Recommends: Chris Stracey (Bag Raiders) Best of 2013

Recommends: Chris Stracey (Bag Raiders) Best of 2013

"2013 has been a year of working on a new album. A year of living in Los Angeles, taking a lot of hikes, eating a lot of kale and getting in tune with a lot of vibrations. It's been a year of discoveries also, mostly the discovery that real life can be stranger than fiction, and that the future is now, and that everything can kill you.

Here are some things i found out about in the science/tech world that blew my mind throughout 2013 and how they could probably kill you."

1. Spider Goats

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Look at the crazy things science can do! Spider silk is super strong and very elastic and has a vast number of possible applications in all sorts of fields. The problem with harvesting it is you need a lot of spiders and spiders are cannibalistic and they kill each other when you're trying to farm them. So scientists bred goats that posses spider genes which make them produce a spider silk protein in their milk. This way they can milk the goats, and spin larger quantities of spider silk from the goat milk. Weird but true - watch this BBC feature.

Scary scenario: breed friendly looking dogs containing deadly snake venom as clandestine assassins.

2. Exo-Skeleton Suits


The Iron Man suit is pretty much here (evidence). In any case it's not far off. People have developed a number of exoskeleton suits. Applications here are obvious, probably the coolest of which, people who are paralysed can walk in them. I'm sure it won't be long before this sort of technology is slimmed down and built into clothes.

Scary Scenario: Army dudes in giant robot death suits killing everything.

3. Prosthetic Eyes That Can See

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Yep, humans are making eye prosthetics that can see. The current technology allows for basic shapes and edges to be made out, which is pretty incredible, but a lady called Sheila Nirenberg is working on a technology which could restore near normal vision to people with certain kinds of blindness. Incredible!!

Scary Scenario: Obviously modified eye prosthetics that shoot lasers.

4. The Mind Controlled Helicopter

A team at the University of Minnesota is developing a non-invasive brain/computer interfacing system that can use thoughts to control robots. They used it to fly a helicopter around a gymnasium. This should blow your mind.

Scary scenario: Combine this technology with the 3D printable working gun that also came out this year, and anyone can turn into a drone pilot assassin.

5. The Pizza Compass


On a lighter note, without doubt, one of the coolest tech things I found out about this year was the Pizza Compass app for iphone. It basically puts a big slice of pizza on your phone pointing in the direction of where there is pizza to be found. It's incredible.

Scary Scenario: It could lead you to bad pizza.


See 2013 out with a bang with these Bag Raiders' homecoming tour dates...


December 12, 2013 at 12:42pm in recommends, Bag Raiders



22.08.14 - Paredes de Coura Festival

Porto, Portugal

24.08.14 - Rock En Seine

Paris, France

27.08.14 - Cut Copy

Magnolia, Milan, Italy

28.08.14 - Cut Copy

Zurich Open Air, Opfikon, Switzerland

04.09.14 - Movement

Alhambra Lounge, Brisbane, Australia

05.09.14 - Movement

Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, Australia

06.09.14 - Movement

Newtown Social Club, Sydney, Australia

10.09.14 - Cut Copy

The Wall, Taipei, Taiwan

13.09.14 - Cut Copy

Samsung Hall, Manila, Philippines

16.09.14 - Cut Copy

The Republik, Honolulu, HI

17.09.14 - Movement

Pearl St Nightclub, Northampton, MA

18.09.14 - Movement

Paradise, Boston, MA

20.09.14 - Hellow Festival

Monterrey, Mexico

20.09.14 - Movement

Phoenix Concert Theatre, Toronto, ON

21.09.14 - Movement

Magic Stick, Detroit, MI

23.09.14 - Movement

Metro, Chicago, IL

24.09.14 - Movement

First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN

26.09.14 - Movement

Waiting Room, Omaha, NE

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