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Every Time You Shower, This Gadget Makes Energy From The Extra Heat

An engineer’s eureka moment while in the shower is aimed at improving the shower itself.<p>A few years ago, an engineer was taking a shower and started looking at the water going down the drain and wondering how much energy was going with it. The answer, it turned out, was pretty large: after heating …

This necklace is also a panic button for bad dates

The Guardian Angel looks like a rather cumbersome silver pendant, but it doubles as a panic alarm for times when dates are going downhill.<p>By pressing …

20 Peaks in 30 Days—A Bold Volcano Ski Tour

Dr. Jon Kedrowski was boot-packing the final push up Mount Adams in Washington, 150 yards from the 12,276-foot summit, when his spidey sense kicked in. Danger was near. His neck hair stood on end, sending chills down his back. Thunderheads had been building all day, and now it was certain they were …

The True Origins of 'X-Men'

It was mid-1963, and Stan Lee was on a roll. In a mad burst of invention, he and star artists Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko had just birthed the …

Comics

What are All These Dot Thingies?

What is earthshine?

When you see the crescent moon after sunset this week, notice the pale glow on its unlit portion. This glow is called earthshine.<p>When you look at a …

Bats Use Mini Muscles to Tweak Their Wings In Flight, And Drones Could Too

When a bird or a bat takes flight, there's much more going on than a simple flapping motion. This is part of the reason why it took humans such an incredibly long time to fly like one of them (you can read more about that here). The physical motion is incredibly complex, with a slight curvature at …

Military Plans To Test Brain Implants To Fight Mental Disorders

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, is launching a $70 million program to help military personnel with psychiatric disorders using electronic devices implanted in the brain.<p>The goal of the five-year program is to develop new ways of treating problems including depression, …

1000-hp AMS Ronin Nissan GT-R

This is the quickest road car we've ever tested.<p>Meet the 1000-hp Nissan GT-R called the “Ronin.” The name, which translates roughly as “a warrior without a master,” would seem to overdo it on the samurai imagery, but this car, this barn-built Bugatti, is the quickest road car we’ve tested in our 59 …

Road Trip Pre-Departure Checklist: Items to Make or Break Your Trip – Feature

Lambert<p>Once you’ve planned an epic road trip, booked your hotels, organized your activities, and taken care of any long-term maintenance items on your vehicle, there are still a number of details to check in the weeks, days, and hours before you hit the road. Read on for a handy list of the most …

There is No Escape: Italian Cops Get a Lamborghini Huracán

Pro tip: If you're busted for speeding by Italy's Polizia di Stato, and the blue lights in your rearview are attached to this, just pull over. You've already lost.<p>Italy's Polizia di Stato has a replacement for its Lamborghini Gallardo interceptors. Say hello to the Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4 …

Law Enforcement

Commercial Drones Are Now Legal, According To Federal Ruling

As of right now it’s perfectly legal to operate a drone for commercial reasons. That’s according to a federal judge, in a ruling that notes the Federal Aviation Administration has not made any legally binding rules against the practice.<p>This flies in the face of the FAA, which previously stated that …

Awesome NASA Animation Shows Neutron Stars Ripping Each Other Apart (VIDEO)

Unless you're very, very unlucky, you're never going to bump up against a black hole. But a new animation from NASA gives a spectacular, close-up look at a black hole forming from the collision of two neutron stars.<p>These aren't bumper cars. NASA says these collisions are among the most violent …

And It Didn't Work?!: Man Tries To Board Plane With Pet Turtle Disguised As Hamburger

Note: Picture is not of the actual turtle burger, because there's no way TSA wouldn't have fallen for this one.<p>A man in China recently tried to sneak …