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video chinese astronaut plays table tennis in zero gravity
Via: China Daily
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Let’s just put this out there: Gravity is the worst.

You know why gravity’s the worst? Because it prevents us from really reaching our ping pong potential. Sure, we can bask in the glory that is Forrest Gump playing table tennis against a wall, but are we really doing something meaningful?

Chinese astronaut Chen Dong thinks we can do better. So when he was on a local TV show in China, he showed off just how far humanity could reach without dumb gravity holding us down. What do you think of that, Sir Isaac Newton?

Check out these gifs from Mashable and say that gravity's worth it:

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Or check out the whole video from CCTV on China Daily.

Chen plays it by himself, but he still has some catching up to do with NASA’s Scott Kelly, who plays “water ping pong.” Still, they are both strikes against gravity, which stinks.

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For better control in video editing, photo editing, or just sending emojis, the new Apple MacBook Touch Bar has a lot of perks, but Apple still buried the lead on this one.

Apparently, you can play a super smushed version of Doom on this thing.

Sure, the Touch Bar is a great way to bring Apple Pay and Predictive Text to the desktop. Replacing the physical function keys at the top of the keyboard, the Touch Bar is a digital interface that's touch sensitive and totally customizable. It’s another great innovation from Apple that allows a wider range of control for users. More importantly, you can play a version of Doom on it that looks like it was crushed by a vice.

According to Mashable:

Developer Adam Bell crammed the 1993 classic in all of its glory to run on the the narrow 2,160 x 60 pixel OLED touchscreen. Is it pretty? Hell no. Is it pointless? Absolutely.

Announced at the Apple Event in October, the Touch Bar was the centerpiece of the new MacBook Pro laptops. The tech giant hoped to bring some of the benefits of touchscreen computing that has revolutionized handheld products, like the iPad and the iPhone. In doing so, they have given developers yet another place to stick the class video game Doom, and we’re all better for it.

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swedish workers union opens mansplaining hotline for victims of men
Via: Make It Stranger
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Tired of “mansplaining” in the workplace? Well, if you live in Sweden, you can get a little relief from the tireless, know-it-all attitude of chauvinistic co-workers.

With a new mansplaining supportline, Sweden’s largest Union, Unionen, has opened phone lines to all members when “male colleagues give them unsolicited lectures on things they already understand,” reports The Independent.

Unionen launched the service on Monday to their 600,000 members, who will be able to call “from 10am to 4pm everyday for a week as part of a campaign to highlight and stamp out the insidious and damaging practice.”

"The hotline will advise upset and frustrated callers on what action they should take next, and aims to help them move on. But there are no set answers, instead the people staffing the line will have the freedom to say what they want, based on their own experiences."

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The organization defines "mansplaining" as when “a man explains something to a woman without being asked, particularly something which she might already know more about than the man.”

The Independent did a little more digging and reports, “A study by the American Psychological Association found that men ‘tend to overestimate their intelligence to a much greater extent than women’ and showed that ‘self-assurance in men grows with age.’”

So, gross dudes operating under the assumption that they know more than women, time to give it a rest.

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Via: Science Magazine
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Want to heal your bones faster? Well, thanks to researchers at Northwestern University, pretty soon you'll be able to 3D print a flexible "scaffolding" to encourage bone growth on and around them.




Okay, taking a breath.

Here we go:

The scaffold is "made up of hydroxyapatite, a naturally occurring mineral that exists in our bones and teeth, and a biocompatible polymer called polycaprolactone, and a solvent. Hydroxyapatite provides strength and offers chemical cues to stem cells to create bone. The polycaprolactone polymer adds flexibility, and the solvent sticks the 3D-printed layers together as it evaporates during printing. The mixture is blended into an ink that is dispensed by the printer, layer by layer, into exact shapes matching the bone that needs to be replaced."




The idea, they continue, is that "a patient would come in with a nasty broken bone—say, a shattered jaw—and instead of going through painful autograft surgeries or waiting for a custom scaffold to be manufactured, he or she could be x-rayed and a 3D-printed hyperelastic bone scaffold could be printed that same day."

Currently the technology is being used to fuse spinal vertebrae in rats, and is performing well. Since you can't use this tech YET, maybe you can 3D print yourself a cast in the meantime:



Read more on the innovation here.





trending new tech accessory gopro arrow aer cool video kickstarter
Via: AERVIDEO
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Ever want to chuck your GoPro to get good aerial shots but don't have the right foam padding not to break it? Enter AER.





Their new invention--basically a giant Nerf arrow around a GoPro--makes it possible.



The videos sound like they wouldn't be worth seeing, but are surprisingly action-packed little bits of fun. I especially like the parts where it looks like you'll run smack into someone at the end of each one:



Pick yours up here.


Via: FAI Parachuting
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Competitive Indoor Skydiving is as awesome as it sounds.

Watch the Czech Dynamic 4 Way team the "Mad Ravens," win the silver medal at the 1st FAI World Indoor Skydiving Championship in Prague.

Via: Surface
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Microsoft tries too hard--yet again--in their new Surface Pro 4 ad geared ENTIRELY toward Hipster Millennials. The singing narrator wears a fedora and points out all the ways a Hipster Surface user can be productive. Mostly yawn-inducing, the one highlight is the inexplicably NIGHTMARE-INDUCING "hat for your cat" visual near the beginning:



We don't know what the hell you were thinking, Microsoft, but we want to see MORE of nightmare cat.




#NIGHTMARECAT