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Jun Kitagawa Created Giant Zippers That Let You Look Beneath Everyday Surfaces

Zippers can be many things, but I bet you wouldn't normally describe them as "whimsy." But that's exactly what they are, thanks to Japanese street …

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Stephen Hawking's big ideas ... made simple - video animation

No time to read Stephen Hawking's A Brief History of Time? In just two and a half minutes, Alok Jha explains why black holes are doomed to shrink into nothingness then explode with the energy of a million nuclear bombs, and rewinds to the big bang and the origin of the universe<p>• See more 'made …

Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2013 – winning pictures

Australian photographer Mark Gee has beaten more than a thousand amateur and professional photographers from around the planet to win the title Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2013. The competition is run by the Royal Observatory Greenwich and BBC Sky at Night Magazine. The winners, runners-up …

iOS 7: Twitter users pass judgement on Apple's new operating system

As iPhone users around the world download Apple's new mobile operating system, iOS7, The Telegraph takes a look at how the new software is going down on Twitter<p><b>Some people love it :</b><p>JackKurdt J✘CKStill in love with iOS7. I want to make sweet romantic love with it and have little nano …

The Case Of The Girl Who Couldn't Feel Pain

A team of European researchers finds the genetic mutation responsible for a subject's inability to feel pain.<p>"Index Subject 1"—the anonymous girl or woman who participated in this new study—is unusual in a couple of ways. For one thing, she cannot feel pain. It's a dangerous condition for her. …

How does the body clock work?

Dr Stuart Peirson explains how our body clock keeps time and why we suffer from jet lag<p><b>Last month scientists</b> <b>discovered proteins within our cells</b> <b>that prevent us from drastically adjusting our body clock, leading to the familiar sensation of jet lag. We ask one of the study's authors,</b> <b>Dr Stuart …

What is Foucault's Pendulum?

Google's latest doodle marks what would have been the 194th birthday of Jean Bernard Léon Foucault, the French physicist who used a simple pendulum to prove that the Earth rotates in space. But how does his elegant experiment work?<p>During Foucalt’s life it was already proven that the Earth rotated, …

Amazing videos of lightning striking the ground

Amazing footage that shows how dangerous lightning can truly be.<p>Lightning is a powerful force and has been responsible for 21 deaths in the United …

What human faces might look like in 100,000 years

Big eyes and huge foreheads may be the look for the year 102013, according to researcher Nickolay Lamm<p>Find out more about how technology is changing us in Observer Tech Monthly. Next issue out 13 October<p>Since we humans are prone to launching chemical weapons, unwittingly killing off the bee …

Nasa's Mars Curiosity rover finds no sign of methane, the gas linked to life

Results appear to contradict previous studies that claimed to have found traces of methane emanating from surface of planet<p>Hopes that microbial life might be found on Mars looked a little dimmer on Thursday night after Nasa announced that its Curiosity rover had found no traces of methane in the …

Scientists discover new legless lizard species in California | Reuters

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - California scientists have discovered four species of legless lizards hidden in unlikely habitats among central valley oil derricks, sand dunes at the end of a Los Angeles airport runway and other arid and desolate spaces.<p>A Bakersfield Legless Lizard (Anniella grinnelli) …

Zoology

Andy Murray to have back surgery and could be out for rest of season

Andy Murray will have surgery on his back next week and could be out for the rest of the tennis season.<p>The Wimbledon champion is a major doubt for …

British scientists claim to have discovered alien life… in Wakefield

Roswell. Tunguska. Westall. When you think of earthbound locations intrinsically linked to unexplained extra-terrestrial activity these are the place …

Video: Manchester United fan Usain Bolt gives Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero speed tips ahead derby showdown

Manchester City striker Sergio Aquero’s pace could be the biggest threat to arch rivals United in Sunday’s Manchester derby.<p>And the Argentine took …

GameCase brings a full-size, natively supported gamepad to iOS 7 devices

Apple now offers native gamepad support in iOS 7, and ClamCase is making the most of that opportunity by unveiling the GameCase. The Bluetooth add-on will give iOS players a full-size, Xbox-like controller that should work in any title using the official gamepad API -- developers won't have to …