Author Archives: The Higher Learning Team

Draw Your Own 3-D Masterpiece With The “3Doodler” (Video)

The art community is never lacking in creativity or innovation. One new device is getting a lot of attention after turning heads with an impressive Kickstarter campaign last year. Wobble Work’s “3Doodler” is a 3-D pen that actually allows you to create three dimensional artwork using a two dimensional drawing technique. According to 3Doodler’s website… “As 3Doodler draws, it extrudes heated plastic, which quickly cools and solidifies into a strong stable structure. This allows you to build an infinite variety of

This Guy Made Himself A Self-Folding Paper Plane Machine Gun (Video)

The 3-D printing revolution is in full stride, with the printers being widely used in engineering, design, medicine and more. But some people are also using the printers for more enjoyable endeavors. YouTube user Papierfliegerei is one of those people. His real name is Dieter Michael Krone, and he is a German paper airplane enthusiast. Krone just recently released a video showing off his prototype “A6 V1.0 Paper Airplane Gun”. He built his own automatic paper airplane machine gun, using designs from the German 3D

The Physics Behind Why Cats Always Land On Their Feet (Video)

Almost everyone knows that cats have an extraordinary ability to land on their feet, even if they start out upside down. But how are they actually able to do this? Destin, founder of the popular youtube channel SmarterEveryDay, recently broke down the science behind how cats are seemingly able to always land on their feet. He posed the following question: How does a cat go from feet up to feet down in a falling reference frame without violating the conservation of angular momentum?

Why Ultra-Pure Water Is Actually Bad for Your Health (Video)

We tend to imagine that purity is the ultimate indicator of the quality of water. So why is 100%, ultra-pure water not good for us? Well the simple answer is that water (H20) purely comprised of hydrogen and oxygen doesn’t provide our body with the natural electrolytes and salts we need to survive. There is no such thing as truly pure water in the natural world. Even water in the purest springs and lakes contains small amounts of dissolved minerals such as sodium, chloride,

No Borders in Space: An Astronaut’s Perspective of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

A German astronaut named Alexander Gerst recently created a lot of online attention earlier this week with a picture he posted of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from space. These photos were taken from the International Space Station as it flew over Israel last week. Below is the image that went viral, getting over 39,000 re-tweets after Gerst posted it on Twitter. As you can see, from space, borders are indistinguishable… Gerst also added that the crew could actually see the rocket explosions as they passed over the

If These Photos of Dogs Underwater Don’t Make You Smile, Nothing Will (Photo Gallery)

Seth Casteel is a photographer based out of Chicago and Los Angeles who specializes in taking pictures of animals. Though he photographs all types of animals, dogs are one of his favorite subjects. A few years back, he shot a series of photos of dogs playing underwater. Check out the pictures below (click an image to enlarge): The success of the photos landed him a book deal, and the photo-book “Underwater Dogs” was released in October of 2012. Casteel’s photography company, Little

Saskatoon: A New Kind Of “Super Fruit” Berry Is Making Its Way Into The States

Saskatoon berries may look like blueberries, but the shrub is actually more closely related to an apple tree. According to NPR’s The Salt, the berry, “…is pretty common in Canada but hasn’t been grown by farmers in the U.S. until recently. Here [in the U.S.], the berry, also sometimes called the serviceberry, has been collected in the wild for generations.” Until recently the berry had not been commercially grown in the U.S.. The commercial strain, which produces a larger berry with

This Animal Isn’t A Snake. Think You Can Guess What It Really Is? (Photos)

Professor Daniel Janzen, a biology professor from the University of Pennsylvania, has spent years of his life cataloguing and photographing a very unique group of creatures: caterpillars that defend themselves against predators by looking and acting like snakes. Check out some more pictures of “Snake Caterpillars” taken by Professor Janzen below: Snake caterpillars can be found in Costa Rica, Guatemala, Belize, and some parts of Mexico. Their markings resemble a snake’s head, which they can actually use to “strike” at would be predators (though they obviously can’t bite like a

March 2014 was the First Month in 11 Years Without a U.S. Fatality in Iraq or Afghanistan

Us Marine lance corporal Zachary Densmor

According to an article published by Time: “There were no American troop casualties in Afghanistan or Iraq in March (2014), for the first time since February 2003, ending 133 straight months when at least one U.S. service member was killed. “ Fortunately, the death count has been significantly lowering steadily in both these areas seemingly leading to near peace. If the areas are  near peace it did come at a price, also according to Time… “The deadliest year in Iraq

Rapper’s GRAPHIC Demonstration of the Force-Feeding Process Used on Hunger Strikers at Guantanamo (Video)

Rapper Mos Def wanted to raise awareness about this inhumane process, currently being carried out twice a day on 44 of the 120 detainees on hunger strike at the Guantanamo Bay military prison. He didn’t anticipate the horror that he signed himself up for… The majority of the detainees are uncharged and untried. We will examine the facility in more depth in the very near future. If the video doesn’t direct you to the video use this   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4hQ5xz_5to4&feature=c4-overview&list=UUdWZG7e4ZlzMK9epYSmoKtA