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30 Easy, Safe and Fun Destinations for Your First Solo Adventure

Lima, Peru was my first destination as a solo traveler a few years ago when I was a senior in college. I actually stopped there on my way to Brazil …

Riviera Maya

Arduino: Cheat sheet

This comprehensive guide covers everything you need to know about Arduino, a project to ease people into creating their own DIY gadgets and …

Tune In to the Best Backpacking Podcasts

Backpacking 101 is in session—whether you’re a freshman on the trails or ready for an advanced degree in thru-hiking<p>Whether you’re still knee-deep in …

Backpacking

When Astronomers Chased a Total Eclipse in a Concorde

In the 1970s, a small group of astronomers used the first prototype of the Concorde to pursue a total eclipse across the Sahara at twice the speed of sound.<p>On Wednesday, a solar eclipse gave people across a swath of Indonesia and the South Pacific the chance to see a generous 4 minutes and 9 …

The faster you drive, the more fuel you have

Transportation designer Olcay Tuncay has quite the idea. You know how wind causes aerodynamic drag while racing? How about we just harness that wind …

10 Things You Didn’t Know About New Car Smell

A Ford materials engineer tells us everything we ever wanted to know about designing the fragrance of your car.<p>There are more than 100 different materials inside your average car. And they all smell like something.<p>The effect could be disastrous, like being trapped inside a burning latex factory …

Disney World

This motorcycle can transform into a jet ski in under 5 seconds

Debating between a motorcycle and a jet ski? You can now have the best of both worlds.<p>The Biski is the amalgam of the words "motorbike" and "jet …

Europe wants to build a village on the moon

The International Space Station, as amazing as it is, isn’t going to be around forever—or even for very long. Sometime in the 2020s, the program will come to an end. Europe has been thinking about where it will carry out space research after this date, and it’s aiming high. At the moon.<p>We’ve known …

Space Exploration

This Insane Car-Sized Drone Carries People Like a Helicopter

It’s no secret the drone industry is blowing up. We’ve got regular drones, tiny drones, drones with infrared cameras, drones that follow you around …

Drones

This Is What The Entire Known Universe Looks Like in a Single Image

Whoa.<p>Isn't it beautiful? This is an illustrated logarithmic scale conception of the observable Universe with the Solar System at the …

Universe

Watch Boeing Build An Entire F/A-18F Super Hornet In This Time-Lapse Video

Boeing’s St. Louis plant—once the home of McDonnell Douglas—where aircraft like the F-15, the F-4 and the Mercury and Gemini capsules were born, has …

Aviation

10 of the best ways to enjoy Amsterdam … on a budget

Photograph: The Pancake Bakery<p>The Pancake Bakery<p>84<p>image/jpeg<p>http://media.guim.co.uk/5ac05fd7089bcab6801d27f704df860af7f813c3/0_228_3366_2020/140.jpg<p>140<p>Photograph: Rex/Shutterstock<p>Pathe Tuschinski …

European Travel

These Are Edward Snowden's Favorite Security Tools (That Anyone Can Use)

In a recent interview, Edward Snowden unveiled his top five security tools that he uses all the time to protect his communications and devices …

Privacy

10 Eccentric Soviet Weapon Systems

When the Soviet Union was a world superpower, it had some of the most innovative and fascinating weapons out there. While most people in the Western …

Military

Pretty much anyone on Earth with a radio can call the International Space Station and chat with astronauts

The International Space Station orbits more than 200 miles above the Earth, traveling five miles per second. Getting in touch isn’t quite as simple as placing a long-distance call. But if you have a ham radio, used by radio amateurs to chat on public frequencies, it actually isn’t much tougher.<p>Last …

Space Exploration

Blue moon: where and when to view the rare cosmic event set to light up the sky

Tonight's supermoon coincides with the start of the meteor season and the first blue moon in three years. The next blue moon isn't due until 2018<p>When will the 'super' blue moon appear?<p>A rare blue moon will be visible in the sky tonigh<b>t</b> for the first time in three years. The event coincides with the …

'Quantum Jitter' to Reveal if We Live in a Hologram

In a new experiment called the “Holometer,” scientists are trying to answer some seemingly odd questions, including whether or not we live in a …

This map shows 4,000 years of world history

John B. Spark's Histomap, originally published by Rand McNally in 1931 and preserved today by the David Rumsey Historical Map Collection, is a five-foot long map documenting the history of seven different civilizations.<p>The map illustrates what Sparks believed were crucial historical events of the …

SpaceX announces Hyperloop pod-race competition

Elon Musk, the man behind the futuristic spaceflight company SpaceX, the futuristic electric car company Tesla and, er, the payment company PayPal, is ramping up the focus on his third futuristic transportation obsession: the Hyperloop.<p>Musk is setting up a competition to design a passenger pod to …

Elon Musk

Everything you need to know about PornHub's plans to pioneer the world's first sex tape in space

On June 10, PornHub announced their latest project to the world by launching an Indiegogo campaign to raise the estimated $3.4 million it'll cost to make the tape. They raised over $10,000 within the first day.<p>Jokes aside, sex in space may turn out to be a pretty important scientific endeavor. It …

17 mindboggling images of our amazing Universe

Gallery: 17 mindboggling images of our amazing Universe<p>Gallery: 17 mindboggling images of our amazing Universe<p>+ 16<p>+ 15<p>+ 14<p>Stunning images of lunar …

Watch this tiny robot assemble itself, carry things around, and dissolve into nothing

Robots seem to get crazier and crazier with each passing week, but even among all the self-stabilizing robo-dogs and humanoid firefighters, this tiny …

Astronomy Links - Curious About Astronomy? Ask an Astronomer

Although there are many good astronomy links, the purpose of this page is to list a couple dozen great websites that have information on many …

Navy gunner whose crew fired first US shots of World War II laid to rest

Alan Sanford, whose Naval crew fired the first American shot of World War II, was interred Wednesday at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.<p>At 6:37 a.m. on Dec. 7, 1941, Seaman First Class Sanford, an 18-year-old gunner from St. Paul, Minn., was aboard the USS Ward, which was guarding the …

There's a building in China shaped like Star Trek's USS Enterprise

Trekkies bored of their annual conventions now have a new place of pilgrimage - the offices of a gaming firm in the obscure Chinese city of Fuzhou.<p>As these aerial shots show, the exterior of the NetDragon Websoft HQ in the south-eastern province of Fujian bears a striking resemblance to the shape …

Lithuanian power grid has dark secret buried in Soviet past

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — Giedrius Sakalauskas always thought there was something strange about the graffiti-sprayed, bunker-like structure in a …

Alien Life on Oily Exoplanets Could Have Ether-based 'DNA'

In the search for life beyond Earth, scientists have justifiably focused on water because all biology as we know it requires this fluid.<p>A wild card, …

Astronomy

Millennials leaving church in droves, study finds

<b>(CNN) —</b> At its core, Christian life is set of sacred traditions linking generations of sacraments and Sunday school lessons, youth ministry morals and family gatherings sanctified by prayer. An unbroken circle, in the words of an old hymn.<p>In modern America, that circle may not be completely shot, …

Demographics