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Terrawatch: The lost art of specimen illustration

Today scientists use sophisticated technology to catalogue treasures such as fossils. Items can be laser scanned, enabling us to view the object from any angle, without even touching the specimen. But sometimes you can’t beat an old fashioned illustration.<p>Anna Marie Roos, a science historian at the …

Natural History Museums

Hiroshima: 70 years on, one survivor remembers the horror of the world's first atomic bombing

As Japan marks 70 years since the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atom bombs, Yukiko Nakabushi talk about her crusade against nuclear weapons<p>It was a warm summer’s morning and five-year-old Yukiko Nakabushi was the first to arrive at nursery school. She sat playing quietly as she waited for her friends to …

Hiroshima

Cecil the lion projected onto Empire State Building

Image of slaughtered lion adorns famous New York building to raise awareness of endangered species around the world<p>A photograph of Cecil the lion, who was killed by an American dentist in Zimbabwe last week sparking global outrage, has been projected onto the Empire State Building in New York.<p>Cecil …

Wildlife

Fallout 4 confirmed, game coming to PS4, Windows PC, Xbox One

The official <i>Fallout 4</i> website went live for some a bit early today, revealing that the game will be coming to Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Windows PC.<p><b>Update:</b> The trailer is now live, and you may watch it here. And you can read our thoughts on the trailer and official site info here.<p>In the website's …

Man plays Beatles song on guitar while undergoing brain surgery

Brazilian strums song Yesterday to keep himself alert during major surgery on brain tumour<p>A Brazilian bank worker has stunned doctors by playing The Beatles’s Yesterday on guitar while having brain surgery.<p>Anthony Kulkamp Dias, 33, was kept conscious during his operation to remove a tumour and …

The Brain

Drone catches cheating students in 'world's toughest exam'

If students want to cheat their way through one of China's most difficult exams, they'll now need to thwart a patrolling drone. The National Higher Education Entrance Exam, known as "gaokao," is held each year and determines whether youngsters will get into the top universities. It's been described …

This notebook contains pages made of fake skin so tattoo artists don't have to practice on real people

The first time an aspiring tattoo artist graduates from sketching in a notebook to actually tattooing a real person, there's always going to be a certain amount of risk involved for the person acting as their human canvas.<p>But what if tattoo artists could get acquainted with the texture and nuances …

The Witcher 3 should be played on the hardest difficulty

I came across this video and accompanying blog post in my feverish attempts to consume any and all media created surrounding <i>The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt</i>. Both pieces suggested that the "best" way to play the game was with the difficulty set to the easiest level.<p>I will now do my best to convince you of …

Wild Animals React With Curiosity, Vanity and Hostility at Mirrors That Are Placed in Their Paths

French photographer Xavier Hubert Brierre recently travelled to Gabon, Africa to set up a number of mirrors around different locations in order to …

The Praying Monks, or: How Quickly False Facts Can Spread for Viral Photos

It’s pretty common for great images to go viral on social media sites, but what happens when a photo goes viral with an incorrect caption… <i>twice</i>? …

A software problem caused a brand-new Airbus military plane to crash

In an interview with Handelsblatt, Airbus Chief Strategy Officer Marwan Lahoud blamed the crash on engine control software that was incorrectly installed during final assembly.<p>According to Lahoud, the black box data confirmed that the crash was a result of a manufacturing error, not a design …

Climate Change Could Cause Changes In The Ocean That Haven’t Been Seen In 3 Million Years

Marine species could make drastic shifts in their historic ranges as the earth warms, changes in the ocean that haven’t been seen in 3 million years, …

Climate Change

Mount Everest isn't the Earth's tallest mountain

The world's tallest mountain technically is not Mount Everest.<p>Mount Everest is the tallest mountain <i>above</i> sea level, but if we're talking sheer height here, base to summit, then the tallest mountain is Mauna Kea on the island of Hawaii.<p>Here's how it breaks down:<p>Everest stands 29,035 feet above sea …

Mount Everest

Cell jamming gives science teacher an important legal lesson

A high-school science teacher has received a five-day suspension without pay for using a jammer in his classroom to block students’ cell-phone signals.<p>He can consider himself lucky, however, because he had actually violated federal law.<p>Dean Liptak was fed up with his students’ phone activities …

Teaching

Photographing the Yakuza

Anton Kusters is a Belgium-based photographer specializing in long-term projects. In 2011, he published his first photobook on the Yakuza, the …

'Virgin-born' sawfish are a first in the wild

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1170000/1170975_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524615008_7bae7818eba5d980a57ad28259744ef4<p><b>Seven sawfish in Florida have become the first virgin-born animals ever found in the wild from a sexually reproducing species.</b><p>The discovery suggests …

Meet the Oregon police dogs who have a big drug problem

Trained to sniff out marijuana, these canine cops face unemployment after the state’s legalisation of cannabis made their skill suddenly surplus to requirements<p>There’s little doubt that Travis Dahl adores his dog, Dora, and absolutely none that she adores him. But their partnership is on borrowed …

Cannabis

Special Forces Test Hummingbird-Size Drone

One tiny scout for now, one big question for the future<p>The Black Hornet is exactly the kind of drone that scares people about drones. It’s small, fitting easily into the palm of a hand or a pouch pocket. It’s name evokes Black Hawk, an iconic military helicopter that features prominently in …

Drones

The Documentary That Will Make You Think Differently About Amateur Porn

Hot Girls Wanted, which hits Netflix on May 29, will make you think about the actual human beings you're jerking off to.<p>The documentary <i>Hot Girls Wanted</i> — which follows several young women working as "amateur" porn performers in Miami — is a look at how the proverbial sausage is made. In standard …

Sexuality

Say hello to the (alleged) new Xbox One controller

The new Xbox One controller design was "leaked" through a product listing on the official Xbox One support site, and now images of the controller have been shared via a now-pulled listing from Austrian retailer Libro.<p>The controller looks to be the same as the existing controllers in almost all …

Twitch Bans 'Adults Only' Game Streaming Days Before 'Hatred' Release

Twitch has clarified their stance on the streaming of “adult” themed games, days before a hugely controversial title is about to be released. Previously, Twitch has gone through on a case by case basis to ban overly “mature” games from being streamed, but now ahead of the launch of Hatred, they’ve …

Grand Theft Auto

Hotel Responds to Stranded U.S. Army Soldier Who Was Denied a Room

A hotel in North Carolina is apologizing after a desk attendant turned a U.S. soldier away due to his age, affirming its support for the military and pledging never to allow a similar incident to unfold in the future.<p>Cpl. Hayden Harrington, who was reportedly on his way back to base this week in …

U.S. Army

Destiny's 'Prison of Elders' Has A Serious Loot Problem

I’ve seen something of a Destiny renaissance happening lately. Those who have ditched the game in the past have come back with the release of DLC expansion, The House of Wolves, and have found a much different game than what existed a few weeks or so after launch, or whenever they last played.<p>But …

Melting glaciers are revealing the mummified bodies of soldiers, ancient icemen, and long-lost adventurers

Throughout the ages, ice and snow mummified the bodies of those who met their unfortunate end in a glacial snowbank. Take, for instance, frozen bodies that poked through a glacier on Mexico’s highest mountain earlier this year. They are suspected to be two climbers who went missing in 1959.<p>As …

Archaeology

SuicideGirls give ripoff artist a taste of his own medicine

You can spend $90,000 on a Richard Prince “piece of art.” Or you can get the same thing from the original source he ripped off at a 99 percent discount.<p>Prince used screenshots of people he followed on Instagram and converted them into a large inkjet paintings he then sold for thousands of dollars. …

Yosemite BASE jumper was attuned to the flutter of a butterfly

Stepping off Taft Point on the evening of his death, Dean Potter tensed his body and set a trajectory through the sky above Yosemite Valley.<p>He measured time — three seconds of free fall — before the baffles of his wingsuit inflated, and the resistance of his body against the air pushed back against …

Inmate who is 'eating the jail' costs Cook County $1 million in health care

Lamont Cathey was a promising Chicago basketball prospect, a dominating 6-8 center who had the potential to play at a Division II college until he was arrested and charged in the theft of money from a pizzeria safe more than a year ago.<p>Unable to post a $5,000 cash bond, the West Englewood …

How to replace your worn out PlayStation 4 thumbsticks | Polygon

When the PlayStation 4 launched in late 2013 many outlets, including Polygon, heaped praise on its newly redesigned controller, called the DualShock 4. But after a year and a half of steady use, many owners are suffering from torn rubber thumbsticks — a design flaw whereby the solid plastic core of …

A Photographic Journey with the Legendary Canon EF 1200mm Lens

Someone, somewhere, recently decided to bid a fond farewell to one of the most legendary telephoto lenses ever made, the Canon EF 1200mm f/5.6 L USM. …