When U.S. skiers take to the slopes at the Jeongseon Alpine Centre in February for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games, some of them will have used 360-degree video to check out the run and visualize it in an immersive, digital way. They've been using footage from the men's and women's downhill events—first filmed in 2016 and 2017—to boost their familiarity with the snowy, mountainous route.
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Ever since they came on the scene in 2006, electronic cigarettes, more commonly known as e-cigs or vapes, have been the subject of a rather lethargic debate. Do these products, which vaporize liquid nicotine in favor of burning tobacco for a fix, provide a healthier alternative to smokers looking to quit? Or do they serve only to tempt those who would otherwise never get addicted to nicotine at all?
At its closest point, the western coast of Canada is more than 11,000 kilometres away from the edge of Australia. But the world map hasn't always been that way.
Slippers and running sneakers are two very different things. Both go on your feet, but slippers are flexible, sock-like shoes for luxuriating in your living room. On the other hand, sneakers are structured and stabilizing to support your foot as you pound the pavement. Nike's new Epic React running shoes fit like a slipper, but a sandwich of carefully crafted materials in the sole protect your feet and the tiny bones within from punishing pavement.
We often think about weight loss in the short term, hoping to drop five pounds in time for vacation or 10 in time for a wedding. Of course, this kind of yo-yo dieting isn't the greatest for our health. If you're going to ask how much you should weigh, you want to think long term—what weight will keep you healthy?
The first-down line that appears on television screens during football games, the tissue-typing test that matches organ donations with compatible recipients, and the OLEDs that light up the screen of the iPhone X—we take technologies like these for granted. This year, however, they're getting a spotlight: These three innovations, along with nine others, have earned their creators a spot in the National Inventors Hall of Fame.
China's drone newcomer Tengoen Technology (also spelled Tengdun) has ambitious plans. The company promises to market armed drones for purchase. It also promises to build the world's biggest cargo drone. That's quite a slate for a company that was only founded in 2016.
There's a real sense of accomplishment that comes from learning how to nimbly pilot a drone. Unfortunately, that's also frequently accompanied by a nervous anxiety stemming from the potential for your pricy flying machine to smash into a tree, mountain, building, or any other hard object.
We've had more than a full week to digest all of the new gadgets we met back at CES 2018, which means the tech news cycle has started to recover. Last week we got a really interesting new product from Nintendo, and Microsoft continued its focus on finding its way into classrooms.
Dropping 10 kilograms in 10 days sounds impossible. At the very least, it sounds like a great way to hurt yourself. And yet Ultimate Fighting Championship competitor Paige VanZant did just that. Sure, she passed out in a boiling-hot bathroom as her best friend scraped sweat off of her naked body, but she made her weight. She got lucky.