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Battle of the plug-in hybrids: Accord, Volt and Fusion Energi

The Honda Accord covered my 11-mile morning commute to downtown Los Angeles, downhill on the 110 Freeway, without burning a single drop of gas. In the evening, I made it halfway back before the gasoline engine tapped the tank.<p>In all, the plug-in hybrid version of one of America's favorite sedans …

Making New Elements

How scientists create superheavy atoms.<p>Last year, scientists in Germany set out to create the heaviest known element in the universe: element 119. For five months, they attempted to fuse the atoms of two lighter elements to form one large atom with 119 protons in its nucleus. Like other …

Surreal landscapes around the world - Telegraph

Yellowstone National Park

Skull of Homo erectus throws story of human evolution into disarray

A haul of fossils found in Georgia suggests that half a dozen species of early human ancestor were actually all Homo erectus<p>The spectacular fossilised skull of an ancient human ancestor that died nearly two million years ago has forced scientists to rethink the story of early human …

Heads up, Intel: TI chips bring ARM to Arduino gadget market

A Texas Instruments ARM-based chip means hardware hackers who like Arduino will have another choice besides Intel's Quark for computing projects.<p>Watch out, Intel, because Texas Instruments wants to get its ARM-based processors into the Arduino market aimed at tinkerers, experimentalists, and …

Arduino

The Official Popular Science Guide To All The Gadgets You'll Need In College

What's the best laptop? How can you avoid losing your papers to Microsoft Word's temper tantrums? The answers, and more, within.<p>So, you're heading off to college, eh? Well, congratulations on spending, on average, somewhere in the neighborhood of $30,000 a year! And when you're dropping that much …

An Adorable Animation Of The Sun Destroying Earth

Plus some other fun facts about the solar system!<p>Hello, tiny human! If you needed a quick reminder of how small you are in the universe, just check out this video, created by designer Philipp Dettmer. It'll give you the basic run-down of the solar system: how many moons each planet has, how far …

Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD)

Our favourite images of the week

The most breathtaking travel photos from the past seven days – capturing the magnificent Arabian Peninsula, Laos’ traditional weavers and the back streets of Venice.

Love Stories

Using Relativity to Find New Worlds

Kepler-76b is about 25 percent bigger than Jupiter and twice as massive. It orbits so close to its star that it goes around in 1.5 days. But what's truly curious about this exoplanet is the way scientists found it. Their method is called BEER, or beaming, ellipsoidal and reflection, which can …

Aduro U-Grip Plus Universal Car Mount Release Date, Price and Specs - CNET

<b>The Aduro U-Grip Plus smartphone mount holds a phone securely on the dashboard or windshield.</b> Josh Miller/CNET<p><b>Editors' note:</b> <i>Portions of this review text also appear in our evaluation of the Bracketron Mi-T Grip, since that device and the Aduro U-Grip Plus are almost identical.</i><p>With voice prompts, …

Gear & Gadgets

25 Crowdsourced Covers For Literary Classics

A few months back, we wrote about a project called Recovering the Classics, which planned to crowdsource enticing new covers for 50 literary classics–great books like <i>A Tale of Two Cities</i>, <i>Grimm’s Fairy Tales</i>, <i>Frankenstein</i>, and <i>Pride and Prejudice</i>. By now, the masses have had time to file an incredible …

Literature

The View From Aurland Lookout Is Seriously Vertigo-Inducing

Sometimes nature and architecture can combine to create a unique image and experience.<p>At the Aurland Lookout in the Sogn og Fjordane region of Norway, this is certainly the case.<p>Originally designed by Todd Saunders and Tommie Wilhelmsen as part of a program on tourist routes commissioned by the …

First arrest captured on Google Glass points to a “Little Brother” future | Ars Technica

Filmmaker says "99 percent" of those filmed "did not know what I was wearing."<p>On the evening of July 4, Chris Barrett went out along the Jersey Shore …

The Science Behind The Summer's Biggest Blockbusters

The answers to the most nagging, fascinating, and bizarre questions of the summer movie season.<p>How Strong Can Someone Become?<p><b>Inspired By Man Of Steel</b><p><b>THE PLOT:</b> In the latest remake of the 75-year-old comic franchise, Superman, an innocent farmer's son, discovers his powers and saves the planet from …

A Real-Life Stairway To Heaven And Other Amazing Images From This Week

14 Gorgeous Structures In The Running For The 'Building Of The Year' Award

This year's festival will be held from October 2nd - 4th in Singapore at the Marina Bay Sands, a building which was itself once a WAF Award winner.<p>More than 300 projects from 50 countries made the official 2013 shortlist, and the architects responsible will each have a chance to make their case to …

Architecture

Pokemon X/Y Legendary Types, Professor, Gym Leaders Revealed

Introducing O-Powers.<p>The types of Pokemon X and Y's legendary catches have been revealed, alongside Professor Augustine Sycamore, who challenges …

America the Beautiful: 50 States in 50 Photos

At 3.79 million square miles (9.83 million km2) and approximately 315 million people, the United States is the third largest country by land area and …