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Cat Eyes And Other Radical Ideas To Re-Engineer Humans

If we don’t do something about climate change, humanity is screwed. But do what? Carbon emissions keep creeping up, geo-engineering is potentially dangerous, and we continue to stew in endless political debates. One bioethicist has a radical idea: Re-engineer humans for a better planet.


Ex Machina Director Alex Garland Talks Robots, Paranoia And Old Futures

Alex Garland’s new movie Ex Machina is a dark and sometimes disturbing look at robots, artificial intelligence, and what it means to be human. I talked with Garland about his childhood expectations for the future, why people don’t seem to care about the Snowden leaks, and whether Ray Kurzweil is full of shit. Ex Machina is in theatres everywhere this weekend.


Why This Astronaut Thinks NASA Can Save Humanity From Extinction

Astronaut Daniel T. Barry thinks NASA’s mission to Mars is humanity’s most important endeavour yet, for reasons including the birth of Captain Kirk. We talked to him about what it’s like to explore the Final Frontier.


Netflix CEO Reed Hastings On The NBN, Piracy And Launching In Australia

Reed Hastings is the brains behind the brains of Netflix. He’s the guy who started it way back when, and he’s now bringing it to Australia. We sat down with Hastings: why now to launch in Australia? Why does he have a broken leg? Will it have Australian-made Original content when it launches here and why is piracy something he’s really afraid of?

Meet The 'Real-Life Q' Who Built Secret Spy Gadgets For A Living

I grew up watching James Bond films. My favourite part was always the same: the part where “Q” would outfit our hero with the latest in spy technology. Ralph Osterhout also grew up loving Bond movies too — but he took it to the next level. He spent his life building real spy gadgets, for secret agents in the field.


This Guy Went Around The World In 80 Days The First Time He Travelled 

The death of a close friend rocked Chris Sypolt’s world. So, he did what any logical 44-year-old would do and set out on an an 80-day round-the-world trip. It was the first time he’d ever left the United States. This is what he learnt.


How This Tiny Startup Plans To Dethrone Gore-Tex

For nearly 50 years, Gore-Tex has defined rainwear. But now, thanks to an innovative new process that builds water resistance straight into any item of clothing, Voormi is aiming to end that domination. Here’s how their technology works.


How To Catch A Freight Train Ride To Freedom

Ever wanted to pack it all in, become a hobo and ride the rails? Dusty Blackthorn’s been doing that for the last 16 years. We caught up with the American in Guatemala and asked him how. He shared his best photos too. Don’t be an oog.


Qualcomm Says Wearables Aren't A Fad, And It Might Just Be Right

“This trend is not going away,” says Pankaj Kedia, the head of Qualcomm’s new wearables business unit. “This is not a fad.” Of course he’d say that — his job depends on it. But who other than Qualcomm — the company which dominates the mobile industry — would know for sure? So I grilled Qualcomm’s wearables boss about our sensor-equipped future.


I Went Camping With Bear Grylls And Survived

“Hey, you want to come camping with Bear?” That’s a pretty random email to get on a Thursday morning, and it contained no other details. So, I said yes, packed a bag and hopped on a plane to New Mexico. Here’s what happened over the next few days.