Ultima Thule: NASA probe will reach tiny world at edge of solar system on New Year’s Day

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft is set to go where no probe has ever gone before this New Year’s Day, when it beams back data from a tiny world that sits more than six billion kilometers away at the edge of the solar system. The mysterious object the craft will be exploring is officially known as […]

What’s it like to live on tiny island in remote Arctic Norway?

Sophie Kelk November 16, 2018 Share this article For six weeks, Sophie Kelk lived on a remote Norwegian island north of the Arctic Circle. This is what she discovered about island life—the good, the bad, and above all, the community spirit. As my flight begins its descent into Bodø, I catch a glimpse of the […]

These tiny wasp-inspired drones can open a door 40 times their weight, and could one day be used in disaster zones

IEEE Spectrum/YouTube Researchers have built tiny microdrones capable of tugging open a door 40 times their weight. They took inspiration from predatory wasps, which can drag large prey along the ground. One researcher said the technology could be adapted for more complex tasks such as moving debris or retrieving objects from disaster zones. Researchers have […]

These tiny drones can lift 40 times their own weight

If you ask these tiny drones, “Do you even lift, bro?” you will get a resounding yes. Researchers at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland and Stanford University have developed a line of small flying bots that can move objects that are 40 times their weight. The drones, called FlyCroTugs (short for “flying, […]

The Tiny Nations Plotting to Become Tax Havens for Cryptocurrencies

Payday won’t be the same next year for the soccer players of Gibraltar United, a team in the premier division of the sport’s league in the British overseas territory. Only a part of their salary will hit their bank accounts, and the rest will come to them in the form of cryptocurrencies. But the soccer […]

The tiny Indonesian village where dancing is a social currency

Marco Ferrarese October 11, 2018 Share this article On the shores of Indonesia’s third largest lake, a travel writer and photographer find out that a little dancing can go a very long way with the local indigenous people. “C’mon, try it again: One and two and three and four, one and two and three and […]

The Tiny Nation Where Puppets Are More Famous Than People

Inside Ljubljana Castle, situated just above the Slovenian capital’s scenic old town, there are a few heads in jars. They hover in murky liquid, attached to spindly outgrowths halfway between spinal cords and centipedes. If you pull a cord, they’ll move. The heads aren’t some remnant of a medieval torture device — though Ljubljana Castle […]