Are giant Lego blocks the future of building construction?

July 13, 2014 | 1 comment

A company called Kite Bricks is developing a construction system that they claim will by 70 – 80% cheaper and quicker than current methods all while being environmentally friendly and…quiet.

Their products are a line of various shaped bricks designed to be easily combined with each other using robots to build homes, office buildings, bridges, and more. They explain…

The block is constructed of high-strength concrete with unique properties that allow for the building of truly ecological structures, with large savings in electricity expenses associated with seasonal heating and cooling. The block allows for faster, cheaper, more precise, and stronger building than is available through traditional building methods.

Bricks are designed to be easily joined together, with open internal spaces for insulation and infrastructure elements to be run through the bricks and allow for easy access to these elements.

Floors, walls, and ceilings are all constructed by appropriate bricks to allow for facile, solid construction with little mess and significantly reduced construction costs.

Here is the initial, computer-animated demo of what they’re imagining…

(via Ars Technica)

Most people can’t watch this entire video…and it’s only 3 minutes long. Can you?

June 26, 2014 | 8 comments

This video is motivational, even inspiring, but most people can’t make it all the way through. Those of you who do, though, won’t regret it…

(via Twisted Sifter)

If you watched the whole thing, let your friends know and see if they can do it, too…

A first look at Google’s astonishing and adorable completely self-driving car

May 28, 2014 | 1 comment

Google has been working on driverless cars for some time, but until now what we’ve seen are clips of their technology being used to operate otherwise ordinary cars. Here, however, is a peek at the first car they’ve built from the ground up to only be a self-driving car — no pedals or steering wheel.

And not only is this vehicle utterly amazing, it’s cute, too…

Everyone share your most humiliating pic so no one will be embarrassed. Here’s a start… [20 pics]

May 22, 2014 | No comments

Some people think that embarrassing stuff about them on the internet can be eradicated, but as it turns out, trying to erase stuff from the internet just draws more attention to it. There’s another tactic that’s more effective in downplaying embarrassing internet moments — own them. If everyone did this, no one would have anything to be ashamed of.

And John Oliver is ready to start this trend.

After taking the media and politicians to task for their internet ignorance about deleting content from Google, he suggested that people embrace their embarrassing moments by posting the worst picture of themselves online with the hashtag #MutuallyAssuredHumiliation.

Oliver kicked off the trend by posting this photo of himself…

Mutually Shared Humiliation 03via @iamjohnoliver

Fortunately (or unfortunately?), it didn’t take long for the rest of the internet to follow suit. Here are some of the best worst photos posted so far…

Mutually Shared Humiliation 01via @_luuucy_

Mutually Shared Humiliation 26via @_lieutenant_

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Young teacher does the impossible, persuades teenagers to abandon their phones for an entire week

May 21, 2014 | No comments

Kimball, Minnesota, has just 762 people, but the kids there are just as attached to technology as their big city peers. Kimball Area High School allows teachers to set individual policies on cell phone use in class, leaving first-year math teacher Katie Pettit with 70 distracted students to decide how to deal with.

In an effort to help her students focus during class, she offered them a deal — they had the option of giving her their cell phones for one week, day and night, and in return, she’d let them skip their final exam. Pettit would also be giving up her own cell phone for the remainder of the school year.

The young teacher believed the students would learn more by ditching technology in the classroom than they would by taking a single exam. Based on interviews they gave Minneapolis’s KARE 11, the students appear to have learned a lot more than just math…