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Africa's Multi-Level Floating Hotel with an Underwater Room

The Manta Resort is a beautiful, multi-room hotel that sits on the Indian Ocean island of Pemba. The spectacular getaway offers not only a place to rest your head for the night, but also some truly breathtaking views from its unique, underwater room. The floating structure, made of local hardwood, …

Scuba Diving

What our descendants will deplore about us

How will the future view us? Tom Chatfield asked some of the world’s best minds, and discovered that we will be seen as barbaric in ways we may not even realise.<p>I had a discussion that made me ask a disconcerting question: how will I be viewed after I die? I like to think of myself as someone who …

Human Rights

The Cause of Earth's Largest Mass Extinction: Microbe Sex

Around 252 million years ago, 90 percent of all species on Earth were wiped out in an extinction event commonly called The Great Dying. Now, a team …

The incredible history of infinitesimals and the birth of modern mathematics

<b>(deimagine via iStock)</b><p>Learning to see the infinite in lines, planes and solids gave birth to calculus as we know it<p>Amir Alexander<p>April 4, 2014 11:00pm (UTC)<p>This article was originally published by Scientific American.<p>Sometime in the 5th century B.C. the Greek philosopher Hippasus of Metapontum, a …

Why Is a Florida Man Facing Life in Prison For Lending a Friend His Car and Going to Sleep?

Several years ago I read a piece in <i>The New York Times</i> by Adam Liptak about Ryan Holle. Ryan, who had no prior record, is serving a life sentence with …

There are more ways to arrange a deck of cards than atoms on Earth

[Video Link]There are roughly 80,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 unique ways to order 52 …

Why Do We Age? A 46-Species Comparison

Why we age is a tricky evolutionary question. A full set of DNA resides in each of our cells, after all, allowing most of them to replicate again and again and again. Why don’t all tissues regenerate forever? Wouldn’t that be evolutionarily advantageous?<p>Since the early 1950s, evolutionary …

Why Is Google Building A Robot Army?

In short: robotics world domination<p>Looking back, Google’s emergence as a robotics powerhouse seems obvious—and inevitable. First came the scattered hires of roboticists and the release of self-driving cars into Bay Area traffic. Then, the search giant reportedly bought two humanoid HUBO robots from …

Robotics

March equinox: All you need to know

The 2018 equinox comes March 20 at 16:15 UTC. It’s an event that happens on our sky’s dome – and a seasonal marker in Earth’s orbit around the …

The Search for Aliens Is Just Getting Started

Seth Shostak, SETI senior astronomer, tells PopMech why it's no surprise our search for alien life has so far come up empty—and why, if there really is intelligent life out there, we'll find it within the next few decades.<p>Over the past 50 years, several SETI projects have scoured the cosmos but …

Do Plants Sleep?

I’ve been thinking a lot about sleep lately, mostly because I wrote a story on the topic for the March issue of Popular Science. Sleep, of course, is a key part of our lives as humans. We do it every night (or at least we should). We also see other animals sleep, from our pet dogs snoozing at our …

Pink Panther Theme Tune Played By Floppy Disk Drive Orchestra Is Incredible (VIDEO)

All hail Gigawipf.<p>Not content with mesmerising you all with their floppy-disk drive orchestra playing an incredible version of 'Tainted Love', …

Super Mario Vs Pacman Animation Is Adorable, Brutal (GIF)

What would happen if Mario took on Pacman in the first level of Super Mario Bros?<p>In reality, nothing much - Mario exists in a side-on 2-dimensional …

Awesome Fully Working LEGO Keyboard Created By Jason Allemann (video)

If you enjoy building projects using Lego bricks and would like to have a very unique and custom keyboard to use with your computer. You might be …

Lego

Futuristic Moon Elevator Idea Takes Aim at Lunar Lifts

An elevator to the moon might not be as crazy as it sounds.<p>A moon-based elevator to space could radically reduce the costs and improve the …

From moonlight to the microwave: your science questions answered

That's not a silvery mirror in the night sky, and there's a reason why the sea isn't even saltier. Plus, can soaking in a hot bath affect male fertility, and how spinning electrons cook your dinner<p><b>Q How does the moon shine; what causes the reflection and how?</b> asks Manish Kunwar<p>A As Professor Manuel …

Do classmates suffer when kids repeat grades? - Futurity

When students repeat a grade, it can spell trouble for their classmates, according to a new study of nearly 80,000 middle-schoolers.

Research

What's It Like To Hear Color?

<i>Part 1 of the</i> TED Radio Hour <i>episode</i> Extrasensory.<p><b>About Neil Harbisson's TEDTalk</b><p>Artist Neil Harbisson was born completely color blind. But thanks to a device attached to his head, he can now "hear" color, which allows him to experience an element that was once invisible.<p><b>About Neil Harbisson</b><p>Neil …

Can A Prosthetic Limb Feel?

<i>Part 2 of the</i> TED Radio Hour <i>episode</i> Extrasensory.<p><b>About Todd Kuiken's TEDTalk</b><p>Physiatrist and engineer Todd Kuiken is building a prosthetic arm that connects with the human nervous system — improving motion, control and even feeling.<p><b>About Todd Kuiken</b><p>Todd Kuiken is a doctor and engineer at the …

The Woman Who Thinks She Can Will Herself Out of Her Body

"Hold on just a second," you're thinking to yourself (I am not a psychic but I occasionally play one in blog posts). "Didn't I already read this article on Popular Science?"<p>No, friend: you read an article written by Douglas Main titled "The Woman Who Can Will Herself Out Of Her Body," which differs …

Watch A Stun Gun Drone Tase An Intern

It's exactly what it sounds like<p>Chaotic Moon Studios, a startup making, uh, about anything you can think of, invited me to their Austin offices today during South By Southwest to check out a live demonstration of a stun gun-loaded drone. Obviously, I came.<p>The gentleman here is an intern named …

Drones

Can physics help divorced couples share their children?

When physicist Andrés Gomberoff's second marriage ended, his life suddenly became much more complex. Arranging a day in which he and his girlfriend could spend time with all four of their children became nearly impossible. So, Gomberoff decided to use his knowledge of condensed-matter physics to …

How a River Otter Can Bag an Alligator for Lunch

Photos capture an amazing take-down.<p>We've barely recovered from the snake-eats-croc photos, and now this: Photos reveal a river otter in Florida attacking a young alligator, which it then ripped into for lunch.<p>The photos, shot in 2011 in Florida's Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge by a visitor …

This Famous Image Of Marie Curie Isn't Marie Curie

This one could've used a fact-checker or two...<p>The above image, allegedly of Marie Curie, adorns stamps around the world. But there's a problem: It's not Marie Curie.<p>It's instead a photo of Susan Marie Frontczak, snapped by Paul Schroder in 2001. Frontczak makes a living portraying the famous …

Science

How to protect the photos you post online

Kate Russell's weekly review of the best apps and websites.<p>Copyright protection for digital content is a complex issue with no straightforward solution. Stipple can help you stay connected to your content by creating a unique fingerprint that stays with it wherever it travels within the website's …

Intellectual Property

Controversy over 'discovery' of Bitcoin creator

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/business/1058000/1058556_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524819709_4c9bcf0ffe88d9139430434b7963a61a<p><b>Controversy is surrounding claims by Newsweek to have found the creator of the Bitcoin virtual currency.</b><p>It was assumed that the name behind …

Bitcoin

5 Glasses That Can Change How You See The World

20/20 vision<p>Google Glass might not have done much to move fashion forward, but it has inspired a bevy of copycats—many of which will be on the market before Glass. Some of them are subtle, some futuristic, and some seem plucked straight from 1950s B-movies. The common thread: All of them will …