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The Best Travel Gear Of 2014

Good design makes travel suck less. Here are seven accessories that make great holiday gifts for globetrotters.<p>Good design makes getting from point A to point B suck less. Here are seven accessories we came across in 2014 that aim to solve weary travelers’ problems, big and small–they’ll ease your …

The Voice on Twitter: "RT if you’re watching the nail-biting LIVE #VoiceResults with us now, East Coast! http://t.co/UDpL8qVOhM"

Replying to @<b>NBCTheVoice</b><p>“@<b>NBCTheVoice</b>: RT if you’re watching the nail-biting LIVE #<b>VoiceResults</b> with us now, East Coast! …

Rare Anglerfish Caught On Video

An underwater drone recorded the nightmare swimmer.<p>Earlier this month, scientists observed the black seadevil species of anglerfish alive in its natural habitat for the first time.<p>You might recognize this sort of bony monster from <i>Finding Nemo</i>. One of them nearly swallows Marlin and Dory after …

Zoology

The Future of the Mind by Michio Kaku, review

Michio Kaku's latest is a mind-bending study of the possibilities of the brain<p><b>Quadriplegics move artificial limbs with the mind</b>. Video games are directly controlled by the power of thought. A monkey’s brain connected to the internet can control an avatar on a video screen or a robot half a world …

Where is the Milky Way?

A word about our home galaxy – the Milky Way – within the Local Group, and the Virgo Cluster and Supercluster.<p>We know where our galaxy is located – …

Neanderthals cleared of driving mammoths over cliff in mass slaughter

Heaps of mammoth and woolly rhino bones found piled up at the foot of a cliff were thought to be the grim results of Neanderthals driving the beasts over the edge.<p>The piles of bones are a major feature at La Cotte de St Brelade on Jersey, one of the most spectacular Neanderthal sites in Europe. But …

A Waterwheel That Picks Up Floating Trash

Down, dirty, and wet<p>This spring, Baltimore’s Inner Harbor will become home to the first permanent waterwheel-powered trash interceptor. With energy from the Jones Falls River current and solar panels, the floating device sweeps litter up a conveyor belt and straight into a Dumpster for easy …

Pollution

What Escapes A Black Hole?

Now that's dark<p>Black holes have a bad rap. They’re known for sucking in everything around them, but matter can actually break away from their grasp, in the form of jets. Although astronomers have been aware of this for half a century, they didn’t know what exactly the jets were made of until last …

Black Holes

This Is What Life Is Like From a Shark’s Perspective

Odds are you’ll never see the ocean from the point of view of a school of sharks — unless you’re willing to make that the last thing you’ll ever see. …

Nanotech roundup: turning seawater into drinking water, and body power

This month's roundup includes the promise of a filter that extracts salt from seawater, and a battery powered by the heart<p>Graphene, the sheet of carbon just one atom thick, has already featured a few times on this blog thanks to its unique promise for many applications. Could it even turn seawater …

Robot Nikes And Other Amazing Images From This Week

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See California's Next Menacing, Much-Needed Storm From Space

This shot was captured less than an hour ago of another big Pacific storm approaching California. The impending rain is good news for the …

Stunning And Amazing: Northern Lights Wow U.K.

The skies above the U.K. went crazy last night. Streaks of green and yellow layered themselves over the horizon, while swatches of red shimmered overhead. The intense aurora borealis was powered by the remnants of a strong solar flare that occurred earlier this week.<p>Britons who stayed up late last …

The Month in Plagues: Nazi Mosquitoes, Agricultural Espionage, And More

Here are some links on infestations, contagions, and controls from around the web this past month. Have more? Add them in the comments.<p><b>In vaccine news</b><p>A crowd-funded vaccine for HIV called Immunity Project falls under scrutiny, according to Erika Check Hayden for Nature.<p>Mounting evidence suggests …

Amazing video shows NASA astronauts placing a GoPro inside a floating water bubble

GoPro cameras have brought us a lot of incredible footage taken here on Earth this year but now these wondrous little cameras are boldly going into …

The Science Of 'Interstellar' And How NASA Discovers Potentially Habitable Exoplanets

“Interstellar,” the latest blockbuster film by Christopher Nolan that opened Friday, is a science-fiction movie set in the near future when humanity …

Hands On With the Leica M Edition 60

Leica's latest limited edition is as close to you'll get to shooting film using a memory card.<p>PCMag reviews products independently, but we may earn …

The Exodus Continues: Why One Photographer Ditched Nikon for Fuji

It used to be only outliers ditched their Nikon and Canon DSLRs for more compact setups. But as mirrorless systems get better and better, more pros …

Scientists Achieve Direct Brain-To-Brain Communication Between Humans

Telepathy is the stuff of science fiction. But what if the dystopian futurists were on to something? What if our brains could directly interact with each other, bypassing the need for language? The idea isn't quite so far fetched, according to a recent University of Washington study in which …

10 Recent Music Releases To Listen To That Aren't Taylor Swift

It's getting hard to escape Taylor Swift since the release of <i>1989</i> -- in addition to conquering radio, she's also taken over the entirety of New York City. But even though it seems like whole world is swept up in Swift-mania, the music world has been quietly pumping out some amazing, non-Taylor …