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Bunny Island and Other Awesome Japanese Attractions for Animal Lovers

When you think of Japan several things might spring to mind: Karaoke. Sushi. Geishas. Bullet trains. What you might not realize is that it’s also one …

Japan

The tragic tale of Saddam Hussein's 'supergun'

The biggest gun ever designed could have put Iraq at the centre of space exploration, but its story is one of unfulfilled genius, military secrets and murder.<p>On permanent display in the Royal Armouries’ collection at Fort Nelson, Hampshire are two huge, steel pipes bolted together and projecting …

Easy One-Pot Chicken Tinga (Spicy Mexican Shredded Chicken) Recipe

Though <i>tinga</i> is traditionally flavored with chorizo, this quick and easy version still packs in the flavor, without forcing you to seek out special ingredients. The chicken is gently poached in broth, then shredded and tossed with a puréed sauce for extra-juicy texture and flavor.<p>Why It Works<p>Using …

Why the Subaru Outback Is the Ultimate Adventuremobile for City Dwellers

Name a car other than the Subaru Outback that gets 29 miles per gallon on the highway, has more rear-seat legroom than a Mercedes E-Class, is a top-rated safety pick by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and is as capable crossing a snowy mountain pass as it is traversing a …

New 'skyscraper' chip could make computers 1,000 times faster

Stacked piles of new carbon nanotube chips could replace silicon<p>The "silicon" in Silicon Valley may soon be replaced - researchers have invented a new material that could be 1,000 times more efficient, and replace the chips in all our electronics.<p>This would mean complex datasets could be crunched …

Nanotech

11 most luxurious train rides | CNN Travel

CNN

Beijing schools close as city issues 1st smog red alert

BEIJING (AP) — Schools closed and rush-hour roads were much quieter than normal as Beijing invoked its first-ever red alert for smog Tuesday, closing many factories and imposing restrictions to keep half the city's vehicles off the roads.<p>The alert in effect through Thursday — the most serious …

Pollution

Man 3D-Prints Working Revolver With His Name On It

Our cyberpunk western future<p>Cyberspace isn’t the Wild West, but if anything gets close, it’s 3D-printed guns. The weapons, made at home by people with both a desire for a firearm and access to a printing machine, are themselves untraceable, circumventing most gun regulations by being made at home. …

Popular Science's 2015 Holiday Gift Guide

It's nearly December — which means it's time to reward the gearheads, techies, and nerds in your life with beautiful, cutting-edge pieces of technology. Think of it as back-payment for all the tech support over the year. But when you’re shopping for both style and function, the right gizmos can be …

Alex Bernasconi''s 'Blue Ice' captures Antarctica | CNN Travel

CNN

Car Disrupted: Hydrogen Hits The Road This Fall

One of four new ideas transforming your ride<p>Like jetpacks or robot butlers, hydrogen vehicles have historically been high on promise and low on delivery. Matt McClory, an engineer at Toyota, says he can change that. On a scalding day on the outskirts of Los Angeles, he leads me across an even more …

Web Wear: A New Coat Is Made From Biotech Spider Silk

Performance clothes will never be the same<p>For the past three weeks, outdoor apparel maker The North Face and materials company Spiber have been touring a gold-colored parka across Japan. The prototype, called the “Moon Parka,” is a first—a coat whose outer shell is spun from synthetic spider …

Abandoned airports around the world – in pictures

Urban growth, sporting events, financial crashes and political turmoil have left a trail of city airports and airfields deserted around the globe. While some lie abandoned or face redevelopment, others are being creatively reused<p>Flushing: New York’s forgotten airport – and most contested …

We Asked a NASA Botanist to Help Us Design a Better Farm on Mars than The Martian’s

In <i>The Martian</i>, Mark Watney claims to be “the great botanist” on Mars—<i>but is he really</i>? Join us as we go down the rabbit hole to try and claim the …

Tencent gives its Two Cents on World War III: Deconstructing China's Video Game Visions of War

PR escalation<p>Tencent, one of China's Internet commerce giants, released a chest pumping (but visually accurate) CGI video of a victorious PLA in time for China's 70th VJ day parade on September 3, 2015. Just like a recent technothriller featuring an unprovoked sneak attack on US soil …

FYI: Can Anything Move Faster Than Light?

Yes, the universe itself will eventually outpace the speed of light. Just how this will happen is a bit complicated, so let's begin at the very beginning: the big bang. Around 14 billion years ago, all matter in the universe was thrown in every direction. That first explosion is still pushing …

Interstellar was right. Falling into a black hole is not the end, says Stephen Hawking

“If you feel you are in a black hole, don’t give up, there’s a way out,” Stephen Hawking told the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm<p>Interstellar was right. Falling into a black hole is not the end, professor Stephen Hawking has claimed.<p>Although physicists had assumed that all matter must be …

Stephen Hawking