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  • A short drive from the Olympic games in Pyeongchang, South Korea is hosting another winter sporting event: Alpine skiing with robots.  Eight teams from universities and companies competed. Each team sent a completely autonomous humanoid down a 70-meter-long ski slope, equipped with sensors to detect obstacles. The result was impressive at times, but mostly comical. SUBSCRIBE: https://goo.gl/kdDp...

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  • These male palm cockatoos have a strange mating ritual. They play the drums to attract a mate. They create their homemade instrument by modifying sticks and seedpods, and then play them in order to impress female cockatoos. It might sound like just a lot of banging, but the cockatoos actually have distinct drumming styles, and use different rhythms. It's something scientists have never observed i...

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  • China's government has banned fireworks in many big cities in an effort to cut down on pollution, imperiling their over thousand-year old firework industry in the process. Fireworks are a huge part of traditional Chinese New Year celebrations, and Beijing is one of the cities affected by the ban. Will Lunar New Year in Beijing ever be the same? SUBSCRIBE: https://goo.gl/kdDpXu FOLLOW QUARTZ: Fa...

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  • This is an update of a previous Nathan Chen video. Olympic figure skating is a brutal sport, and the most difficult jump, popularized by young phenom Nathan Chen, has become extremely controversial. For many fans, the quadruple jump has come to represent the death of artistry and the rise of risky and sometimes dangerous athleticism within men's figure skating. In the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympic g...

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  • No two snowflakes are ever alike in nature. But, it turns out, identical snowflakes can be created in a lab. Ken Libbrecht studies snowflakes at the California Institute of Technology, and he's done it. Ken invented a way to grow "identical twin," and even identical quadruplet, snowflakes. They call him the "snowflake scientist." He even became the snowflake consultant for Disney’s "Frozen." SUB...

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  • Honeybees have almost three million hairs on their tiny bodies, and each hair is strategically placed for maximum pollination. Researchers at Georgia Tech used high-speed footage of tethered bees covered in pollen to see how those hairs work. SUBSCRIBE: https://goo.gl/kdDpXu FOLLOW QUARTZ: Facebook: https://goo.gl/DsmLvx Twitter: https://goo.gl/rY7pSX Check out the rest of our videos: https://...

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  • The host city of the 2018 Winter Olympics has plenty of tasty dishes to offer visitors and athletes. Here are some of the most popular dishes you can find in Pyeongchang. SUBSCRIBE: https://goo.gl/kdDpXu FOLLOW QUARTZ: Facebook: https://goo.gl/DsmLvx Twitter: https://goo.gl/rY7pSX Check out the rest of our videos: https://goo.gl/A8gZvx Quartz is a digitally native news outlet dedicated to tel...

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  • Polar bears in northern Alaska are dying at alarming rates, largely due to the effects of climate change. Scientists put video cameras on them to learn more. They learned that polar bears aren't only having trouble hunting when the ice disappears. They're even finding it difficult to catch food when the ice is totally intact. SUBSCRIBE: https://goo.gl/kdDpXu FOLLOW QUARTZ: Facebook: https://goo...

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  • The mainstream Western media is more fragmented and less trusted than ever. But Bill Gates says that even a hated, biased, imperfect media is better than the alternative. At least if you like democracy. This video is part of a series of interviews with Bill Gates on subjects from the global poverty rate to taxing robots. This clip is from a January 2017 interview. Read more about Gates's views o...

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  • This 3D-printed instrument sounds like a violin, but it but doesn't quite resemble one. There's no scroll at the top, so the tuning pegs are at the chinrest. It has six strings, instead of the traditional four, allowing the instrument to reach a deeper range, like a cello. And there are four porcelain cow ribs attached to the left side of the body. Made of plastic and porcelain, the instrument wa...

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  • Want to understand how a computer works? Come to Taeyoon Choi's dumpling-making class. Choi teaches people the basics of computing through a cooking class. The dumpling-making process, he says, is a perfect metaphor for the task-based processes of your CPU. SUBSCRIBE: https://goo.gl/kdDpXu FOLLOW QUARTZ: Facebook: https://goo.gl/DsmLvx Twitter: https://goo.gl/rY7pSX Check out the rest of our v...

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  • SpaceX just launched their Falcon Heavy rocket into space. It's the world's most powerful rocket, and had one of Elon Musk's Teslas on board as cargo. One day, it could be the first private rocket to take humans beyond Earth’s orbit, to the moon or even Mars. SUBSCRIBE: https://goo.gl/kdDpXu FOLLOW QUARTZ: Facebook: https://goo.gl/DsmLvx Twitter: https://goo.gl/rY7pSX Check out the rest of our ...

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  • The 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang will likely feature the most impressive winter athletes ever. But that was true of the 2016 Summer Olympics, too, and at the 2014 Olympics, and, well, you get the point. Why is that? Here are four reasons why competitors in the Olympics are constantly getting better. SUBSCRIBE: https://goo.gl/kdDpXu FOLLOW QUARTZ: Facebook: https://goo.gl/DsmLvx Twitter: https://...

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  • Billy. Beddinge. Sladda. IKEA names can seem random, but they actually conform to a strict internal logic. Reading strange-sounding Swedish words is part of the joy of shopping at IKEA. The rules for those names go back to the company's founder Ingvar Kamprad, who struggled with dyslexia and had trouble remembering the order of numbers in item codes. The name IKEA itself is acronym for Ingvar, Ka...

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  • Coral reefs worldwide are in trouble. But a team of ocean scientists have found what they think could be a natural, ecological way to save the reefs -- and it already exists in nature. It's a type of coral called a corallith. SUBSCRIBE: https://goo.gl/kdDpXu Read more from the corallith study here: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-017-13668-7 FOLLOW QUARTZ: Facebook: https://goo.gl/DsmLvx...

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  • Consumer Reports tests up to 8,000 products per year. They review everything from refrigerators and cars to toilet paper and bacon, and they've been doing it for over 80 years. At their headquarters in Yonkers, New York, there are over 60 separate testing labs. They even have a race track to test cars. SUBSCRIBE: https://goo.gl/kdDpXu FOLLOW QUARTZ: Facebook: https://goo.gl/DsmLvx Twitter: http...

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  • The NFL is big business. Really big. It made over $14 billion last year, and Super Bowl LII could be the most-watched game ever. But football has a big problem on its hands: CTE, a degenerative and possibly fatal brain disease. Studies have linked CTE to concussions and repeated head trauma, both of which are extremely common in football. Some players have even retired early to protect their own ...

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  • Designing the perfect dog toy isn't easy, but the BarkBox team is trying. At BARK, toy designers rigorously test each new creation, making sure to consult both humans and dogs in the process. Through much trial and error, BARK's experts have developed a few rules for creating a toy your furry, four-legged friend will love. Read more about BARK here: https://goo.gl/WaJBYq SUBSCRIBE: https://goo.g...

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  • In an age of "fake news" and increasing polarization, Bill Gates sees big problems with the "filter bubbles" that impact how people get and process their information. But he also thinks those problems might actually be self-correcting. This video is part of a series of interviews with Bill Gates on subjects from the global poverty rate to taxing robots. This clip is from a January 2017 interview....

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  • Researchers just found the world's largest underwater cave. Inside, they found ancient artifacts and the bones of extinct creatures. Diving off the coast of Tulum, Mexico, scientists found a 347-kilometer passage linking what were previously thought to be two separate caves. Filled with artifacts from early Mexican settlements, it's the world’s longest known underwater system. SUBSCRIBE: https:/...

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  • Chinese car buyers are not into new car smell. In fact, they hate it. China is the biggest market for cars in the world, and foreign companies like Ford need to attract Chinese consumers. So they're doing their best to the reduce new car smell in their cars by hiring "golden noses." SUBSCRIBE: https://goo.gl/kdDpXu FOLLOW QUARTZ: Facebook: https://goo.gl/DsmLvx Twitter: https://goo.gl/rY7pSX C...

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  • This random Hawaiian mountain ridge has been featured in a ton of Hollywood movies over the past 30 years. The very photogenic mountain is part of Kualoa Ranch, a nature reserve on the island of Oahu that calls itself “the backlot of Hawaii.” SUBSCRIBE: https://goo.gl/kdDpXu FOLLOW QUARTZ: Facebook: https://goo.gl/DsmLvx Twitter: https://goo.gl/rY7pSX Check out the rest of our videos: https:/...

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  • Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg spoke at the Sundance Film Festival about her own experiences with sexual harassment and about the #MeToo movement. SUBSCRIBE: https://goo.gl/kdDpXu (The full name of Catharine MacKinnon's seminal book is "Sexual Harassment of Working Women.") FOLLOW QUARTZ: Facebook: https://goo.gl/DsmLvx Twitter: https://goo.gl/rY7pSX Check out the rest of our videos...

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  • IBM just released an immersive audio visual tour of their Q lab, where the company researches quantum computers. What you're hearing could be the sound of the future. SUBSCRIBE: https://goo.gl/kdDpXu FOLLOW QUARTZ: Facebook: https://goo.gl/DsmLvx Twitter: https://goo.gl/rY7pSX Check out the rest of our videos: https://goo.gl/A8gZvx Quartz is a digitally native news outlet dedicated to tellin...

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  • Scientists in Geneva are using virtual reality and next-generation microscopes to do what flat microscopic images can't: Go inside an animal's brain. Seeing these images in 3D could help surgeons better prepare for complicated procedures. SUBSCRIBE: https://goo.gl/kdDpXu FOLLOW QUARTZ: Facebook: https://goo.gl/DsmLvx Twitter: https://goo.gl/rY7pSX Check out the rest of our videos: https://goo.g...

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  • President Trump commissioned eight border wall prototypes. An artist named Christoph Büchel has proposed that they be preserved and designated as a national monument. New York Magazine's senior art critic Jerry Saltz agrees with Büchel. He told Quartz why the border wall prototypes should be considered art. SUBSCRIBE: https://goo.gl/kdDpXu FOLLOW QUARTZ: Facebook: https://goo.gl/DsmLvx Twitter...

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  • A group of fashionable men collectively known as Mr. Erbil came together to show the world a different side of Iraqi Kurdistan. With their emphasis on grooming and luxurious beards, you might call them hipsters. They say they aren't. SUBSCRIBE: https://goo.gl/kdDpXu To learn more about Mr Erbil, check out their GQ feature: http://www.gq-magazine.co.uk/gallery/mr-erbil-iraq-street-style Or thei...

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  • The first person to live with a mind-controlled robotic arm is Johnny Matheny—a man who lost his original arm to cancer. The robot arm is part of a research project 10 years in the making. Data that researchers collect could revolutionize mind-controlled robotics. SUBSCRIBE: https://goo.gl/kdDpXu FOLLOW QUARTZ: Facebook: https://goo.gl/DsmLvx Twitter: https://goo.gl/rY7pSX Check out the rest ...

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