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Beautiful 3D Posters Weave Letters with Hand-Drawn Blooms

As many of us are in the midst of winter, it's nice to see these illustrations of beautiful blooms by Aleksander Gusakov. The Ukrainian graphic designer produced a series of decorative posters highlighting colorful floral bouquets and bold text. Gusakov wove the letters between leaves and petals, …

Posters
Art

Rainbow Snow - Sick Science! #221

From Tight Curls to Blunt Bangs, See Birthday Girl Taylor Swift's Most Striking Hair Moments

Happy birthday, Taylor Swift! The star turns 25 today. Swift rose to fame with her self-titled album in 2006, and made herself a household name with …

Trains Could Use Lasers To Blast Leaves Off Track

Why rake ‘em when you can burn ‘em<p>Autumn: It’s a time for cool, breezy weather, pumpkin spice lattes, and the buildup of colorful tree leaves on the ground. While many enjoy the picturesque leafy exodus, there are some who don’t always look forward to the yearly ritual – notably railway …

Eye-Tracking Menus Let You Order Pizza Without Thinking About It

Because the eyes are the window to the stomach<p>Sure, you <i>could</i> order a pizza instantly through your Xbox, or by using hand gestures on an interactive tabletop at the restaurant. But what if you don’t know what you want? Well, Pizza Hut wants to help you by reading your subconscious mind, and it’s not …

Emerging Technology

Your Car Could Stop You From Driving If Your Voice Sounds Drunk

I'm sorry, Dave, I'm afraid I can't do that<p>As any fan of Drunk History knows, people don’t exactly talk the same when they’re drunk. Now, some scientists are attempting to gather enough information to accurately predict a person’s drunkenness based on a simple conversation.<p>Scientists in Germany …

Driverless Cars

As Developers Depart, Google Glass Is Ready To Become This Era’s Segway

Just over 18 months ago Google Chairman Eric Schmidt said he found having to talk to Google Glass out loud “the weirdest thing” and admitted that there would be “places where Google Glass are inappropriate.” Well, hello! I think the average person could have told Google this long before they spent …

Samsung CEO outlines his vision of our smart home future

Samsung CEO and President Boo-Keun Yoon has been on stage in Berlin at IFA 2014, using his keynote speech to push his company’s vision of our smart …

Smart Homes

The Problem With Wearable Technology, According To “Blade Runner” Designer Syd Mead

Mead chats with us about the Apple Watch, Glassholes, and Daft Punk copying one of his designs.<p>If anyone can call himself a “visual futurist” with a straight face, it’s Syd Mead, the legendary concept artist behind <i>Blade Runner</i>, <i>Tron</i>, and <i>Aliens</i>. I could think of no one better qualified to critique …

Wearable Tech

10 Jobs That You Could Have In 2030

Your job seems normal now. In 15 years, when someone tells you they’re a simplicity expert or a robot counselor, you won’t blink an eye.<p>All of the predictions we’ve seen lately regarding the “jobs of the future” assume that we’ll even have jobs once the robots take over. Eventually, we may not. But …

The future is disappearing: How humanity is falling short of its grand technological promise

Are you waiting for a world in which technology finally makes good on its promise? Don’t hold your breath<p>What I find most interesting about typical visions of the future isn’t all the fanciful and borderline magical technology that hasn’t been invented yet, but rather how much of it actually …

The Big Future: What is the future of food?

What will we eat in the year 2100? In this week's <i>Big Future</i>, Arielle Duhaime-Ross takes a look at what we might eat in the future, and how we'll produce it. It's a tricky question, as new techniques and a changing climate combine to radically transform conventional agriculture. The result might …

From warp drives to holodecks: 7 Star Trek technologies scientists are working on

Science fiction is well known for imagining future technology before it gets here. And this is particularly true for <i>Star Trek</i>.<p>Some of the gadgets portrayed on <i>Star Trek</i> have since become a reality, including wireless communications and portable flat-screen computers (iPads, essentially). Other …

Manhattan

Metal Craftsman Recreates Animals as Moving Steampunk Sculptures

Artist Igor Verniy assembles stunningly detailed, steampunk-infused animal sculptures out of discarded metal, car and bike parts, watch components, electronics, silverware, and other metal scraps. Spanning a myriad of species from birds to reptiles to insects, Verniy's works feature working joints …

Art

DNA Test That Distinguishes Identical Twins May Be Used in Court for First Time

In 2004, two young women were abducted at gunpoint while walking home near Boston at night. The crimes happened eight days apart, but the pattern was …

Moon's magnetic heart still a mystery

Stuart Gary<p>Related Stories<p>Earth's pull melts layer around Moon's core, Science Online, 28 Jul 2014<br>• Water as old as the Moon, Science Online, 26 Aug …

The Geography Of Twitter Conversations

One of our 15 favorite recent data visualizations<p>Eric Fischer makes maps to understand how people interact with each other and their environments—and there are few better windows into relationships than social media. In this map, he charted public conversations between people on Twitter for five …

Social Media

ZANO Drone Wants To Take Your Selfie From The Sky

Crowdfund your own personal aerial paparazzi<p>A Kickstarter project wants to take the art of the selfie to a higher level -- literally. ZANO, by the Wales-based Torquing Group Ltd, is a palm-sized drone that will fly out from users at up to 25 mph, take stabilized 720p video at 60 fps, and send it …

Drones

Sugar Rainbow - Sick Science! #215

Odeith's Amazing Anamorphic 3D Graffiti Appears To Miraculously Float In Space

Lisbon based graffiti artist Odeith has a very specific talent – one he has refined since picking up his first spray can in the mid 1980s. He has a …

Yarn Bomb Bus: Knitted Double Decker Cruises Around London

Has there ever been a cozier-looking bus cruising around the streets of London than this neon yarn-bombed double decker dubbed the No. 7up? The …

Watch: the German rollercoaster restaurant

Move over conveyor belt sushi, the rollercoasting hamburger is here<p>It gives fast food a new meaning: a restaurant in Germany that features its very own rollercoaster.<p>Located in the northern port city of Hamburg, the restaurant has been fittingly named the Rollercoaster Restaurant, and can seat as …

Giant Blast Shuts Down Starburst Galaxy

Astronomers spot gas bursts that may disrupt star formation.<p>For the first time, astronomers have spotted a critical moment in the life of galaxies: high-speed eruptions of gas that may halt the birth of stars.<p>Galaxies, such as our own Milky Way, are vast islands of stars littering space. How …

Tortoise Fitted with LEGO Wheelchair to Help Him Move Around

Thanks to the ingenuity of a veterinarian and some spare LEGO bricks, this tiny tortoise is now able to roll around on his own little wheelchair. Blade's owner, Iris Peste, took the tortoise to the vet after she noticed that he was struggling to move around. The vet, Dr. Carsten Plischke, …

Lego