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23 Notoriously Unrhymable Words (That Actually Have Rhymes)

You’ll no doubt have heard the old fact that nothing rhymes with <i>orange</i>. But in fact, the English surname <i>Gorringe</i>—as in Henry Honeychurch Gorringe, …

Infographic: Signs You Should Not Accept that Job Offer

When having to choose between a new job and no job at all (i.e., unemployment), the new job is going to sound pretty good—whatever it is. That said, …

El Niño Is Almost Dead, But Now 'Anti-El Niño' Is on Its Way

The latest forecast for El Niño is out, and it’s looking like we’ve seen the worst of it already. But as it fades, there’s something new coming up on …

Neanderthals and humans interbred '100,000 years ago'

<b>Neanderthals and modern humans were interbreeding much earlier than was previously thought, scientists say.</b><p>Traces of human DNA found in a Neanderthal genome suggest that we started mixing with our now-extinct relatives 100,000 years ago.<p>Previously it had been thought that the two species first …

Shipping container-based student housing planned for Copenhagen

The prototype container home, dubbed CPH Shelter, is made from a 40-ft (12-m) recycled shipping container, and features an additional two-floor …

Shipping Containers Are Becoming 'Home, Sweet Home' All Over the World

An old steel box might not sound like the coziest place to live, but for many people around the world, a humble shipping container means "home, …

The Week in Review: Einstein’s Gravitational Waves Theory Confirmed

A team of physicists announced their “biggest scientific breakthrough” on Thursday, as Albert Einstein’s gravitational waves theory was proven correct. The scientists, from the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) Scientific Collaboration, confirmed that distortions in space, …

British Archeologists Have Discovered Long-Lost Roman Roads Using LIDAR

For years, the United Kingdom’s Environment Agency has been using Lidar to study flooding and coastal changes. Since 1998, it’s had an unexpected …

How to survive a global disaster: a handy guide

Whether it’s a natural disaster, bioterrorist attack or pandemic, experts reckon society as we know it will collapse within 13 days of a catastrophic event. So what do you do next?<p>On 22 June, 2001, Tara O’Toole and Thomas Inglesby of the Johns Hopkins Center for Civilian Biodefense Strategies, …

Handy

'Health risk' legacy from Neanderthals

<b>Some instances of depression, among other ailments, may be influenced by our Neanderthal heritage.</b><p>Scientists say a range of conditions, including skin disease and even a tendency towards tobacco addiction, have strong links to the DNA we retain from our ancient evolutionary cousins.<p>A US-led team …

Amazon updates its terms of service to cover the zombie apocalypse

Updated terms of use ban game engine from use for anything ‘life or safety-critical’ except in advent of reanimated human corpses<p>If the world ever ends via a virus that “causes human corpses to reanimate” – a zombie apocalypse by any other name - then Amazon’s got your back, sort of.<p>Amazon’s web …

Horror

5 Top VCs Predict the Biggest Tech Change Coming in the Next 5 Years

The industry's top names offer bite-size predictions of the biggest changes coming to technology.<p>If you want to know the future, you can pay a few bucks to get your friendly local psychic to gaze into her crystal ball, but you'd probably do a lot better to ask a venture capitalist.<p>After all, it's …

Venture Capital

The chair modelled on a baseball mitt

<b>When the Eames lounge chair and ottoman were launched in 1956, they signalled a new direction in American consumerism. The luxurious leather recliner appealed directly to an American public ready to leave behind the austerities of the post-war years, and treat itself to a very comfortable symbol of</b> …

Air Bonsai Makes For Otherworldly Home Decor

Now here’s something we wish had been around a month ago: Air Bonsai is a unique ornamental plant which is literally a little floating planet of it’s …

Home

How To Build An Oculus Rift Gaming PC For $300 Less Than Off-The-Shelf Systems

Oculus has revealed the initial batch of <b>Oculus Rift Ready PCs</b> from Dell, Asus, and Alienware, all of which are available to pre-order on February 16. But you can <b>build your own for about $300 less</b> than even the <i>cheapest</i> pre-built system from ASUS.<p>I’m going to show you two part lists. The first will …

Intel Corporation

8 Simple Ways to Soundproof Your Home

Because we could all use a little extra peace and quiet.<p>You already know that a peaceful home is a happy home. While that likely means choosing your furniture, lighting, and home fabrics based on their comfort quotient, there's one thing that's easy to overlook — soundproofing.<p>Nothing zaps your zen …

Scientists Can Make Aerogel From Waste Paper

Aerogel is usually the preserve of expensive laboratory experiments—but what if you could make it from trash? Now, a team of researchers has …

12 Technological Advancements of World War I

Erik Sass has been covering the events leading up to World War I exactly 100 years after they happened. But today he's here to discuss some …

Military

14 DIY Makeovers That Prove Spray Paint Is Magical

Legal breakthrough for Google's self-driving car

<b>Google's self-driving car system could soon be given the same legal definition as a human driver, paving the way for vehicles without steering wheels or pedals.</b><p>The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) - which sets rules and regulations on America's roads - shared its thoughts …

Montreal's All-New "Shoebox Apartment" Is Proving Size Really Doesn't Matter

<b>With more than half of the planet's population now</b> dwelling in urban areas, there's no question big-city living is where it's at nowadays. But with …

Condominiums

Lethologica: When a word’s on the tip of your tongue

The act of having a word on the tip of your tongue can be frustrating, but can also say a lot about how memory works.<p>Have you ever tried to unsuccessfully retrieve a word from the tip of your tongue?<p>Most of us have experienced it – the usually simple process of verbalising a turn of phrase is …

Language

The Position of the Moon Slightly Affects the Rainfall on Earth

We like to give the moon credit for all kinds of weird things, from werewolves and hockey fights to the ocean’s shifting tides (though only the …

Astronomy

3 Scientific Suggestions for Living a Better Life

Studies show that people who are happier tend to also be healthier and live longer [PDF]. But how do you become a happier person?<p>Over at <i>Scientific</i> …

Happiness

An Android-Powered Smart Bathroom Mirror That Gives Updates on the News, Weather & Time

Google Engineer Max Braun has created an Android-powered bathroom mirror that gives updates on the news, weather, and time. The system was built …

Amazon Fire TV

Look at the Graceful Path of an Attack Helicopter as It Spits Fire

This is what a US Army AH-64 Apache attack helicopter looks like from a distance as it strafes the night sky: A graceful curve of light with only …

Seven absurd inventions set to change the world forever - CNN Style

Written by Simone Giertz, special to CNN<p>Stockholm-born Simone Giertz is a creative technologist who builds possibly revolutionary -- and often terrifying -- robots to inspire people to learn about programming and electronics. She documents all of her experiments on her YouTube channel. Here, she …

Inventions

Award-winning renovation slashes mid-century home’s carbon footprint by 80%

London-based architecture firm Coppin Dockray completed a green house renovation that’s so successful it cut carbon emissions by 80 percent. Located …

Welsh home installs UK's first Tesla Powerwall storage battery

Battery could revolutionise UK energy market by enabling people to store excess energy generated from rooftop solar panels<p>The setting is decidedly modest: a utility room in a red-brick house at the end of a cul-de-sac in Wales. But if the hype turns out to be right, this may be the starting point …

Clean Energy

What We Know About Makeup in Ancient Rome

<i>This post is in partnership with History Today. The article below was originally published at HistoryToday.com.</i><p>The Romans set high standards in terms …

Ancient History