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Time-Lapse: The Metamorphosis of a Caterpillar Into a Monarch Butterfly

FrontYardVideo pointed a camera at a caterpillar and captured this beautiful time-lapse video of its metamorphosis. We see it feeding, turning into a …

Enroll in Buzz Aldrin’s space institute and help colonize Mars

Colonizing Mars is on everybody's to-do list these days. NASA plans to send astronauts to the Red Planet in the 2030s — and SpaceX will unveil its plans for a future Mars settlement later this year. Now, famous Apollo 11 crew member Buzz Aldrin is aiming for our planetary neighbor as well. The …

Space Science

Why India is still fighting over caste system

<b>New Delhi (CNN) —</b> Growing up in India, I remember our middle school civics teacher telling us clearly: caste discrimination was a thing of the past.<p>And yet, not really. While the system that forced so-called "untouchables" to clean public toilets was outlawed, and while the importance of one's …

India

DxOMark: The Sony a7R II Has the Best Sensor We’ve Ever Seen

It looks like the hype surrounding the new Sony a7R II is justified… at least when it comes to sensor quality. DxOMark tested backside-illuminated …

The 12 most beautifully designed hotels in the world

This year's 338 nominees include designs in a number of categories, including Hotel and Leisure.<p>The hotels under consideration are all incredibly unique, from an African safari lodge that resembles a luxurious wigwam to a Turkish resort and spa with stunning waterfront rooms.<p>The winner of 2015's …

Architecture

Watch this self-healing material handle a bullet

NASA-funded research has created a material that could self-heal in seconds. Two layers of solid polymer sandwich a gel that with an ingredient that solidifies on contact with air (i.e. when one or both of the outer layers is damaged). This differs from other approaches that rely on a mostly-liquid …

Interview: Lytro CEO Jason Rosenthal on the Future of Light Field Technology

Lytro’s research into the world of light field technology has produced two consumer devices. Their first camera was released in 2012 and introduced …

The 15 most amazing women in science today

But that doesn't mean they aren't making some of the most important and inspiring contributions out there.<p>We've highlighted 15 female scientists who are doing amazing things, pulled from our recent list of groundbreaking scientists who are changing the way we see the world.<p>From a woman who …

Women in Science

The warts in our democracy

First they went after police officers and bureaucrats who were saying things that didn’t match with the official version of the story, and none of us …

Why do stampedes happen?

<b>New Delhi:</b> At least 29 people were killed in a stampede during a religious bathing festival at Godavari Pushkaram in Andhra Pradesh on Tuesday. The …

“Prove 1=2” and other bizarre questions asked during entrance interviews at India’s elite colleges

With limited seats and intense competition, a few Indian colleges have discovered a quicker way of finding the brightest students—ask them some bizarre questions.<p>A number of colleges have gruelling personal interviews but some prestigious institutes, such as St. Stephen’s College and certain elite …

India

Swachh Bharat Abhiyan should aim to stamp out manual scavenging

I am known to be a Hindutva leader... My real thought is — Pehle shauchalaya, phir devalaya (toilet first, temple later),” said Prime Minister …

India

Integrating Tibet with the world

China is on course to integrate the Tibet Autonomous Republic (TAR) into the global mainstream, with India and Nepal among the spurs that will …

The Scottish accent is dying out

Scientists in Scotland have recently created a database of accents after exposing tongues to one ultrasound after the other—1,500 tongues in all from 16 countries—as part of the “Dynamic Dialects” project (which was done in coordination between the University of Glasgow, the University of …

Language

24 Amazing Places Built from Shipping Containers

These homes look anything but industrial.<p>Recycled freight containers bring efficiency, flexibility, and affordability to innovative green buildings, from small vacation cabins to movable cafes, schools, and skyscrapers.

American Glamping: Three Great Finds

Lodge in nature without sacrificing comfort.<p>> Treehouse Point B&B (Fall City, Washington)<p><b>Backdrop:</b> The western foothills of the Cascade Mountains, beside the Raging River.<p><b>Best for:</b> Couples seeking lofty hideaways and Wi-Fi–free nights.<p><b>Creature comforts:</b> Six hand-built wooden tree houses with …

Montana

Single-Celled Creature Has Eye Made of Domesticated Microbes

The oceans are full of eyes. Giant squid scan the depths with the world’s largest ones, which are oddly similar to those of the sperm whales that hunt them. Mantis shrimps watch for prey using eyes that work like satellites. Starfish stare through the tips of their arms, chitons look up through …

Biology

This is What You Need to Know About Camera Aperture

One of the most commonly cited reasons that people give for wanting to transition from a point-and-shoot camera to an interchangeable lens system …

Digital Photography

This astronaut is sacrificing his body to go to space for 1,000 days

Russian cosmonaut Gennady Padalka, the commander of the current crew on board the International Space Station, has broken the record for the longest time spent in space with 803 days. Padalka, who is to return to Earth in September, has previously said he would like to try for 1,000 days on a …

Space Science

How I learned to love Alexa (and Amazon's Echo)

After the failure of the Fire Phone and the so-so Fire TV, it was hard to get excited about Amazon's $180 Echo wireless speaker. At best, it seemed like a superfluous device that simply mimicked voice-powered tech from our phones in monolithic speaker form. At worst, it felt like yet another way …