Michael Gammon

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How Do You Design a Fire for Three Billion People?

The design story behind the HomeStove and BioLite's mission to bring clean cooking to emerging markets<p>Take a look at this picture—what do you see?<p>A …

Flavors

Why NASA's video feed cut away from that 'UFO'

Is NASA hiding clear video evidence of a UFO descending to Earth? To paraphrase what a spokesperson from the space agency told me when I asked: "Uh, no."<p>NASA increasingly has eyes all over the solar system, whether it's on Mars, above our heads in orbit or, as of this week, around Jupiter. So …

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8 Things You Should Know Before Ordering Starbucks' Rainbow Drinks

Your barista will thank you later.<p>Starbucks didn't plan on creating a viral hit. In fact, Starbucks didn't "create" these drinks at all — but they're selling them all over the country. Earlier this summer, Instagram feeds started filling up with images of a bubblegum-colored "pink drink" — an …

Watch Hundreds Of Exoplanets Twirl Around Their Stars In This Mesmerizing Animation

You are getting verrry sleeepy<p>Between 2009 and 2013, the Kepler telescope stared at a patch of stars in some faraway constellations. It waited patiently for planets to cross in front of those stars, detecting their presence when light from the star dipped.<p>A technical failure interrupted Kepler's …

Mercury

Mercury is the closest planet to the Sun, and the second smallest planet in the Solar System. It is also the least visited planet of our planetary neighborhood.<p>Credit: ESA - C. Carreau

The Moon's Two Sides Look So Different Thanks To 4.5 Billion-Year-Old Physics

If you’ve ever looked up at the brightest and closest celestial object in the night sky, our Moon, you’ve probably noticed how <i>different</i> some parts of it appear to be from others. And if you’ve ever taken a look at it through a telescope, especially if it’s not in its full phase, you’ve very likely …

Astronomy

A Tiny House With Plenty of Room for Its Six-Foot Owner

With a little ingenuity, this couple embraced small-space living without giving up modern comforts (and, you know, ceiling height).<p>Typically, downsizing requires certain sacrifices. In joining the tiny house movement, many people forgo amenities like bathtubs, ovens, and washing machines. Tiny …

From the Inside, This Tiny House Feels Giant

A clever layout helps 150 square feet feel super spacious.<p>As longtime fans of the tiny house movement, we're constantly impressed by the way these humble abodes maximize space — or rather, <i>lack</i> of space. At first glance, this cute home definitely looks like quite the tiny charmer (that fold-out …

Meet The Woman Who Helped Discover A New Species Of Human

Hannah Morris in South Africa's Rising Star Cave, where the bones and fossils of Homo naledi were discovered.<p>Imagine descending more than 39 feet …

Build your own water pump and filtration system

Never run out of water again with this simple but effective DIY water pump, filtration and purification system

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The Best Way To Fly A Traffic Pattern At A Non-Towered Airport

It might seem very basic, but having a good understanding of how to fly the traffic pattern and land at a non-towered airport is extremely important. …

What It's Like To Smoke Pot Every Day For 50 Years

Catherine Hiller, 68, is a stoner. She’s a mother of three boys, author of six books, and has been lighting up for nearly half a century. She’s never …

Ex Machina Explores the Thrill (and Horror) of Romantic Uncertainty

Alex Garland's remarkable debut seeds a story about relationship anxiety within a Fincheresque artificial-intelligence parable.<p><i>Ex Machina</i> is a science-fiction horror film that, like so many others, plays on fears of the future: of artificial intelligence, of the blurred line between human life and …

Artificial Intelligence

Shelter on the Moon could be the pits

Moving into a new neighborhood means finding a place to live, and 45 years after Neil Armstrong set foot on the Moon, our largest satellite is still …

NASA says puzzling new space drive can generate thrust without propellant

The basic principle behind space propulsion is very simple: for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. Use a rocket engine to throw …

11 images that capture the incredible vastness of space

1) The sun is incomprehensibly huge<p>We all know the sun is big. But this image, part of a great series on the size of astronomical objects by John Brady, underscores that it's vast on a scale that's simply impossible for our puny human minds to understand. We think of the Earth as a big place: …

Astronomy

The hidden tricks of powerful persuasion

Are we always in control of our minds? As David Robson discovers, it’s surprisingly easy to plant ideas in peoples’ heads without them realising.<p>Are we all just puppets on a string? Most people would like to assume that they are free agents – their fate lies in their own hands. But they’d be wrong. …

Al Gore

Tackle Any Problem With These 3 Questions

Warren Berger, author of A More Beautiful Question, collected the provocative questions top designers, tech innovators, and entrepreneurs ask themselves to spark creativity.<p>In previous posts, I shared questions that can help overcome fear of failure and others aimed at identifying your creative or …

Creativity

A Decade Of Construction At Ground Zero, Condensed Into 2 Minutes [Video]

As the National September 11 Memorial Museum opens its doors to the public this week, EarthCam, the live webcam company that has trained its cameras on the site since a few days after the attacks, is offering a look back on its construction. The museum and surrounding memorial have been more than a …

Time-lapse Photography

36 maps that will make you see the world in completely new ways

The internet has led to a renaissance in mapmaking, with thousands of interactive, illustrated, informational, or just plain silly maps being …

'The most insane rope-swing bungee jump. Ever' – video

Mike Wilson and Andrew Kirkpatrick travelled to South Africa to build 'the most insane rope-swing bungee jump. Ever.' What's a rope-swing bungee jump, you ask. Well, exactly what it sounds like. Only bigger. This one plunges 600ft straight down into the Magwa Falls gorge and and features four …

Speed riding an avalanche – video

Speed riding is a sport that combines skiing with paragliding. Practitioners like David Bozon go to great lengths to find virgin powder to practice on. But in Chamonix last week Bozon demonstrates the dangers inherent in the sport. Speed riding off the Aiguille du Midi, he sets his skis down and …

Time-Lapse Captures The Mundane Beauty Of Ocean Life

We don’t usually think of corals as particularly active creatures. Though they eat, grow, and reproduce like any animal, the marine invertebrates move <i>very</i> slowly. Daniel Stoupin, a photographer and Ph.D. student studying marine biology, shows the livelier side of “slow” marine animals in a stunning …

Time-lapse Photography

Russian Photographer Takes Stunning Portraits With REAL Animals

What you’re about to see is not Photoshop – Moscow-based Russian photographer Katerina Plotnikova created these stunning images with the help of real …

Harvard-Smithsonian Scientists Have the 'First Direct Evidence of Cosmic Inflation'

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p><b>Update 12:05 p.m. —</b> The team at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics has announced …

Could Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 have slipped by radar?

Could a massive passenger jet slip past radar, cross international borders and land undetected?<p>That's a key question investigators are weighing as they continue the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which vanished March 8 on a flight between Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and Beijing.<p>Radar does …