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Your Diamond Ring Might Explain the Origin of Life on Earth

A geochemist re-examines the deep carbon cycle<p>In 1958, the Smithsonian Institution received a plain paper package in the mail. The only hint of its contents was the insurance on the brown carton, registered for one million dollars. Nestled inside the box sat the largest known blue diamond in the …

Did the Big Bang create a parallel universe where time goes backwards?

Radical new research suggests that at the same time the Big Bang created our universe, another where time goes in the opposite direction was also born<p>A scientific breakthrough could redefine how the universe is understood.<p>Radical new research led by a British scientist has suggested that there may …

Photographs of Oymyakon, the Coldest Village on the Face of the Earth

Located in the heart of Siberia, the village of Oymyakon in Russia is widely considered to be the coldest inhabited place on Earth. A temperature of …

Japan's Must-See World Heritage Sites

What to see, how to avoid the crowds, and how to enjoy the UNESCO World Heritage Sites on your own terms.<p>Although I have been to many of the World Heritage Sites myself, to learn the details on absolutely all of them I turned to the book <i>Japan's World Heritage Sites: Unique Culture, Unique Nature</i> by …

2014 science breakthroughs: no more ageing, cave art and landing on a comet

Photograph: ESA/Getty Images<p>The Philae lander is pictured descending on to the 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko comet.<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2014/12/18/1418930328087/b070f148-f7f4-4384-983f-46f3d5a1326b-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: ESA/Getty Images<p>The Philae lander is …

Comparing the Image Quality of Film and Digital

There have been a few film versus digital articles here and there on the interwebs, but seems like very few have approached the subject in a …

How to use your dSLR as a PC webcam

Maybe your webcam is broken. Or maybe, you just want to try something fun with your dSLR. Here's how to turn your dSLR into a webcam for PC.<p>First, you will need to check that your camera is compatible with the software for this tutorial. It's called SparkoCam, and works with most Canon and Nikon …

Chair with Sexy Curves Constructed Entirely from Two Pieces of Plywood

This gracefully curving wooden chair is one of the latest pieces exquisitely crafted by designer Alejandro Estrada. The <i>Pipo Chair</i>, produced for sale by Guatemalan manufacturer Piegatto, was imagined to utilize wood as the sole material for the entire design.<p>Flaring out at the arms, the layers widen …

Winona Ryder to Join Beetlejuice Sequel, Says Tim Burton

<i>Editor's Note: Winona Ryder will likely reprise her role in "Beetlejuice 2," cancellations plague screenings of "The Interview," and more in our</i> …

10 Food Products That Have Taken Christmas Too Far

During that all-too-brief window of time between Thanksgiving and New Years' Day, unofficially known as "the Holiday Season," it seems as if every single company in existence wants a piece of the action. From special sales at everything from car dealerships to mattress stores, to holiday-themed …

Google pulls obsolete high quality voices from Text-to-Speech

Google has recently pushed out an update for its Text-to-Speech app to the Google Play Store, but the changelog reveals that Google has been actually removing some features.<p>Rather than adding in a host of new tools, Google has decided to remove the option to download high quality voices from within …

Six beautiful jewelry books for Christmas

JEWELRY READ<p><b>With Cartier's royal spirit, the golden age of Goossens Paris, the secrets behind Piaget's success, delve into 7,000 years of jewelry,</b> …

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DIY: A David Stark–Designed Holiday Table Setting

David Stark Design is known for staging some of the most inventive events in New York–at places like the Metropolitan Museum of Art and for people …

The debilitating outbreak sweeping the Americas

<i>Vital Signs is a monthly program bringing viewers health stories from around the world.</i><p><b>(CNN) —</b> Its name means "bending over in pain." It has no treatment or vaccine. Its symptoms resemble Dengue fever. And it has infected more than 1 million people -- 155 of them fatally -- since spreading to the …

Huawei shows off the photography prowess of its Honor 6 Plus

The Huawei Honor 6 Plus, which launched at an event in Beijing yesterday, is packing some rather tasty hardware at a reasonable price, but its new 8 megapixel dual rear cameras are the real talking point. To show off what is new camera technology is capable of, Huawei has uploaded a small selection …

Everything Macaulay Culkin Eats In The Home Alone Movies, Ranked

By: Kristin Hunt<p><i>Credit: 20th Century Fox</i><p>Forget being like Mike. In the '90s, there was only one person every child wanted to be, and it was Kevin McAllister. The dude had alarmingly proficient booby-trap skills, watched Angels with Filthy Souls whenever he damn well pleased, and created the most …