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This electric jet can take off vertically and travel almost 190 miles per hour — and it's already being prototyped

Move over, Elon Musk. A German startup developing an electric, car-sized aircraft that can take off and land vertically just received a prestigious award — and the technology is seriously impressive.<p>Founded by a group of entrepreneurs in 2015, Lilium is developing the aircraft as a new form of …

Aerospace

How to Care for Potted Orchids Indoors

Potted orchids make beautiful, exotic houseplants.<p>Step 1<p>Hang grow lights 6 inches above the top of your orchids to provide the necessary supplemental …

How to stop junk mail and save trees — and your sanity

Many people love to hate junk mail —and they have lots of different ways of quantifying their disgust. The Sightline Institute says each American receives an average of 41 pounds of junk mail per year. New York University says 5.6 million tons of junk mail end up in American landfills every year. …

Identity Theft

Venerable B-52 may outlive snazzier, younger bombers

WASHINGTON (AP) — The B-52, which people have called "aging" seemingly for ages, is now likely to outlive its younger, snazzier brother bombers, the swing-wing B-1 and the stealthy B-2.<p>Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson announced Monday that her service will begin retiring the B-1 and B-2 fleets as …

Military

45 Awesome Housewarming Gifts that Beat a Bottle of Wine

Someone you care about has a new home! Show them how excited you are for them with something from this extensive list, packed with options from the …

Dolly Parton

Four apps that will help you learn to play music

Pick up an instrument, learn your favorite songs, and practice a bit of music theory.<p>I'm a musician, and I learned the tricks of the trade the expensive and slow way: with private guitar lessons, summer music programs, and more theory books than I'd like to admit. Thankfully, in 2018 you can get …

Guitar

YouTube has compiled all of the Super Bowl 52 commercials for your enjoyment [Video]

If you’re like me, you don’t watch the Super Bowl for the game. You watch it for the commercials. Well if you just want to binge watch the ads, you’re in luck because YouTube has compiled them all into one place for your enjoyment…<p>YouTube has updated the Adblitz website with all of the Super Bowl …

Advertising

50 Iconic Indie Album Covers: The Fascinating Stories Behind The Sleeves

They’re images you’ve seen a thousand times, but what do they mean, and how did they end up on the cover of your favourite ever albums?<p>Click or tap …

Watch Skiers in Austria Get Caught on the Chairlift Ride of Your Nightmares

Some extreme sports can get a little too extreme.<p>Skiers at Silvretta Montafon in Austria on Wednesday maybe realized they bit off a little more than …

A Perfect Circle Share The Ethereal Song ‘Disillusioned’ From Their First New Album In Over A Decade

2018 has the makings to be a banner year for Maynard James Keenan and all of the singer’s many fans. Not only has Danny Carey, the drummer for the eminent prog band Tool promised that they will put out a new album this year, but from the looks of it, Keenan’s other group, A Perfect Circle is …

Indie Music

This Brave Scientist Grew a Maggot Inside His Skin And We Can't Stop Watching

Warning: cannot be unseen.<p>When Piotr Naskrecki travelled to Belize in 2014, he found himself riddled with tiny parasites that had taken up residence …

Pulled Over in a Rental Car, With Heroin in the Trunk

WASHINGTON — In the summer of 2014, Terrence Byrd was driving a rental car on an interstate highway in Pennsylvania. His fiancée had rented it, and he was using it with her permission. But he was not listed on the rental agreement as an authorized driver.<p>A state trooper, David Long, noticed Mr. …

ACLU

These Are The 'Smartest' Dog Breeds, According to a Canine Psychologist

Where does your dog rank?<p>There's no easy way to rate dog intelligence. As canine psychologist Stanley Coren wrote back in the '90s, there's adaptive …

Here's What Science Says You Should Do if You Can't Fall Asleep

So... tired.<p>Getting a good night of sleep can seem like the most effortless and natural thing in the world, but when we can't fall asleep it can …

Democracy and Facts in the Age of Trump

As we approach the end of the first year of the Trump Presidency, how is American democracy faring? Might political scientists offer a prognosis? Dartmouth College’s John Carey and Brendan Nyhan, with Gretchen Helmke, from the University of Rochester, and Susan C. Stokes, from Yale, have been …

NASA's Best Earth-from-Space Photos by Astronauts in 2017 (Gallery)

Hurricane Jose at the Caribbean<p>Credit: Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit, NASA Johnson Space Center<p>For astronauts in space, the Earth is always …

2017: A very Wuerker year

Political Cartoons

Former Pentagon UFO official: 'We may not be alone'

<b>(CNN) —</b> A former Pentagon official who led a recently revealed government program to research potential UFOs said Monday evening that he believes there is evidence of alien life reaching Earth.<p>"My personal belief is that there is very compelling evidence that we may not be alone," Luis Elizondo …

New York Times

This Crazy New Optical Illusion Shows if You Have 'Curvature Blindness'

We are freaking out.<p>Everybody loves a good optical illusion - and this newly discovered perception trick has us questioning how we see the world …

How To Defrost Your Car Windshield In Less Than A Minute

If you live in a place where it snows for three or more months out of the year, you know that defrosting car windows is not just a slight …

The 19 Women Who Accused President Trump of Sexual Misconduct

The "Weinstein effect" continues to roil the nation’s power centers. But the allegations against the president have largely stayed in the background.<p>It’s been two months since the reckoning began. In early October, <i>The New York Times</i> and <i>The New Yorker</i> first published the alarming accounts of women …

Donald Trump

10 Strange Things You (Probably) Didn't Know About Earth

The planet we all call home is even more bizarre than you might imagine.<p><b>ONE STRANGE ROCK</b> <i>, a ten-episode global TV event, premiers March 2018 on National Geographic.</i><p>There’s no doubt that planet Earth is awe-inspiring. That’s even more true for the handful of humans who’ve seen it from space with …

Nature

Footage of a Police Shooting That Jurors Chose Not to Punish

Daniel Shaver was unarmed and begging for his life. This week, a jury found the police officer who killed him not guilty of murder or manslaughter.<p>Last week, in “A Police Killing Without a Hint of Racism,” I wrote about Daniel Shaver, an unarmed man killed in a hotel hallway while begging for his …

Black Lives Matter

This soul-crushing video of a starving polar bear on dry land shows how global warming is destroying wildlife

A video of a starving wild polar bear roaming around dry land looking for food has gone viral.<p>In the heartbreaking footage, taken in Canada's northerly Baffin Islands, the bony male polar bear slowly ambles along dry land.<p>Head down, he rummages in a nearby rubbish bin looking for food. When he …

Wildlife

The nation’s cartoonists on the week in politics

Every week political cartoonists throughout the country and across the political spectrum apply their ink-stained skills to capture the foibles, memes, hypocrisies and other head-slapping events in the world of politics. The fruits of these labors are hundreds of cartoons that entertain and enrage …

Political Cartoons

Father Fatally Shoots Robber Who Pointed Gun at His Children in Popeyes

A father fatally shot an armed robber who threatened him and his family at a Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen in San Antonio, Texas.<p>Officers told Fox San …

Hidden bunkers stocked with explosives, survivalist supplies found during Utah fire

ST. GEORGE, Utah — A large amount of explosives and illegally built survivalist cabins were found by fire crews working to suppress the 71,000 acre Brian Head fire in June.<p>According to a release issued by the Iron County Sheriff’s Office Thursday, boxes of modified novelty hand grenades, explosive …

Forests

Experimental dental material kills at preventing plaque

When you get a cavity filled, you certainly don't want plaque growing <i>on</i> the filing – it could cause the tooth to decay all over again. That's why …

Here's Why You Should Never Throw Out Those Annoying Silica Sachets Again

Whoa, we had no idea.<p>Anyone who's ever bought a new electronic device or pair of shoes will be all too familiar with those little "DO NOT EAT" …

Maynard James Keenan Remains The Most Perplexing Frontman In Rock

Shadows dancing at the front of a cavernous basketball arena. That’s what the members of A Perfect Circle — a supergroup led by Tool vocalist Maynard James Keenan — have been reduced to. The dark silhouette of a guitarist here. A drummer there. A bass player to the left. Another guitar player just …

Axl Rose