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The Hunt for the Notorious U-Boat UB-29

You get an idea before you even walk in his door that Tomas Termote’s life is bound up with the sea, or at any rate what lies beneath it. Outside his …

Vibrant Data Visualizations of Famous Classical Music Scores Burst with Color

Self-described “designer, data geek, fractal nut” Nicholas Rougeux has merged open-source music with data visualization to create colorful imagery based on some of the most famous classical music scores in history. From Mozart and Beethoven to Chopin and Vivaldi, it's fascinating to see how these …

Flute

The World’s Tiniest Wonders, Revealed Through Photomicrography

Under a microscope, even a toothbrush can be a work of art.<p>Since 1975, Nikon’s Small World Photomicrography Competition has attracted photographers …

Biology

26 stunning natural wonders everyone should see in their lifetime

There may only be seven official natural wonders of the world, but there are plenty more breathtaking natural sights all over the globe worth exploring. From the rushing waters of Niagara Falls in New York and Canada to the snowy peak of the Matterhorn in Switzerland, it's hard to narrow down the …

The President’s Secret Air Force

Air Force One is just the public face of a fleet that keeps the president safe and secure.<p><i>The following is expanded and adapted from</i> Raven Rock: The Story of the U.S. Government’s Secret Plan to Save Itself—While the Rest of Us Die <i>(Simon & Schuster, 2017).</i><p>The photo this winter of a smiling …

Military

20 Kitchen Products You Should Buy at Ikea — and 3 You Shouldn't

It's easy to get overwhelmed by Ikea's seemingly endless selection of kitchen products, and it's important to know which ones are truly worth the purchase. Some of the store's budget-friendly cooking tools simply can't be beat, while others are worth skipping in the interest of investing in a …

Satellite images suggest North Koreans were playing volleyball at their nuclear test site last weekend

At a time of remarkable tensions over Pyongyang's weapons program, satellite images of North Korea appeared to capture images of multiple volleyball games being played at the country's main nuclear testing site.<p>The images, taken Sunday by satellite company Digitalglobe and later released by the …

North Korea

The Great Gatsby Mansion Is on the Market for $85 Million

The estate that inspired the 2013 movie set will transport you to another world<p>Literature lovers know that Jay Gatsby's mansion was the host of many fabulous, decadent parties with seemingly endless amounts of space and over-the-top features. So when F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel <i>The Great</i> …

Joshua Bell: VR could popularize classical music

NEW YORK—Celebrated Grammy Award winning violinist Joshua Bell wants virtual reality to help spread the love for classical music.<p>“I think it’s an incredible visceral experience. I’d love to see VR sort of bring classical music to people who might not go initially to a concert hall or to Carnegie …

Virtual Reality

California woman sues Mike and Ike company, claims not enough candy in box

A Los Angeles-area woman went to her local movie theater and experienced a disappointment many of us are familiar with: overpriced snacks at the concession stand.<p>Stephanie Escobar has taken legal action on behalf of moviegoers everywhere, suing Mike and Ike's parent company after she found her $4 …

'Firefall' at Yosemite Park thrills visitors | CNN Travel

National Parks

McDonald’s has a Nutella burger that oozes chocolate

Do not be alarmed, your burger is designed to ooze like that<p>As I watch a sandwich secrete sweet goop, I am reminded of a website I love. The fun (but crudely named) This is why you’re fat used to collate the most outrageous food combinations that humans splice together. McDonald’s latest dessert, …

Lyft is replacing the pink mustache with a psychedelic dash display that knows your name

Meet the Lyft Amp<p>Lyft has outgrown its pink mustache. Today, the ride-hail company says it will retire the oversized facial hair logo that has defined the company’s image since 2012 and replace it with a brightly colored, Bluetooth-enabled, LED gadget called the Amp. The device, which attaches …

"Cliodynamics" Research Proves America Freaks Out Every 50 Years

And the next one is supposed to come really soon.<p>The phrase “history repeats itself” isn’t just an old idiom — it’s a scientific truth, according to …

Giant snowballs appear on Russian beach in Siberia

<b>A strange and beautiful sight greeted locals in the Gulf of Ob, in northwest Siberia, after thousands of natural snowballs formed on the beach.</b><p>An 11-mile (18km) stretch of coast was covered in the icy spheres.<p>The sculptural shapes range from the size of a tennis ball to almost 1m (3ft) across.<p>They …

Adorable 'emotional support duck' a hit on US flight

A duck is one of the last animals you would expect to find on an aeroplane flight, not least because they have wings and can fly wherever they like free of charge.<p>However, this bird provides a special service - it is an emotional support duck for a passenger who is worried about flying.<p>Author Mark …

Cute

Honeycrisp was just the beginning: inside the quest to create the perfect apple

The Honeycrisp apple, explained.<p>The idea that a red apple is a delicious apple is one of the greatest frauds ever perpetrated against Americans. The apples we’re supposed to eat to keep doctors away, the apples we’re supposed to give to teachers to show our appreciation, the apples we compare to …

Is this the world's best private jet? The Boeing 787 that's an airborne penthouse apartment

Ordinarily Boeing 787 Dreamliners serve as commercial aircraft that carry between 240 and 335 passengers, but in a world first one of the planes has been transformed into a 40-passenger private jet so spacious and well-equipped that it resembles an airborne penthouse apartment.<p>Developed by Kestrel …

Aviation

Houston taco truck registering voters using 'Guac the vote' drive | Fox News

At Tacos Tierra Caliente — a food truck parked in a section of Houston where Spanish is spoken as often as English — $1.50 can buy such street taco staples as pollo (chicken), barbacoa (shredded beef) and lengua (tongue).<p>But next to the handwritten chalkboard menu and "cash only" sign is a new red, …

Lincoln Park Zoo names baby camel 'Alexander Camelton'

The Broadway hit musical "Alexander Hamilton" opens in Chicago on September 27. But, in a sense, Alexander is already in the city; at Lincoln Park …

Alexander Hamilton

Big-ass spider jumps on driver, setting off chain reaction of awful

Arachnophobes, this is your worst nightmare. A teenager in Sydney, Australia watched her car roll into the sea, after a spider ended crawled on her …

An entrepreneur who now earns 6 figures shares the career advice he wishes he'd had in his pizza delivery days

Fed up with "trudging through six feet of snow, up six flights of stairs to get a $2 tip," he set his sights on something more, and spent two years learning everything he could about running an online business.<p>"I would read these stories, like '18-year-old kid started an office chair site and makes …

8 Ways To Get People To Take You More Seriously

Do you ever feel like nobody takes you seriously at work? If so, you're not alone. More than 50% of people don't feel respected at work, according to a global survey of more than 20,000 employees by the <i>Harvard Business Review</i>.<p>Maybe colleagues ignore your input in meetings. Perhaps they interrupt …

The best photos from 2016's spectacular Perseid meteor shower

The night sky was alive with shooting stars on Thursday as people around the globe experienced one of the most active Perseid meteor showers in a …

11 Incredible Things You Can Build Using Only 2 x 4s

This common lumber stock can be used to make almost anything.<p>2 x 4s are available everywhere, which make them an easy and inexpensive building material. They can be cut down into smaller sizes or used as-is to make furniture and projects of all sizes.<p>One important tip before you build 2 x 4 …

Lockheed built a robot that finds and repairs pinholes in airships

The Self-Propelled Instrument for Airship Damage Evaluation and Repair<p>Lockheed Martin's Skunk Works division has created a robot that can find and repair tiny holes on blimps. The Self-Propelled Instrument for Airship Damage Evaluation and Repair, known as Spider, is designed to work with …

Bill Clinton loves balloons more than anything

Last night at the Democratic National Convention, we learned a number of things. Chelsea Clinton kind of sounds like Mia Thermopolis from <i>The Princess Diaries</i> if you close your eyes and squint your ears. "Believing in science" is somehow not a given for a presidential candidate in 2016. And most …

Lollapalooza's rise from touring festival to Chicago mainstay

It all began, fittingly, with an acid trip. In 1983, Jane’s Addiction frontman and Lollapalooza cofounder Perry Farrell was just a 24-year-old …

Festivals

A Definitive Ranking of Carpool Karaoke Guests

Now with added FLOTUS.<p>Who knew that a British talk show host driving around and having a bit of a sing-song would become such an internet sensation? But James Corden's Carpool Karaoke on <i>The Late Late Show</i> has become a proper phenomenon - every one a treat. So which is the best? Here's our totally …

Music

This Guy Is Painting Over Ugly Graffiti To Make It Legible

Graffiti can be beautiful or ugly, but when it comes to tagging - most people would probably agree that it's the most hideous type of street art. And …