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This incredible optical illusion is blowing people's minds

An unusual optical illusion has left the internet collectively scratching their heads, <b>but can you see why?</b><p>The illusion by Victoria Skye, who has the incredible job title of magical entertainer, has been widely shared on social media.<p>It’s called the Cafe Wall Illusion and may appear to some as if …

Tesla’s solar roof gets new competitor in Forward Labs

The startup claims its product offers higher energy production and lower cost<p>While Tesla’s gearing up to ship its first batch of solar-panels-that-look-just-like-normal-roofs, other companies are venturing into the fray. One such startup, the Palo Alto, CA-based Forward Labs, is now accepting …

Shipping containers become urban farms with startup Square Roots

Three cheers for locally grown food<p>Two big design trends—shipping containers and urban farming—have come together in the new Brooklyn-based venture Square Roots. Recently profiled in our video series “Curbed Makers,” the roughly half-year-old startup co-founded by Kimbal Musk—younger brother to …

Cool Greenhouse Made Out of Vintage Windows

It's easier to pull off than you'd think.<p>If you're worried about running out of space for all your gardening projects this spring, this fun DIY is the perfect solution.<p>Using a series of thrifted windows, you can easily construct an inexpensive backyard greenhouse thanks to this handy tutorial from …

Gardening

Tiny home on a roof serves 'treehouse' vibes

The interior is all homey plywood<p>The twelve-year-old boy living inside of <i>M</i><i>irror Mirror</i> must be the envy of his friends. Forget video games or the latest gadget. Clad in mirrored glass, the rooftop addition designed by Amsterdam-based architect Remco Siebring is unequivocally cool—like a futuristic …

How to Make Millions Selling One Simple Thing | Inc.com

Entrepreneurs are a special breed. The risk is tremendous, but the reward is whatever you can imagine... that is, if you can make it. A lot of businesses don't, and I think one of those reasons is that there is a lot of gray area. That's why I love this column. It's a way for me to share actual …

Business Strategy

Lightweight thin-film solar charger is rollable, and includes a battery bank

<b>These ultra-thin solar charging devices use amorphous silicon technology, which is said to be effective even in shady or lower-light conditions.</b><p>The …

Inside The Vertical Farm Growing What It Calls “The World’s First Post-Organic” Produce

Without using any pesticides or chemicals, Bowery–a new vertical farming startup outside of New York City–delivers fresh leafy greens within one day of harvesting, with some help from agricultural AI.<p>Before leading people through the heavy metal doors and into the vertical farm Irving Fain has …

A look at Tesla Powerwall ownership after 1 year as second generation is coming: 92% savings on utility bill

We reported on Nick Pfitzner just over a year ago when he became one of the first people to have a Tesla Powerwall in Australia. After now over a year of ownership, Nick shared his experience just as a lot more people are considering installing home energy storage now that the market expanded with …

Tesla

Tesla Powerwall 2 now ready to ship after strong pre-orders, early Gigafactory battery production went to Powerpacks

When unveiling its second generation home energy storage system, Powerwall 2, last October, Tesla announced that production would start at the Gigafactory in December 2016 for the first deliveries in the US in January 2017. Other markets were set to follow soon after. Tesla later updated its …

Tesla

Tesla Wants to Lower Your Electricity Bill with a Battery for Your Home

Elon Musk shifts his attention from cars to bring you an exciting alternative household power source<p>Tesla is best known as the maker of luxurious, ludicrously fast electric vehicles. But the company’s larger effort is to diminish reliance on fossil fuels and enhance opportunities to create …

Everyone's Smiling When The Dark Knight Joker and Suicide Squad Joker Fight to the Death

As played by the late Heath Ledger in <i>Batman: The Dark Knight,</i> and Jared Leto in <i>Suicide Squad</i>, the latest recent live-action versions of the Joker …

You Can Fold Up These Nearly Unbreakable Solar Panels And Take Them With You

Instead of one solid sheet, these highly portable panels are made from a pliable network of glitter-sized solar cells.<p>A typical solar panel–more than five feet long and encased in glass–isn’t exactly portable. But a new type of solar technology, miniaturized so that each cell is the size of a piece …

'Prosthetic Reality': The art of augmented reality

Through the lens of augmented reality, a new project hopes to change how we interact with the world.<p>The smartphone in your pocket is a powerful little device, and some of its potential is only just starting to unfold.<p>The idea of augmented reality, for instance, has been around for a few years, but …

Augmented Reality

15+ Artists Whose Sketchbooks Double as Handheld Art Galleries

The sketchbook has a special place in an artist’s practice. It’s a visual playground, in which creatives can experiment with new ideas and imagery—without the pressure that comes from creating a finished piece. Rather, these books are an extension of one’s wildest imagination. The ideas contained …

Drawing

Fancy a new job? The National Trust is looking for someone to look after puffins and baby seals

Bored of working in an office? Tired of your commute? The National Trust is looking for someone to look after wildlife on the Farne Islands.<p>Working on a remote island could be someone's dream job; surrounded by seal pups and beautiful birds, the successful applicant will have a one-minute …

LiquiGlide raises $16 million to get every last drop out of packages or tanks

If you think it’s frustrating trying to get that last drop of ketchup out of the bottle, or toothpaste out of the tube, imagine having to waste and clean valuable and sticky substances from pipes or tanks in a factory.<p>A startup called LiquiGlide has raised $16 million in a new round of venture …

Venture Capital

Solar Employs More People In U.S. Electricity Generation Than Oil, Coal And Gas Combined

In the United States, more people were employed in solar power last year than in generating electricity through coal, gas and oil energy combined. According to a new report from the U.S. Department of Energy, solar power employed 43 percent of the Electric Power Generation sector’s workforce in …

Renewable Energy

Professor Smith Goes to Washington

In response to the new president’s stances on a range of issues, more scientists are preparing to run for political office.<p>For American science, the next four years look to be challenging. The newly inaugurated President Trump, and many of his Cabinet picks, have repeatedly cast doubt upon the …

Computer Science

A Radical New Hypothesis Claims to Have a Simple Explanation For Dark Energy

What if the Universe had leaked energy?<p>For decades, scientists have puzzled over the fact that our Universe is expanding. Logically, gravity should …

Dark Matter

Revolutionary flapping wind turbine mimics hummingbirds to produce clean energy

A new flapping wind turbine from Tunisia marks a revolutionary breakthrough in the field of mechanics. Until recently, scientists have been limited …

How do you make new friends as an adult? Be like the golden retriever

When you are an adult, it is hard to make new friends. I myself used to be real weird about it. At a party, for example, a potential friend might ask about my favorite sandwich. <i>This is it!</i> I would think. <i>My big shot! What’s a cool kind of sandwich to like?</i> But in my eagerness to impress, my mind …

Pets

Rare Heavy Snowfall Turns Kyoto Into Winter Wonderland, And The Photos Look Absolutely Magical

Kyoto was the capital of Japan for over a millennium, and has the reputation as its most beautiful city. However, recent events have made the city …

A Zen master says this is the most effective way to respond to haters

If you’ve spent any time on the Internet, you’ve probably encountered a hater or two. Trolls are everywhere it seems.<p>But what’s the best way to …

Philip K. Dick’s Vision for Resisting Fascism in America

In Philip K. Dick’s alternative-history novel “The Man in the High Castle,” from 1962, a single, terrifyingly plausible shift in history has produced a radically transformed world. In 1933, Franklin Delano Roosevelt is assassinated at a rally in Florida, setting off a chain of disastrous events: …

Political Science

Humanity Flees to the Forest in this Bleak Sci-Fi Short

Set just before the apocalypse 'The Edge' uses a realistic approach to show humanity's decline.<p>If society starts to crumble—be it from climate change, nukes, zombies, whatever—while some people may retreat to the safety of their underground bunkers, others will probably flee the cities and head to …

Science Fiction

Why 4.5 Billion Years of Fluctuating Global Temperatures Can’t Explain Climate Change Today

XKCD does it again.<p>One of the most commonly used arguments against human-caused climate change is that Earth has experienced severe fluctuations in …

Fresh: The Bel Air 1200 Framer by Deus

It’s usually a long time between builds from Deus’ L.A. workshop supremo Michael Woolaway—but they’re always worth the wait. Like this seriously hot rodded Harley cafe racer, the ‘Bel Air 1200 Framer.’ It’s got more curves than a racetrack, and enough grunt to spin the wheels at will.<p>“When I …

Motorcycles

Europe's first underwater museum opens off Lanzarote

Museo Atlántico will be inaugurated on 10 January as artist Jason deCaires Taylor completes his monumental underwater sculpture work, featuring more than 300 life-size human figures. All photographs: Jason deCaires Taylor and CACT Lanzarote

Art