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The 8 bloodiest Roman emperors in history

They are often described as ruthless and bloodthirsty, famous for their tyrannical reigns of terror. Here, historian Sean Lang examines eight of the …

Here’s what the world will be like in 2045, according to DARPA’s top scientists

Predicting the future is fraught with challenges, but when it comes to technological advances and forward thinking, experts working at the Pentagon's research agency may be the best people to ask.<p>Launched in 1958, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is behind some of the biggest …

Singularity

How Do Motorcycles Lean So Far Without Tipping Over?

Riding a motorcycle is just like riding a bike except it's much faster—oh, and you don't have to pedal. In both cases, the two wheeled vehicle can …

Is another human living inside you?

You may think your body and mind are your own. In fact, you are a fusion of many organisms - including, potentially, another person. Words by David Robson, photography by Ariko Inaoka.<p><i>This story is part of BBC Future’s “Best of 2015” list, our greatest hits of the year.</i> <i>Browse the full list.</i><p><i>-</i><p>Once …

Genetics

U.S. man fighting ISIS: It's not 'Call of Duty'

<b>Northern Syria (CNN) —</b> A former U.S. soldier battling ISIS alongside Kurdish fighters in Syria has warned others tempted to join him that life on the front line is no computer game.<p>"You meet a lot of people who think this is going to be the gaming experience -- [like] Call of Duty," he told CNN at …

Middle East

Sena's intelligent motorcycle helmet keeps a lid on unwanted noise

Sena has been designing Bluetooth communication systems specifically targeted to motorcyclists since 1998 and several of its products have been …

Carbon Fiber

Fink - Too Late (Official Video)

NASA And MegaBots Team Up To Build Giant Fighting Robots

And defeat the giant fighting robots of Japan<p>You might have seen MegaBots in the pages of Popular Science’s August issue. The company, headed by engineers Gui Cavalcanti and Matt Oehrlein, creates giant fighting robots. Its first prototype, the Mk. II, is 15 feet tall, lumbers along at just under 3 …

Kepler Telescope Introduces Earth To A Very Distant Cousin

NASA's planet-hunting Kepler Telescope has spotted the first roughly Earth-sized world orbiting in the "Goldilocks zone" of another star – offering perhaps the best bet so far for life elsewhere in the universe.<p>A year on Kepler-452b, which is about 1,400 light years from us in the constellation …

Universe

Stop saying 'space is hard'

It makes us feel good, but it also makes us weak<p>On June 28th, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket meant to deliver supplies to the International Space Station exploded en route. It was the third cargo resupply mission to fail within the past year. In October 28th, 2014, Orbital Sciences’ uncrewed Antares …

Space Exploration

Paper Plane GIF by Blobby Barack

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GIF Animations

This astronaut is sacrificing his body to go to space for 1,000 days

Russian cosmonaut Gennady Padalka, the commander of the current crew on board the International Space Station, has broken the record for the longest time spent in space with 803 days. Padalka, who is to return to Earth in September, has previously said he would like to try for 1,000 days on a …

Space Exploration

153 movie sequels currently in the works

<i>Yikes! We're two trillions words into this piece, and we've only just got to the letter 'K'. Here's part three of the rundown then, and there are a</i> …

Movies

Rats Taught to Detect Land Mines in Cambodia

Africa

Nanogenerators Will Let Car Tires Pull Electricity From The Ground

Reinventing the wheel<p>It’s becoming clear: electric cars are the future. Between electric mainstays like Tesla and legacy car manufacturers like Ford and Chevrolet, the auto industry is racing towards making truly viable electric cars. Now, researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are …

Single-celled plankton evolves tiny, human-like eye

The eye is so complex that researchers originally thought it had come from an animal that the plankton had eaten<p>A single-celled marine plankton has evolved a miniature version of an eye to help see its prey better, researchers believe.<p>The tiny creature, which can only be seen under a microscope, it …

No, Microsoft Is Not Going To Kill Off Windows Phone, It Has A Much Better Plan

Contrary to what some outlets are reporting, I really don’t believe that Microsoft is going to be giving up on Windows Mobile in the near future. What is clear, however, is that Windows Mobile is soon going to be another branch of Windows, and that’s a very smart move.<p>The same, it has to be said, …

Windows Phone

Microsoft has a strange new mission statement

The memo was obtained earlier by Geekwire, and Business Insider has also seen a copy.<p>It contains a new official mission statement for the company: "Our mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more."<p>That's pretty vague.<p>Microsoft's mission statement early on …

Innovation

World view: free climbing a giant redwood, Eureka, northern California, US

California’s huge redwood trees are a natural wonder. In these breathtaking shots, climber Chris Sharma scales a 77-metre-tall sequoia. The reason? Red Bull’s Giant Ascent project and a chance for biologists to check the 600-year-old tree’s health

Northern California

New Yamaha chassis for Rossi and Lorenzo

MotoGP title leaders Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo will try a new Yamaha chassis during Thursday practice at Assen.<p>The chassis performed well in …

Motorsport

Lexus has developed a hoverboard ... seriously

For years, designers and startups have been attempting to mimic fiction and create a hoverboard like the one famously piloted by Marty McFly in <i>Back</i> …

Marillion on Twitter: "June is the month for anniversaries! Happy 20th Anniversary to Afraid Of Sunlight. http://t.co/OCVfVQnusW"

Beautifully Tangled 28-Foot-Long Table Constructed Entirely of Wood

Artist Michael Beitz's impressive sculpture is a fantastic and playful take on your standard dining table. Titled <i>Not Now</i>, the 28-foot-long piece is made entirely out of wood, even as it twists and tangles at its center. Both ends are flat and invite you to take a seat. As you gaze towards the …

Art

Anki Overdrive ups its game with modularised robot car racing

Gallery: Anki Overdrive ups its game with modularised robot car racing<p>Gallery: Anki Overdrive ups its game with modularised robot car racing<p>+ 1<p>Anki …

Robotics

Flu vaccine: Ministers may have known of dangerous new strain last March

The World Health Organisation, who 'work closely' with the Government, knew last March that a dangerous new strain of flu had emerged<p>Ministers may have known almost a year ago there was a strain of influenza circulating which the flu vaccine would not protect against, the Prime Minister's official …