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What Has Four Legs, Four Eyes, and Will Blow Your Mind?

The Short Film Showcase spotlights exceptional short videos created by filmmakers from around the web and selected by National Geographic editors. We look for work that affirms National Geographic's mission of inspiring people to care about the planet. The filmmakers created the content presented, …

Short Films

How Do Kissing, Snoring And Other Things Sound In Different Languages?

Some time ago we shared a collection of posters showing “How Animals Sound In Different Languages” by James Chapman. Luckily, this young English …

Omote “living makeup” uses mind-blowing projection mapping

Projecting computer graphics onto buildings or rooms to make them digitally come alive isn’t new, but how about if your canvas is a living, moving, …

An 8-dimensional model of the universe

Physicist and surfer Garrett Lisi presents a controversial new model of the universe that -- just maybe -- answers all the big questions. If nothing …

Physics

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

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

What Our Eyes Say About Our Sexual Preferences

Women are more flexible in their desires than men, study suggests<p>Cornell University researchers used porn and measures of pupil dilation to study arousal in straight-, gay- and bisexual-identifying men and women, reports a study published April 3 in <i>PLoS ONE</i>. The results, which point to surprising …

Do Your Potato Chips Have A Security Flaw?

The microvibrations of a nearby snack food bag can let observers eavesdrop on conversations.<p>Well, this is a bit creepy: Researchers have shown that they can recover various types of audio, including human speech, by filming and analyzing the tiny vibrations that sound creates in objects nearby. In …

Sculpting and 3D Printing Combined to Create Fragmented Female Forms

Brooklyn-based, Australian multimedia artist Sophie Kahn creates fragmented female bodies and faces by merging a classic sculpting approach with new and modern technology. She uses 3D laser scanning and printing combined with ancient bronze casting techniques to produce these lively formations that …

3D Printing

Beautifully Surreal Self-Portraits Explore Darkly Mysterious World

Tokyo-born graphic design student and photographer Yutha Yamanaka produces stunningly surreal self-portraits that explore a strange and mysterious world. Like many other talented, young creatives, the Bali resident has embarked on a 365 Days Project, for which he'll post an image a day for a whole …

Photography

Amazingly Unique Tree Produces 40 Different Types of Fruit

Imagine a tree that produces not just one type of fruit, but a whole variety of them! Artist and Syracuse University art professor Sam Van Aken has brought that vision to life with the <i>Tree of 40 Fruit</i>, an ongoing series of hybridized fruit trees that grow over 40 types of stone fruit, including …

Stonefruit

Funny (and Freaky) Photo Series Photoshops Cats with Cat Owners

Like a lot of personal projects we feature on our site, photographer Sebastian Magnani's series <i>Underdogs</i> was never meant to gain international recognition. Back in August 2009, when Magnani first started a photo series of dogs photoshopped with dog owners, he could have never imagined that people …

Pets

Google Is About To Take Over Your Whole Life, And You Won’t Even Notice

Google’s new design ethos, living on and beyond every screen, could make Google an amorphous problem solver of unimaginable scale.<p>“I have a weird question for you,” I stammered, sitting in a hotel room across from Matias Duarte and Jon Wiley, the Google design leads for Android and Search, …

Boston Is Setting Up 'Smart Benches' In Parks Across The City

Solar-powered benches, called Soofas, will pop up in Boston parks over the next week, the Boston Globe reports. In addition to offering you a place to sit, the benches will feature plugs to charge your smartphone, and will also wirelessly connect to the internet to provide location-based …

What an Enterprise! NASA physicist, artist unveil warp-speed craft design

Thanks to a NASA physicist, the notion of warp speed might just travel out of sci-fi and into the real world.<p>NASA's Harold White has been working since 2010 to develop a warp drive that will allow spacecraft to travel at speeds faster than light -- 186,000 miles per second.<p>White, who heads NASA's …

Chimera Cat Has a Purrfectly Striking Two-Toned Face

Venus, a cute and cuddly feline living in North Carolina, has beautifully striking features about her. The chimera cat's face is half-black and half-tabby colored, and in addition she has two different colors of eyes. Venus' rare markings have made her a popular animal on the Internet, and a …

North Carolina

Triple Monster Black Hole Discovered

Sometimes big, bad things comes in threes, including jumbo black holes.<p>The discovery of a trio of jumbo black holes circling the center of a distant galaxy, reported by astronomers on Wednesday, suggests that pairs or triplets of such monsters may be surprisingly common.<p>Astronomers have learned …

Woman Had Her Face Photoshopped in 25 Countries to Compare Beauty Standards Across the Globe

Esther Honig, a 24-year-old freelance journalist from Kansas City, put the saying “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” to the test with this fascinating project titled <i>Before & After</i>. Using freelancing platforms such as Fiverr, Honig sent an unaltered photo of herself to over 40 Photoshop …

Sri Lanka

2 + 2 Doesn't Always Equal 4

2 + 2 = ? appears to be one of the easiest problems in mathematics, and it is probably one of the first you ever encountered. If Kate has 2 apples and Matt gives her 2 more apples, then she has 4 apples. Obviously.<p>But what if we told you that 2 + 2 = ? has stumped even some of the smartest …

Nasa’s out-of-this-world plan to rescue a Space Shuttle

A retired Nasa engineer reveals details of a daring plan that could have been used to rescue a shuttle crew facing certain death stranded in orbit.<p>The fate of the seven members of STS-107’s crew was sealed within 90 seconds of launch. As Space Shuttle Columbia rose through the perfect clear sky …

Space Exploration

What is Arduino: Everything You Need to Know (In Video)

What is an Arduino and why should you care? In this video, I attempt to answer that question, and more. If you’re an absolute beginner to Arduino, or …

Check out the best art GIFs of 2014

The winners for the Giphoscope International Art GIF Contest are in, honouring the most creative work in the art of the GIF.<p>The creators of the Giphoscope -- the hand-cranked, real-world GIF machine -- have set about making a real name for themselves in the world of art. Marco Calabrese and …

Why Americans Call Soccer 'Soccer'

The British started it.<p>New Zealand's largest newspaper is deeply conflicted. With the World Cup underway in Brazil, should <i>The New Zealand Herald</i> refer to the "global round-ball game" as "soccer" or "football"? The question has been put to readers, and the readers have spoken. It's "football"—by a …

Lana Del Rey: 'I Wish I Was Dead Already'

Lana Del Rey wants to die so badly, she wishes she was already dead, or so she told British newspaper <i>The Guardian</i>. When the subjects of Kurt Cobain …

Lana Del Rey

10 Lessons I Learned from a Year of Productivity Experiments

Over the last 12 months I have conducted countless productivity experiments on myself, interviewed some of the most productive people in the world, …

Time Management

Solar Lamps Double As Cute Robotic Pets

The Species of Illumination lamps (that’s Darwin and Wallace to you) can autonomously provide light in a dark room.<p>“As Plato said, ‘You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.’” That’s designer Bob de Graaf talking, and he has thought up a lamp that our …

The beauty of mathematics – in pictures

The book 50 Visions of Mathematics is a collection of 50 short essays by 50 maths writers and a foreword by Dara O Briain. Launched on Wednesday to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, it also contains 50 images supplied in response to an open call …

World of Science in Pictures

271 Years Before Pantone, an Artist Mixed and Described Every Color Imaginable in an 800-Page Book | Colossal

<p>In 1692 an artist known only as “A. Boogert” sat down to write a book in Dutch about mixing watercolors. Not only would he begin the book with a bit …

What It's Like Inside The Factory Where Samsung Builds Your Galaxy Phone

When you think of what it takes to crank out the tens of millions of smartphones and tablets sold each year, images of crowded, disgusting worker dorms and grueling factory floor conditions probably come to mind.<p>We've all heard the stories. We've seen the photos.<p>That's not what Samsung's mobile …