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Thai ruler dismisses Hunger Games salute of defiance

Prayut Chan-O-Cha warns citizens who use three-finger symbol of resistance against army coup risk jeopardising their futures<p>Thailand’s military ruler has said he is unfazed by people using a three-fingered protest salute inspired by the blockbuster Hollywood franchise The Hunger Games to express …

For $29, this wearable has ‘no display, no lights, no gimmicks’ — but it could be indispensible

Bob Olodort spent years working as a consulting designer for Samsung, in the years before the iPhone turned the phone industry upside down.<p>Four times a year, he’d visit Samsung headquarters in South Korea to present a handful of elegant, innovative phone designs that he had created, each one …

2014's Best Hotels in The World

Boutique-hotel experts Mr & Mrs Smith have announced their best hotel award winners for 2014.<p>Boutique-hotel experts Mr & Mrs Smith have announced their best hotel award winners for 2014. <i>Via HarpersBazaar.co.uk</i><p>Best Smith Hotel 2014: Uxua Casa, Brazil<p>Best Spa Hotel: Dormy House, Cotswolds<p>Above & …

The 1918 Flu Killed 40 Million People. This Man Is Re-Creating the Virus.

Yoshihiro Kawaoka caused a global uproar by re-creating history's deadliest flu virus. That might sound crazy. But when a real influenza pandemic strikes, you're going to want him on your side.<p><b>BREAKTHROUGH</b><p><b>WHO</b> Yoshihiro Kawaoka University of Wisconsin–Madison<p><b>FIELD</b> Virology<p><b>ACHIEVEMENT</b> Flu pandemic …

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The Quest To Harness Wind Energy At 2,000 Feet

High-altitude wind contains enough energy to power the planet. A Boston start-up wants to be the first to bring it down to Earth.<p>Nothing about the grooved, inflatable body taking shape inside Greentown Labs in Somerville, Massachusetts, resembles a wind turbine. It looks more like a jetliner's …

Someone Was Accidentally Shipped An iPhone 6 Prototype And Now It's On eBay For Over $99,000

There are plenty of iPhone 6 units available on eBay, but a new listing is promising bidders the opportunity to purchase a never-before-seen iPhone 6 prototype.<p>The listing has already seen over 190 bids, and the current bid has skyrocketed past $99,000.<p>According to the eBay user "kimberlyk1018," …

Mobile Technology

Here's Why The Night Sky Is Dark Even Though Jillions Of Stars Are Shining Light Our Way

There are <i>a lot</i> of stars out there--an estimated 70 billion trillion. With so many stars beaming their light our way, it seems only logical that the night sky would be as bright as day.<p>This is the essence of the so-called dark night sky paradox, also known as Olbers' paradox after German astronomer …

Discovery of new molecule suggests origins of life may reside in interstellar space

Astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) group of radio telescopes have discovered a carbon-based molecule with a …

Space Combat Won't Look At All Like 'Star Wars'

PBS explains the physics of space skirmishes<p>If humanity brings war into space, what will those battles look like? Well, if our understanding of physics is anything close to correct, they won’t look at all like <i>Star Wars</i>. In this six minute clip by PBS Digital Studios, host Joe Hanson explores the …

The water on Earth is even older than the sun

Next time you reach for a “fresh” glass of water, think of this: some of the molecules in that water are billions of years old — older, in fact, than the solar system itself.<p>On the face of it, this seems impossible: how can water on Earth pre-date the solar system in which it exists? But a new …

Milky Way is on the outskirts of 'immeasurable heaven' supercluster

Astronomers discover that our galaxy is a suburb of a supercluster of 100,000 large galaxies they have called Laniakea<p>In what amounts to a back-to-school gift for pupils with nerdier leanings, researchers have added a fresh line to the cosmic address of humanity. No longer will a standard home …

Big History

Be Nice To People Who Give You Boners: Thoughts On The Great Celebrity Nude Leak Of 2014

In case you missed it, over the weekend, hackers stole and posted nude cell phone pictures and videos of Jennifer Lawrence and virtually every celebrity you’ve ever fantasized about in some kind of 13-year-old’s fever dream made real. It was nearly impossible not to be simultaneously titillated yet …

Hubble senses water on five planets, bodes well for finding new Earths

There’s water in them thar planets – five massive “hot Jupiters” spied by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope.<p>But if you just thought "Life?!" think again. Despite the presence of water molecules in their atmospheres, none of these five planets is suitable to life as we know it. They are all gas giants, …

Universe