Soft Robots

Soft Robots

  Giada Gerboni [  Biomimicry ] So, robots. Robots can be programmed to do the same task millions of times with minimal error, something very difficult for us, right? And it can be very impressive to watch them at work. Look at them. I could watch them for hours. No? What is less impressive is that if you take these robots out of

Sleep Emergency

Sleep Emergency

 Matthew Walker [ Sleep Engineering ] It’s a delight and privilege to be here and I would like to start with testicles. Men who sleep 5 hours a night have significantly smaller testicles than those who sleep 8 hours or more. In addition men who routinely sleep 5 to 6 hours a night will have a level of testosterone which is that

Spontaneous Synchronization

Spontaneous Synchronization

Radhika Nagpal [ Biomimicry ] In my early days as a graduate student, I went on a snorkeling trip off the coast of the Bahamas. I’d actually never swum in the ocean before, so it was a bit terrifying. What I remember the most is, as I put my head in the water and I was trying really hard to breathe through the

Musk vs Gary

Musk vs Gary

Elon Musk [ WEB 3.0 ] Chris Anderson: In the next half hour or so, we’re going to spend some time exploring your vision for what an exciting future might look like, which I guess makes the first question a little ironic: Why are you boring? EM: Yeah. I ask myself that frequently. We’re trying to dig a hole under LA, and this

The Fray

The Fray

Gretchen Bakke [ WEB 3.0 ] Associate Professor of Anthropology at McGill University, joins David to discuss her book “The Grid: The Fraying Wires Between Americans and Our Energy Future” FEATURED IMAGE CREDIT: Matt

Picking Up Speed

Picking Up Speed

Aerial Reconnaissance [ OceanCleanup ]  The Ocean Cleanup is a foundation that develops technologies to extract plastic pollution from the oceans and prevent more plastic debris from entering ocean waters. Between September 26 and October 7, 2016 The Ocean Cleanup conducted a series of reconnaissance flights across the Great Pacific Garbage Patch: the Aerial Expedition. The organization was founded in 2013 by Boyan

Connecting with Grass

Connecting with Grass

Joel Salatin [ Food Security ] Sunbeams are the essence of poetry. Dreams, fantasy, fairy tales; sunbeams. And yet, as esoteric and mystical as sunbeams are, they are the energy driver of the planet in a very visceral, physical, scientific, empirical sense. But if I asked you to go out and grab me some sunbeams, we know they’re valuable, right? Well, grab me