Austin Skelton

34 Added | 1 Magazine | 6 Likes | @AustinSkelton | Keep up with Austin Skelton on Flipboard, a place to see the stories, photos, and updates that matter to you. Flipboard creates a personalized magazine full of everything, from world news to life’s great moments. Download Flipboard for free and search for “Austin Skelton”

Flight of the Blackbird: The how, what and why of the incredible SR-71

Birth of the Blackbird<p>Developed by Lockheed at its famously secretive Skunk Works in Burbank, California, the SR-71 was a derivative of the A-12 …

Aviation

Human-Pig Hybrid Created in the Lab—Here Are the Facts

Scientists hope the chimera embryos represent key steps toward life-saving lab-grown organs.<p>In a remarkable—if likely controversial—feat, scientists announced today that they have created the first successful human-animal hybrids. The project proves that human cells can be introduced into a …

Animals are much smarter than people realize, scientist says

Frans de Waal, a primatologist at Emory University, has a new book out called "Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?" and in it he gives hundreds of examples of surprising intelligence from non-human species, including many instances where other animals appear to be smarter than we are.<p>…

Animals

How to escape the overthinking trap: stop judging yourself

The despair from comparing ourselves with others is the original fake news. We need to develop a new relationship with our thoughts<p>Before Christmas I took a young relative to a jazz concert. The thought of it ruined his whole day. He scuffed around the house like an alt-right voter at a refugee …

Self-help

A Mindset "Revolution" Sweeping Britain's Classrooms May Be Based On Shaky Science

The "growth mindset" phenomenon has swept through schools over the last 20 years and purportedly explains everything from Michael Jordan's success to Enron's failure. But the research behind it contains worrying errors.<p>Michael Jordan didn’t make his high school basketball team in 1978. He went on …

The benefits and harms of marijuana, explained by the most thorough research review yet

A new report looks at more than 10,000 studies on marijuana. It has good and bad news for pot users.<p>Marijuana has been with humans in some way or another for thousands of years. But after all this time, there is still a lot of public debate about what, exactly, pot’s risks and benefits are.<p>A recent …

Cannabis

Why California’s Ancient Sequoia ‘Tunnel Tree’ Toppled

The drive-through giant was part of a group of trees estimated to be over 1,000 years old.<p>An iconic living tree with a tunnel so big that visitors could once drive through it toppled on Sunday during a winter storm.<p>The sequoia, nicknamed the Pioneer Cabin, was located in Calaveras Big Trees State …

DNA-editing breakthrough could fix 'broken genes' in the brain, delay ageing and cure incurable diseases

Scientists have discovered a new way to edit DNA that could fix “broken genes” in the brain, cure previously incurable diseases and potentially even …

Genetics

Aliens on Mars: NASA Captures Mysterious 'Ancient City' on the Red Planet

UFO enthusiasts are claiming that a proof that alien life has existed in the red planet is once again in one of NASA's official photos.<p>According to …

Everything Google announced at today's Pixel hardware event

Kicking off the show at its hardware launch, Google CEO Sundar Pichai touted the shift from mobile to artificial intelligence that allowed for two-way conversation and natural dialogue. He described Google’s desire to build an ‘individual Google’ for each user before detailing some interesting AI …

Africa stargazers glimpse 'ring of fire' during annular solar eclipse

Near-perfect alignment of the Earth, moon and sun enjoyed by viewers in a narrow band stretching across central Africa<p>Stargazers in south and central Africa were treated to a spectacular solar eclipse on Thursday with the moon moving across the sun to form a “ring of fire”.<p>At the eclipse’s peak, …

Indian Ocean

Google's new search mode surfaces results from Android apps

For some time now, Google’s search engine has been able to peer into mobile apps to find content within them. The company has now taken that feature a step further with its new search mode on Android.<p>Fire up Google’s app or launch Google Now and enter a query, and you’ll find a new ‘In Apps’ tab …

Acer's Predator 21 X puts a curved screen and dual GTX 1080s in a laptop

Acer’s new Predator 21 X is a monster. Not only have this machine’s designers put a curved 21-inch display on a laptop for the first time ever, they’ve also gone and given it <i>two</i> GeForce GTX 1080 GPUs as well. Add in five cooling fans, a 7th-generation Intel Core K-series processor, and space for as …

Intel Corporation

Hidden codex may reveal secrets of life in Mexico before Spanish conquest

Hi-tech imaging has revealed exceptionally rare manuscript overlaid by 16th-century deerhide document held at Oxford University<p>One of the rarest manuscripts in the world has been revealed hidden beneath the pages of an equally rare but later Mexican codex, thanks to hi-tech imaging techniques.<p>The …

Archaeology

Woman streams aftermath of fatal officer-involved shooting

<b>(CNN) —</b> As Philando Castile's head slumps backward while he lies dying next to her, Diamond Reynolds looks into the camera and explains a Minnesota police officer just shot her fiancé four times.<p>The nation is, by now, accustomed to grainy cell phone videos of officer-involved shootings, but this …

Law Enforcement

GoPro hitched a ride on a rocket and the video is incredible

Today, GoPro released some pretty incredible footage of a suborbital rocket launch that climbed to 396,405 feet at speeds as high as Mach 5.5. Check out the <i>very real</i> footage below.<p>The launch in the video took place from Spaceport America in New Mexico on November 6, 2015, with a 20-foot tall …

Space Exploration

Ex-Chemist In Massachusetts Was High On Drugs At Work For 8 Years

Nearly every day for eight years, a former chemist in Massachusetts was high on drugs — drugs stolen from the lab where she worked.<p>An investigation by the state attorney general found that from 2005 to 2013, Sonja Farak, 37, heavily abused various drugs including cocaine, LSD and methamphetamines …

Crime

Original Parts From Vintage Vespas Turned Into Strikingly Modern Office Chairs

The legendary Vespa motorbike has been reimagined as a unique piece of office furniture. Created by Spanish studio Bel & Bel, the <i>Scooter Chair</i> uses original parts from the Italian vehicle to form a striking silhouette. The 1980s-style chassis has been cleverly upcycled as the seat back, with its …

Furniture

Iran fires 2 missiles marked with 'Israel must be wiped out'

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran test-launched two ballistic missiles Wednesday emblazoned with the phrase "Israel must be wiped out" in Hebrew, Iranian media reported, in a show of power by the Shiite nation as U.S. Vice President Joe Biden's visited Jerusalem.<p>The new missile firings were …

North Korea

3tags.org

Depression, obesity and smoking all triggered by our inherited DNA

Neanderthal left a damaging genetic legacy when they interbred with modern humans, researchers have found<p>Depression, obesity and smoking may seem like modern problems, but scientists now believe they are triggered by DNA we inherited from our Neanderthal ancestors.<p>The heavy-browed hominids left a …

A simple 2-minute trick to calm a racing mind

Replays of awkward interactions, missed opportunities and embarrassing regrets distract us during the day and keep us up at night.<p>Think about how many times you’ve agonized over some dumb thing you said. Or rehearsed a conversation that hasn’t happened—and might not ever. Or couldn’t get that …

Mindfulness

Could 'The Day After Tomorrow' really happen? - Futurity

Scientists scoffed at the movie "The Day After Tomorrow," in which climate warming leads to catastrophic weather. But the premise may not be so …

You'll be able to watch Hulu in virtual reality by next month, report says

Hulu intends to make its virtual reality app available next month.<p>The plan is for the app's launch to coincide with the launch of Samsung's Gear VR …

Images of Pluto and Charon continue to captivate Nasa: 'This world is alive'

The space agency will reveal latest data and photos of the planet and its moon from New Horizons spacecraft Thursday, adding to its unprecedented collection<p>The newest images and data from Pluto continue to astound Nasa scientists, lead researcher Alan Stern said on Monday, telling a university hall …

Solar System

A secret war with UFO’s Part II (secret military missions)

Admiral Richard E. Byrd was a colorful if not elusive figure when it came to his merits as not only an Antarctic explorer, but a high ranking US …

Paranormal

Microsoft's Digital Assistant Cortana May Be Heading to iOS and Android

Microsoft is beefing up "Cortana", its virtual voice assistant found in its line of Windows Phones, with plans to provide her contextual reminders and various other features on iOS and Android devices later this year, according to <i>Reuters</i>.<p>Announced for Windows 10 desktops earlier this year, …

Swatch watch with contactless payment coming in May

The world's biggest watchmaker is going high-tech but says, "We don't want to produce a mini mobile phone on your wrist."<p>You'll soon be able to pay for stuff with your Swatch watch, but the company is talking down the possibility of an Apple Watch-style all-singing, all-dancing smartwatch.<p>Swatch is …

Smartwatches