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The Forgotten Stepwells Of Urban India

All across India, elaborate subterranean temples are hidden in plain site. Constructed between the 2nd century and 4th century AD, these massive and ornate stepwells were built both for spiritual bathing and as a way to access water tables during monsoon season and drought seasons. Today, tourists …

Make the most of iOS 9’s Split View multitasking on iPad

Imagine working on a sketch with a reference photo right next to it, or writing a paper while copying citations from an iBook. Or, heck, running YouTube in Safari while writing a post about Split View on the iPad (hypothetically).<p>iOS 9 brings this multitasking joy to your iPad, provided you have …

Researchers demonstrate quantum entanglement, prove Einstein wrong

Quantum entanglement of a single particle has been observed by researchers -- an event that Albert Einstein believed to be impossible under the contemporary quantum mechanics definition of physical reality, calling it "spooky action at a distance".<p>According to theory, quantum entanglement occurs …

Quantum Physics

US university students discover how to use sonic waves to suppress flames, avoiding the need for toxic chemicals<p>It happens so quickly you almost don’t believe it: Seth Robertson and Viet Tran ignite a fire, snap on their low-rumbling bass frequency generator and extinguish the flames in seconds. …

Engineering

Solar storm delivers spectacular aurora displays and pictures

Contribute with Guardian Witness<p>A severe solar storm reached the Earth on Tuesday, contributing to a display of the aurora with the potential to stretch as far south as Oregon in the US, as well as being visible across unexpected reaches of the southern hemisphere.<p>Two blasts of magnetic plasma left …

Northern Lights

You Think Taxes Are Bad? They Were Heavier in Ancient Egypt

Tax day is never fun, but you can take solace in a new finding: A recently translated ancient Egyptian tax receipt shows a bill that is literally heavier than any American taxpayer will pay this year — more than 220 pounds (100 kilograms) of coins.<p>Written in Greek on a piece of pottery, the receipt …

McGill University

Persian New Year celebration held at White House

WASHINGTON, March 11 (UPI) -- First lady Michelle Obama hosted a Nowruz celebration to mark the Persian New Year -- traditionally celebrated in Iran …

International study of 15,000 penises is being used to reassure men concerned they are not within the ‘normal range’<p>The enduring question now has a scientific answer: 13.12 centimetres (5.16 inches) in length when erect, and 11.66cm (4.6 inches) around, according to an analysis of more than 15,000 …

Anti-Social Behaviour

This Camera Will Capture a 1,000-Year Exposure That Ends in 3015 for History’s Slowest Photo

Jonathon Keats wants to set a world record in photography that he won’t live long enough to see. Nor will his children, or his children’s children …

Young maths whizz from Iran uses simple equations to paint stunning images that bizarrely look like marine objects, and makes a fractal Africa<p>Hamid Naderi Yeganeh, a 24-year-old maths student at the University of Qom, Iran, spends his time looking for mathematical shapes.<p>His method is a bit like …

Mathematics

Search - The Mathematical Art of Hamid Naderi Yeganeh

My name is Hamid Naderi Yeganeh. I enjoy creating works of art with mathematical concepts. Email: naderiyeganeh [at] gmail [dot] com Twitter: <a …

The 10 Best Gadgets And Gizmos We Saw At Toy Fair 2015

Kids these days have it really good<p>Every year, the North American International Toy Fair hosts more than a thousand toy makers, distributors, and major retailers in New York City. And that makes for a super fun weekend.<p>The staff of <i>Popular Science</i> have scoured the 2015 Toy Fair showroom over the …

Food for thought: men really do eat faster than women

A study has confirmed what many couples know instinctively - men are hardwired to clean their plates faster than women<p>There are two types of people in the world: those who are horrified at how quickly everyone around them is eating, and those who are bored to death waiting for others to finish …

Smart babies can spot a bully at one year old

At just 13 months, babies can comprehend what constitutes bullying, friendship and what it means to be a bystander, a study has found<p>Babies are smarter than previously thought and can understand complex social situations at 13 months old, psychologists have claimed.<p>They can comprehend what …

University of Missouri

Dramatic footage shows regional airliner clipping taxi cab and bridge minutes after takeoff

Airplanes

Excavations uncover large ancient gate in 2,500-year-old city of Persepolis in Iran

Excavations at Persepolis, a magnificent palace complex in Iran founded by Darius the Great around 518 BC, have uncovered a great ancient gate in …

Iran's Shushtar Historical Hydraulic System in photos

12/26/2014 05:00:00 PM<p>Shushtar Historical Hydraulic System is an island city from the Sassanid era with a complex irrigation system. Located in …

Scholars rethink the beginnings of civilizations following discoveries in Burnt City of Iran

Archaeologists digging in the Burnt City of southeastern Iran have excavated a piece of leather adorned with drawings from the Bronze Age. The Burnt …

An Open Letter to the Supreme Leader of Iran

Expand | Collapse<p>To: Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei<p>From: Michael L. Brown<p>Dear Sir,<p>Although I am no longer an American youth (I turn 60 in March), I am …

Watch How DSLR Shutters Work in 10,000FPS Super Slow Motion

If you want to see the mechanics of how a modern DSLR shutter works, one way to do so is through slow-motion captured with a high-speed camera. …

Videography

Scientists use lasers to make metals super water-repellent

A new method for producing super water-repellent surfaces could lead to self-cleaning materials that are much more slippery than Teflon and never corrode. Researchers from the University of Rochester say they can make metals superhydrophobic (highly water-repellent) using powerful lasers to etch …

Scientist was sitting on a park bench in 1951 when he came up with Nobel prizewinning and world-changing idea for a pure beam of light<p>Charles Townes, who shared the 1964 Nobel prize in physics for inventing the laser – a feat that revolutionised science, medicine, telecommunications and …

Nobel Prize

An Underwater Volcano Just Created A New Island

Easy come, easy go<p>There’s a new island in the Pacific Ocean, thanks to an underwater volcano eruption that’s been going on for the past month.<p>The new island is in the Tonga archipelago--a group of islands southeast of Fiji. Scientists discovered it on January 16, about a month into the volcano’s …

Study Finds that Professionally Captured Photos Are More Memorable Than Amateur Ones

The National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) recently conducted a study that compares public perception of professional photographs versus …

Artists Cover A Chinese Street In 13 Tons Of Candy

Graphic artists Craig & Karl have created the world’s sweetest street: in celebration of the Chinese New Year February 19, they’ve covered Chengdu Street, in the capital of Sichuan province in Southern China, with 13 tons of candy.<p>The 14,000-square-foot candy carpet blooms with sugary images of …

Meet The Twin Brothers Transforming How Iranians Shop

Buying clothes and kitchenware from a market stall in Iran is one thing, buying cameras and other devices can be risky, which is just one of the reasons twin brothers Hamid and Said Mohammadi are transforming how Iranians shop for consumer electronics, and other goods.<p>Eight years ago, the 35-year …

How do you break your penis?

Erections are fascinating things. Did you know the little blighters even occur in the womb? And that men well into their nineties report fully functioning trouser salutes? Something to look forward to then, along with the free bus pass.<p>They can also lead to all sorts of mishaps – the type of …

Inflammation

Head Shots of Hand Models: These Are The People Behind Those Hands in Ads

You know those hands you see in advertisements and commercials? Those hands belong to people who make a living by offering up their beautiful hands …

Supermodels