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What is it like to have never felt an emotion?

Some people seem to lack the capacity to feel joy, sorrow or love. David Robson discovers the challenges and surprising advantages of “alexithymia”.<p>Caleb is telling me about the birth of his son, now eight months old. “You know you hear parents say that the first time they looked at their kid, they …

The new off-road nipi cooler uses renewable power to keep your devices charged and your beer cold

In our continued effort to create all-in-one hybrids out of just about anything we can get our hands on, nipi is looking to deck-out your cooler like never before. While we have seen our fair share of unique portable solutions for trips to the beach, camping, concerts and wherever else you might …

Off-roading

Pluto: ten things we now know about the dwarf planet

Photograph: Nasa/Reuters<p>We now know much more about Pluto than before the New Horizons flyby. The image shows Pluto in enhanced colour.<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/7/28/1438087352660/888f6d4f-e758-47b7-9d39-d1bcca89734e-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: Nasa/Reuters<p>We …

What Tesla is doing in America’s newest smokestacks-free manufacturing city

Manufacturing may conjure up images of smokestacks and smelters, but two former industrial towns are seeking to change what it means—and what it …

The meaning of life, according to Google's chatbot AI

Conversations with chatbots are interesting, in a short-lived sort of way. If you take Cleverbot for a spin, for example, you quickly run into issues. It's very easy to notice that the software is programmed to respond to certain keywords in a certain way, it doesn't respond as well to statements …

10 Types of Seafood You Really Shouldn't Eat (and 10 You Should Eat Instead)

<i>By: Dan Gentile</i><p>It may seem like the ocean is just a bottomless pit of fish sticks and sushi, but the reality is that our supply of seafood is finite. Through rampant overfishing and just generally treating the ocean like a cheap buffet, we've depleted the populations and ruined the habitats of some …

Aquaculture

Welcome to the Red State HIV Epidemic

Republican governors face tough decisions as the disease spreads in middle America.<p>It wasn’t supposed to happen here. Not in Austin, a one-doctor-and-an-ice-cream-shop town of 4,200 in southeastern Indiana, nestled off Interstate 65 on the road from Indianapolis to Louisville, where dusty …

What Good Is Thinking About Death?

We're all going to die and we all know it. This can be both a burden and a blessing.<p>In the heart of every parent lives the tightly coiled nightmare that his child will die. It might spring at logical times—when a toddler runs into the street, say—or it might sneak up in quieter moments. The fear is …

Top 10 new species for 2015 (pictures)

The octopus can see with its skin

Octopus skin contains a light-sensitive pigment found in eyes, suggesting that these clever cephalopods can “see” without using their eyes<p>Octopuses are well known for changing the colour, patterning, and texture of their skin to blend into their surroundings and send signals to each other, an …

What Is It Like To Own And Drive A Tesla? An Early Adopter Explains

<i>This question originally appeared on Quora: What is it like to own and drive a Tesla?</i><p><i>Answer by John Gustafson, Owner of Roadster Sport #1147, on Quora</i><p>I have owned a Tesla Roadster Sport for four years, and it is my only car. Many people just garage their Tesla Roadsters and treat them as …

How to solve the maths puzzle for Vietnamese eight-year-olds that stumped parents and teachers

I set this maths puzzle yesterday. Now for the solution. It wasn’t pretty, folks, but we got there in the end<p>The challenge was to fill in the above snake with the digits 1 to 9, using each digit only once. The colon “:” means divide, and you must follow the standard order of operations, meaning …

Water surprise: The Water Book reviewed

Think about what you did first thing this morning. You woke, having respired and perspired through the night. You got out of bed and went to the bathroom to urinate and to wash. You filled the kettle to make tea or coffee and, while waiting for it to boil, may have checked the weather forecast for …

BMW R100/7 by Dream Wheels Heritage

Reading time: about 2 minutes.<p>BMW<br>• German<br>• Motorcycles<br>• Vintage<p>The BMW R100/7 was released in 1976 as one of the largest-engined bikes in the company’s …

What People Around the World Dream About

An atlas of the subconscious, from Tijuana to Reykjavik<p>The first thing I learned is: Everybody flies.<p>Consider the surly taxi driver I met in Ukraine who, when asked what he dreamed of at night, responded, “I jump and then I fly—higher than the trees, higher than the trolley wires.”<p>“I think when I …

Mind

Photos: 1960s beach culture on Australia's Gold Coast

The Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia, has been known for its golden sands and beach bums for decades. But it's also home to Australia's meter …

Scientists May Have Just Found A Solution For Deadly Superbugs

A computer program designed by two scientists could one day be a weapon in the fight against antibiotic resistance in bacteria. Using complex algorithms, biologist Miriam Barlow of the University of California, Merced and mathematician Kristina Crona of American University in Washington, D.C. were …

Microbiology

11 Brilliant Egg Hacks That Will Change Your Mornings Forever

When eggs are a part of every morning, the whole crack-and-scramble routine starts to feel, um, <i>egg</i>ceptionally boring. Meanwhile, the perfect poach starts to seem too elusive, too confusing and altogether too much work.<p>It's time to get your egg hack on. These brilliant tricks make perfect poached …

Breakfast

An Artificial Reef For Any Seafloor

One of ten brilliant innovations from our 2015 Invention Awards<p>2015 Invention Award Winner<p>Category: Environment<p><b>Inventor:</b><p>Alex Goad<p><b>Company:</b><p>Reef Design Lab<p><b>Invention:</b><p>Modular Artificial Reef Structure<p><b>Development Cost To Date:</b><p>$11,500<p><b>Maturity:</b><p>4/5<p>During a 2011 trip to Miami, Alex Goad went scuba diving and …

Quasicrystals Are Nature’s Impossible Matter

“There can be no such creature.”<p>What do a frying pan, an LED light, and the most cutting edge camouflage in the world have in common? Well, that largely depends on who you ask. Most people would struggle to find the link, but for University of Michigan chemical engineers Sharon Glotzer and Michael …

Teeth Gnasher: Thor Drake's Scrambler bike

Thor Drake’s love for motorcycling and his desire to go beyond the ordinary can be seen in his latest project, a race-ready 2010-spec Triumph Scrambler. It’s at home on the track, in the woods and on the road.<p>Drake, part-owner of Portland-based See See Motor Coffee Co., has an easy smile and boyish …

Motorcycles

Honda GB250 by Ellaspede

The Honda GB250 is one of those small bikes with a big heart—in this case, an air-cooled single that pumps out a healthy 30 bhp in stock form. The GB250 tips the scales at less than 130 kg (280 lbs), and thanks to low gearing, is capable of out-dragging much more powerful machines at the traffic …

Oil Spills

Clutch Customs' sublime Kawasaki KZ650

Kawasaki KZ650s don’t come across our desks too often. So we were intrigued to see this one from Monsieur Willie Knoll at Paris’ Clutch Custom Motorcycles.<p>Willie has an obsession with lines and details, and a knack for nipping and tucking a bike until everything sits just right. Equally impressive …

Motorcycles

That '70s Show: new Bonneville, vintage style

Most builders rhapsodize about their bikes, scattering superlatives like autumn leaves on a country road. Kev Taggart describes his Triumph Bonneville T100 as “Small, squat, and tough as old boots.”<p>Kev can afford to be blunt. He’s one half of the English workshop Spirit of The Seventies, and a man …

The Hunter: A Scrambler With Extra Firepower

The Triumph Scrambler’s biggest selling point is its looks. It might not be the strongest contender in the performance department, but it has a nostalgic appeal that few others can match. And it’s easy to upgrade.<p>This stunning Triumph Scrambler was built by Erne’s Euromotos—a dealership and custom …

Why can’t we remember dreams? The neuroscience of ecstasy and sadness

<b>Jeff Bridges and Julianne Moore in "The Big Lebowski" (Gramercy Pictures)</b><p>It seems like a pact with the devil. As soon as you’re in a position to record a dream, it starts to disappear<p>Douwe Draaisma<p>May 3, 2015 8:00pm (UTC)<p>Excerpted from “Forgetting: Myths, Perils and Compensations”<p><i>There’s no time to</i> …

Consciousness

Sunburst: The 8 Best Portable Solar Panels

A dead battery in your phone when you’re on the subway and the guy next to you insists on humming “It’s a Small World” is irritating. A dead battery …

Tesla and the Texas Tea Party

How lawmakers championing states' rights and small businesses came to endorse government-sanctioned cartels<p>Today’s Tea Party is at the height of its influence and power. Its representation in Congress has never been greater. It has become a powerful force in many states, including the big enchilada …

Tea Party

Low-Oxygen Dead Zones Found In Atlantic Ocean

No psychic powers here<p>Plenty of fish in the sea? Sure. But you won't find any in the Atlantic Ocean's newly discovered dead zones.<p>In a paper published in <i>Biogeosciences</i>, researchers describe pockets of low-oxygenated water traveling across the Atlantic Ocean. They found these so-called dead zones in …

Mississippi River