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Tech-Savvy Tortoises Learn To Use Touchscreens

Headbutt the shape, get a treat!<p>Tortoises are using their cleverness to do more than just win long distance races against hares–now they’re moving into the field of touchscreen technology.<p>Researchers from the U.K.'s University of Lincoln have successfully trained four red-footed tortoises (native …

One million UK properties on 'superfast broadband' after investment

<b>The UK's culture secretary has said that more than a million properties now have access to "superfast broadband speeds" as a result of a government-backed rollout of the tech.</b><p>Sajid Javid added that the effort was "firmly on track" to offer high-speed internet to 95% of UK homes and businesses by …

Telecoms

On OS X Leopard? Don’t worry, Skype says Mac version for legacy users returning soon

Earlier this week, concerns emerged on Skype official message boards about the Skype Mac app no longer functioning on OS X 10.5.8 Leopard (an operating system that launched the same year as the <i>original</i> iPhone), and a Skype representative on the forums apparently confirmed that Skype will no longer …

Microchips Will Be Implanted Into Healthy People Sooner Than You Think

In March 2009, British researcher Mark Gasson had a chip injected under the skin of his hand. The chip, a slightly more advanced version of the tags used to track pets, turned Gasson into a walking swipe-card. With a wave of his wrist, he could open security doors at the University of Reading …

Singularity

Forget Drones. 'RoboBees' and 'RoBirds' Take Flight.

If you think drones are cool, our skies are about to get a lot more high-tech. Researchers are developing robotic birds and bees -- and they might take flight soon.<p>This isn’t what your parents had in mind when they talked about the birds and the bees.<p>One group of researchers from Northeastern …

Harvard

Just look at this crazy deep-ocean power source

A Florida-based startup called Crowd Energy will be turning to Indiegogo to continue work on its Ocean Energy Turbine, a slow-turning mill that its creators believe can harness megawatts of clean power from just a single unit — enough to light thousands of homes.<p>Underwater turbines are nothing new, …

New iPhone part leak: Sorry, the Apple cutout on the back isn’t going to light up

Advertisement<p>4 Comments<p>With the expected launch of the newest iPhone(s appl) about one month away, the usual rumor background noise is starting to …

GRUBER: The iWatch Is Coming Next Month

Apple is widely expected to unveil its new iPhone next month, but one report suggests the company may also introduce the iWatch in September as well.<p>Well-connected Apple blogger John Gruber of Daring Fireball says Apple will unveil "their first wearable wrist thing next month."<p>This contradicts a …

Wearable Tech

Here's how you make your own 3D-printed virtual reality goggles

So you couldn't get your hands on a nice virtual reality headset like the Oculus Rift, but you'd still like something a <i>little</i> fancier than a cardboard display. Are you out of luck? Not if Noe Ruiz has anything to say about it. He has posted instructions at Adafruit for do-it-yourself 3D-printed …

May the Force Be-knit You

When George Lucas first spun his neo-mythical space yarn back in the '70s, he probably had no idea how deeply it would weave itself into the …

Star Wars

Are We There Yet? The Vessyl Uses Molecular Analysis To Tell You What You're Drinking

Quick and easy molecular analysis is, by most accounts, still a long way off. Many a project claiming the ability to scan an object and report its …

Zuzii Rethinks Kids' Shoes

From fortune cookie booties to crochet loafers, baby shoes incite a lot of cooing and "aww"-ing—but these designs from LA-based Zuzii just might have you turning green with envy and wishing you were a few decades younger. The company is made up of industrial designer Ryan Campbell, her graphic …

Industrial Designer

In the Details: Studio Banana's Funky, Flexible Kangaroo Light

We first stumbled upon the work of Studio Banana via its 2012 Ostrich Pillow, the pillow-hood combo of Kickstarter fame. Now the studio, which prides …

Crowd Funding

Tiny new synthetic diamonds increase strength of girl's best friend

Diamonds may be a girl's best friend, but they're also prized by oil drillers, road crews and experimental physicists for their unparalleled ability to bore, grind and cut. Now scientists have synthesized microscopic diamonds that are harder, tougher and more stable than any made in nature or in a …

Scientists smash crystals to determine the true age of the moon

The violent impact that created our moon may have occurred millions of years earlier than previously thought, according to new research.<p>Mounting evidence suggests that the moon came into being after the Earth got slammed by a Mars-sized object named Theia in the early days of the solar system. The …

How To Make A New Planet Home

Three simple steps for an intergalactic exit plan<p>The recipe for creating a habitable planet turns out to be surprisingly simple: Just add water—and atmospheric gases. Mars has both, relics from four billion years ago when the planet was warm and wet. “When it comes to Mars, and only Mars, the …

Mars Mission

Far More than a Hole in the Ground

Popular Science Blogs<p>Boxplot<p>Exploring the world of science through graphic narrative. By Maki Naro<p>The simulator at the Meteor Crater Museum really did look like that—complete with arcade game buttons that allowed you to end worlds. Earth, the Moon, and Venus were the available targets for …

State protection sought for flat-tailed horned lizard

A two-decade legal fight to protect a squat lizard with dragon-like head spines from urban encroachment in Southern California took a new turn this week.<p>The Center for Biological Diversity has petitioned the California Fish and Game Commission to list the flat-tailed lizard as an endangered species …

Perfect Place for the Summer: Cristal House near Lima, Peru

Enhancing the feeling of belonging to a place where the sky joins the sea, the residential project captured below in pictures, was designed by Gómez …

How Gardening Can Make You Healthier (Really!)

There are some major benefits to getting a little dirt under your nails. This piece originally appeared on goodhousekeeping.com<p>We know you're obsessed with gardening, and frankly, that's a good thing. That summertime hobby can actually improve your mental and physical wellbeing. Here's how:<p><b>1. Burns</b> …

Gardening

10 Breathtaking Gardens

From endless acreage to a tiny terrace, these meticulously manicured retreats (sourced from some of our favorite tastemakers on Instagram) left us in awe.<p><b>Idea #1:</b> With a little ingenuity and some sharp clippers, basic bushes can become modern masterpieces.<p><b>Idea #2:</b> Attempt to conceal the concrete …

Make a Display Shelf Out of an Old Wine Box

Recycling old items has long been known as a way to help the environment. But it can also help you create genuinely unique, beautiful, and even …

Functional And Stylish Grillo Portable BBQ

It’s barbeque time! Outdoor parties and picnics are amazing but do you have a proper and convenient grill? If you don’t, then have a look at the …

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Playful Kukumuku Restaurant in Vilnius Specially Designed for Families with Kids

<b>Kukumuku</b>, a restaurant designed in a playful manner by Plazma Architecture Studio enhances the creative spirit and challenges you to… play along with …

Iconic 1950s Albero Bookcase For Modern Interiors

In the late 1950s furniture designer and architect Gianfranco Frattini created a revolving bookcase that not only gave books a home, but was fit for …

Tiny House-Shaped Planters Bring Green Roofs Indoors

It would be difficult not to be enamored of miniature towns figurines, but when those miniature towns take the form of a whole series of little …

The Printed Garden Exhibit Opens at Hearst Tower

For Hearst, nature has always represented something extraordinary. Not only are lush gardens of all varieties featured in the pages of many of the …

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