Bryan O'Connell

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'Rawlemon' may be the future of the solar panel

In 2010, German architect Andre Broessel wanted to fit a building in Düsseldorf with solar panels -- but he ran into a problem: "There was not enough …

How to 'game your brain': the benefits of neuroplasticity

<i>Update: 10.04.2017:</i> On 5 April, Akili Interactive Labs announced the results of a study demonstrating its cognitive-training computer game, Project: …

Reddit Goes Bananas Over Little Boy's Curious Request

Sometimes, it only takes a piece of fruit and a hungry kid to create a new meme.<p>A curious and hungry young boy named Carter knocked on his neighbor's …

The Man Who Literally Built 'Star Wars'

Set decorator Roger Christian tells us what it was like making George Lucas's dreams out of scrap metal<p><b>PLUS: The Art of Star Wars: See Exclusive Storyboards from the Original Trilogy</b><p><b>One of the most memorable elements</b> of the original <i>Star Wars</i> in 1977 wasn't the story, or characters, or even the …

Star Wars

271 Years Before Pantone, an Artist Mixed and Described Every Color Imaginable in an 800-Page Book | Colossal

<p>In 1692 an artist known only as “A. Boogert” sat down to write a book in Dutch about mixing watercolors. Not only would he begin the book with a bit …

The Shot Doctor

Behind the scenes in San Antonio, there’s Chip Engelland — the man who has been quietly improving the Spurs’ offense<p>On Tuesday, Gregg Popovich was …

Basketball

This Is Speed Lab

Welcome to the Speed Lab, where Popular Science explores the most important disruptive technology in the world of cars and transportation.<p>We want to start by setting something straight: “Speed” for our purposes doesn’t just stand for acceleration or how fast a vehicle can go—although we certainly …

Fuel Efficiency

Hear a new track from ZSA Gang

Black Coffee, Richie Hawtin, Luciano and others share insights with young South African DJs and producers in the charity organization's new film.<p>A …

Football Funnys on Twitter: "Sampdoria striker Maxi Lopez signing an autograph for Mauro Icardi. 9 years later, Icardi now 21, steals Maxi's wife http://t.co/3fMnR15Aj3"

Skrillex, Richie Hawtin, Luciano, Black Coffee: Many Stories, One Journey // Bridges for Music

10 Contemporary Photographers Who Are Pushing The Boundaries Of Their Medium

Photography is everywhere, with diluted and dispersed forms of the art medium popping up at your family reunions, your museum visits and your attempts to brunch in peace. Yet regardless of the form's omnipresence, a truly great photograph still has the ability to captivate your entire being, like a …

Kurt Cobain: A Look Back in Pictures

Why Mercedes is owning this Formula 1 season

We're two races into the Formula 1 season, and Mercedes-Benz has been killing it. Now we know the team's secret (one of them, anyway), and it's …

The Northwestern Decision: An Explainer

Your burning questions, answered<p><i>Last week, the Chicago office of the National Labor Relations Board ruled that Northwestern football players are</i> …

Caracas chaos: Venezuelan general on the run

Death in the streets, rationing by fingerprints and a general on the run: how oil-rich Venezuela has descended into chaos<p>The instructions were straight from the pages of a thriller. We were to park our vehicle in an underground car park, leave behind our mobile phones to avoid tracking, walk …