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Watch! Origami-inspired robot assembles itself in 4 minutes

It's alive! Using some paper, a circuit board and the plastic used in Shrinky Dinks, a team of researchers has designed an origami-inspired crawling robot that folds itself into working order in about four minutes.<p>These transformer-like paper bots, described in the journal Science, could offer a …

10 Scientific Images That Changed How We Looked at the World

The most important images in history<p>Whether it was a drawing or photograph, these images changed the course of human understanding, and science itself, forever.

Ant Fight Creates Liquid With Properties Never Before Seen In Nature

Well, at least (ant) war is good for something.<p>There are not many creatures that can stand up to fire ants, nor their famously painful sting. Besides causing discomfort in mammals like humans (I've been stung, and it doesn't feel great), this venom has potent insect-killing powers, with the ability …

Insects

Improbable Thruster Seems to Work by Violating Known Laws of Physics — NOVA Next

Every action creates an equal and opposite reaction. It’s perhaps the best known law of physics, and Guido Fetta thinks he’s found a way around …

Physics

Scientists baffled by appearance of giant crater in Siberia

Mysterious hole discovered in remote tundra in Siberia leaves Russian scientists looking for answers<p>It is a barren landscape so remote that even the locals call it "the end of the world." Now the bleak tundra of Russia's remote Yamal peninsula has been scarred by a vast crater that has left …

World's strangest lakes | CNN Travel

Scientists Have Located the Brain's On/Off Switch for Consciousness

Every one of us loses consciousness on a daily basis: it's called sleep. But scientists have never understood which part of the brain controls when …

Nature’s Most Amazing Eyes Just Got A Bit Weirder

Eyes are testaments to evolution’s creativity. They all do the same basic things—detect light, and convert it into electrical signals—but in such a wondrous variety of ways. There are single and compound eyes, bifocal lenses and rocky ones, mirrors and optic fibres. And there are eyes that are so …

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J.K. Rowling's new Harry Potter story: Could it see the big screen?

J.K. Rowling sent shock waves through muggledom and the wizarding world alike Tuesday when she published a new short story catching up with an adult Harry Potter on her Pottermore website.<p>In addition to filling in some details about Potter's life in his 30s — his hair streaked with silver, sporting …

3D-printed splints may make life better for arthritis sufferers | Ars Technica

New software could create better looking, cheaper-to-produce splints for all.<p>If you've ever had to wear a splint on any part of your body, you'll …

Prehistoric circle dated to same summer as Seahenge neighbour

Holme II on Norfolk beach said to have been built in 2049BC as part of same timber complex honouring death as Seahenge<p>A second prehistoric circle on a Norfolk beach has been dated to the same summer more than 4,000 years ago as its famous neighbour, Seahenge.<p>Archaeologists believe the two circles, …

Magic Mushrooms Expand Your Mind And Amplify Your Brain’s Dreaming Areas. Here’s How

Far out, man<p>Psychedelic drugs alter consciousness in a profound and novel way that increases the breadth and fluency of cognition. However, until recently, we were unable to offer an explanation for how the brain was altered to account for these effects.<p>In a new study, published in Human Brain …

Consciousness

7 Awesome Beards by James Myrick

James Myrick is a master beard artist. He's rather secretive about his methods, but my guess is that, by precise mental concentration, he can grow …

Amazing Facts About America's Most Famous Landmarks

As travelers, as adventurers, as Americans, when we have the chance to explore, we revel at the spectacular national monuments and landmarks that are scattered across our country. They make up our nation's character, and no doubt they're appreciated, but with such an abundance of history (some that …

National Parks

Infographic: Famous Writers Who Hated Each Other’s Guts

Author bitchfights are a fun pastime on Twitter, but they aren’t anything new. Here are some famous authors who hated each other.<p>Writers have been slagging each other off for centuries, and this fun interactive infographic courtesy of the <i>Huffington Post</i> is a good primer on just how ugly it can …

Literature

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The World's 10 Top-Selling Beers

With help from <i>Euromonitor</i>, we've uncovered the Top 10 beer brands in the world. In this world cup of brewing "American" beers are competitive, but come nowhere close to the top:<p>While light lagers lost a step around the globe and, particularly, in the U.S., Coors Light managed to gain ground. Even …

Beer

Newly Discovered Wasp Literally Has Skeletons in Its Closet

A newly discovered wasp has been keeping a gruesome secret: It stuffs ant corpses into the walls of its home.<p>As far as scientists know, the behavior is unique in the animal kingdom. The new creature has been named <i>Deuteragenia ossarium</i>, or the "bone-house wasp," after the historical ossuaries piled …

Zoology

As Craft Beer Starts Gushing, Its Essence Gets Watered Down

There was once a time when it was easy to throw around the term "craft beer" and know exactly what you were talking about. For decades, craft was the way to differentiate small, independently owned breweries – and the beer they make – from the brewing giants like Coors, Budweiser and Pabst Blue …

Volunteer Finds Massive Dinosaur Bone During Dig In Colorado

Think you need a fancy degree to do important scientific work? Think again.<p>This week scientists confirmed that a huge dinosaur bone unearthed on a dig in Colorado is the largest apatosaurus femur ever discovered -- and it was found not by professional paleontologists but by a volunteer named Kay …

27 Tips for Mastering Anything

This story originally appeared on Business Insider<p>What does it take to become a master at your craft? Is genius innate, or can it be learned?<p>In his book, "<i>Mastery</i>," Robert Greene draws from the latest research, interviews modern masters, and examines the lives of former greats like Albert Einstein, …

Creativity

These Are Some Mesmerizing Photos Of The Urban Sprawl That's Devouring The Planet

Growing up in post-war Germany, photographer Christoph Gielen was "repulsed" by the rows of drab, identical, pre-fabricated buildings that were constructed quickly to rebuild cities lost to Allied bombings. When he left art school in his 20s, he took on a photographic mission to document the way …

Photography

Climbing: The Bear Essentials

Crazy footage of a mother bear and her cub scaling a rock face while a petrified camerawoman looks on. Surprisingly, the bears actually seem to know …

The 17 beers you need to drink this Spring

Spring is finally here, so what better way to celebrate than by cracking open a bottle of your favorite Springtime beer? Well, first you have to …

Cure Your Hangover with Science

Alcohol is a poison—a delicious, karaoke-inducing poison—but a poison nonetheless and it often comes with a steep price. Fortunately, science is here …

5 Ways To Live Without Regret | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

Regret is something everyone experiences at one point or another. It would be impossible to go through life without experiencing any regret at …

Motivation

Ways to Improve Your Sport Climbing/Bouldering (7): Using Two Key Training/Exercise Principles – SAID and Overload, Part 1 of 4 (MEDIUM – HARD)

I touched on the concept of SAID – or Specific Adaptations to Imposed Demands – in my recent entry talking about triceps training. This simple …