Lasts Just Two Weeks Because Humans Are Terrible

When hitchBOT the hitchhiking robot started his journey in Boston two weeks ago he wanted to see the entire US. Unfortunately, he never made it out of the Northeast. The researchers who built hitchBOT announced today that they need to stop the experiment because hitchBOT was vandalised in Philadelphia.


Here's The 2022 Winter Olympics Venue, In The Middle Of Winter

Beijing has just been awarded the 2022 Winter Olympics. Here is a photo of the mountain that will host the skiing courses, taken in the middle of January this year. You may notice a slight lack of white stuff.


The World's Longest Urban Gondola Is Growing Into A Huge Network 

Adding public transit in dense, complicated urban centres normally means a hugely expensive and extremely slow undertaking — just look at New York’s Second Avenue subway, which has been underway for decades. La Paz, Bolivia, has found a better way.


Incredible Photo Of Hawks Tossing Food To Each Other In Midair

Photographer Phoo Chan captured this perfect sequence of a Northern Harrier tossing prey to one of its baby chick hawks in midair. It’s an amazing display of coordination, like a little game of pitch and catch between a dad and his kid. You can see the adult hawk drop the prey and then watch the offspring catch it, as if to critique his form. Remember, soft talons!


A Sword Made Of Fire Is The Coolest Thing

There are swords that are on fire, swords made in fire and now, swords that are made of fire. The Backyard Scientist created this “fire sabre” which is basically a seltzer bottle that spits out a stream of butane which lights on fire with a lighter. The look of the fire stream resembles a light sabre, hence the fire sabre.


What It's Like To Wear The New Converse Chuck II

The new Chuck Taylors are here. The first new design in 98 years. I’m wearing them right now.


Zuck Is Having A Baby, But What About That Adorable Dog?

Congratulations have been pouring in ever since Mark Zuckerberg posted (on Facebook, of course) that he and his wife Priscilla Chan are expecting a daughter in a few months. It’s wonderful and all (mazel tov, you two!), but most people took a look at their photo and wondered, is that a dog — or a mop?


How We Will Find Out If The Discovered Plane Wreckage Is Part Of MH370

It’s been nearly a year and a half since Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 disappeared and investigators finally have their first big lead for finding the lost plane. A piece of an aircraft’s wing — a flaperon, to be specific — washed up on Réunion Island, 193 kilometres off the coast of Madagascar, 4,828km away from where investigators were looking. But we’re still a long way from many of the answers we need.


Explore Googlers' 20% Projects In This New Web Series

Google’s 20% policy — letting employees spend 20% of their time working on a pet project — is a Silicon Valley free-the-mind legend. In a new YouTube series, a pair of Googlers use their 20% time to explore some of the hidden secrets of Google.


This Scale Replica Mine-Clearing M4 Sherman Tank Is Made From LEGO

Built by LEGO enthusiast Tommy Styrvoky, this remote-controlled M4 Sherman Crab required two months of work to complete and comes in at 1/18th the size of the real deal. There’s a lot more to it than its mostly featureless grey exterior would have you believe — under the hood are seven motors powering everything from the moving turret (including elevation) to its electronic clutch and braking system.


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