MIT’s ‘Smart Sand’ Molds Itself Into Objects

Ladies and Gentlemen, the future is here. A lot of science fiction has objects that seem to repair or grow themselves even after being utterly destroyed, much like the robot we saw in Terminator 2 (as pointed out by the good folks over at FastCoDesign). A team at MIT has developed a similar substance that they like to call “Smart Sand.”

NASA Tells 4.5 Billion Years of Lunar History in Three Minutes

In under three minutes, this video from NASA explains the 4.5 billion years history of the moon. It covers the formation of the moon after a Mars-sized planet rammed into the earth, and the numerous events that finally shaped the moon to be what it is today. That satellite has seen some serious bombardment throughout its life.

Via Discover

This Gun Can Shut People Up, Without Physical Harm

Guns are a great way to shut people up, although they tend to do this by the way of gore and blood, which isn’t cool. That facility now comes in a non-fatal form with this crazy gun that works as a Speech Jammer. Developed at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology in Japan, the speech jammer plays with the way we speak creating an effect called Delayed Auditory Feedback.

Japanese Construction Firm Thinks of a Space Elevator in 2050

Talking space elevator isn’t new, but showing a serious interest in the construction of one probably is. Tokyo based construction firm Obayashi Corp. has displayed interest in building a space elevator. The project would make liberal use of carbon nanotubes, and have a cable stretched up 96,000 kilometers into the air, or probably space would be a better word here.

NASA Shows New, Mesmerizing ‘Blue Marble’ Images of Earth

NASA has released new “Blue Marble” images of the Earth, showing our planet in detailed, high-resolution images. NASA used a collection of satellite images that were stitched together to create these fantastic images of our earth. Most of these images came from the satellite Terra, that floats in orbit about 435 miles high from the earth’s surface.