Where's North From Here?

Google Maps Anomaly: The Poles

Well, that’s strange. Why doesn’t Google Maps show the North Pole? The answer’s actually pretty simple: Our Earth is round, and not effectively represented by a two-dimensional map. Google Maps uses a Mercator projection, flattening the Earth and stretching it horizontally and vertically, as do most 2D maps. Because of this, either pole invariably gets …

Nitronic Rush

Distance: Race to the Beat of the Future

Flying cars? Check. Futuristic vistas? Check. Thumping, electronic soundtrack? Double check. Distance is a new project by Refract Studios, part of the team who created a nifty little futuristic racing game called Nitronic Rush. It’s actually the spiritual successor to Rush, with the same gravity-defying gameplay as its predecessor, and it looks to add a whole lot …

Robotic Arms And The Future Of Human Augmentation

Nigel Auckland may have lost his arm a few years ago, but today he’s making history with an experimental robotic limb that he can manipulate using muscle twitches. “I feel like the Terminator.” – Nigel Auckland It’s called the bebionic3 myoelectric hand, and it’s pre-programmed with various movements; the robotic arm isn’t hooked into his …

The Fall Of Ufology

Let’s talk about UFOs. The first “modern” UFO sighting occurred on June 24, 1947, while pilot Kenneth Arnold was flying near Mount Rainier in Washington. He reported a group of nine metallic objects in the sky, flying at incredible speeds. This, for whatever reason, heralded an increase in reports of strange, unidentified crafts, and a …