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Disney's Beachbot is an artistic robot turtle that can draw in the sand

The robotic turtle above can't wield katanas, eat pizza or shout cowabunga, but it can still do something awesome: draw big sand sketches on the beach. It's named "Beachbot" and was developed by a team from ETH Zurich and the Zurich division of Disney Research, a network of labs responsible for …

The best of the Colorado River: one step, pedal or stroke at a time

Snaking 1450 miles, the Colorado River is nothing less than the nerve center of the great American West. Capturing snows off the Rockies, it drops through pine stands, winds down into the desert and carves the Grand Canyon’s rosy depths.<p>In the American psyche, it’s a powerful life force, a natural …

Virtual debates about homelessness in Sim City hold up a mirror to real life

A new art book, How to get rid of homeless, collects the virtual pleas for help from Sim City players, and rips them out of context to pose disturbing quetions about our attitude to homeless people<p>An Italian artist has written a 600-page, US$220, two-volume book on homelessness in the video game …

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Artist Turns DNA From Chewed Gum Into Sculptures

Plus, a perfume that can cover your genetic tracks<p>Two years ago, artist Heather Dewey-Hagborg caused a stir in both the art and biosecurity worlds when she displayed busts of people she’d never met. She determined the facial features for her “Stranger Visions” show using DNA found in the streets …

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How To Purge Everything You Don't Need From Your Home

Out with the old, in with the new — that’s what ringing in the new year is about, right? And, while that is a good motto for many areas of your life, …

The Navy's new laser can do more than just shoot down drones

We've all seen how good the Navy's experimental laser is at shooting down drones, but it turns out that the hardware's got more than one party trick. A report by the <i>Wall Street Journal</i> has revealed that military types are also praising the surveillance capabilities of the gear, describing it as a …

Throwback Travel: Budapest’s Bathing Beauty

Geothermal and glorious, Budapest’s <b>Gellért Baths</b> opened in 1918, the year that marked the end of World War I and the Austro-Hungarian Empire’s collapse.<p>The Art Nouveau complex, slathered with sculpture and mosaics, tempted locals and visitors alike with its effervescent natatorium, mud baths, and …

Pictures of the Week 12.11.14

Floating Christmas tree at Lagoa, Rio de Janeiro. #rio #christmastree #lagoa

The Most Thoughtful Gifts You Can Buy This Holiday

By Lauren Appelwick<p>Around the holidays, it's easy to get wrapped up in gift-giving traditions that begin to feel like obligations. I've often found …

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See the U.S. Navy's terrifying new laser weapon in action

The U.S. Navy’s latest laser is ready to be used in combat, Pentagon officials announced Wednesday, after overseeing a three-month test of the …

Brazilian man says he killed dozens of women in Rio de Janeiro region

<b>(CNN) —</b> A Brazilian man has confessed to killing 39 women in the Rio de Janeiro region, police said Thursday -- shocking claims that, if confirmed, would make him one of the most prolific serial killers in the country's history.<p>In an interview with Brazilian broadcaster TV Globo, the alleged …

Deadlier than cancer: Antibiotic-resistant superbugs could be one of the world’s top killers by 2050

Left unchecked, antibiotic resistance will kill 10 million per year by 2050, a new report finds<p>An economist crunched the numbers on the rise of antibiotic-resistant "superbugs," and what he found foresees crisis in the very near future. If left unchecked, he warns, the cost, in loss of both global …