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What the rise of Britain’s Jeremy Corbyn means for the rest of the world

Predictably, they're calling it "Corbynmania." Yes, the unexpected rise of an old-school socialist in Britain's politics has everyone talking.<p>But should the rest of the world really care about Jeremy Corbyn, a member of Parliament from London's North Islington who is now the favorite to lead the …

Political Science

Watching a spacecraft fall in the desert

NASA just dropped its Orion capsule out of a plane with two failed parachutes<p>I’m somewhere outside Yuma, Arizona, in the middle of the desert, watching a spacecraft fall to Earth. It’s like a white teardrop descending slowly against the bright azure sky. Two red-and-white parachutes hold the …

Space Exploration

NASA Warns Sea-Level Rise Will Only Get Worse in the Future

A new NASA model is showing just how fast sea levels are rising around the world as a result of climate change.<p>At a news conference Wednesday (Aug. 26), NASA officials described a new computer visualization of sea level change incorporating data collected by satellites since 1992 — it reveals that …

Sea Level

The Virtuix Omni gaming treadmill is finally a finished product

It's like playing laser tag on ice, wearing bowling shoes. That's about as close as I can come to describing the Virtuix Omni treadmill, which has been kicking around tradeshows since mid-2013. When we first saw it, the Omni was a slippery wooden prototype that let you move in one direction. Now, …

Project Anywhere: digital route to an out-of-body experience

Constantinos Miltiadis’s project combines inteligloves and Kinect sensors to an Oculus Rift-style headset to provide the ultimate in impressive digital experiences<p>It might look like a scene from <i>Minority Report</i>, but Constantinos Miltiadis’s hi-tech gear is science fact, not fiction. Created for a …

Virtual Reality

Yes, We've Seen the Surface of Venus

Venera was a series of satellites launched by the Soviet Union in the 1970s and 1980s to study Venus’ environment. It was also the program aimed at returning the first images of the surface of another planet. Over the course of the program, thirteen probes successfully reached Venus and transmitted …

Artist Turns DNA From Chewed Gum Into Sculptures

Plus, a perfume that can cover your genetic tracks<p>Two years ago, artist Heather Dewey-Hagborg caused a stir in both the art and biosecurity worlds when she displayed busts of people she’d never met. She determined the facial features for her “Stranger Visions” show using DNA found in the streets …

Sculpture