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This Video About The Scale of Black Holes Will Crush Your Poor, Tiny Brain

We were not prepared for this.<p>Black holes are vast, matter-annihilating objects that seem to defy physics by their very existence. They're so weird, …

Black Holes

Dude builds world’s first semi-automatic portable railgun, uses it to kill a laptop

A couple of years ago, a Imgur user by the name of NSA_Listbot showed off one of the most impressive DIY creations ever attempted: an actual …

An Alzheimer's Drug Has Been Found to Help Teeth Repair Themselves in Just 6 Weeks

We're so down for that!<p>Dental fillings may soon be left in the ash heap of history, thanks to a recent discovery about a drug called …

This Overlooked Theory Could Be The Missing Piece That Explains How The EM Drive Works

What if it doesn't break the laws of physics?<p>Ever since the EM drive first made headlines, science lovers have puzzled over how the propulsion system …

Physics

Oculus Rift and Touch bundle temporarily on sale for $399

A few months ago, Oculus dropped the price of a Rift and Touch bundle to just $598, which is a good $200 drop from what it was before. If even that was too rich for your blood however, well, get ready for some good news. For a limited time only, you can get both the Oculus Rift headset and the …

Virtual Reality

Getting started in Elite: Dangerous

A beginner’s guide to the biggest MMO around<p><i>Elite: Dangerous</i>, the spacefaring game from Frontier Developments, is disgustingly big. It’s a massively multiplayer online game that takes place in a realistic model of our Milky Way galaxy. It contains more than 400 billion star <i>systems</i>, many with dozens …

Pregnancy changes a woman's brain for at least 2 years after giving birth

Researchers found that first-time mothers consistently demonstrated a reduction in grey matter volume that could mean their brains are optimising and rewiring themselves to help cater to the needs of their infants — with the effects lasting for at least two years.<p>"These changes may reflect, at …

Neuroscience

Politician who spoke out against squirrels hospitalised after ‘suicide bomber’ rodent causes bike to flip over

By any standard, the words that Councillor Howard Brookins used to describe his local supersized squirrels, were not nice. They were an “aggressive” …

Xiaomi's edgeless Mi Mix is possibly the best-looking smartphone of 2016

Xiaomi kicked off its launch event in Beijing today rather predictably with the handsome but mostly iterative Mi Note 2 – but it followed up with a cracker of a device that could possibly steal the limelight from the iPhone 7 and Google Pixel.<p>The Mi Mix is perhaps the most beautiful smartphone ever …

The FBI has collected 430,000 iris scans in a so-called 'pilot program'

As a modestly sized department — policing 2 million citizens with just over 1,800 sworn officers — the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department doesn’t seem like it would be on the cutting edge of surveillance technology. But the department has quietly become one of the most productive nodes in a …

Surveillance

Videogame addiction linked to ADHD

Young and single men are at risk of being addicted to video games. The addiction indicates an escape from ADHD and psychiatric disorder<p>"Video game …

Hoverboards are over, but the HoverCart is kinda genius

Remember those carts in the animated film <i>Wall-E</i> that carted around the obese humans of the future? Good news, the future is now!<p>Someone took a …

Cool Stuff

The Crispr Quandary

One day in March 2011, Emmanuelle Charpentier, a geneticist who was studying flesh-eating bacteria, approached Jennifer Doudna, an award-winning scientist, at a microbiology conference in Puerto Rico. Charpentier, a more junior researcher, hoped to persuade Doudna, the head of a formidably large …

Genetics

Daily Overview: Fascinating satellite photographs of Earth show man's impact on the planet

A series of fascinating satellite photos aims to show how man has affected Earth. Daily Overview publishes one image of an area where human activity …

Patent US20110049303 - Spacecraft shield

FIELD OF THE INVENTION<p>[0001]<p>The invention relates to spacecraft, and to the shielding of spacecraft from potentially harmful charged particles. Such …

A Secret Message Hidden In A CIA Sculpture 25 Years Ago Might Finally Be Solved

The sculpture is 12 feet high, and stands on the grounds of the CIA complex in Langley, Virginia. American artist Jim Sanborn built it 25 years ago.<p>Kryptos contains four hidden messages, carved out of metal. Those four messages are the clues to a riddle. Sanborn has hinted that solving the riddle …

Mathematics

Here's a machine that turns water into synthetic gasoline

Even with the amount of electric vehicles we've seen lately, it's likely going to be a long time until they completely replace traditional combustion engines on the road. So how are we going to get away from pricey fossil fuels until then? Well, water could be a possibility. German company Sunfire …

6 Mouth-Watering Cheeseburger Recipes You Can't Swiss Out On

Swiss, blue cheese, Monterey Jack— it all tastes so much better when melted over a giant, juicy burger cooked on your very own home grill.<p>In honor of …

33 Pictures Taken At The Right Moment

We Bored Pandas are huge fans of perfectly timed photos that capture perfect (and usually funny or unexpected) moments that come and go with a blink …

Reddit

Nuclear 'Command And Control': A History Of False Alarms And Near Catastrophes

Globally, there are thousands of nuclear weapons hidden away and ready to go, just awaiting the right electrical signal. They are, writes investigative reporter Eric Schlosser, a collective death wish — barely suppressed. Every one is an accident waiting to happen, a potential act of mass murder, …

A Positive Example of the Internet Comforting a Grieving Stranger

A bereaved parent turned to Reddit for comfort. Reddit, in return, proved that online condolences can be more substantial than just "likes."<p>Yesterday a parent posted this photo (right) on Reddit with a request:<p>"My daughter recently passed away after a long battle in the children's hospital. Since …

The 10 Most Important Business Skills in 2020 (Infographic) | Inc.com

In the near future, smart machines and systems will automate many jobs that exist today, changing the nature of skills that are in high demand.<p>As social technologies play a more important role in value creation, skills such as social intelligence and new media literacy, among others, will become …

Top 10

Stop whatever you're doing and watch the end of the Matrix video game

I can't believe this video is real.<p>Let me provide some backstory: In 2005, now-defunct developer Shiny Entertainment released <i>The Matrix: Path of Neo</i>, a video game that allows its player to reenact scenes from the Matrix trilogy in Keanu Reeves' iconic role. The films' directors, the Wachowskis, are …