Earth Population

How many people can the Earth actually hold?

By on April 30, 2016 at 12:11 PM.

How many people can the Earth actually hold?

Earth may only be a tiny blip on the map relative to the entire universe, but for our purposes, it’s pretty darn big. Of course, the vast majority of earth – about 70% – is comprised of water. Taking that into account, the actual area of land on earth is estimated to be around 150 million square kilometers.

That being the case, Life Noggin recently set out to examine how many human beings the earth is capable of holding; not in a physical sense, but more in the sense of how many people can be sustained by the Earth’s finite resources. Today, the earth’s population checks in at about 7 billion, but that figure will only increase in the years ahead thanks to improvements in medicine and other health-positive factors. In fact, it’s estimated that the human population by the end of the century will be 10 billion strong.

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Angel Falls Video

Mesmerizing drone footage of world’s highest waterfall must be seen to be believed

By on April 28, 2016 at 11:02 PM.

Mesmerizing drone footage of world’s highest waterfall must be seen to be believed

We’ve seen drones capture all sorts of interesting footage over the past 12 months, including a peculiar and mildly disturbing video of a man sunbathing on top of a wind turbine, more than 200 feet up in the air.

On the complete opposite end of the spectrum, we recently stumbled across drone footage of the Santo Angel waterfall in Venezuela, otherwise known as Angel Falls. Though Angel Falls may not be as widely known as Niagra Falls, at least in the United States, Angel Falls has the distinction of being the world’s highest waterfall on the planet. From top to bottom, water tumbles down more than 2,600 feet.

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iPhone Manufacturing

A look inside the top-secret factory where iPhones are assembled

By on April 25, 2016 at 6:47 PM.

A look inside the top-secret factory where iPhones are assembled

Some companies are more than happy to announce their product roadmaps months, if not years, in advance. Apple is not one of those companies. On the contrary, Apple takes elaborate and arguably excessive measures to ensure that its upcoming products remain completely hidden from the public up until the moment Tim Cook trots out on stage and officially introduces it.

Apple’s penchant for and obsession with product secrecy is well-known at this point; which is why the company’s recent decision to grant Bloomberg access to a top-secret factory where iPhones are assembled caught many off-guard.

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podcast-bgr

BGR is hiring a news editor

By on April 19, 2016 at 2:17 PM.

BGR is hiring a news editor

BGR began as a small one-man operation 10 years ago this fall, and it has since grown to become one of the world’s leading sources of news, reviews, commentary and more. Despite a small editorial staff, we’ve amassed a direct monthly unique audience in the double-digit millions and a total monthly unique audience in the triple-digit millions through syndication deals with leading media partners. Pound for pound, BGR is without question one of the largest and most influential sites in the world.

But we’re just getting started, and we’re looking for new team members to help us grow even faster. More →

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Tony Fadell Nest

Tony Fadell went to a Google meeting to assure them Nest isn’t a sinking ship

By on April 13, 2016 at 6:20 PM.

Tony Fadell went to a Google meeting to assure them Nest isn’t a sinking ship

Over the past few weeks, a number of varied reports have painted an unflattering portrait of life at Nest. In addition to a challenging and perhaps impossibly demanding and harsh working environment, we’ve also seen indications that Google has been none too pleased with the level of revenue Nest has been bringing in.

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Samsung Smart Windshield

Samsung’s Smart Windshield is a clever way to keep motorcycle riders safe

By on March 28, 2016 at 7:05 PM.

Samsung’s Smart Windshield is a clever way to keep motorcycle riders safe

You might know Samsung as a company that releases advanced smartphones and pretty snazzy HDTVs, but the Korean-based tech conglomerate has its hand in a bit of everything. From security cameras and lightbulbs to dishwashers and touchscreen refrigerators, Samsung has an incredibly extensive, varied and impressive product line.

That said, it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that Samsung has an absolutely astronomical R&D budget. In 2014, for instance, the company spent $13.8 billion on R&D, a figure that far eclipsed every other company on the planet, save for Volkswagen.

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Drone Sightings

Number of dangerous drone sightings on the rise, FAA says

By on March 27, 2016 at 4:30 PM.

Number of dangerous drone sightings on the rise, FAA says

Flying drones, once an activity that was solely within the purview of serious hobbyists, is now more accessible and affordable than ever. While you’ll still have to shell out some serious cash for a premium drone, you can just as well get a moderately priced and capable drone from Best Buy or even Toys”R”Us for less than $200.

With drones becoming more commonplace, the risk of an errant drone causing serious damage or prompting a serious accident in the sky has become a legitimate and growing concern. Consequently, the FAA this past December instituted a rule requiring all individuals who own drones weighing more than .55 pounds to register them with the FAA. Especially as we approach a future where the sky might very well be filled with drones, the FAA’s registration policy is intended to “build a culture of accountability and responsibility.”

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Stanford Mini Robots

Watch six mini-robots that weigh less than 100 grams pull a 3,900 pound car

By on March 14, 2016 at 10:15 PM.

Watch six mini-robots that weigh less than 100 grams pull a 3,900 pound car

Looking to the insect world for inspiration, researchers at Stanford’s Biomimetic Dexterous Manipulation Laboratory over the past few months have made a number of strides in developing miniaturized robots designed to mimic strength of ants. Ants of course may not look terribly strong, but they’re capable of lifting and carrying objects that weigh more than 100 times their body weight.

Recently, Stanford researchers unveiled a new video showcasing the capabilities of a mini-robot dubbed the μTug. Weighing in at less than 20 milligrams (~17 grams to be exact), each microbot is able to carry objects that weigh more than 2000 times its own weight. And when you put a team of these microbots together, they can accomplish the seemingly impossible, such as being able to pull a car, albeit slowly.

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Jony Ive Apple Design

Jony Ive talks design, meeting Steve Jobs for the first time and more in fascinating interview

By on March 14, 2016 at 8:20 PM.

Jony Ive talks design, meeting Steve Jobs for the first time and more in fascinating interview

Charlie Rose recently released a 35 minute video clip featuring all-new footage from a fascinating sit-down interview he conducted with Apple design guru Jony Ive. While the broad theme of the interview centers what “makes Apple Apple”, the interview naturally veers off into any number of interesting directions.

From the design and business principles that comprise Apple’s DNA to Ive recounting how Steve Jobs reshaped Apple upon his return in 1997, the entire interview is provides a compelling, informative, and at times entertaining peek into a company that doesn’t often have its executives sit down for full-length interviews.

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Corporate Logo Evolution

From Apple to McDonald’s: What 15 famous company logos used to look like

By on March 12, 2016 at 11:15 AM.

From Apple to McDonald’s: What 15 famous company logos used to look like

While many corporate logos often fly under the radar, there are a select few which have become recognizable across all corners of the globe. From the swirling script of Coca Cola to the famed golden arches of McDonald’s, a well-designed logo is not only readily identifiable, but can also help establish brand trust and loyalty. In a best-case scenario, a corporate logo can even become synonymous with a high-quality product or service. The impact and importance of a well-designed and carefully constructed logo is not lost on astute CEOs, which is why Steve Jobs didn’t think twice about paying legendary designer Paul Rand $100,000 to design the NeXT logo.

Because a corporate logo can convey important aspects of a company’s brand while also representing the image they’d like to project to consumers, it’s no surprise that companies will, every so often, shake things up and completely replace an old logo with something new and fresh, even if the change is on the subtle side a’la Google’s 2015 logo transformation.

That being the case, if we take a look back in time, it’s interesting to see what the logos of some of today’s more iconic and popular companies looked like when they first got up and running.

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Tim Cook Confronted The KKK

When a young Tim Cook told a group of cross-burning KKK members to stop what they were doing

By on March 10, 2016 at 9:00 PM.

When a young Tim Cook told a group of cross-burning KKK members to stop what they were doing

It’s no secret that Tim Cook’s moral character was indelibly shaped by his experiences growing up as a kid in the deep south. Specifically, Cook passion for human rights was forged, in part, by the deep-seated racism that Cook witnessed first-hand while growing up in Alabama in the 1960s and early 1970s.

During a 2013 speech where Cook received the IQLA  Lifetime Achievement Award, the Apple CEO spoke openly about witnessing a cross burning first-hand, an event which he said “was permanently imprinted” on his brain and changed his life forever.

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Donald Trump Reviews Literary Classics

Donald Trump reviewing literary classics is the funniest thing you’ll see all day

By on March 9, 2016 at 5:20 PM.

Donald Trump reviewing literary classics is the funniest thing you’ll see all day

If there’s one thing Donald Trump is adept at, it’s doling out insults. Whether it’s calling someone he disagrees with a ‘lightweight’ or even calling out Senator John McCain for being captured during the Vietnam War, Trump isn’t afraid to diminish, ridicule, and poke fun at anyone who happens to criticize him or stand in his way.

All the same, Trump’s repertoire of insults isn’t all that diverse or creative, especially on Twitter. More often than not, Trump relies upon a small selection of words and a similar pattern of phrasing when spewing out insults at whoever his target of the moment happens to be.

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Jet Ski Drone Crash

Watch a jet ski demolish a $3,000 drone in mid-air collision

By on March 9, 2016 at 2:42 PM.

Watch a jet ski demolish a $3,000 drone in mid-air collision

During this year’s Festival of Freeride in New Zealand, an annual event where jet ski riders perform all sorts of slick surfing maneuvers and tricks in the water, a $3,000 camera drone inadvertently incorporated itself into the show.

Captured by surf filmographer Guy Mac, the video below shows what happens when a jet skier tries to go up and catch some air and collides with a DJI Insipire drone. While the jet ski rider reportedly emerged unscathed, the drone was ultimately buried at sea.

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