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This Nanometre-Thick Graphene Film Is The Most Light-Absorbent Material Ever Created

Scientists have figured out how to trap light with almost nothing at all.<p>Graphene is often referred to as a kind of wonder material, due to the …

Neuroscience says these five rituals will help your brain stay in peak condition

Thanks to improvements in medicine, more of us are living longer. That makes we have a heightened investment in making sure our brains stay in shape as we age, too. While an increased life expectancy will not necessarily lead to a higher incidence of cognitive disorders, Alzheimer’s alone is …

The Brain

Beautifully Endless Looping GIFs Created by a Legally Blind Artist

Native American artist George Redhawk creates eerily beautiful gifs even though he's legally blind. With help from computer software, the designer utilizes the art of gif-making to show others how he sees the world as a man who suddenly lost his sight. “It's an artistic expression of the confusion …

Let's throw the dice: what video games can learn from board games

Two years ago, when I left video games criticism to work full-time in table top games, a lot of people, my mum chief among them, were startled.<p>These days, it’s easy to explain. Board game cafes are springing up all over the world, and investors are pouring millions into the industry.<p>But I didn’t …

Board Games

Pretty critters beat science to biophotonic crystals - Futurity

Optical engineers have struggled to create precisely organized biophotonic crystals. It turns out critters like weevils and spiders already have them.

To Fight Infections, The Army Wants A Better Bugcatcher

War on disease never stops, even for other wars<p>War may be one horseman of the apocalypse, but for much of human history its destructive potential had nothing on its stablemate Pestilence. The Spanish Flu pandemic that followed World War I killed almost twice as many people as the war itself. While …

Forget Renaissance Italy—Modernity Got Going With the Vikings

The North Sea is small, but its cultural influence spread from Dublin in the west to Poland in the east, says author.<p>We tend to think of European civilization being born among the marble statues and bright sunshine of Renaissance Italy.<p>But according to the author of <i>The Edge of The World: A Cultural</i> …

North Sea

With Tesla Entering Market, Hopes for Home Batteries Grow

Christian Kasberger, a telecommunications engineer in the Austrian town of Waizenkirchen, wanted to reduce his family’s dependence on fossil fuels that help power the electrical grid. So last year he put a battery system in his garage, to store the energy produced by solar panels on his rooftop.<p>The …

New record! Astronomers nail down distance to the earliest galaxy yet

A team of astronomers peering deep into the heavens has discovered the earliest, most distant galaxy yet, spotted just 670 million years after the big bang.<p>The findings, described this week in the Astrophysical Journal Letters, reveal a surprisingly bright and active galaxy that could shed light on …

How the Hubble Space Telescope has changed our view of the universe

Among the pillars and valleys of a nebula 20,000 light-years from Earth, a stellar nursery of glowing gas and dust nurtures thousands of baby stars. This cosmic fireworks display comes to Earth courtesy of the Hubble Space Telescope, which celebrates its 25th anniversary in space on Friday.<p>Since …

Can a common cold virus lead to asthma? - Futurity

New research seems to confirm what scientists have suspected: viruses that cause common colds may play a critical role in asthma and chronic lung …

'Magic Bullet' Antibody Can Suppress AIDS Virus

A targeted immune system molecule can help control the AIDS virus, offering a new tool for people infected with the deadly virus.<p>Researchers have tested the so-called monoclonal antibody in patients and found one infusion could control the virus for a month – potentially freeing patients of having …

If Indiana Jones was a Klutz: Folks Trying—and Failing—to Outrun the Boulder

They're getting run over like roadkill. Good thing it's inflatable<p>Zorb is the New-Zealand-based company that invented that huge inflatable ball that …

Why MIT's New Design Program Will Get Designers a Seat at the Table

Matthew Kressy on MIT's Integrated Design and Management program's unique approach to engineering, business and design<p>As designers we know that good …

How to Trick Yourself into Doing Tasks You Dread

For some of us, checking off each item on our to-do lists provides the endorphin rush we need to make task completion an intrinsic joy. But most of us need a little extra motivation, especially for boring work like recording billable hours, uncomfortable tasks like facing awkward conversations with …

The World in 2030

Bill Gates predicts we’ll end polio and cut child mortality in half. We asked 15 of the smartest people we know for their most out-there predictions.<p>You don’t generally think of Bill and Melinda Gates as pundits. But with their foundation pouring billions of dollars into global development, in …

17 Ways to Age-Proof Your Brain

What’s good for your body is good for your brain. That means eating a balanced diet with lots of fruits and veggies and not much sugar, saturated …

Incredible street art tours

Van Gogh and the decision that changed art history

In 1878 Van Gogh was a struggling would-be preacher. At his lowest ebb, he began to draw. Alastair Sooke looks back at this pivotal moment in history.<p>In the spring of 1878, Vincent van Gogh turned 25. As he looked back over his short life, the Dutchman found little to celebrate among the meagre …

Small Feathers Pillow

Studies of small feathers…can you name which bird they each come from?<p>Pillow has a 95% small feather, 5% down insert. Embroidered cover on 100% linen …

Decorations

By Making A Game Out Of Rejection, A Man Conquers Fear

<i>Fear is one of the strongest and most basic of human emotions, and it's the focus of Fearless, the second episode of</i> Invisibilia<i>, NPR's new show on the invisible forces that shape human behavior.</i><p><i>This segment of the show explores how a man decided to conquer his fear of rejection by getting rejected</i> …

This new antibiotic is cause for celebration - and caution

The discovery of teixobactin could pave the way for a new generation of drugs, but we need to move faster<p>In a grim week, reports of a new antibiotic [Ling et al., Nature] are a bright flash of urgently needed news.<p>The utility of existing antibiotics is being eroded alarmingly. Put simply, they …

'Do you like my eel skin purse and spray-on dress?'

Leather is so last century. Fish skin, woven pineapple, and fermented vegetable leather are the high-fashion materials coming to a wardrobe near you<p>The conventional leather industry is being shaken up by new fashion innovators that are developing leather-like fabrics out of unlikely materials, such …

New Theory Suggests That We Live In The Past Of A Parallel Universe

Whether through Newton's gravitation, Maxwell's electrodynamics, Einstein's special and general relativity or quantum mechanics, all the equations that best describe our universe work perfectly if time flows forward or backward.<p>Of course the world we experience is entirely different. The universe …

Dark Matter

Henri Rousseau’s Heartening Story of Success after a Lifetime of Rejection, Illustrated

<i>“People working in the arts engage in street combat with The Fraud Police on a daily basis,”</i> Amanda Palmer wrote in her fantastic manifesto for the creative life, one of the best books of the year, <i>“because much of our work is new and not readily or conventionally categorized.”</i> Few artists in …

How fairytales grew up

“Forget villain,” the producers of <i>Frozen</i> declared when translating Hans Andersen’s <i>The Snow Queen</i> to the screen. The icy enchantress, who enthralled me to the core of my being when I was young, has been utterly transfigured – softened, redeemed – in Jennifer Lee’s screenplay; she becomes Elsa, an …