Graham Austin

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A Disturbing Conversation Between a Jehovah’s Witness Mother and Her Atheist Son

December 24, 2015 by Hemant Mehta<p>A former Jehovah’s Witness recorded a conversation between his 17-year-old younger brother, who is now an atheist …

Could We Build a Dyson Sphere?

In our cosmic megastructures series, Popular Mechanics explores some of the key engineering and design challenges in constructing gigantic structures for use by humankind in space. Today: the Dyson Sphere (or Dyson Swarm), a way to capture all available solar energy.<p><b>Name:</b> Dyson Sphere or Dyson Swarm<p>…

Updated: SpaceX denies report it is raising massive funding round, valued at $10B

SpaceX has denied a Techcrunch report posted this morning stating the space startup is worth $10 billion after raising funding that includes a …

Organic batteries put clean-electricity future within sight - Quirks and Quarks

<b>By Bob McDonald, Quirks & Quarks</b><p>Researchers from Harvard University have created a new organic battery that could be the first step towards keeping …

Scientists Discover a Jewel at the Heart of Quantum Physics

Physicists reported this week the discovery of a jewel-like geometric object that dramatically simplifies calculations of particle interactions and …

- The Globe and Mail

Vatican, Oxford put ancient manuscripts online

Access to the Gutenberg Bible and other rare, fragile ancient manuscripts has just gotten easier.<p>The Vatican Library and Oxford University's Bodleian …

Modern Floating Home is the Perfect Tranquil Retreat

<i>Floating House</i> is a home designed by architect Dymitr Malcew that offers its residents beautiful unobstructed views, a connectedness to their surroundings, and an easy way to move from one locale to another. Created for H2ORIZON, a French developer that specializes in floating structures like this …

Living Rooms

Epic Time-Lapse Takes You on a Dubstep Tour of San Francisco

It’s not a proper beginning to the week if you don’t get at least one awesome time-lapse in your system. Okay, maybe we made that rule up just now, …

Need cash and a career? Be a ‘micro entrepreneur’

Like many young people, Sara Aly found herself grappling with unemployment last spring after graduating with an advanced diploma in human resources from Sheridan College in Oakville, Ont.<p>"After you graduate it takes a while to find a job, and in the process – it happens to everybody – you get …

Richard Garriott's "ultimate" RPG shown off in six-month video

Ultima creator Richard Garriott and developer Portalarium have released a new six-month progress video for their upcoming "ultimate" role-playing game Shroud of the Avatar: Forsaken Virtues. The 25-minute video is narrated by Garriott and shows off the fantasy game's various zones, abilities, and …

RPGs

Zooids: Faces of tiny warriors - in pictures

Fine art macro photographer Aaron Ansarov has been capturing the beauty of hundreds of portuguese man o' war to seek to change our perception of a creature that is normally seen as a threat and a nuisance.

The ESRB has failed your children

This post has not been edited by the GamesBeat staff. Opinions by GamesBeat community writers do not necessarily reflect those of the staff.<p>While the Entertainment Software Rating Board preoccupies itself with the more obvious evils of Grand Theft Auto and Call of Duty, it has allowed a far more …

Half-Drag Portraits Show the Before & After Transformations of NYC Drag Queens

New York-based photographer Leland Bobbé has put together a fascinating series of portraits that examine the idea of gender fluidity by showing New …

First Evidence Found of a Comet Strike on Earth

Comet exploded 28 million years ago over Egypt, new study suggests.<p><b>Saharan glass and a brooch belonging to King Tut provide the first evidence of a comet directly impacting Earth, a new study claims. The finding may help unlock some of the mysteries surrounding the birth of our solar system.</b><p>About …

Experience: I disappeared for 30 years

It wasn't my intention to walk out of my own life and vanish, especially when things were going so well. I was an ambitious 24-year-old folk singer and had just started work on my third album. The second had been a critical success and had really started to get me noticed.<p>A bad trip was the …

Disabled Kitten Uses Walker to Take First Steps

It was unsure if Thumper, a white kitten with black spots, would ever walk, but once he took his first step, there wasn't a dry eye in the room.<p>Thumper was homeless and abandoned in a yard. There were three litters stranded in the bushes left to die. Nine kittens were saved that day by PACT, …

Pokemon cocktails offer adult fun with a twist

Tumblr user and Pokemon fan meowpurrnom created nine frozen cocktails of the "Eeveelution" variety.<p>The cocktail menu includes an alcoholic spin on every known evolution of Eevee, including the newest addition, Sylveon. Although specific measurements for each drink aren't given, the mix for each is …

Grandfather Writes Letter To His Daughter After She Kicks Out His Gay Grandson

This man may deserve to win "Grandfather Of The Year."<p>In this incredible letter, a grandfather passionately addresses his daughter's decision to kick her gay son out of the house after he decided to come out of the closet. Though we don't have the full details surrounding the incident, the …

Lake of doom: deadly waterway calcifies any animal that dares to dive in

Sometimes, truth is indeed more terrifying than fiction. In what could easily make for prime horror film fodder, a renowned photographer has captured stunning images of wildlife calcified by the caustic waters of a deadly Tanzanian lake.<p>Nick Brandt, well-known for his photography of East Africa's …

Banana Bread, Gooey Chocolate Cobbler, Oatmeal-Stuffed Baked Apples, Chocolate Layer Cake & How to Make Crêpes

How's your sweet tooth feeling? In need of a fix? Excellent. This week, we shared all our favorite quick weeknight desserts, from warm banana bread …

Rewind radio: Hugh Laurie's Blues Changes – review

<b>Hugh Laurie's Blues Changes</b> (Radio 2) <b>|</b> <b>iPlayer</b><p>Woke up this morning, der-<i>ner</i>-ner-ner… and remembered that Hugh Laurie has a new six-part series on Radio 2 about the blues. The first episode was a funny old listen. It opened, in slightly cheesy fashion, with Laurie and his blues combo, the Copper …

The World's Most Dramatic Coastlines

Summer has officially drawn to a close, and the sunny days of sprawling on the sand are numbered. For fans of the coast, though, the end of summer doesn't necessarily mean the end of beach trips. The world is still full of spectacular coastlines to explore, many of which are more famous for their …

Amalfi Coast

Nasa's Curiosity rover finds water in Martian soil

Dirt sample reveals two pints of liquid water per cubic feet, not freely accessible but bound to other minerals in the soil<p>Water has been discovered in the fine-grained soil on the surface of Mars, which could be a useful resource for future human missions to the red planet, according to …

Activision seeks to 'do the right thing' for players, says Hirshberg

Amidst criticisms of Activision being a Call of Duty machine or a "heartless" corporation, the company is striving to "do the right thing" for its players by honing in on and developing strong franchises, Activision Publishing CEO Eric Hirshberg told Edge Online in a recent interview.<p>"Look, this is …

Dick Soup

WARNING: This post contains very graphic photos of stag penises being prepared as food.<p>The four pizzles lay sprawled out on the kitchen counter. Two of them were neat and tidy, as gorgeously tanned as homemade bacon, still attached to their pubic bones and exuding an appetizing aroma of wood smoke. …

FYI: Is It Possible To Control Our Dreams?

Yes, but only with practice. The best place to start is right before bed. Deirdre Barrett, a professor of psychology at Harvard University and author of <i>The Committee of Sleep</i>, asked 76 college students to choose a problem (where to take a vacation; how to arrange their furniture) and focus on it …

Customizable phones like the proposed Phonebloks system could have replaceable battery, camera, processor, antenna modules so that a smartphone could be upgraded as technology changes, or repaired easily if something breaks. http://cbc.sh/21nVfOl The CBC's Dan Misener looks at why the smartphone's future may be modular.