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Longitude Prize 2014: £10 Million Award For 'Great Problem' Solutions

A £10 million prize fund has been announced in a bid to help solve one of the great issues of the day.<p>Details of the Longitude Prize, launched by …

New Roller Coaster Sends You On A 60-MPH Face-First Fall

<i>Weeeeee</i><p>The 335-foot Falcon’s Fury, which opens this spring at Busch Gardens Tampa, isn’t the tallest drop tower in the world. That honor goes to 415-foot Zumanjaro at Six Flag’s Great Adventure. But the Fury offers a thrill no other ride does: a 60-mph, face-first free fall.<p><b>1) Slow brake</b><p>After about …

As heavy as 14 elephants, as long as 2 tractor trailers: Meet Mr. Titanosaur

They may be the biggest boys on any block -- any block, ever.<p>In fact, the dinosaurs unveiled Saturday by Argentina's Museo Paleontologico Egidio Feruglio may be the largest to grace the Earth. At about 130 feet (40 meters) long and 180,000 pounds (80,000 kilograms), it's no wonder, then, that these …

Matter will be created from light within a year, claim scientists

Researchers have worked out how to make matter from pure light and are drawing up plans to demonstrate the feat within the next 12 months.<p>The theory underpinning the idea was first described 80 years ago by two physicists who later worked on the first atomic bomb. At the time they considered the …

Scentee's smelly smartphone notifications are now available worldwide

If you were crestfallen when you heard that Scentee's fragrance-emitting smartphone add-on would be hard to get outside of Japan, you can relax -- it's now available worldwide through the company's site. The perfume plug-in sells for $35 by itself (plus a whopping $30 in shipping), while scent …

Insane New Footage Of Felix Baumgartner's Edge-Of-Space Jump Released

We're warning you now: This new video of Felix Baumgartner's record-setting leap from the edge of space just might make you feel a bit queasy.<p>The supersonic skydiver made history in October 2012 when he plunged more than 24 miles to Earth's surface, breaking three records in the process.<p>Now, nearly …

30 movies you won't believe didn't win Oscars

The Oscars are an opportunity to celebrate our favorite movies of the past year all over again, and root for our picks to take home top honors. But …

James Dean

Massive Polar Bears Enjoy a Magnificent Glowing Sunset

Many photographers have set out to document polar bears within their natural, snowy surroundings. Whether the animals are playfully rolling around in the snow or going for a quick swim, more often than not, they are surrounded by a stark white, wintry backdrop. However, in Alaska's Arctic National …

CMD+SPACE Creates Instant Dribbble Design Portfolio Sites

Dribbble is already a fantastic place to show off your graphic design projects on the Web, but if you’re looking to build a portfolio site with a little extra flair, CMD+SPACE is a new platform that’s worth digging into.<p>Created by Nvite co-founders Evan Dudla and Michael Dick, CMD+SPACE offers …

Crowdsourced WiFi Network Fon Picks Up $14M Led By Qualcomm, Adds Facebook Integration

Fon, a free “crowdsourced” WiFi network that is created out of people sharing a portion of their private WiFi connections, is today announcing another $14 million in funding led by Qualcomm Ventures as it gears up to tackle new areas like the U.S. and business users. It will also be teaming up with …

Feast Your Eyes on Dubai’s World Record-Setting New Year’s Fireworks Show

Forget Times Square, the place every photographer wishes they were on New Year’s Eve 2014 (or is it 2013?) was Dubai. Why, you ask? Because this year …

A Giant Twisting Serpent Skeleton Emerges from the Loire River in France | Colossal

<p>Completed in 2012, Serpent d’océan is a giant aluminum sea serpent skeleton by artist Huang Yong Ping (previously) situated off the shore of the …

Era of hydrogen fuel cell cars begins next year

The moment was pure Schwarzenegger.<p>In April 2004, California's then-governor paraded before the press a specially equipped Toyota Highlander that ran on hydrogen and spat nothing out the tailpipe but water.<p>Fuel cell cars, he said, would soon appear on California's roads, helping the state wean …

Energy

The secret Hong Kong facility that uses boiling goo to mine Bitcoins

A single bitcoin is now worth over $1,000, but the process of mining for the digital currency — in which people devote computing power to facilitate global Bitcoin transactions and secure the currency's network — is growing increasingly expensive. Serious miners have started to build dedicated …

Eye-Opening Portraits of Living Conditions for Animals in Zoos

<i>Captive</i> is a powerful series by Washington D.C.-based Canadian photographer Gaston Lacombe that takes a look at animals in zoos and their living environments. Shooting his images from the perspective of any regular visitor, Lacombe manages to capture portraits of creatures, big and small, confined …

Making New Elements

How scientists create superheavy atoms.<p>Last year, scientists in Germany set out to create the heaviest known element in the universe: element 119. For five months, they attempted to fuse the atoms of two lighter elements to form one large atom with 119 protons in its nucleus. Like other …

Incredible Underwater Park in Austria

Grner See (Green Lake) is a lake in Styria, Austria known for its shimmering, emerald-green hue and its fluctuating depth throughout the year, at times leaving a park completely submerged in it. Being that the water for the lake is provided mainly by runoff from the surrounding karst mountains, it …

Wearable Tech

GoPro: Backflip Over 72ft Canyon - Kelly McGarry Red Bull Rampage 2013

Absurd Creature of the Week: Elusive Goblin Shark Has World’s Most Terrifying Jaws

Author: Matt Simon. Matt Simon Science<p>Date of Publication: 10.18.13.<p>Time of Publication: 6:30 am. 6:30 am<p>In the movie <i>Labyrinth</i>, David Bowie stars as …

Each U.S. Troop in Afghanistan Costs $2.1 Million

Though the Pentagon says it's a reflection of sending people and equipment home, investments in intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance remain high.<p>The average cost of each U.S. troop—that is, each military member—in Afghanistan will nearly double in the last year of the war to $2.1 million, …

Quantum Computers Move Another Step Closer To Reality

Imagine that two people could get linked in such a way that they could influence each other no matter where in the universe they existed. Now scientists find they can entangle mechanical vibrations in this same way, findings that could help enable quantum computers far more powerful than normal …

Hiatus Kaiyote (No 1,607)

<b>Hometown</b>: Melbourne, Australia. <b><br>The lineup</b>: Nai Palm (vocals, guitar), Simon Mavin (keyboards), Paul Bender (bass, production), Perrin Moss (drums, production).<p><b>The background</b>: Hiatus Kaiyote are a soul group – or "future-soul" group, as they call themselves – for people who listen to Flying Lotus …

Don’t fancy a smartwatch? ION's sub-$100 smartglasses might be for you

Wearable tech is becoming increasingly popular, whether that’s high-profile yet to be released items like Google Glass or the plethora of smartwatches currently being funded by crowdsourcing. Either way, we haven’t seen too many smartglasses take off yet.<p>ION Glasses is looking set to change that by …

Time passes more slowly for flies, study finds

Flies avoid being swatted in just the same way Keanu Reeves dodges flying bullets in the movie The Matrix – by watching time pass slowly.<p>To the insect, that rolled-up newspaper moving at lightning speed might as well be inching through thick treacle.<p>Like Reeves standing back and side-stepping …

Lone Star phone: The Texas town where the Moto X gets built

But let's be real. What's happening here isn't exactly a revolution, or even slightly new. After all, Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside pointed out Tuesday that some of the people working for Flextronics on the floor today also worked in this room 10 years ago making cell phones for Nokia.<p>Those jobs …

Unknown Artistic Insect Builds a White Picket Fence to Protect its Nest of Eggs | Colossal

<p>Earlier this summer while on vacation in Peru, graduate student Troy Alexander fell in love with the Amazon rainforest, and on his return asked an …

Amazing Landscapes Distorted with Geometric Fragments

In this series, entitled <i>Landscape Monolith</i>, Reynald Drouhin alters crystal clear landscapes by turning sections of the land upside-down. Each odd shape, placed directly in the center of the horizon, offers a small window into a distinct, new place that perfectly blends with the surrounding …

36 Cool Photography Tuts and Articles That Will Rock Your Week

As another wonderful week passes us by, Toad Hollow Photography has been looking everywhere online for the very best links to tutorials, special …

Incredibly Expressive Owl Photography

Is that little owl yawning or singing? Belgian-based photographer Yves Adams has the answer as he's the one behind the adorable shot. “Little owls are CUTE!,” he states. “They make you laugh with whatever they do! But when they start to yawn, my heart melts! This picture has been taken in Spain, …