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A 3D-Printed, Battery-Powered Rocket Engine

Space travel is going electric<p>Nothing demonstrates engineering prowess and technical knowhow quite like rocket science. There’s also nothing quite as expensive either. To launch even a lightweight rocket into space, the cost is easily upwards of $100 million--and that mostly has to do with the …

Hippo poop feeds fish in Africa

Scientists have used chemical markers to prove that a wide variety of fish and aquatic insects in Africa get their nutrients from an unexpected …

Dark Matter Maps Shed Light on Secrets of Universe

In the universe, dark and light tend to cluster together, according to new maps that chart the location of dark matter over a large portion of the sky.<p>The new maps show that in some places there are large amounts of dark matter, while in others it is almost entirely absent. The researchers who made …

Alzheimer's Disease could be prevented by immune system tweak

New research raises the prospect that statin-like drugs could be given to the middle-aged to ward off dementia<p>Alzheimer’s Disease could be prevented or cured by a new drug which reboots the immune system to stop devastating memory loss, scientists believe.<p>A new study has shown for the first time …

Winter Weather Brings Summer's Buggy Pests

The cold is over, but the bugs are just beginning<p>The only bad thing about the frigid chill of winter getting lifted off the northern hemisphere is that the long warm days herald the arrival of blood-sucking demons sent straight from hell to torment us all. Or mosquitoes. They go by that name …

Mosquitoes

The new English accents: from the archive, 15 April 1925

There has been a rise in a number of ‘educated’ accents, particularly among young girls<p>It used to be a first principle that all educated English people spoke alike. There was, of course, the Oxford accent, but that was the exception which proved the rule. There was also a very much greater …

Language

Marsh Drone Floats On Water To Search Murky Depths Below

Perfect for a rainy existence<p>Drones are not really known for their amphibiosity. Most quadcopters handle water so poorly that their pilots will dive into canals to save them. Waterproof drones are novel enough that floating without failing is enough to be a selling point. Made by Search Systems, …

Drones

Clock time and sun time agree

The image at the top of this post shows the equatorial sundial at Denver’s Cranmer Park, when it is a little past 11 a.m. by the sun. The shadow …

Daylight Savings Time

Dark matter may not be completely 'dark' after all, say scientists

A clump of dark matter appears to be lagging behind its galaxy suggesting it is interacting with something else...but what?<p>Dark matter may be having an even bigger impact on the Universe than previously thought, after scientists found the first signs that it interacts with something other than …

Death and taxes: Why tax day may be hazardous to your health

Do you dread tax day? If so, your instincts are good – though your anxiety is probably misdirected.<p>Sending your hard-earned money to the government may bring on chest pains, but the real risk to your health on April 15 is that you could die in a car crash.<p>The threat isn't huge – about 13 more …

Do our genes tell us how to vote? Study of twins says they might

Findings indicate that voting Conservative (or not) is strongly influenced by genetics, whereas voting Lib Dem is affected by environment alone<p>As a society we believe that our political allegiance depends on which party best marries up with our needs and values – and that these are shaped by our …

Spots make praying mantis fumble its attack

The praying mantis prefers to attack the eyespots on butterfly wings, rather than their bodies, report scientists.<p><i>Bicyclus anynana</i> butterflies change …

A Behind-the-Scenes Look at That Amazing GoPro Footage From Space

Recently, NASA released some pretty spectacular footage captured by an astronaut wearing a GoPro camera while spacewalking around the International Space Station. In the videos, Earth slowly rotates below the space station while astronauts fiddle with cables, install antennae, and work on the …

Candid Photos Document the Extraordinary Lives of Fishermen Out at Sea

When the economy took a downward turn in 2002 and photo assignments grew scarce, photographer Corey Arnold decided to return to his roots as a commercial fisherman, a job that he had pursued in 1995. Arnold packed his bags, headed north to Alaska, and landed a gig as a deckhand on a 43-foot cod …

These Clever Lamps Roll Up Like A Window Shade

French designer Bina Baitel is releasing a collection of lamps during Milan Design Week that will give owners ultimate control over how they light their spaces. The Recto-Verso lamps are super thin OLED devices, divided into panel segments that roll up like a window shade. Expose all of the light …

Minimal Maps by Michael Pecirno

It’s not everyday I mention the USDA when it comes to graphic design, but Michael Pecirno’s series of United States maps colored in using figures …

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Lamps Made from Leftover Birch Plywood

Benjamin Spöth takes leftover, high-quality birch plywood and crafts lamps from the scraps that were going to be thrown away. The family of hanging …

Furniture

Terrifying Photo of an Angry Lion Just Moments Before it Charged

Naturalist and photographer Atif Saeed risked the wrath of a lion to capture this spectacular shot of the big cat snarling angrily just moments before he rushed at the photographer. Titled <i>The Ghost and the Darkness</i>, the photo has an incredible backstory behind it.<p>According to Saeed, he had been …

Photography

Metazoa: Mixed-Media Cabinets by ‘ROA’ Reveal the Hidden Anatomy of Animals | Colossal

<p>Belgian artist ROA (previously) just opened his first solo show at Jonathan LeVine Gallery in NYC titled Metazoa. The new series of mixed media …

Articles about 7 dark and modern black houses on Dwell.com - Dwell

In northwest Michigan, a vacation retreat boasts a prime vantage point from which to soak up the bucolic scenery.<p>Once a locker for a midnight loo, the bedside table has taken on a far sweeter function—and a score of forms for holding big...<p>Discreet and unassuming but never the wallflower, black …

Architecture

The year 1907: Portrait of an Ojibway, or Chippewa Indian girl. Flashback 127 years into photographic history as we bring you images from the Natgeo archives—see more at natgeofound.tumblr.com @natgeocreative Photo by Roland W. Reed

Extraordinary rainbows of the natural world

National Parks

Why We Act Irrationally: What Drives Our Senseless Habits

<i>James Clear writes about using behavioral science to master your habits and improve your health. His free guide, Transform Your Habits, has been downloaded more than 80,000 times. This post originally appeared on his blog.</i><p>It was 1977 and, although nobody knew it at the time, psychologist Ellen …

Harvard

Islamic State and the ‘blood antique’ trade

Terrorist groups generate millions from looted artefacts, most of which disappear into private collections, writes Andrea Watson.<p>A "terrorist startup with a clearly defined business model" is how religious historian Karen Armstrong describes Islamic State. The radical Islamist group is the world’s …

12 Foods To Eat When You're Totally Stressed Out

<i>By Lindsay Funston</i><p>When work deadlines begin piling up and your social calendar is booked, the last thing you want to hear is to steer clear of the vending machine. Who has time for healthy eating? But when it comes to combating stress levels, what you eat may actually help relieve your tension. …

Nutrition