Silicon Valley Is Saving Us—for Now

Silicon Valley Is Saving Us—for Now

This enhanced status would come not only from our gratitude to these companies for stepping up during a tough time, but from the recognition that we have been too slow to incorporate new technologies in our lives.

What Coronavirus Isolation Could Do to Your Mind (and Body)

What Coronavirus Isolation Could Do to Your Mind (and Body)

“We can expect depression to kick in, and depression and anxiety are kissing cousins.” These symptoms are likely to be particularly intense during coronavirus-related isolation, according to Lawrence Palinkas, who researches psychosocial adaptation to extreme environments at the University of Southern California.

The Covid-19 Pandemic Is a Crisis That Robots Were Built For

The Covid-19 Pandemic Is a Crisis That Robots Were Built For

Still, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more sensitive interaction between humans than the doctor-patient relationship, and this has remained a thorny problem in hospital robotics.How well a robot can tackle a health worker’s task depends, in some measure, on whether it’s replacing that human interaction, or simply channeling it.

Is it Ethical to Order Delivery During a Pandemic?

Is it Ethical to Order Delivery During a Pandemic?

When it comes to deliveries, services in the US are offering protections for customers like “contactless” drop-offs, where workers leave items for people to pick up.

Covid-19 Can't Stop People From Looking for Love (or Hookups)

Covid-19 Can't Stop People From Looking for Love (or Hookups)

Stories about concerned and confused daters are everywhere, and people’s reactions to the outbreak range from seeking a hookup for the end of the world (and saying so in their dating app profiles) to instantly unmatching with people once they find out that their prospective mate has been on a plane recently.

Meet the Elite Shot Putter Chasing a World Record

Meet the Elite Shot Putter Chasing a World Record

At the Summer Olympics in Rio, in 2016, Crouser sent a shot flying an astonishing 22.52 meters, or just shy of 74 feet.That’s still shy of the world record, which stands at 23.12 meters, but Crouser says it’s only a matter of time before someone sends one flying even further.

Super Planetary-Motion Smackdown: Kepler v. Newton

Super Planetary-Motion Smackdown: Kepler v. Newton

The ancient Greeks studied the earth and the sky, but their basic model had all the objects (sun, moon, and planets) moving in circles around us.Is there a more fundamental model that could explain both the motion of a planet orbiting the sun and the motion of the moon orbiting Earth?

How Long Would It Take to Bicycle to the Moon?

How Long Would It Take to Bicycle to the Moon?

If instead you pedaled for six hours a day, it would take four times as long—so that's almost three years, and it's not even all the way to the moon.

SpaceX Recovered Its First Rocket Fairing. Let’s Crunch the Numbers!

SpaceX Recovered Its First Rocket Fairing. Let’s Crunch the Numbers!

So, if the boat can travel at 30 mph and it has 41 minutes to get to the rendezvous spot for the fairing, how big of a target area do you need.

Golf's Longest Drives Are Creeping Up and Changing the Sport

Golf's Longest Drives Are Creeping Up and Changing the Sport

It seems like the kind of statistic that number-crunching sports fans would agree upon, yet there exists surprisingly little consensus on the distance of the longest drive ever measured in the game of golf .Some say the record belongs to Mike Austin.

A Physics Analysis of Every Jedi Jump in All of Star Wars

A Physics Analysis of Every Jedi Jump in All of Star Wars

A Physics Analysis of Every Jedi Jump in All of Star Wars. For these Jedi jumps in Star Wars, it's plausible to estimate the distance scale by looking at things like Ewan McGregor (height of 1.78 meters) or Liam Neeson (height of 1.93 meters).

The Physics of a Bolt Smashing a Watermelon (or Your Brain)

The Physics of a Bolt Smashing a Watermelon (or Your Brain)

If the bolt hit a hard surface and stopped in a super short period of time, the impact force would be much larger than if it hit a soft surface (soft like a watermelon head).

You Can Play With Escape Velocity—Without Leaving the Planet

You Can Play With Escape Velocity—Without Leaving the Planet

In this case, the force depends on the mass of the ball (m) and the local gravitational field (g) with a value of around 9.8 Newtons per kilogram.

Oculus Takes One Giant Half-Step With the 'Rift S' Headset

Oculus Takes One Giant Half-Step With the 'Rift S' Headset

It was expensive ($599 at the time), required a high-powered PC to run it (another $1,000 or more), lacked hand controllers (the Oculus Touch would come out later that year), and delivered immersion at the price of external sensors that needed to be set up just so around the room.

Soundscapes of Arizona’s Aravaipa Canyon

Soundscapes of Arizona’s Aravaipa Canyon

Photo credit: © Justin Bailie / TNC Nightbirds (May 15, 10:30pm) – Before retiring for the night, I take a long walk up Turkey Creek Canyon, enjoying the robust insect chorus and listening for other night sounds.

Calculate How Fast Quicksilver Is Moving in X-Men Apocalypse

Calculate How Fast Quicksilver Is Moving in X-Men Apocalypse

If I know the time this takes and the total distance, I can calculate the average speed as: Rhett Allain That seems straightforward, but I need to point out that this is the average speed.

Estimate the Friction Coefficient in That Massive Nascar Pile-Up

Estimate the Friction Coefficient in That Massive Nascar Pile-Up

All I need is to determine the acceleration of a sliding car and I can get a value for the coefficient of kinetic friction between the tire and the road.

How to Figure Out a Drone's Angular Field of View

How to Figure Out a Drone's Angular Field of View

How to Figure Out a Drone's Angular Field of View DJI; Wired You know what happens when I get a new toy? But with this new toy, I am going to determine the angular field of view for the Spark camera.

Don't Fear the Robot Overlords—Embrace Them as Coworkers

Don't Fear the Robot Overlords—Embrace Them as Coworkers

The camera data is used to calculate the moment when a robot should stop moving, depending on what it’s doing and its distance to a human, says Patrick Sobalvarro, CEO and co-founder of Veo.

Was a Star Wars Escape Pod Really Just a KFC Bucket?

Was a Star Wars Escape Pod Really Just a KFC Bucket?

If I had a view of the "falling" model from the side, I could easily get position-time data using video analysis by looking at each frame in the scene.Alas, I don't have that view.

Here's How Fast That Jumping Tesla Was Traveling

Here's How Fast That Jumping Tesla Was Traveling

Boom.Now for some questions.How fast was the car traveling?Normally when I need to find the velocity of an object in a video, I just use my typical video analysis techniques in which I mark the position of the object in each frame.