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Stacking concrete blocks is a surprisingly efficient way to store energy

Thanks to the modern electric grid, you have access to electricity whenever you want. But the grid only works when electricity is generated in the same amounts as it is consumed. That said, it’s impossible to get the balance right all the time. So operators make grids more flexible by adding ways …

Clean Energy

8 SFF book picks to get you through August's gross hot weather

Before She Sleeps - Bina Shah (August 7)<p>I’m incredibly curious about this new novel from preeminent Pakistani writer Bina Shah. Across Asia, the …

Books

PhotoMirage can turn a still image into a movie

<b>Moving images can grab attention and evoke a response more effectively than a still image, but that usually involves shooting video, with all the</b> …

Tutorials

The 5 kinds of sci-fi space travel, ranked by realism

<i>This post is part of Science of Sci-Fi, Mashable's ongoing series dissecting the science (or lack of science) in our favorite sci-fi movies, TV</i> …

Science Fiction

Immigrant PhD candidate rocked by sudden US Army discharge

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Growing up in eastern China, Panshu Zhao fell in love with America. He read the Bible his parents gave him, watched Hollywood movies and studied the ideals of democracy. He jumped at the chance to attend graduate school at Texas A&M University.<p>In 2016, Zhao enlisted in the U.S. …

Military

More and more people are now keeping their car keys in the microwave - and it's for an excellent reason

The number of cars stolen in the UK last year jumped significantly.<p>According to recent figures from the Office for National Statistics, during 2017 …

Netflix’s secret genre code list can help you navigate the site

The Netflix secret code list isn’t really a secret anymore, but it might help you get around faster.<p>A quick hack allows you to browse genres that …

The Pentagon Can't Account for $21 Trillion (That's Not a Typo)

Twenty-one trillion dollars.<p>The Pentagon’s own numbers show that it can’t account for $21 trillion. Yes, I mean trillion with a “T.” And this could …

U.S. Dept. of Defense

Learn how to make serious money on Amazon

If you're anything like me, you buy a whole lot of things from one place: Amazon.<p>Out of toilet tissue? Amazon Fresh has it. Need a refill of …

DeferPanic secures $1.5 M seed round to popularize unikernel concept

We’ve all probably heard of containers and virtual machines by now. Virtualization enabled IT to break down a single server into multiple machines. Containers allowed you take that concept and make it even smaller. DeferPanic wants to take another step with a technology called Unikernels. Today, …

Instead of stealing instruments, musicians turn to Splice

“The percentage of Top 40 music made with our platform blows my mind,” says Splice co-founder Steve Martocci. He tells me about some bedroom music producers who were “working at Olive Garden until they put sounds on Splice .” Soon they quit their jobs because they were earning enough from artists …

Music Production

Physicists Just Discovered an Entirely New Type of Superconductivity

"No one thought this was possible in solid materials."<p>One of the ultimate goals of modern physics is to unlock the power of superconductivity, where …

Magnetism

Drink wine and 12 more tips for a sharper brain

Age-related brain plaques, which may play a role in Alzheimer's disease, can start forming in your 40s. Keep your brain buff with these tips.<p>With a blood pressure cuff, a scale and a blood draw, your doctor can tell a lot about your heart health. It’s not that easy to do a brain check: There are no …

The Six Best Science Fiction Novels Of 2018 (According To The Hugo Awards)

Image: Tor Books<p>Over the weekend, the premiere award in science fiction and fantasy writing - the Hugo Awards - announced their six finalists for …

Science Fiction

Did Stephen Wolfram's Knowledge Engine Just Become a Quantum Neural Blockchain AI?

Today's leading buzzwords seem to describe very separate concepts, but it turns out that they have some amazing commonalities

DARPA Is Researching Time Crystals, And Their Reasons Are 'Classified'

Mystery! Here's what you need to know.<p>The US military likes to stay at the forefront of the cutting edge of science - most recently investigating …

WATCH: Robotic Fish Moves Like The Real Thing — So It Can Observe The Real Thing

Scientific advancement: It's all in the wiggle.<p>OK, it's a lot more complicated than that. But when a team of researchers at MIT unveiled their robotic fish Wednesday, one of the keys they emphasized was the graceful undulation of the prototype's tail — which, besides being rather eye-catching, …

Robotics

Inside the Crazy Sex Cult That Invaded Oregon

The new Netflix docuseries ‘Wild Wild Country’ tells the true story of Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, a guru who sought to create a metropolis in rural …

Replicating an Ancient Pump Drill

If you haven’t seen Chris from Clickspring’s Antikythera Mechanism videos, I cannot recommend the series highly enough. Chris is a virtuosic fabricator and watchmaker. In the Antikythera series, he is re-creating the Antikythera Mechanism, the astonishing analog computer from ancient Greece, likely …

30 Movies from the Past 10 Years Everyone Should Watch at Least Once

Movie night, here we come.<p>If you’re looking for great movies, look no further. I’ve compiled a list of fantastic films from the past ten …

Philip Seymour Hoffman

Meanwhile, in space, Jupiter's South Pole looks great and Mars is a dust heap

Here's the most gorgeous space news you need to catch up on.<p><b>Travel Pictures</b> Quick, what were you doing on February 7, between 10:21 a.m. and 11:01 a.m. EST? Were you in school? In a meeting? Zipping tens of thousands of miles past the South Pole of Jupiter? If it's the last one, then you're …

Astronomy

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2: Visual effects revealed

The visual effects team behind Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has been nominated for a 2018 Oscar.<p>Al Moloney speaks to Framestore's Visual Effects Supervisor, Jonathan Fawkner, to find out more about the challenges of making the film.<p><b>See more at</b> Click's website <b>and</b> @BBCClick<b>.</b>

Guardians of the Galaxy

Peak Design’s Everyday Backpack was my surprise hit of CES 2018

Peak Design announced its line of bags on Kickstarter in 2016. It’s my favorite thing at CES 2018. The project raised $6.5 million on Kickstarter and now the company has a full product line designed for photographers and bloggers and people who just like nice things. That’s me.<p>To be clear this is …

Triple Meltdown: How So Many Researchers Found a 20-Year-Old Chip Flaw At the Same Time

On a cold Sunday early last month in the small Austrian city of Graz, three young researchers sat down in front of the computers in their homes and …

The Great AI Paradox - MIT Technology Review

You’ve probably heard versions of each of the following ideas.<p>1. With computers becoming remarkably adept at driving, understanding speech, and other …

Artificial Intelligence

Tungsten (Wolfram) Metal | Properties, Production, Applications & Alloys

Tungsten (Wolfram): Properties, Production, Applications & Alloys<p>What is tungsten?<p>Updated March 27, 2018<p>Tungsten is a dull silver-colored metal with …

11 Sci-Fi Books to Binge While You Wait for “Star Wars Episode VIII”

After watching the new trailer for <i>Star Wars: The Last Jedi</i> on repeat last month, we can’t wait to dress up in our Rey and Finn costumes and soak in the entirety of <i>Episode VIII</i> when it hits theaters on December 15. But since we still have a month to wait until the next installment of our favorite …

A Beluga Whale Living With Dolphins Swapped Her Language For Theirs

She's just trying to fit in.<p>A captive beluga whale has done something amazing: she has seemingly "learned" another language and adopted it over her …

New science fiction and fantasy books to help you escape this holiday season

Get ready for sentient bread, state-controlled magic, Moon heists, and djinn cities.<p>It is the dreaded season of airport delays, family "fun," and …

Books

The First First Impression of the iPhone X

<b>How do you show off</b> the most anticipated product in years? That was my dilemma with the iPhone X. Since my unit was one of the first few released …