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“I Was Devastated”: Tim Berners-Lee, the Man Who Created the World Wide Web, Has Some Regrets

Berners-Lee has seen his creation debased by everything from fake news to mass surveillance. But he’s got a plan to fix it.<p>“For people who want to make sure the Web serves humanity, we have to concern ourselves with what people are building on <i>top</i> of it,” Tim Berners-Lee told me one morning in …

Privacy

Here's What Killed 13 Bald Eagles ... and Their Raccoon Dinner

Wildlife experts have partially solved a murder mystery regarding the deaths of 13 bald eagles, but they still don't know who did it.<p>The 13 eagles — …

Birds

The most important skill nobody taught you

Before dying at the age of 39, Blaise Pascal made huge contributions to both physics and mathematics, notably in fluids, geometry, and probability.<p>This work, however, would influence more than just the realm of the natural sciences. Many fields that we now classify under the heading of social …

Consciousness

This doctor's shocking behavior is a reminder that mental health stigma must end now.

Samuel Bardwell had a bad anxiety attack, so his father took him to the emergency room.<p>Samuel was playing basketball when he noticed the signs of an …

Mental Health

iOhouse Space

Put down your roots over and over again with the iOhouse Space. The self-contained, off-grid home allows you to live wherever you want and when …

This farmhouse-style tiny house on wheels fits family of four

Roost 36 has three sleeping nooks<p>Tiny houses come in all shapes (but usually just one general size) and a number of styles, though in our experience, it appears that “rustic” and “farmhouse” are among the more in-demand of them.<p>This tiny house by North Carolina-based Perch and Nest is dubbed Roost …

Off-grid

SpaceX Just Launched Its 50th Falcon 9 Rocket Into Space

SpaceX has launched its 50th Falcon 9 Rocket, with the largest satellite payload the firm has sent into space so far.<p>The rocket was launched from the …

Space Travel

Late owner of Strand Book Store left $25M to heirs

Those dusty book covers and dog-eared pages really added up.<p>The late owner of the Strand Book Store left behind an estate worth more than $25 …

Man comes up with genius way to deal with hole in office wall

Art, as they say, is subjective. Whether it’s Michelangelo’s David, or a painting of dogs playing poker, not everyone is going to enjoy the same …

The best photos taken of planet Earth last year will transform the way you see the world

The natural world is a stunning place.<p>Every year, the best landscape photography shows off Earth's beauty. The following photos are some of the winners from the 2017 International Landscape Photographer of the Year contest.<p>They highlight powerful mountains, scenes of isolation, worlds of color and …

Was Volkswagen the First to Test Exhaust Fumes on Monkeys? Your Questions Answered.

The car industry-funded research outraged the public and even has some researchers wondering how it was approved.<p>For four hours at a time, 10 crab-eating macaques sat inside airtight chambers watching cartoons while researchers piped in diluted exhaust from a new Volkswagen Beetle. A few weeks …

How to Build Your Own App If You Don't Know How to Code

<i>In our series</i> Getting It<i>, we’ll give you all you need to know to get started with and excel at a wide range of technology, both on and offline. Here,</i> …

Chile creates five national parks over 10m acres in historic act of conservation

• Ex-CEO of Patagonia firm donates 1m acres of private land<br>• President Bachelet signs ‘unprecedented’ measure into law<p>Chile has created five sprawling national parks to preserve vast tracts of Patagonia – the culmination of more than two decades of land acquisition by the US philanthropists Doug …

Conservation

We Just Got More Evidence For The Strange Link Between Sugar And Alzheimer's

Step away from the candy.<p>People with high blood sugar stand to experience worse long-term cognitive decline than their healthy peers, even if they're …

Dazzling ‘Fireworks’ Jellyfish Captured by Deep Sea Camera

Researchers onboard the Exploration Vessel (E/V) Nautilus recently captured rare images of a jellyfish that looks like exploding fireworks when it’s …

Nature

A Revolutionary New Type of Lens Focuses All The Colours of The Rainbow Into a Single Point

Wow wow wow.<p>A brand new type of lens called a metalens has just passed a major hurdle. A metalens is a flat surface that use nanostructures to focus …

The First Supermoon of 2018 in Pictures

England

UNESCO recognizes Panama's hats _ no, not those ones

LA PINTADA, Panama (AP) — Cultural authorities at UNESCO have recognized the artisans of Panama for their distinctive woven hats. No, not those hats; …

Elon Musk's massive backup battery took just 140 milliseconds to respond to crisis at power plant

This was the first power failure since the battery was installed in South Australia earlier this month.<p>Elon Musk's massive backup battery installed …

Michigan Opens 6,300 Miles of Forest Roads

After all of the swirling controversy over land access this year, we were beginning to think that things would finally quiet down during this final …

The Funniest Wildlife Photos Of 2017 Are Also Pretty Freakin' Adorable

They have our seal of approval.<p>The animal kingdom has a whole lot of jesters.<p>The winners of the annual Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards were announced on Thursday, recognizing photos that are “light-hearted, upbeat, possibly unpretentious and mainly about wildlife doing funny things,” the contest …

Scientists have discovered a new form of matter called "Excitonium"

New Matter<p>Researchers at the University of Illinois have announced an exciting finding — the discovery of a new form of matter: excitonium. This …

A rainbow in Taiwan just lasted 9 hours. It's likely to be a world record

Taipei's Yangmingshan mountain range is an ideal spot for long-lasting rainbows, but nobody was expecting this.<p>A rainbow appeared at a university in …

Dutch Man Has a Collection of 1,200 Messages in Bottles Washed Up on Beaches

Dutch beachcomber Wim Kruiswijk has amassed a collection of 1200 messages-in-bottles over the course of 34 years and has responded to almost all of …

A Not-So-Boring Company: Elon Musk's Tunneling Venture Digs Up $300,000 In Hat Sales

Elon Musk’s latest venture, a plan to speed up urban travel with subterranean tunnel networks, hasn’t broken ground on any commercial projects, but The Boring Company has racked up $300,000 of revenue — from promotional ball caps.<p>A week after the billionaire tech industrialist showed off his vision …

The Switch to Outdoor LED Lighting Has Completely Backfired

To reduce energy consumption, many jurisdictions around the world are transitioning to outdoor LED lighting. But as new research shows, this …

Research

Why the sky turned bright red for 9 days over East Asia in 1770

For multiple days in 1770, a swath of sky over Japan, the Korean Peninsula, and the eastern coast of China looked as if it had been set ablaze, illuminated in a scorching red light. No one knew what caused it, and we only knew it happened thanks to a few scant recordings that survived the …

Snail in the coffin: left-coiling mollusc Jeremy dies after finding love

Gastropod hit headlines after his rare shell orientation prevented him from mating – but eventually found a partner and became a father<p>Jeremy the lonely, left-coiling snail, whose unique tale of rare biology and romantic misfortune made headlines earlier this year, has died aged two in his …