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Top 10 science and tech books for October: from Brian Cox and wacky Mother Nature to space and pizza

From the celebration of life on earth and quantum mechanics to the science of dining and how to serve food properly at a party<p>Humans might just be a lump of space dust but Cox’s appreciation of the unlikeliness of being makes this a celebration of life on earth.

How To Make An 'Invisibility Cloak' At Home For Under $100

All it takes is four lenses, an optics bench for holding the lenses in place, and an insatiable appetite for making things disappear.<p>The four lenses, when aligned just right, will bend light around the object you place between them, cloaking the object in the process. Watch this device, called the …

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Building Me: A Puzzlement

It's a puzzle — the deepest puzzle I know. The question is: What are we?<p>One answer, from physicist-novelist Alan Lightman, is we are stuff. Just stuff.<p>"Let me explain. A highly unpleasant idea, but one that has been accepted by scientists over the last couple of centuries, is that we human beings, …

Have Humans Already Conquered The Threat Of Extinction?

The Great Filter theory suggests that all advanced civilizations eventually destroy themselves before acquiring the capacity to colonize space — a …

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​The 12 Most Obnoxious Dungeons & Dragons Monsters

In the worlds of D&D, there are countless monsters that terrify the general populace, but only a few truly strike fear into the heart of adventurers. …

NASA's Curiosity Rover Looks Pretty Rough After Two Years On Mars (PHOTOS)

Curiosity killed the cat? Maybe. But one thing's for sure--Mars is slowly killing Curiosity.<p>That's Curiosity the Mars rover, which earlier this month marked its second anniversary on the red planet. And after enduring two years of blinding dust storms, daily 150-degree Fahrenheit temperature …

A giant atlas of every living thing in the Southern Ocean

Our oceans are absolutely teeming with life -- and from the tiniest microbe to the mightiest whale, every known inhabitant of the Southern Ocean has come together for the first time in the first comprehensive atlas of the region.<p>Called the Biogeographic Atlas of the Southern Ocean, it's the work of …

The Most Majestic Fairy Sculptures We've Seen Are Made Out Of Insects

Okay, the next filmmaker to develop a movie about fairies really needs to bring sculptor Cedric Laquieze on as a concept designer. He carefully …

These Secret Artistic Masterpieces Were Hidden Beneath Other Paintings

Over the centuries, it has been common to reuse canvases and paint over murals, meaning that many great works of art have been lost between layers of …