Driving on air

4 minutes

Why there’s more than just novelty to one young inventor’s air-powered Lego car

Armed with loads of imagination but limited means, the Romanian inventor Raul Oaida had, by the age of 21, made good on several far-out engineering ideas, including an air-powered car built from roughly half a million Lego pieces, and a small Lego spacecraft he successfully launched to heights of more than 20 miles. Made in conjunction with The Adaptors podcast, this short profile from the US director Flora Lichtman shows how Raul has made his wild dreams a reality using widely available resources, and how inventors like him could change the way we see innovation in the information age.

Director: Flora Lichtman

Website: The Adapters

Video/Knowledge

Models are always imperfect, and the ones we choose greatly shape our experience

3 minutes

ORIGINAL
Video/Beauty & Aesthetics

Why do audiences thrill to the negative emotions of horror fiction?

6 minutes

Video/Nature & Environment

In the murky waters of climate change, native fishers are among the most vulnerable

7 minutes

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Idea/Computing & Artificial Intelligence

Quantum cryptography is unbreakable. So is human ingenuity

Joshua Holden

Essay/Computing & Artificial Intelligence

Raising good robots

We already have a way to teach morals to alien intelligences: it's called parenting. Can we apply the same methods to robots?

Regina Rini

Video/Energy, Resources, & Sustainability

Meet the man bent on powering the world with vortexes

6 minutes

Video/Making

How to build a full pottery workshop from the earth up

11 minutes

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Idea/Computing & Artificial Intelligence

The body is the missing link for truly intelligent machines

Ben Medlock

Essay/History of Technology

Web of war

How the hair-trigger nuclear age and fears of Armageddon inspired visionary cold warriors to invent the internet

Sharon Weinberger