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MIT’s Supernumerary Robotic Limbs give you the extra arms you always wanted

If you are a Marvel comic book geek (or, heck, if you watched Sam Raimi’s excellent 2004 movie <i>Spider-Man 2</i>), you are probably familiar with Doctor …

The Strange Topology That Is Reshaping Physics

Charles Kane never thought he would be cavorting with topologists. “I don't think like a mathematician,” admits Kane, a theoretical physicist who has …

Quantum Physics

Guardian Lions of Route 66

A pair of large white marble lions guard this stretch of the Mojave Desert, and it is utterly mysterious how they got there.<p>Along Route 66, four …

These three very different structural elements were designed to carry the same load

<i>Dinotopia</i> artist Jim Gurney says: "Computer modeling tools such as ZBrush and Maya have made it easier to visualize whatever form that a human …

Algorithms

Time-lapse of Juno's Jupiter fly-by

Composited by Sean Doran from images taken by NASA's Juno probe.<p><b>Previously:</b> Jupiter's south pole.

introducing BIKI, the first bionic + wireless underwater drone

<b>robosea is an entrepreneurial technology company which specializes in highly-precise developments – mainly underwater automation equipment</b>. for this …

Oh, just an apple snail laying its eggs

Wikipedia: "Pomacea canaliculata eggs.<br>Several apple snail genera (Pomacea, Pila and Asolene/Pomella) deposit eggs above the waterline in calcareous …

Eggs

Final Stage: incredible graphical demo shows what you can do with 4 kilobytes of source code

Graphical demos created with severe code-length limitations sometimes betray the techniques used to fit a world into a few kilobytes: tessellating …

Source Code

Black Hole Imaged For First Time By Event Horizon Telescope

For decades, scientists have held that Supermassive Black Holes (SMBHs) reside at the center of larger galaxies. These reality-bending points in …

Graffiti 'dying out' as kids dump spray cans for Instagram, Twitter etc

Lazy millennials can't even be bothered to commit petty crimeYoung artists are putting down their spray cans for smartphones, and causing graffiti …

Stars Born Inside Violent Black Hole Jets Spotted for the 1st Time

Infant stars have been discovered inside raging streams of material spewed into space by a monstrous black hole, according to a new study.<p>The rather …

Universe

This time-lapse cell division film is not CGI

You might have paid more attention to cell division in biology class had you seen this timelapse video from filmmaker Francis Chee (below). It shows the cell division of an egg from <i>Rana temporaria</i> (the common frog) in such astonishing detail that it looks like a digital effect. Starting with just …

Time-lapse Photography

This bricklaying bot could be the architect of the future

If you want curves like this, you'll need a robot. Designed by architects Archi-Union, the undulating exterior of the Chi She Gallery in Shanghai was …

Architecture

Elon Musk’s Billion-Dollar Crusade to Stop the A.I. Apocalypse

Elon Musk is famous for his futuristic gambles, but Silicon Valley’s latest rush to embrace artificial intelligence scares him. And he thinks you should be frightened too. Inside his efforts to influence the rapidly advancing field and its proponents, and to save humanity from machine-learning …

This incredible Mars video took 3 months and 33,000 images to create

Photos from NASA have given us a sense of what it discovered on the surface of Mars, but a recent video from Finnish filmmaker and space enthusiast …

New Jersey

This Interactive Map Reveals The History Of Lynching In America

Take a comprehensive, shocking look at lynchings from the 1830s to the 1960s.<p>From the early 1900s to the late 1930s, African American sociologist Monroe Nathan Work researched every known lynching in the United States. Now, his tireless work has become the inspiration for an interactive map that …

Telescope Eyeing Universe's First Stars Gets (Another) Big Boost

Throughout history, groups of people around the world have created stories about how the first stars arrived in the night sky. Some say the stars …

Incredible train 'disappears' through block of flats in China's 'Mountain City'

Architects and planners in a Chinese city have designed a novel way to make space for an essential train route - by building it through the centre of a block of flats.<p>The unusual train track passes directly through the 19-storey residential building in the “emerging mega-city” of Chongqing, located …

Samsung’s New TV By Yves Béhar Is A Framed Piece Of Art, Literally

Samsung’s Frame television blends into your wall by chameleoning framed artwork.<p>“A TV is, in a lot of cases, not really on for more than four hours a day,” says Yves Béhar, founder of the San Francisco design studio Fuseproject. “So the rest of the day, the 20-plus hours, it’s really a black box. …

San Francisco

Ask Ethan: What surprises might NASA’s future space telescopes discover?

With James Webb and WFIRST launching soon, the Universe can expect a revolution. But what will it look like?<p><i>“For the first time we can learn about</i> …

This man is the master at making hedge mazes

Adrian Fisher is the master of making hedge mazes. He's designed more than 700 mazes in 40 countries. If Jack Torrance ever chases me, I'm calling …

Tiny crack in steel seen through an electron microscope

Canyon or crack? Crack, obviously, since it's right there in the headline, but isn't it amazing? Especially with clouds photoshopped in to improve …

Microscopy

Harvard Scientists Theorize That Fast Radio Bursts Come From Alien Space Travel

Could these mysterious flashes of radio waves come from a planet-sized device to power alien spacecraft?<p>Fast radio bursts (FRB) are perhaps the most mysterious phenomena we observe in the cosmos. Earlier this year, astronomers announced they had pinpointed an FRB for the first time in a dwarf …

Rabbit hole in England leads to 700-year old Knights Templar cave

The BBC reports that an "ordinary rabbit's hole in a farmer's field leads to an underground sanctuary once said to be used by the Knights …

Knights Templar

Mind-blown: Google is working on a satellite constellation

Google is working on a new a global-scale communication system that includes a large number of satellites (over 1000 satellites) and ground stations. The communication system aims to increase the satellite signal coverage of the populated world, reduce satellite collision between satellites as they …

The differentiated Earth

In This Section<p>The first atmosphere probably formed by the continuous release of gases from the Earth’s molten interior soon after it coalesced.<p>The …

Earth Science

This house was 3D-printed in just 24 hours

As we start to 3D-print everything — including houses, of all things — it's pretty impressive that a company built one in just 24 hours.<p>Located in …

NASA's MAVEN Discovers How Mars Lost Its Atmosphere

In many ways, Mars is the most Earth-like planet we’ve ever examined up close, besides our own. With a history of a watery past, copious amounts of erosion, revealed sedimentary rock, volcanoes, clouds, icecaps, sand dunes and features like dried-up riverbeds, there’s an entire geological history …

We Tried Riding (And Building) Ikea’s Flat-Packed Bike

The Sladda requires some assembly, but once you figure out the instructions, you have a very rideable urban bike.<p>If you can build a Billy bookcase, you can build an Ikea bike.<p>When Ikea’s new Sladda bike arrived at my apartment–flat-packed in a giant box almost as tall as I am–it took me a few …