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You’d have to give birth to a 30-pound baby to truly know how a kiwi bird feels

If it looks like a fruit and acts like a mammal, what is it?<p>Kiwis—the birds, not the people or the fruit—are as un-bird-like as you can get while still being a nationally treasured bird. And, as some people found out on Twitter and Reddit found out this weekend, they lay unbelievably large …

Birds

A simple passport mistake ruined my trip to Spain — here's how to make sure it doesn't happen to you

My wife and I stood at the ticket counter, staring at each other in disbelief, unable to process what was happening.<p>Just two hours before we were supposed to fly out for a family trip to Spain, American Airlines told us that our son would not be allowed to board the plane. Our plans of drinking …

Flying

How to Do Nothing So You End Up Doing Something

Love doing nothing but can’t stand having to think about your nothingness (aka mindfulness)? Well, have I got a concept for you: It’s called <i>niksen</i>, …

Reality TV

Japanese System Projects Realistic Shadows of Moving Men on Window Curtains to Protect Women Living Alone

“Man on the Curtain” is an ingenious system that uses your smartphone to project full-motion silhouettes of men on window curtains to deter criminals …

Prototypes

2,300 years after mathematicians first noticed prime numbers, they're still intrigued

Making us scratch our heads for millennia.<p>On March 20, American-Canadian mathematician Robert Langlands received the Abel Prize, celebrating lifetime achievement in mathematics. Langlands’ research demonstrated how concepts from geometry, algebra, and analysis could be brought together by a common …

Mathematics

Dear Wife: A Letter From the Woman That Was Sleeping With Your Husband

Dear Wife,<p>I knew your husband before you did. We had a thing some years ago. And by thing, I mean an attraction to each other that seemed to sneak up on us out of nowhere after years of knowing each other. One rest stop later and things were very different between us.<p>We never got the chance to …

Relationships

Someday, you might subscribe to a self-driving taxi service, Netflix-style

Lyft said they’d like to eventually offer a subscription option.<p>Would you subscribe to a ride-hailing service like Lyft if you could, just as you might sign up for Netflix or Spotify?<p>On Wednesday, Logan Green, the CEO of Lyft, said that was the future for his company. “We are going to move the …

The Winners Of The 2018 Sony World Photography Awards Have Been Announced

This year The Sony World Photography Awards celebrates its 11th anniversary. It is one of the most respected and influential photography competition. …

Coca-Cola breaks 130-year-old tradition with first alcoholic drink

With its iconic red label and secret recipe, it’s been one of the world’s most famous soft drinks for more than a century. Now, however, Coca-Cola is on the brink of a new chapter – with plans to launch its first alcoholic drink.<p>The company is currently experimenting with the creation of a popular …

Chinese cops are using facial-recognition sunglasses. Here’s how that tech works.

There's at least one big problem in the field.<p>Facial-recognition technology is no longer a gimmick in dystopian science fiction movies or CSI-style cop shows: It’s increasingly used in more pedestrian ways. Your face can unlock your iPhone X, for example. Or, if you’re flying with Jetblue from …

In an Unexpected Move, Amazon Just Made Its Biggest Announcement Since Acquiring Whole Foods | Inc.com

There are no cashiers. There aren't even checkout lanes. And there definitely aren't any lines.<p>At Amazon's new grocery store, you just grab stuff off the shelves, bag it yourself and walk out. Everything gets automatically charged to your Amazon account.<p>It's called Amazon Go, and the store uses …

Amazon Go

Man builds an exact replica of a Boeing 777—out of paper

Most of us started building paper airplanes when were kids. In case you missed out, here’s some quick instructions.<p>Screengrab via Ushakaron/Wikipedia …

Boeing

The Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities affect nearly every computer. Here's what you need to know.

Understanding the two new scary silicon security issues.<p>We’ll give it to you straight: There is bad news and good news about Meltdown and Spectre, the two new computer vulnerabilities. The bad news is that the flaws are serious, complex, and have broad implications across the industry, and the good …

Chrome Browser

Inside the country's biggest nuclear power plant tear-down

Unbuilding an atomic giant.<p>1. Cool it<p>At the San Onofre nuclear power plant, workers transfer 2,668 fuel assemblies—holding 1,109 metric tons of radioactive uranium-235—to 17-foot-tall stainless-­steel containers. These sit inside a deep, steel-lined cooling pool for several years, chilling at …

Energy

What is a horsepower?

It's enough to power a coffeemaker or boil 2.2 gallons of water.<p>In 1781, the story goes, James Watt needed to convince skeptics to ditch their draft horses and buy his new steam engine. To prove his machine’s superiority, he measured a horse walking in ­circles to turn a grindstone in a mill. He …

Tour de France

16 Small Habits That Could Seriously Improve Your Life Within A Year

H/T Reddit<p>"If you read for 30 minutes every day, that's 3.5 hours a week, which is enough to finish a book every two to four weeks. Depending on what you choose to read, that's 12 to 24 books completed in a year!" —a_tame_zergling<p>"I used to (and still do) have a problem with over-apologizing in …

Twentieth Century-Fox

512-Year-Old Shark, Believed To Be Oldest Living Vertebrate, Found In North Atlantic

Researchers have found an ancient shark in the North Atlantic, believed to be 512 years old, which could be the oldest living vertebrate in the …

The Fascinating and Humble History of the NATO Watch Strap

<i>Last Updated December, 2017: This post has been updated with new picks for 2017. Prices and links have also been updated.</i><p>Whether or not you know …

Smartwatches

Mercedes-Benz is building cars that know the road better than you do

As we approach a blind corner on a twisty mountain road above Sunnyvale, there's a moment when I'm sitting in the passenger seat of a pre-production Mercedes-Benz S-Class and I'm not sure that the updated Intelligent Drive will really slow the car down in time for what's up ahead. It does and …

This Guy Hacked Together A Glove That Makes Time Appear To Slow Down

<b>Video:</b> We could all probably use a little more time in our days, whether it's to get some extra work done, spend some quality time with the family, …

Cool Stuff

MAPPED: The world's biggest oil exporters

Despite investment into alternative energies, oil is still the world's most traded commodity. Want to know where it comes from? Here are the world's oil exporters, ranked by revenue and global market share.<p>Top heavy<p>Over 100 countries export crude oil, but the players at the top run the game. Many …

Oil

The Weird and Wonderful World of Japanese Convenience Stores

“Vegetarian?” Max, my travel partner, asked as he quizzically looked at the clerk who was restocking shelves with some type of mini salad. “Wait, …

Japan

People with OCD know what to do, they just have trouble doing it

We're learning more about how compulsions work.<p>If you’re pretty sure that it’s going to be cold in the office, you’re likely to throw a sweater in your bag to ward off the chill. It makes sense that those two ideas would be related: if you’re confident about something, it’s natural for your actions …

Mental Health

3 Ways To Grab People's Attention And Leave A Lasting Impression

No doubt, at some point in your career, you’ve been in the presence of people who exude confidence and control; nothing seems to knock them off center. In high stakes situations, they make everyone around them feel calm and cool. Their demeanors not only demonstrate leadership and authority, they …

Public Speaking

29 Beautiful Words That Cannot Be Translated To English But Capture Human Emotions Perfectly

Languages are beautiful in the sense that they give words to so many emotions. However, not all those words can be translated, and neither can we …

Language

Amateur Artist Turns Old Flip-Flops into Amazing Action Figures

Elmer Padilla, a young construction worker from Manila, Philippines, recently shot to internet fame after photos of his hand-made action figures went …

Marvel Super Heroes

Inside Kim Jong-Un's feared inner-circle: North Korean despot has teenage sex slaves plucked from school, enjoys £1,000 a-time lunches and forces upper class elite to watch horrific executions

A North Korean defector whose father was a senior officer under despot Kim Jong-Un has revealed a terrifying insight from within his feared …

North Korea

Toys 'R' BUST: Famed Toy Megastore Seeks Bankruptcy

The famed toy megastore that every parent dreads driving by with their children — Toys 'R' Us — has filed for bankruptcy so that a judge can grant …

The Most Stunning Wildlife Photos of 2017 Are Here And Holy Crap

These pictures will make everything better.<p>Beneath the Antarctic ice, Weddell seals play in underwater caverns. Resplendent quetzals deliver food to …

Nature Photography

People Who Are Forgetful Are Actually Smarter, Says Science

Forgetting your keys on the kitchen counter or leaving your work laptop at home can have a way of making you feel like a complete airhead, but a new …