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Primitive technology: bed shed

7 minutes

How to build a no-frills protected bed in the wild, from top to bottom

The popular Primitive Technology blog features an unnamed man in Far North Queensland in Australia building tools and structures using only raw, found materials. This instalment finds the man constructing a rain-proof shelter, with room for a fire pit, out of wood, vines, palm and grass. The resulting video makes for a small-scale masterclass in DIY wilderness survival. To learn more about the step-by-step process while watching, turn on closed captions in the YouTube video player.

ORIGINAL
Video/Cognition & Intelligence

For millennia, we’d never seen anything like film cuts. How do we process them so easily?

7 minutes

ORIGINAL
Video/Values & Beliefs

Why we need to move empathy from personal emotion to collective moral concern

5 minutes

Video/Mathematics

Going from A to B isn’t always a straight line – but it can be very good fun

2 minutes

Video/Agriculture

One man’s quixotic quest to bring American bison to his Scottish homeland

16 minutes

Essay/Data & Information

The bit bomb

It took a polymath to pin down the true nature of ‘information’. His answer was both a revelation and a return

Rob Goodman & Jimmy Soni

Idea/Computing & Artificial Intelligence

Quantum cryptography is unbreakable. So is human ingenuity

Joshua Holden

Video/History of Technology

How oceanographers captured a mysterious undersea noise – and the public’s imagination

7 minutes

Essay/Technology & the Self

Natural, shmatural

Mother Nature might be lovely, but moral she is not. She doesn’t love us or want what’s best for us

Molly Hodgdon

Idea/Computing & Artificial Intelligence

The body is the missing link for truly intelligent machines

Ben Medlock