I Miss My First PC

I Miss My First PC

Most of my early childhood memories are filled with vivid flashes of new and unusual experiences, like the time I climbed out of my crib and landed flat on my arse. Just a few years later, I remember using my first Windows PC that solidified the trajectory of the rest…

How Do Astronauts Go To the Bathroom in Space?

How Do Astronauts Go To the Bathroom in Space?

Whether you use a hole in the ground or a fancy gold-plated toilet, on Earth, gravity pulls your waste down and away from you. For astronauts, “doing their duty” is a bit more complicated. Without gravity, any loose drops or dribbles could float out of the toilet. That’s not good…

Aussie Reddit Traders Are Adopting Endangered Koalas

Aussie Reddit Traders Are Adopting Endangered Koalas

Since last week r/wallstreetbets has been donating to a gorilla conservation en masse. Now Australian reddit traders, r/ASX_Bets are also getting in on the action, donating funds to help save koalas. ASX_Bets is coming for the koalas At the time of writing the r/ASX_Bets subreddit is full of koala adoption…

Encrypted Messaging App Signal Goes Down in China

Encrypted Messaging App Signal Goes Down in China

Signal, the popular encrypted messaging app, stopped working in China on Tuesday, according to multiple reports. The app is still available in the Apple App Store in China, according to Reuters, but it’s not clear how much longer that might last.

This Machine Creates 3D Objects In Seconds

This Machine Creates 3D Objects In Seconds

When we think of 3D printing we usually think of a little robot that squirts out endless lines of plastic onto a surface. But vacuum forming — smoothing a sheet of thin plastic over an object to make a hollow copy — has been around much longer and is the…

Sinkholes Are Earth’s Way of Flipping Us Off

Sinkholes Are Earth’s Way of Flipping Us Off

First, it swallowed a car. A few hours later, two terraced buildings. At 9pm on January 20, a crater measuring 4 sq metres appeared in Walmer Street, Manchester. Another sinkhole shocked local Scottish walkers, swallowing a section of coastal path between Dysart and West Wemyss on February 4. And, in…

The AstraZeneca Vaccine Can’t Catch a Break

The AstraZeneca Vaccine Can’t Catch a Break

The covid-19 vaccine jointly developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University is once again running into trouble. On Monday, Germany, France, and Italy became the latest countries to suspend their rollout of the vaccine over concerns that it may increase the risk of blood clots. However, many experts and regulators say…