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Is It Possible To Fart Your Way Across Space? 

Don’t tell me you having thought about it. It’s only natural to think about the expulsion of your bodily gas as a rocket launch and then imagine what it’d be like in space. At least that’s why I tell myself. But could it actual propel you? Yes and no.

The Forgotten Story Of NYC's First Power Grid

Lower Manhattan of the 1880s was a wonderland of futuristic technology and engineering: The city’s first cable car arced over the harbour. A spindly new steel bridge was forming to connect Williamsburg to the city. And on the Lower East Side, Edison was tearing up the streets to build the first permanent power station in the world.

Go Car Shopping With "Click And Clack" In This 2008 Documentary

I don’t care much for cars. But even though I’m ambivalent about automobiles, I’m incredibly passionate about the hilarious radio show Car Talk. Sadly, one half of the Car Talk brothers, Tom Magliozzi, died today at 77, which sent me searching for this they made in 2008 — the first time I saw “Click and Clack” in person.

Has Reality TV Made Us Numb To Constant Surveillance?

It’s easy to call reality TV stupid. Or inane. Or just boring. But could it be nefarious? Could it actually making us all way too accepting of perpetual surveillance? Maybe.

No, Children Of 1990, Computers Are Not The Devil

Computers may be ubiquitous now, but they were just beginning to enter the mainstream in 1990. Like any revolutionary technology, the desktop computer was viewed with more than a little scepticism by the average person. Luckily, David Neil of PBS’s Newton’s Apple was there to explain to a group of dubious high-schoolers that computers are not inherently evil. And he brought a two-storey exhibit to help illustrate.

Wait A Minute, Does Maths Actually Exist?

If you’re studying for the algebra test tomorrow or thinking about how little you use maths now after you failed it a million times in high school, here’s something to melt your brain with just a tad: maths might not actually exist. It’s not an actual thing of the universe, it’s just something humans invented. Or is it the other way around?

How Tech Made The Boston Bombing Manhunt Possible

The chaos of the Boston Marathon bombing is a few months behind us now, but the mechanics of the high-tech manhunt it inspired are no less awe-inspiring than they were the day they happened. PBS’s fantastic NOVA series took a deep dive into the technology that went into tracking down the suspects, and it’s now available to watch online for free.

How Great Data Graphics Tap Into Your Caveman Brain

Your brain isn’t designed to digest a big matrix of numbers and then just burp out knowledge. It is designed to spot and recognise patterns, and it’s been trained to do that over thousands of years.

What The Future Of Wearable Technology Will Look Like

It’s going to look silly! More seriously, it seems like we’re all going to have to accept that wearing technology is going to be the real future and not just the imagined future of science fiction movies.

Photoshop Has Changed The World

Can you imagine a world where Photoshop doesn’t exist? A world where we can take every picture at face value and believe that there was no airbrushing, no retouching, no nothing? I can’t. Photoshop has made it impossible for me to not question what I’m seeing and at the same twisted time has also redefined my image of what things are supposed to look like.

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