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20 photos that show how insanely crowded China has become

China has reportedly dropped its long-standing one-child policy, which was first enacted decades ago in an effort to curb overpopulation.<p>China's population was approaching 1 billion when it enforced its one-child-per-family policy in the late 1970s. Exceptions were only made in the cases of ethnic …

Tranquil snowboarding game 'Alto's Adventure' is coming to Android

There are basically no downsides to using Android anymore, but one of the few remaining bummers is that most great mobile games hit the iPhone first. That was the case with the wonderfully tranquil and beautiful snowboarding game <i>Alto's Adventure</i> that came out this past February, but fortunately …

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Eating meat is worse for the environment than driving to work

Next time you brag about biking to work instead of driving for the sake of the environment, take a good look inside your lunch box.<p>According to a new report released by the London-based think tank Chatham House, livestock production accounts for more direct greenhouse gas emissions overall than all …

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A Disaster Preparedness Kit Designed To Display On A Bookshelf, So It’s Always In Reach

This kit is designed to be out in the open, so it’s easy to access in an emergency. It contains all you need to survive for a few days, including sporks.<p>Even if you live in a particularly disaster-prone place, you probably don’t have a disaster kit–most Americans don’t. If you do have one, there’s …

This belt and buckle are actually a phone charger

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48 epic dream hotels to visit before you die

A GOOD HOTEL CAN MAKE or break a trip. The worst hotel in the best place is still going to make retiring after a long day an unfortunate experience. …

17 Vowel-Free Words Acceptable in 'Words With Friends'

Don’t be down about your next panel of consonants. Instead, take the challenge as an opportunity to show off your newly acquired vowel-free …

Right Brain, Left Brain? Scientists Debunk Popular Theory

Maybe you're "right-brained": creative, artistic, an open-minded thinker who perceives things in subjective terms. Or perhaps you're more of a "left-brained" person, where you're analytical, good at tasks that require attention to detail, and more logically minded.<p>It turns out, though, that this …

Why Portland, Maine Is A Fantastic Place To Visit In The Summer

They call Maine "Vacationland."<p>Sure, the winters are bitter cold, but for at least three months out of the year Maine's coast transforms into an oceanside summer retreat.<p>That's particularly true for Portland, the state's largest city and home to one of the most important working waterfronts in New …

How To Build Your Own DIY Centrifuge

Get a lab-grade centrifuge (normally $2,000) for 50 bucks.<p>For any garage-ista ready to tackle molecular biology, the centrifuge is an essential laboratory tool. Its super-rapid spin supplies the right G-forces to neatly separate biological materials—including cells, proteins, and DNA—from a liquid. …

New GPS Receiver Offers Navigation Accurate To An Inch

Great for tiny robots!<p>GPS is really good at finding where people are, typically with a margin of error of just a few meters. That's fine if you're using GPS for driving directions, but if you're, say, a drone operator, you might want to navigate the sky more precisely, as a few feet can mean the …

5 Body Parts Scientists Can 3-D Print