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    Electronic Skin — Mind Blow #108

    Analysis of Mitochondrial DNA reveals that a resourceful 5,300 year old Iceman wore a sheepskin loincloth, cow leather shoelaces, goat hide leggings, sheep and goat mixed coat, a brown bear hat. Meanwhile, researchers at Stanford developed a new fabric that, unlike cotton, allows infrared radiation to pass through it. So you’ll feel four degrees cooler if you’re wearing plastic clothes. Vsauce! Kevin here – this is Mind Blow. DuoSkin makes your arm an interface. Developed by the MIT Media Lab, a cheap, skin-safe gold leaf material is attached in various designs to the skin. The three interfaces include wireless communication, touch-sensing input and displaying output. The metallic temporary tattoos can…

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    I Watch 3 Episodes of Mind Field With Our Experts & Researchers

    (soft music) (eerie sound) – Hey Vsauce! Michael here. Every episode of Mind Field is now free to view all over the world, all 24 episodes, all three seasons. Whoa! It is really exciting. And it’s why I’ve invited you hear to Vsauce headquarters. Why watch Mind Field alone when you could watch it with me and some of the researchers, writers, scientists and teachers who are in the episodes who made Mind Field what it is? That’s right, we are about to have ourselves a Mind Field marathon. We are going to watch three episodes in their entirety, pausing throughout to talk more deeply about the concepts in the…

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    I Watch 3 Episodes of Mind Field With Our Experts & Researchers

    (soft music) (eerie sound) – Hey Vsauce! Michael here. Every episode of Mind Field is now free to view all over the world, all 24 episodes, all three seasons. Whoa! It is really exciting. And it’s why I’ve invited you hear to Vsauce headquarters. Why watch Mind Field alone when you could watch it with me and some of the researchers, writers, scientists and teachers who are in the episodes who made Mind Field what it is? That’s right, we are about to have ourselves a Mind Field marathon. We are going to watch three episodes in their entirety, pausing throughout to talk more deeply about the concepts in the…

  • What’s The Most Dangerous Place on Earth?
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    What’s The Most Dangerous Place on Earth?

    Hey, Vsauce. Michael here. 93% of all the humans who have ever lived are dead. For every person alive right now, there are 15 people who are no longer alive. The Earth is dangerous…but where is the most dangerous place on Earth? Ignoring freak occurrances, where is the most persistently perilous place on the surface of our planet? Well, let’s being with temperature. Extreme heat and extreme cold can kill within hours, if not minutes. In cold environments, without clothing, the human body, by itself, doesn’t do a very good job of maintaining a high enough temperature to live. It just takes too much work. Even when you feel comfortable…

  • Giant Robot, Electronic Skin and more — Mind Blow #117
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    Giant Robot, Electronic Skin and more — Mind Blow #117

    Oolitic limestone blocks used to build the Pentagon and Empire State Building were made by microbes that lived up to 340 million years ago. So thanks for the building materials, microbes. And a study of ethnic groups on the Malay Peninsula found that hunter-gatherers are far more adept at identifying smells than farmers. The Semaq Beri were able to name specific smells as easily we name colors, which suggests that how we live affects how we smell. Vsauce! Kevin here. This is Mind Blow. NASA is working to ensure that planes avoid one another’s wake — and even figure out how to surf them. With about 100,000 flights per day…

  • INVISIBILITY SKIN — Mind Blow #103
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    INVISIBILITY SKIN — Mind Blow #103

    New research from Drexel University uncovered that a branch of army ants who lived underground for 60 million years moved to the surface 18 million years ago and regrew the vision-related parts and increased the size of their brains. And researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital are working on regenerating functional heart muscle – the first steps in creating bioengineered human hearts. Vsauce! Kevin here. This is Mind Blow. Metaskin can make things invisible to radar. The stretchable material, developed at Iowa State University, manipulates electromagnetic waves using electric rings filled with liquid metal. The rings absorb radar frequency waves, so an object covered in this material would essentially be impossible…