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National Geographic Magazine

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Inside the crazy world of Elon Musk - in quotes

New book details the rise of the dotcom billionaire, as well as his thoughts on women (they need up to 10 hours of attention a week) and electric cars (he thinks about them a lot)<p>He is the billionaire founder of PayPal, who has gone on to become a pioneer of both space travel and electric cars. And …

15 Breathtaking Underwater Animal Photos by Jorge Hauser

Jorge Cervera Hauser’s photography takes you deep under the surface of the largest oceans and gives a peek into the […]

Animals

6 Things We Learned From Bill Nye the Science Guy's Reddit AMA

TV personality Bill Nye the Science Guyhosted a Q&A on Tuesday, answering questions about his latest endeavor and science in general.<p>Nye, who’s the …

Humanitarian Mapping Program To Help Nepal Earthquake Recovery Efforts

Technology to the rescue<p>The death toll of the earthquake that shook Nepal over the weekend just topped 5,000. Aid is slowly getting to people who badly need it, but frustration at the slow pace of relief efforts continues to mount.<p>Hundreds of thousands of people need food, water, shelter, or some …

Natural Disasters

Japan Is Giving Away iPads To Millions Of Elderly People

Keeping seniors sharp with a digital window to the world<p>Today, tech giants Apple and IBM, along with Japanese post office conglomerate Japan Post Group announced that they will be teaming up to bring iPads and custom apps to Japan’s elderly population. The iPads will come fully loaded with the …

Japan

A Braille Printer Born From LEGO

One of ten brilliant innovations from our 2015 Invention Awards<p>2015 Invention Award Winner<p>Category: Communication<p><b>Inventor:</b><p>Shubham Banerjee<p><b>Company:</b><p>Braigo Labs Inc.<p><b>Invention:</b><p>Braigo<p><b>Development cost to date:</b><p>Undisclosed<p><b>Maturity:</b><p>3/5<p>The world’s cheapest Braille printer got its start with a single piece of …

Lego

The First Self-Driving Truck Takes To The Streets Of Nevada

But can it fight the Decepticons?<p>Last night at the Hoover Dam, the first licensed self-driving truck was unveiled to the world, begging the question: are there Autobots among us?<p>Not quite, though the Freightliner Inspiration does aspire to transform the trucking industry. The new truck is able to …

Roads

Q&A With A Roller Coaster Designer

Alan Schilke designed the first wood-and-steel hybrid coaster to complete an inverted barrel roll<p>Structural engineer Alan Schilke specialized in designing supports for buildings and stadiums. Then one day, a roller coaster company asked him to create columns to brace its rides. When Schilke …

Roller Coasters

New Web Site, “The Opera Platform,” Lets You Watch La Traviata and Other First-Class Operas Free Online

<i>Click the image above to watch Verdi's La Traviata.</i><p>Opera has always had its appreciators, and fervent ones at that, but in recent decades the form …

Watch Twin Beaks, Sesame Street’s Parody of David Lynch’s Iconic TV Show (1990)

Who killed Laura Palmer?<p>If the answer comes unbidden to your lips, you’re no doubt old enough to have spent much of 1990 glued to <i>Twin Peaks</i>, cult …

Van Gogh’s 1888 Painting, “The Night Cafe,” Animated with Oculus Virtual Reality Software

Vincent van Gogh's 1888 painting, "The Night Cafe," now hangs at the Yale University Art Gallery, accompanied by this description:<p>In a letter to his …

A Journey into the Mind of P: A Cinematic Look at Thomas Pynchon

Novelist Thomas Pynchon does not, as his readers well know, do publicity. But does he need to? When a man has written books like <i>V.</i>, <i>The Cryin</i>g of Lot …

Leo Tolstoy Creates a List of the 50+ Books That Influenced Him Most (1891)

<i>War and Peace</i>, <i>Anna Karenina</i>, <i>The Death of Ivan Ilyich</i> — many of us have felt the influence, to the good or the ill of our own reading and writing, of …

Vintage Video of Joni Mitchell Performing in 1965 — Before She Was Even Named Joni Mitchell

From 1963 to 1967, folk singer Oscar Brand hosted "Let's Sing Out" on Canadian television. Filmed on university campuses across Canada, the show …

Joni Mitchell

Monty Python and the Holy Grail Re-Imagined as an Epic, Mainstream Hollywood Film

The original 1975 trailer for <i>Monty Python and the Holy Grail</i> (below) started to make some big claims for itself. It opens, with the narrator …

Monty Python

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Toledo

With $3.5M In Funding, MathCrunch Wants To Provide Mobile Tutoring For High School And College Students

It’s tough to find a good tutor, and it’s even tougher to find a good tutor on short notice. MathCrunch is trying to change that, with a mobile app that provides on-demand tutoring for students at a low price. To pursue that goal, the company has raised $3.5 million in seed funding to expand and …

NASA funds 'squid rover,' 14 other far-out space tech ideas

NASA has funded 15 ambitious tech concepts in the hopes that one or more of them may have a huge impact on space science or exploration down the road.<p>The new ideas funded by the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) program include a squid-like amphibious rover that could explore icy, …

Tweet a pizza emoji and Domino's will send you a real one

Ordering your go-to Domino's pizza just got a little easier -- yes, even more so than using your XBox One or Pebble smartwatch. The restaurant chain announced Tuesday that its customers will soon be able to order their preferred pie with nary more than a tweet and an emoji. No, seriously. First …

Skype’s futuristic real-time translator preview is now open to all

Microsoft has today opened up its Star Trek-style translator to all, removing the requirement to sign up to a waiting list for access.<p>Skype Translator launched in December 2014 and real-time translation of spoken English, Spanish, Italian and Mandarin, as well as an additional 50 languages over …

Translation

Download 78 Free Online History Courses: From Ancient Greece to The Modern World

Perhaps the foremost cliché about history—from a 1905 quote by George Santayana—says that those who fail to learn the lessons of the past are doomed …

Leonard Cohen Releases Five Songs From New Live Album

Hear the previously unreleased tune "Got A Little Secret"<p>With the arrival of Leonard Cohen's new album, <i>Can't Forget: A Souvenir of the Grand Tour</i>, …

Music