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A Roller Coaster Designed to Kill People

Artist Julijonas Urbonas designed something called the Euthanasia Coaster—a roller coaster that would hypothetically go so fast that the rider would die. I got in touch with him to learn more about the ride and see if he's afraid of death.<p>According to artist Julijonas Urbonas's website, his work</i> …

Anti-gravity

What Happened Before The Big Bang Started The Universe?

About 13.8 billion years ago the Universe started with a bang, kicked the doors in, brought fancy cheeses and a bag of ice, spiked the punch bowl and invited the new neighbors over for all-nighter to encompass all all-nighters from that point forward.<p>But what happened before that?<p>What was going on …

Universe

Marcela Uliano da Silva’s Crusade Against the Golden Mussel

The microbiologist determined to save the earth by killing it...<p>Save the Earth by killing it? Sure. But only a little part of it. So goes the philosophy of young superstar Brazilian biologist Marcela Uliano da Silva, who wants to eradicate a foreign species encroaching on the Amazon River's shores: …

Haunting Beauty of a Mysterious Frozen Crater in Northern Siberia

New images released by the Russian Centre of Arctic Exploration capture the haunting beauty of a mysterious crater that formed recently on the Yamal Peninsula in northern Siberia. The photos were taken last week during an expedition to the massive hole in an icy area that locals call “the end of …

Earth Science

American tourist tried to ship infant body parts to the U.S., Thai police say

Police in Thailand say an American tried to ship infant body parts to the United States, but the delivery was stopped after a call from the shipping company.<p>The bizarre discovery is not the first time infant remains have been found in Thailand. In 2010, more than 2,000 illegally aborted fetuses …

Why Are Millions of Starfish 'Melting'?

A virus is the culprit behind a gruesome wasting disease that has struck sea stars along the West Coast of Canada and the U.S.<p>For the past year and a half, a killer has been on the loose, taking out millions of starfish up and down the West Coast of North America. By the time it is done with an …

Artificial intelligence is now creating its own magic tricks

You might not have to be a professional magician to come up with clever tricks in the near future. Researchers at Queen Mary University of London have developed artificial intelligence that can create magic tricks (specifically, those based on math) all on its own. Once their program learns the …

Tiny Batteries Could Revolutionize Green Energy

Nanotechnology could dramatically improve energy storage for electronics, cars, and buildings.<p><b>Tiny is big in the quest to build batteries that store more energy for cars, buildings, and personal electronics.</b><p><b>Nanosize batteries that are 80,000 times thinner than a human hair represent a promising new</b> …

The race is on for flying car start ups - CNN.com

The race to develop and mass-produce the world's first fully functional flying car is beginning to resemble the early days of aviation more than 110 years ago when other contenders, besides the Wright brothers, were battling to get their machines off the ground. Pictured above is the Flying …

Striking Pictures From International Space Station Reveal Gorgeous Earth

Sweden confirms foreign sub in its waters

A foreign submarine recently trespassed in Swedish territory, officials there said Friday, but they couldn't say what country the vessel belonged to.<p>The Swedish military began an intense sweep of the waters off the coast of Stockholm more than three weeks ago.<p>On Friday, the Swedish Armed Forces …

11 really cool space missions

It's hard to top the tricky, first-ever landing on a comet, broadcast live on the Internet.<p>That's what space lovers and other curious types got on Wednesday, when the European Space Agency's probe Philae touched down on Comet 67P.<p>It was high drama that continued into the afternoon as questions …

Scientist trumps his own work three weeks after winning the Nobel Prize

If you'd just won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry, no-one would blame you if you took a quick trip to Disneyland, or at least a few days to catch up on <i>Orange is the New Black</i>. Eric Betzig, however, had other plans, since shortly after he was told he was receiving the accolade for revolutionizing the …

Why You Should Quit Your Job and Travel in Your 20s

<i>By: Matthew Kepnes</i><p>If you want to grow and make the most of your twenties, do it somewhere overseas. You have your entire life ahead of you to work -- and with the way the economy looks now, you'll be working until you die. Why plow through your best years, hoping to spend your last years doing all …

Employment

Camera made from one tiny Lego brick actually works

A simple hack turns an itsy-bitsy Lego brick into a working pinhole camera that turns out photos minifigs can enjoy.<p>The inspiration began with a pine nut. Ryan Howerter, a graphic design student at Colorado State University, took a photography class and his teacher shared the story of the Pinholo, …

Lego

Lava flow inches closer to homes in Hawaiian community; evacuations possible

With a natural disaster playing out in slow motion as lava from Kilauea Volcano on Hawaii's Big Island inches towards homes and businesses in Pahoa, officials are preparing to begin evacuations.<p>The 2,000-degree river of molten rock is advancing on up to 12 homes and businesses, Darryl Oliviera, …

Travel photos that defy perspective | CNN Travel

The FBI faked a news website to catch a bomb threat suspect

The DEA isn't the only US law enforcement agency using impersonation on the web to catch suspects, it seems. The American Civil Liberties Union's Christopher Soghoian has noticed documents showing that the FBI created a fake, spyware-laden version of the <i>Seattle Times</i>' website to catch a teen bomb …

Big City, Big Surprise: New York City's Newest Species Is a Frog

The amphibian stayed hidden in plain sight for decades, only to be discovered on Staten Island.<p>Even in one of the most densely populated places on Earth, nature is still capable of some big surprises. Biologists have described a new species of leopard frog discovered in New York City.<p>Only the …

Three glasses of milk a day can lead to early death, warn scientists

Drinking three glasses of milk doubles the risk of early death and does not prevent broken bones, new research has shown<p>Milk has long been recommended by doctors and nutritionists for boosting calcium intake and helping to keep bones strong.<p>But research suggests that it does little to strengthen …

Amazon Warriors Did Indeed Fight and Die Like Men

Archaeology shows that these fierce women also smoked pot, got tattoos, killed—and loved—men.<p>The Amazons got a bum rap in antiquity. They wore trousers. They smoked pot, covered their skin with tattoos, rode horses, and fought as hard as the guys. Legends sprang up like weeds. They cut off their …