Ian Burkhart was just a teenager when he lost all movement in his hands and legs. He dove into a wave in shallow water, and what was just supposed to be a fun outing with friends turned into a disaster. Damaging his spinal cord, he was paralyzed from the chest down with limited control over his arms. Burkhart, now 24, thought that he’d never be able to move his fingers again. He was, by most accounts, a quadriplegic. But that all changed recently… Scientists developed a chip that was inserted into his brain, allowing him to move his right hand. [More]
One of the most frustrating things about having Wi-Fi in your house is that the signal strength can never be trusted. Sit on the couch and it’s super fast…but take two steps to the left? Somehow, you’ve entered a dead zone. Even if you have the most high-end router, chances are, there are some spotty places in your home. Thanks to this little trick, though, you’ll never have to deal with that annoyance again. All you need are a few soda cans… Isn’t that easy? Never get caught without the internet again! Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/can-wi-fi/
Do you think that it’s a travesty against life that animals are slaughtered for meat products every day? It’s a tough pill for anyone to swallow. While not all of us choose to be vegetarians, those with any ounce of empathy can’t help but feel bad for these creatures in light of the suffering they face. Well, a new scientific breakthrough has been made that could remedy those feelings. Memphis Meats, a popular barbecue company, collaborated with stem cell researchers in order to create the first “test-tube meatball.” By harmlessly extracting cells from animals that are typically consumed by humans, [More]
Knowing only one language can really change the way you see the world, and it’s usually not for the better. While some take the easy approach and just assume that everyone speaks English, others feel a little embarrassed about not being able to understand people from around the world in their mother tongues. After all, there are few things more beautiful than language, the form and function of which reveal so much about the people who speak it. For those in the latter group who want to experience culture as authentically as possible, this device is about to shift your [More]
Over the years, scientists have come to discover that Artificial Intelligence (AI) as it stands today isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Just last week, we learned that robots aren’t always the friendliest to their human counterparts, but what happens when you leave two AI bots in the same room? googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display(‘VN_PG_DCBP_ATF’); }); Researchers from Cornell University’s Creative Machine Lab decided to test that scenario. After trudging through some identity crises, the bots tried to tackle philosophy. Let me be the first to tell you that these chatbots certainly weren’t afraid to get sassy. These are pretty much [More]
For thousands of artists, having stacks of paper on hand is essential, since it’s pretty easy to burn through hundreds of sheets before projects even get off the ground. But some creators center their careers around using standard materials in unconventional ways. Instead of using sheets of paper as canvases, a few artists out there have managed to rework this old standby into something totally new. And that’s where Beijing-based artist Li Hongbo comes in. You may not realize it yet, but you’ve probably seen his sculptural work before. Many of his collections have gone viral over the past few [More]
It’s something that affects 60 to 80% of the U.S. adult population…lower back pain. Treatment for some is as simple as getting a new mattress or exercising more, but for others, there’s a need to get surgery or costly massages. If normal remedies haven’t worked for you, you might want to give this little trick a try. Grab a tennis ball and watch Manu Kalia, a physical therapist, walk you through a simple exercise for lower back pain. Here’s another quick stretch routine. You’d be surprised at how massaging your butt can affect your lower back. Everything in your body [More]
There’s nothing quite as horrid as waking up in the middle of the night with a massive cramp. The pain is intense, and the visual that comes along with it is never pleasant. Watching your muscles seize up is typically akin to watching alien nonsense happen in sci-fi flicks. And the video that this guy captured of his calf cramp is a doozy. He was out playing ultimate Frisbee, and when he got home, insanity ensued. (via Reddit) Someone get this dude a banana! A little potassium goes a long way, folks. Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/calf-cramp/
People have a strange habit of wanting to adopt wild animals as pets. The more exotic the animal, the bigger the status symbol it is. Sadly, though, they have little regard for the creature’s needs or the manner in which they are meant to grow up. This orangutan was taken from her mother so she could be a pet. Little did the owner know, this would put a severe amount of stress on the baby ape. They have some of the highest rates of dependency on their mothers of any animals in the kingdom. This is because they need to [More]
At this point, you might think you’ve read all the life hacks this world has to offer… There are the general, genius ones, the hacks specifically for the kitchen, the clever cleaning tricks…we could go on for days. But even we were pretty impressed by how simple these ten tips were when we came across them…how did we not know about these? Whether you’re looking for an easy way to fall asleep fast or an all-natural remedy to reducing acne, read on to find some answers to life’s little annoyances. 1. Blink fast for a minute to make your eyes [More]