Nakul Mehta

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Architectural Aquariums So Gorgeous, You Won’t Miss Your Dead Goldfish

In the realm of architecture for pets, designers have dogs and cats more than covered. But what about fish? Haruka Misawa, a Japanese designer based in Tokyo, is on it.<p>A protégé of celebrated designer Kenya Hara–Muji’s creative director–and a Nendo alum, Misawa created a series of sublime and …

Why does walking through doorways make us forget?

Forgetting why you entered a room is called the “Doorway Effect”, and it may reveal as much about the strengths of human memory, as it does the weaknesses, says psychologist Tom Stafford.<p>We’ve all done it. Run upstairs to get your keys, but forget that it is them you’re looking for once you get to …

Psychology

Crazy Airplane Flies In and Out and Through a Wind Farm

You know those basketball or soccer dribbling drills where you snake through a line of cones, dribbling in and out one way on a cone and then …

Why We Give Up and the Importance of Perseverance

Most of us are ambitious. We have hopes and dreams. We have big goals and fantasies of success. But they’re not just big ideas and empty words. We …

Images of Earth From a Year in Space

On February 29, the NASA astronaut Scott Kelly will turn over command of the International Space Station to astronaut Tim Kopra, then prepare to return to Earth after spending nearly a year in space. Last March, Kelly and cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko launched into low Earth orbit aboard the ISS, and …

Space Exploration

What Is Quantum Cryptography?

And can it make codes truly unbreakable?<p>Every time you buy something online, you put your faith in math – simple math that's easy to do in one direction but difficult to do in reverse. That’s what protects your credit card information from would-be thieves. But the system can be hacked.<p>One popular …

Watch the Rare Sight of a B-2 Stealthily Flying Through the Skies

And into your heart.<p>The sight of a B-2 bomber is a rare one—not just because of its stealth operation, but also because the military only has 20 in operation. The stealth bomber has been in operation since 1989 and part of the military fleet since 1997, and it's the only long-range stealth bomber …

Stealth Aircraft

Why it feels so good to scratch an itch

It’s the unpleasant feeling that makes us instinctively scratch and scratch and scratch. So why does a fingernail almost instantly make an itch feel better?<p>J R Traver began to itch around her 40th birthday, and would continue to scratch away at her skin until her death some 40 years later. The …

Researchers Say They Built a Teaching Brain Interface Right Out of 'The Matrix'

They claim to have made a brain interface that can teach people new skills. That sounds ... a little far-fetched.<p>HRL Laboratories says it has created a system that can teach you new skills through a brain interface. Yes, we know. It sounds like that part in <i>The Matrix</i> where a few quick computer …

Neuroscience

Why the calorie is broken

There’s a serious problem with the way we measure food – and it may mean you’re consuming much more than you realise. Cynthia Graber and Nicola Twilley of the podcast Gastropod report.<p>“For me, a calorie is a unit of measurement that’s a real pain in the rear.”<p>Bo Nash is 38. He lives in Arlington, …

Volvo Is Designing the Autonomous Car That Could Eliminate All Traffic Deaths

As usual, traffic was apocalyptic on the 10 Freeway. So I cued up the <i>Master of None</i> episode I didn’t finish the night before, pulled out the Greek …

Los Angeles

5 reasons why anxiety is so difficult to cope with (and what you can do about it)

<b>(hikrcn/Shutterstock)</b><p>If we aren’t careful, we can makes things worse. Here are some effective ways to keep your emotions under control<p>Melanie Greenberg<p>December 1, 2015 9:00am (UTC)<p>Have you ever had a friend or family member tell you to “just get over it” when you felt sad or worried? If getting rid …

The Disturbing Truth About How Airplanes Are Maintained Today

In the last decade, most of the big U.S. airlines have shifted major maintenance work to places like El Salvador, Mexico, and China, where few mechanics are F.A.A. certified and inspections have no teeth.<p>Not long ago I was waiting for a domestic flight in a departure lounge at one of the crumbling …

7 Tips to Improve Your Skyline Photos

Skylines can provide some incredibly striking photographs which can be stand-out shots. Here are 7 tips to help you capture better skyline …

Poor sleep and insomnia can make you less effective, but it’s still not necessary to stay in bed for eight hours<p>Madonna, Margaret Thatcher and Donald Trump all claim to have thrived on four hours or less of sleep. If it’s good enough for the queen of pop and the Iron Lady, should entrepreneurs be …

Sleep

Why music has a hotline to our emotions

In the first of our new series answering your questions, we explore why music can be so emotionally charged.<p><b>Q: Why does music have a hotline to our emotions? What is the evolutionary advantage of this? <br>Philip Le Riche, via email</b><p><b>David Robson, BBC Future feature writer, answers:</b> <br>Who hasn’t ever felt …

How do you bring an aircraft back from the dead?

A consortium wants to bring the supersonic Concorde back into the air. But just how feasible is it to return a retired plane back into service? BBC Future investigates.<p>On 26 November 2003, one of the more glamorous chapters in aviation history ended. This was the day the last Concorde flight took …

Blindsight: the strangest form of consciousness

Some people who have lost their vision find a “second sight” taking over their eyes – an uncanny, subconscious sense that sheds light into the hidden depths of the human mind.<p>When Daniel first walked into London’s National Hospital, ophthalmologist Michael Sanders could have had little idea that he …

This 3D Printed Robot Can Pick Up Even Your Most Fragile Mess

Including stuffed animals<p>Robotic hands aren't typically known for being delicate or spontaneous. They're more likely to be part of an assembly line, or specifically designed to do one task perfectly, over and over. But those days may be waning. A new robotic hand printed out of silicone by MIT’s …

5 Daily Practices That Can Transform Your Life

Have you ever wanted to make an internal transformation but felt stuck in the process? The best part is when your friends give you the "easier said than done" advice such as <i>"just think happy thoughts"</i> or <i>"you just have to know you are good enough,"</i> and you're left thinking <i>"if it were so easy to do</i> …

Tokyo's Newest Airport Terminal Is an Exercise in Low-Cost Minimalism

An airport terminal that is impossible to get lost in.<p>Airports are generally not a pleasant place to be — filled to the brim with frantic souls yet simultaneously alienating, the less time spent in them the better. This playful design by architecture firm Nikken Sekkei for Terminal 3 of Tokyo’s …

The surprising downsides of being clever

Can high intelligence be a burden rather than a boon? David Robson investigates.<p>If ignorance is bliss, does a high IQ equal misery? Popular opinion would have it so. We tend to think of geniuses as being plagued by existential angst, frustration, and loneliness. Think of Virginia Woolf, Alan …

Does your head explode at night?

Our article about “exploding head syndrome” prompted many of you to share your strange and intriguing stories, says William Park.<p>I truly thought a bomb had gone off in the neighbourhood<p>In our recent article about living with exploding head syndrome, we talked to Niels Nielsen about his experiences …

What’s the most we can remember?

People with extraordinary memory talents suggest that your mind may be capable of retaining more than you think, says Adam Hadhazy.<p>Unlike digital cameras with full memory cards that cannot snap any more pictures, our brains never seem to run out of room. Yet it defies logic that one adult human …