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Everything You'll Ever Need To Know About Pluto's Five Moons

Poor Pluto. It may not be a ‘planet’ in the scientific definition anymore but it’s still a thing. Like, it exists. So, why not dazzle your friends at tonight’s cocktail party with some killer facts about Pluto and Pluto’s five moons.
That’s right. Five moons. Earth has just the one. And that one is filled with space bridges brought over by the Decepticons and Michael Bay.
This video is well done and doesn’t last too long. So get your thinkin’ cap on and start learning!

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Want An Iron Man Suit? The U.S. Military Is Testing Prototypes Right Now

I’m a Tony Stark fan. I know Iron Man may have been a small-time comic (some call it a ‘second tier’ comic) that’s been given the real Hollywood treatment by Robert Downey Jr., Kevin Feige, and the rest of Marvel Studios.

But it’s obviously struck a nerve with the U.S. military. They’re now announcing that new high-tech ‘suits’ are being tested for U.S. Special Operations Forces. Here’s the skinny from a new press release (I’ve trashed the gibberish part and just used the relevant bits):

Michael Fieldson , the civilian project manager for the Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit at McDill Air Force Base, looks at sketches of the body armor exoskeleton during the Special Operations Forces Industry Conference in Tampa. (AP Photo / Tamara Lush)

Michael Fieldson , the civilian project manager for the Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit at McDill Air Force Base, looks at sketches of the body armor exoskeleton during the Special Operations Forces Industry Conference in Tampa. (AP Photo / Tamara Lush)

Today, elite US special operations forces may be a few short years away from donning a similar suit, one that can monitor the user’s vital signs, give him real-time battlefield information and be bulletproof from head to toe. The suit might eventually have other features unheard of only a few years ago, including an exoskeleton made of liquid armor, smart fabrics that could help stop hemorrhaging, enhanced sensory capabilities and Google Glass-like visuals.

The Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit (TALOS) project is coordinated through the Special Operations Command headquarters at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa. Prototypes are expected to be shown to military commanders in June, with hopes that the suit will be given to high-risk units in 2018.

While the project sounds like something out of a science fiction novel, its mission is simple, said James Geurts, the Deputy for Acquisition of the U.S. Special Operations Command at MacDill.

“We’ve lost a lot of guys to gunshot wounds and explosions,” he said. “If there’s anything I can do to more rapidly field technology, give better protection, better capability, any progress, I think we’ve done well.”

Will the new suits evolve into something even more Stark-y? Potentially. Let’s hope they’re used for good and don’t fall into the hands of Hydra. They’re the worst.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson: Bill Gates Wouldn't Bother Picking Up $45,000 Off The Ground

Ever wonder how rich the uber rich are? When it comes to the uber uber uber rich, Bill Gates is typically the first name that comes to mind. In a 2011 video, the always charismatic Neil deGrasse Tyson used Gates’ wealth as an example during a talk.
Tyson explained how rich Gates with a simple example:
If Tyson was walking down the street and saw a penny, he wouldn’t bother picking it up. If he saw a quarter, however, he would pick it up. He views that as a useful amount of money. Same probably goes for you as well, right?
If Gates was walking down the street and saw a quarter, he (in theory) would definitely not pick it up. In order to have the relatively same amount of money on the street that it would be worthwhile to him, Bill Gates would have to stumble across $45,000 on the ground. That’s the equivalent of a quarter ($0.25) to you and me.
Now how’s that for depressing? You’re welcome.

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How The Stock Exchange Actually Works

We’re all about helping you learn in a fun and interesting way. The Daily Genius is, quite literally, an innovative way to change the world learn something interesting. This video about how the stock exchange works fits that bill quite nicely.
So what is the stock exchange? Is it a physical place where everyone shouts at each other while news reporters tear their hair out? Well, no. The stock exchange is the tool used by millions of people to move large sums of money (in the form of securities) back and forth.
The video above was made with a focus on Europe but it’s useful for a global audience. They use Euros instead of Dollars or another currency. Also, the narrator has a fabulous accent.
So go on, learn something and then go tell your friends what the stock exchange actually does. They’ll either be blown away or act like they already knew that. Don’t be fooled. You’re now smarter than them. All thanks to this video (and your pals at the Daily Genius, naturally).

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The Higher In Life You Climb, The More Absurd The Hats Become

Wise words from Charlie Day (the short guy who is always yelling on It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia) at the Merrimack College commencement this week. He talks about his experiences at Merrimack, why you should try hard, etc. The usual stuff.
But he makes a wonderfully sad-but-true point at about the 3:00 mark in the above video. He talks about how silly the hats become as you climb higher up the ladder of success. There’s the Pope’s hat, the hat you wear at commencement, and Pharrell’s hat.
Aside from the hat part, the entire speech is quite entertaining and worth watching. Charlie walks you through three different stories about what he did after leaving college. It’s a page straight out of Steve Jobs’ speech at Stanford.
The Steve Jobs speech is embedded below for your educational enjoyment. After all, Daily Genius is all about helping you get inspired and learning in a very fun way. What’s more fun than commencement speeches!?

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The 47 Best Things About Children's Books

I love a good Pooh book as much as the next child adult. Like most children’s books, they’re sweet and have a typically good-natured message. Stop eating so much honey, stop bothering a bee’s nest, etc. All useful knowledge to internalize!
This wonderful video outlines a few dozen things about children’s books that you’ll find charming, surprising, and a bit interesting.
That’s the idea, at least.
I love books of any shape and size – but hold a special place in my heart for these kind of adorable ones.

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Turn Your Mundane Photos Into Awesomesauce: Here's How To Do Time-Lapse Photography

Got 10 or so minutes? Want to blow your Instagram followers out of the digital water? Learn how to do professional-grade time-lapse photography with Nicole Young, a regular contributor to This Week In Photo (TWiP). Nicole walks you through the setup, requirements, software, and then the tips and hints you’ll need to actually make something look as awesome as this:
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You can obviously make something a bit less, well, grand. For example, watch the above video and then send us your kick-butt time-lapse video of your cat jumping off a table.
Or a time-lapse series of photos where your cat jumps onto the back of a stampeding bull that’s shooting fire out of its eyeballs. In fact, take a video of that, too.

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What If You Were Deaf? This Is What A Cochlear Implant Sounds Like

I am not deaf. That being said, I know many deaf people and have had more than a few as friends throughout my life. They have all had cochlear implants and those little bits of technology have a truly transformational effect. They allow (to various degrees) many to hear. It’s a beautiful technology.

But what if you’re not deaf and listen to the world through a cochlear implant? Probably nothing you’ve ever considered before … until now.

The video you see on this post illustrates what it’s like to actually hear using the implant – something that most of us would never get the chance to do during our lives. I love this video and it gave me some real appreciation for implants and what the deaf community works with on a daily basis.

NOTE: Fast forward to the 3:20 mark on the video to get to the implant part.

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This Cheap And Simple Technology Would Literally Save The World

Holy tap dancing Teslas, you guys. If you thought the Tesla Model S (check out what happens when you push a Model S to the limit here) was the technology of the future and that it was going to save the world, you’re half right. It is and and probably will.

But there’s a new Indiegogo campaign that features technology that might LITERALLY save the world. I don’t use that term lightly.

This new technology is called ‘solar roadways’ which, in a nutshell, are hexagonal panels that use fancy technology and solar panels that are designed to replace pavement. Seriously, that’s crazy.

Imagine a world where you no longer have to drive on pavement, potholes, or pay for electricity. This new technology would literally save the planet – even if you continue to drive your Hummer H2 over it while throwing flaming gas cans out the window.

If you want to see this technology become a reality, check out the Indiegogo campaign here.

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What If Your Gun Could Decide Whether Or Not It Should Fire?

Well here’s a new development that is probably exciting news for all you hunters and gatherers out there. What if your rifle could aim itself and literally never miss its target? Would that be more or less fun than the standard practice of actually aiming your own gun and shooting?

Is this the lazy man’s gun or perhaps something much more special? Could it be the weapon of the future that leads to a world of precision shooting where a gun can decide if a target is valid or not? For example, what if a future version of this rifle featured by CNN could identify and either enable or disable the firing mechanism based on the target? This could be an incredible advancement in the world of school violence, war, and beyond.

I can dream, at least.

For now, this rifle’s advanced technology seems to do some solid auto-aiming that is worth knowing about.

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