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Guy's Girlfriend Says No Geeky Stuff Allowed In House, So He Hides It All In Plain Sight

It's a shame that geeks are unfairly judged by some simply because they're passionate about pop culture, but geeky pursuits really bother people for …

Geek

Dyson’s Office Light Of The Future Runs For 22 Years

Designed by Jake Dyson, this fluorescent replacement can provide mood or work lighting, and runs for 200,000 hours.<p>A light hangs from the ceiling, but most of it isn’t a light at all.<p>This is the Cu-Beam Duo, the latest invention out of Dyson. It’s intended to be the commercial light of the future. …

Engineering

How to Stop Your Computer from Slowing Down

As months and years pass by, even the most powerful computer can start to slow down and show signs of age, much like a car. But as with your …

The NASA Guide To The Best Air-Filtering Houseplants

Because pollution is everywhere, this is the NASA Guide To Air-Filtering Houseplants. Was it actually made by NASA? I'm not sure. Maybe it was just …

Solar homes could get batteries from this glowing dye

A fluorescent dye called BODIPY could be an ideal material for stockpiling energy in rechargeable, liquid-based batteries that could one day power …

Clean Energy

A new way to read the Bible: as graphic novel

Christian publisher Kingstone recently released a 2,000-page graphic novel adaptation of the Old and New Testaments, which it claims is the world's …

Graphic Novels

Learn Three Magic Tricks You Can Easily Do With a Pen

Magic is mostly just how good you are with your hands. Here are three really easy magic tricks that you can pull with just a pen: making it …

Tutorials

Anki's Cozmo robot is the new, adorable face of artificial intelligence

Humanizing smart robots for the masses<p>Human beings have an uneasy relationship with robots. We’re fascinated by the prospect of intelligent machines. At the same time, we’re wary of the existential threat they pose, one emboldened by decades of Hollywood tropes. In the near-term, robots are …

5 Games to Play When You Want to Roll Solo

Maybe you just want to play a card game with Cheetos dust on your sweatpants and no one to judge you, or maybe it’s the middle of the week and your …

Americans Always Overlook This Show-Stoppingly Beautiful Country

Portugal is one of those countries you always intend to stop by, but don't, because Spain is just right there and, well, you went a little too hard …

European Travel

World's first typhoon turbine could power all of Japan for 50 years

An engineer in Japan is looking for a silver lining in the destructive typhoons that regularly drench the island nation. Atsushi Shimizu has invented …

Renewable Energy

This device can literally pull clean drinking water out of thin air

The presence of that vapor becomes especially apparent in the summer, when droplets collect on glasses of ice water and air conditioning units drip onto unsuspecting passersby.<p>An Israeli company called Water-Gen does not think of that condensation as a byproduct; instead, it has built machines …

The Self-Building Concrete Block System Anyone Can Use

If you’ve ever hefted a single concrete block, you can probably guess how much labor and skill is involved in manipulating hundreds of them to create …

Researchers discover a cell in spinach that uses sunlight to produce electricity and hydrogen

Using a simple membrane extract from spinach leaves, researchers from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology have developed a …

Kitten Found Near Castle Chooses This Guy to Be His Forever Human

A tiny kitten was spotted near the Dracula's castle without a mom in sight. A man gave him a home, and the kitty held his hand as if he said "Thank …

Watch Japan's prime minister morph into Mario for the Olympics closing ceremony

Countries lean heavily on national stereotypes during their Olympic ceremonies. For Brazil, it was samba and soccer; for the UK, the Spice Girls and double-decker buses. For Japan, the next host of the summer games completing the handover in Rio de Janeiro tonight, it was video games.<p>A two-minute …

japan's

15 Vintage Online Map Collections to Explore

You can travel far and pay no fare (aside from your internet service fee) through the wealth of online map collections. While not the same as …

Ocean Waves Could Supply the World's Power and Drinking Water

A new kind of renewable energy technology in use off Australia’s coast converts the relentless movement of the ocean’s waves into what is potentially …

Behold the Most Amazing D&D Map Ever Created!

In my youth, we never used very many maps when playing <i>Dungeons & Dragons</i>. The maps provided in the game sets felt flat (because they were) and …

Board Games

This Cute Robot Is the Coolest Toy Since Furby

San Francisco A.I. startup Anki has a great reputation for making robot cars you can race with your phone. And considering all three founders got …

Brilliant new beehive harnesses solar energy to exterminate the colony’s worst enemy

An innovative new beehive design –launched via an Indiegogo campaign– might just be the solution we need to relieve, or even end, colony collapse …

The United States of Japan Shows What Happens When Ideology Crumbles

In Peter Tieryas’ novel <i>The United States of Japan</i>, the United States loses the Second World War to Japan, and finds itself split between the invading …

New Bladeless Turbine Design Could Revolutionize Wind Power

A new project currently seeking crowd-funding called Vortex Bladeless is hoping to revamp wind turbine technology by creating a bladeless wind …