The beautiful, transparent Fx0: This is what happens if you put lipstick on Firefox OS

The beautiful, transparent Fx0: This is what happens if you put lipstick on Firefox OS

What has a beautiful transparent-gold chassis, a fairly big screen, decent innards, and almost no chance of getting you to switch from your Apple or Android smartphone? The new Fx0, made by LG, which runs Firefox OS. The phone itself, which was designed by Tokujin Yoshioka for the Japanese carrier KDDI, is rather beautiful. Most […]

Move aside, Segway: Honda’s Uni-Cub could make walking a thing of the past

Move aside, Segway: Honda’s Uni-Cub could make walking a thing of the past

Behold, the future of personal mobility devices: The Honda Uni-Cub. The Uni-Cub, which is self-balancing, has zero turning radius, and is battery powered, is essentially a sit-on Segway without any handlebars. Most importantly, the Uni-Cub is much smaller and easier to maneuver than the Segway, allowing for Uni-Cub users to ride alongside or even within […]

Crude oil redux: Rare earth elements, and their strategic stranglehold on modern life

Crude oil redux: Rare earth elements, and their strategic stranglehold on modern life

Oil is on its way out. Like so many age-old, repeatedly incorrect narratives, this statement is finally starting to come true. Electric cars and the general lithium-ionification of the world are poised to cut out a huge portion of the gas market, while chemical and materials science are attacking the need for large amounts of […]

20 Things You Didn’t Know About Nuclear Accidents

Nuclear meltdowns have both harmed and benefited wildlife in contamination zones. 1. The worst nuclear accident in history, the 1986 Chernobyl disaster in Ukraine — then part of the Soviet Union — will leave measurable radioactive contamination in a 15,000-square-mile area for 300 years. 2. Shortly after the accident, needles on pine trees in a […]