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Stunning aerial photos of Hong Kong taken from a drone | CNN Travel

Hong Kong

Game Theorists Crack Poker

A new computer algorithm can play one of the most popular variants of poker essentially perfectly. Its creators say that it is virtually “incapable …

Artificial Intelligence

Rare ‘black seadevil’ anglerfish caught on film in Monterey Bay

The deepest reaches of the ocean contain some of earth’s most incredible creatures. They’re also some of the most bizarre.<p>On Nov. 17, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute Senior Scientist Bruce Robison and his team filmed an elusive “black seadevil” anglerfish 1,900 feet deep in the Monterey …

Tom Meade's wild Ferrari Thomassima was the P4/5 of its day

Before the Pininfarina Sergio, there was the Thomassima.<p><i>This article originally appeared in the December 1970 issue of</i> Road & Track.<p>IF you are ever in Modena, Italy, you may see a big blond kid tearing down the street on a Lambretta scooter with a big, mean-looking German shepherd on board. That …

Supercars

Steve McCurry Retrospective Presents 150 Striking Portraits of People and Cultures Around the World

In his new exhibition <i>Oltre lo Sguardo</i>, acclaimed American photographer Steve McCurry displays 150 of his photos from a career that has spanned over 30 years and countless treks across the globe. McCurry, who is perhaps best known for his iconic <i>Afghan Girl</i> photo, is celebrated for his rich, …

How My 98-Year-Old Grandfather Embraced The Internet

And what I've learned as a result.<p>That was the email I received on the afternoon of Sept. 14 from my grandfather. He was forwarding a message he'd gotten from Twitter, where he has an account that he doesn't often use. But he wasn't content to let the email sit there filed away. He demanded to …

1955 Ferrari 750 Monza

A 1955 Ferrari 750 Monza owned by Fred Astair will go on sale at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance this August.

Scientists Capture The Sound Of A Single Atom, And Apparently It's A 'D-Note'

What does an atom sound like? Apparently it's a "D-note."<p>That's according to scientists at Chalmers University of Technology in Göteborg, Sweden, who have revealed in a new study that they've captured the sound of a single atom.<p>"We have opened a new door into the quantum world by talking and …

Edge of a Volcano

Photographer Denis Budkov has made a series of images of great beauty during an expedition to the volcanic complex Plosky Tolbatchik. Located in the …

Magical Nighttime Long Exposures and Composites by Matt Payne

Oregon-based photographer Matt Payne's passion for the outdoors shines through in his stunning landscape and nightscape photography. He finds the most enchanting moments in which vibrant colors and lively motion overhead complement the stillness of the world below.<p>Payne uses long exposures and …

Francesca Woodman – in pictures

At 22, Francesca Woodman killed herself, leaving a legacy of beautiful and challenging photographs that influenced a generation of artists.<p>Francesca Woodman: Zigzag <i>is at Victoria Miro Mayfair, London, 9 September to 4 October</i>

Millions of historic images posted to Flickr

<b>An American academic is creating a searchable database of 12 million historical copyright-free images.</b><p>Kalev Leetaru has already uploaded 2.6 million pictures to Flickr, which are searchable thanks to tags that have been automatically added.<p>The photos and drawings are sourced from more than 600 …

Genealogy

Watch Surgery on the Oculus Rift, But Maybe Do It After Lunch

While the early prototype Oculus Rift headsets may have given some an upset stomach, a new virtual reality demo is taking queasyness to a new …

20 Head-Scratchingly Ridiculous Vintage Movie Posters You've Probably Never Seen Before

After World War II, my step-grandfather (married to my maternal grandmother) worked in the movie poster industry for decades, on the printing side. Before I was born, he'd bring my mother extra posters that I wish <i>so hard</i> she had kept. There are some absolutely incredible vintage movie posters.<p>But …

Makoto Azuma Uses the Stratosphere as a Backdrop For His Latest Floral Art | Colossal

<p>Last week Japanese botanic artist Makoto Azuma attempted to go where most artists only dream of going: to space. In a project titled Exbiotanica, …

10 Earth Landscapes That Look Like They're From Another Planet

Believe it or not, these photos were all taken right here on Earth.<p>The Earth is filled with amazing natural wonders, but some of them are so extraordinary you'd think you landed on another world.

Micro fungi of Australia - in pictures

Photographer Stephen Axford forages for fungi in the forests of New South Wales in Australia. He doesn't harvest them, he captures their beauty on camera

Wildscreen photography festival 2014 – in pictures

The world's leading wildlife photographers will hold workshops, talks and training events at the Royal Geographical Society in London from 24-26 October 2014. Photojournalist and conservationist Tim Laman, BBC Springwatch presenter Chris Packham and writer and zoologist Mark Carwardine are among …

5 Awesome "Graffitrees": Graffiti with Actual Trees

Afro Taino by Gabriel Abreu in San Cristobal, Dominican Republic<p>Great graffiti happens when the artists don't get stumped. Instead, they go out on a …

Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2014: the shortlist - in pictures

Celestial Dance by Dr Claus Possberg (Germany). In this spectacular image of the northern lights unfolding over a fjord, in Skjervøy, Troms, Norway, the vibrant colours are produced at various altitudes by different atmospheric gases, with blue light emitted by nitrogen and green by oxygen. Red …

This brain-melting 1325-hp Shelby-built turbine Indycar is for sale

It's everything we love about 1960s Indycars, with a Shelby connection.<p>This is pretty much the only piece of evidence you'd need to prove that the late 1960s were the greatest era for Indy—and it doesn't matter that it actually sucked on the track. That's because Ol' Shel himself turned a wrench on …

General Electric

Scientists discover massive ocean of water 400 miles underground

Researchers at Northwestern University have found evidence for a massive reservoir of water deep within the Earth's mantle. The reservoir, which is said to be three times the volume of the oceans on the surface, is contained within highly-pressurized rock known as ringwoodite. The scientists hope …

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Turing Test: Computer Program Convinces Judges It's Human

Judges in England were fooled into thinking the computer program they were conversing with was a human on Saturday — making it the first to pass the 65-year-old Turing Test.<p>"Eugene Goostman" is not a 13-year-old boy, but 33 percent of the people who partook in five minute keyboard conversations …

Alan Turing

Extinct Animal Found Alive and Well in New Zealand

A tiny marine animal that was thought to be extinct for the past four million years has just been found living in New Zealand.<p>This “living fossil” is …

New Zealand

Dutch Scientists Successfully Teleport Data for the First Time

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Scientists in the Netherlands have managed to reliably teleport quantum data for the first time, …

Scientists Achieve Quantum Teleportation

One of the hurdles to teleportation has been overcome, with the reliable movement of quantum information between two objects separated by a short …

Fifty Years of BASIC, the Programming Language That Made Computers Personal

Knowing how to program a computer is good for you, and it’s a shame more people don’t learn to do it.<p>For years now, that’s been a hugely popular …

General Electric

A Question Of Biggitude: What's The Largest Creature On Earth?

What's the biggest living thing on Earth? I can think of two. I'm not sure which is biggest, but neither of them is a blue whale. These are weirder. Much, much weirder.<p>One is a tree. The other eats trees.<p>This is the tree.<p>Now, I know this looks like more than one tree. If you were counting, it looks …

Aerofex hoverbike could be yours by 2017

Aerofex's hoverbike made a pretty big splash when the Californian company showed off its working prototype all the way back in 2012, but then it went eerily silent. Now, Aerofex has finally revealed a launch date and price: it'll cost $85,000 and ship in 2017, according to its website.<p>"Where you're …

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