Maps lie. We all learned this at some point in school, when we realized Greenland wasn’t quite the hulking beast of land mass we thought it was. I mean, Greenland isn’t even a third of the size of Australia. And the UK is teeny! Smaller than Japan, the Philippines, and Madagascar. Come to think of it, all of Europe is way smaller than what we imagine it to be on the map.
If you didn’t know already, Damian Lillard is a gifted human being. In addition to being a two-time All-Star, the Blazers’ point guard is also a talented MC.
Just what does it take to power Simone Biles’ signature half-twisting double backflip or Allyson Felix’s lightning-fast sprint?
It turns out, the amount Olympians eat can vary tremendously depending not only on the events they’re competing in, but also their body type and lifestyle outside the Olympic arena. The average Olympic shooter, for instance, may have very different caloric needs than a swimmer like Michael Phelps.
Vinyl has seen a resurgence lately, with sales growth for this formatoutpacing digital. To stay on top of that trend, Sony refreshed its record player lineup to include the not-so-memorably named PS-HX500. Though it cuts a familiar figure, resembling many minimalist-style turntables, it was built with a 21st century purpose: to make quality digital copies of your treasured discs. That’s important for long-time collectors, of course, but also newer vinyl enthusiasts, who will also want to convert their discs into a high-resolution digital format as painlessly as possible.
ZOOM IN ON the details of just about any Olympic event and you can find some cool physics. Today, let’s look at the arrow in archery. It seems so simple: fletching, a shaft, and a point. It’s basically a sharp stick with some feathers. But if you watch an arrow fly in slow motion, you see something cool:
I’m a writer, so I’ll always have a place in my heart for the handwritten page (partially because I believe in romantic ideas about writing, but also because there is no way I’m using my phone to type out anything beyond a few words).
Kenny Baker, the British actor who played R2-D2 in six Star Wars films, has died at the age of 83 after a long battle with an illness, The Guardianreports. The 3-foot-8-inch actor became famous in 1977 after his first portrayal of the beloved robot character in Star Wars: A New Hope.