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Student Invents Shapeshifting Pinecone-Inspired Building Material

Let the sun shine in, and keep the rain out<p>This might be one of the cooler student projects we've ever seen -- and it all started with a walk in the park.<p>Chao Chen, a Master's student in design at London's Royal College of Art, was inspired by an ordinary pinecone he saw in Hyde Park. Pinecones …

Engineering

UK maths prodigy sets out to prove his worth at international Olympiad

“I’ve always been interested in maths, since I can remember,” says 16-year-old Joe Benton. “I find it elegant. I really enjoy the kick you get when you solve a problem, when it’s something you’ve been thinking of as impossible for a long time, and it suddenly becomes obvious. That ‘a-ha’ moment – …

Mathematics

Pie Sci: Why You Should Eat A Slice Of Pie Crust-First

And other ways to make pie taste better using psychology<p>Whether you prefer pumpkin, apple, or chocolate, you probably agree that pie is already amazing. But it can be made even better by carefully engineering the eating experience. Enjoying food is much more than just taste; sound, smell, sight and …

Whether Greece votes yes or no, the euro cannot survive in its current form

Best case scenario? The EU will undergo years of painful convulsions, precipitating a new treaty that imposes greater centralisation and restrictions on the fiscal independence of nation states<p>Whether Greece votes to back or reject austerity on Sunday, the euro in its current form is dead, and …

How Spiders Can Cruise Across Water

Spiders that make themselves "balloons" to fly can also fashion "sails" to cross water.<p>Spiders are usually known for their gangly legs and super silk. But those two qualities can also make them pretty awesome sailors.<p>In a study published today in the journal <i>BMC Evolutionary Biology</i>, researchers say …