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Listening to Sennheiser’s $55,000 headphones is like going to the moon

Even before I slipped Sennheiser's new $55,000 Orpheus headphones over my ears, I was already both skeptical and in awe.<p>There's the base crafted out of marble, which one of Orpheus' engineers supposedly handpicked in Italy. Then there's the beautiful glass tube amps, both classic and alien at the …

Audiophile

How the World's Most Difficult Bouldering Problems Get Made

The route setter studied the blank gray surface.<p>His section—part of an array of climbing walls set up outdoors under a huge tent—was 16 feet tall and 10 feet wide, and it loomed above the chalk-dusted mat at a forward-facing 40-degree angle. His eyes darted from one position to the next, dancing …

Climbing

Daisy Ridley praises Star Wars: Episode VIII script

After viewing <b>Star Wars: The Force Awakens</b> this weekend, many fans left the theater curious and excited about the future of the franchise and where …

Star Wars: The Force Awakens concept art for BB-8, Leia, Stormtroopers, Jakku and more

With <b>Star Wars: The Force Awakens</b> shattering records at the global box office, some concept art from the blockbuster has arrived online, giving us a …

Star Wars

Jaw-Dropping Aerial Photographs Capture the Earth’s Water from Above

For German photographer Bernhard Edmaier, water is both immortal and living, shifting from ice to liquid to vapor and back again. It is …

Sea Level

Star Wars scores to receive deluxe reissues this January

Lucasfilm has announced that Sony Classical is set to release a deluxe set of the soundtracks to the <b>Star Wars</b> saga this January, which will feature …

Flickering Myth

Nature is just showing off at these colorfully surreal destinations

No matter how many awe-inspiring structures we humans build, our abilities will never match what nature can create. This world has everything from …

Your September weather photos - BBC Weather

Northern Lights over Dunseverick, Moyle on 9th September. Picture by Steven Lennox.<p>September surf at Constantine Bay, Cornwall on 10th September. Photographed by Ginny Weston.<p>Bright beach huts provide a burst of colour in Swanage, Dorset on 10th September. Taken by Roy Venkatesh.<p>Peter Steggles …

Northern Lights

Sublime Mountainscapes of Scotland, Romania and Jordan

When Bristol-based photographer Charles Emerson was a boy, he made the trek to his grandparents’ house near Glencoe, Scotland, where he could see the …

In Search For Life, The Milky Way Is More Desert Than Rain Forest

If you were tasked with looking for the most supportive “cradles of life” on Earth, odds are you would head to the rain forest rather than the desert. But what if you had to conduct this search on foot? And you had to start from the middle of the Sahara?<p>That could be similar to the situation we …

Universe

20 awesome photos of extreme latte art

Recent surveys have even shown that some people are willing to pay more for an especially creative latte.<p>In August, the Journal of Sensory Studies published the findings of an online survey whose respondents were willing to pay up to 13% more for a cup of coffee with latte art than for a cup that …

Coffee

Citroen Cactus M Concept: Driving “En Plein Air”

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Driving

The mysterious origins of punctuation

Commas, semicolons and question marks are so commonplace it seems as if they were always there – but that’s not the case. Keith Houston explains their history.<p>As readers and writers, we’re intimately familiar with the dots, strokes and dashes that punctuate the written word. The comma, colon, …

Language

Proms 60 & 61: San Francisco Symphony Orchestra and Michael Tilson Thomas, review: 'just about ideal'

True to his form as a champion of unusual music, the conductor Michael Tilson Thomas managed to smuggle a pair of Proms premieres right into the opening of the San Francisco Symphony’s two-concert visit to the Albert Hall. But in addition to being the first of these novelties, Schoenberg’s Theme …

Leaked render shows off Microsoft’s flagship Lumia phones for Windows 10 Mobile launch

Amazon apparently dumped its smartphone business, but Microsoft isn’t giving up on Lumia. A photo published today by prolific (oft-reliable) leaker Evan Blass appears to reveal two pretty sleek flagship devices:<p>Windows Phone site WMPU also spotted a second leaked image from a German podcast. It …

How to Take a Self-Portrait with a Shooting Star

With a little bit of patience and a whole lot of luck, I was able to capture this photograph of myself perched on a rock above the Pacific Ocean. …

Photography

A Time-Lapse of 24 Hours of Sunlight in Antarctica

In the summer time at Scott Base in Antarctica, there are 4 months in which the Sun never sets. From the latter part of October through the latter …

Pretty much anyone on Earth with a radio can call the International Space Station and chat with astronauts

The International Space Station orbits more than 200 miles above the Earth, traveling five miles per second. Getting in touch isn’t quite as simple as placing a long-distance call. But if you have a ham radio, used by radio amateurs to chat on public frequencies, it actually isn’t much tougher.<p>Last …

Space Exploration

Star Wars: The Force Awakens: Kylo Ren's shroud is pulled back at last, but...

Long before we laid eyes on the face of Kylo Ren, our eyes flickered with the fire of his weapon: that scarlet lightsaber with the distinctive laser …

Two killed in separate lightning strikes on Brecon Beacons

Two people have died as a result of separate lightning strikes in the Brecon Beacons<p>Two climbers have died after being hit by separate lightning strikes in the Brecon Beacons.<p>A further two people remain in hospital following the lightning storm at around mid-day on the Pen Y Fan mountain range in …

Brecon Beacons

How many iPhones does it take to stop a bullet?

Can a stack of iPhones protect a Samsung Galaxy S6 from a blast fired from a Russian assault rifle? You'll just have to watch and see.<p>Whenever a new iPhone comes out, there are lots of questions about its screen resolution, its battery life, the quality of its camera... You know, <i>normal</i> questions.<p>A …

Airspace

International Space Station resupplied for the first time in months

The International Space Station has just received its first new supplies since April 14th. The Progress 60 Russian cargo ship docked with ISS early this morning, at 3:11AM ET according to NASA, bringing with it over three tons of cargo. That includes "1,940 pounds of propellant, 106 pounds of …

Space Exploration

Koenigsegg smashes its own 0-300-0 km/h record

The practice runs that took place at the Koenigsegg test track in Ängelholm, Sweden, on June 8 included an new record-breaking time of 17.95 seconds …

Koenigsegg