With an interest in both circus and biomechatronics, Briner is clearly a curious person.
The easiest way to avoid blowing up a rocket is to leave it on the launch pad, but that’s not what rockets are for.
Even though it might technically be safe to walk around with trace amounts of plutonium powering your heart, this is still a terrible idea, and there are two groups that really, really hated it.
According to one park ranger, "there is a considerable overlap between the intelligence of the smartest bears and the dumbest tourists."
Today, we're on the cusp what may become one of the most significant technologies we've ever created: artificial intelligence.
This decision – between raising the floor to limit the worst consequences, in exchange for lowering the ceiling of best possible outcomes – shows up everywhere in our lives.
When the Challenger space shuttle exploded in 1986, killing all seven people on board, we turned to language, because in that moment, there was nothing else to do.
If you could meet the first humans and share just one modern idea with them, which would you choose?
French novelist Gustave Flaubert said, "Be regular and orderly in your life, so that you may be violent and original in your work."
If you are standing on the edge of a fight, silently supporting the recipient of bullying, you are not a passive ally – you're a passive bystander.