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Billboards That Drop Angels On Your Head

There you are in the middle of the city, traffic all around, planes buzzing above and you notice a little boy on a giant screen pointing up.<p>"Look," says the boy. And you look, and the on-screen boy is pointing at an actual plane flying in the sky. He knows its flight number, its destination. This …

Over a thousand candidates shortlisted for life on Mars

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - A mission to put humans on Mars that drew 200,000 applicants has selected more than a thousand candidates who will now be tested to come up with a final list of 24 would-be Mars-dwellers.<p>Jacqueline Storey, a press officer at the National Maritime Museum, poses for a photograph …

Where were you when Kennedy for iPhone was released?

A minimalist journal that helps you contextualize your memories<p>There's no shortage of apps that want to help you document your life, but there are none quite like Kennedy. The critically acclaimed app Day One has carved out a niche for itself as the go-to journalling app for iOS users, offering a …

Mind-Bending iPad App Channels M.C. Escher

Co.Design gets an early look at Monument Valley, an Escher-esque computer game set for release next year.<p>Sixty years after creating landmark works like <i>Relativity</i>, M.C. Escher’s impossible architecture continues to bend our minds. But what if Escher were around today? Would he still work in …

Saving Space with a Suspended Bedroom

• 1 |<p>2 |<p>3 |<p>The first thing you notice in this combination living area is of course the bed suspended from the ceiling. Accessible by narrow staircase …

EU says pesticides may harm human brains

<b>Two neonicotinoid chemicals may affect the developing nervous system in humans, according to the EU.</b><p>The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) proposed that safe levels for exposure be lowered while further research is carried out.<p>They based their decision on studies that showed the chemicals had an …

Imperial College London

Robotic mission to Mars announced to pave way for first human space colony

A Dutch company that plans to send a crew of amateur astronauts on a one-way mission to Mars has lined up two major companies to work on a robotic mission to the planet.<p>Slated for launch in 2018, the Mars One mission aims to pave the way for the volunteer crew by testing technology they will need …

Small winged bot flies autonomously for nine minutes, still can't find a mate

Many robots can fly, but only a few forsake rotors for more natural, if inefficient means of propulsion. These flapping bots have interested folks at the Delft University of Technology for many years, and their latest dragonfly-like effort has achieved what they're calling a first among winged …

Ham the astrochimp: hero or victim?

Name: Ham the Chimp<br>Species: <i>Pan troglodytes</i><br>Dates: 1957-1983<br>Claim to fame: First primate in space<br>Go visit: National Museum of Health and Medicine, Washington D.C.<p>Last week, I had the great privilege of meeting primatologist Dr Jane Goodall. (I am writing a profile of her for the Wellcome Trust’s …

Tree find confirms Italian Alpine melt

It was only a single, withered conifer needle, but it told a dramatic story of climate change. Glaciologists found it in a set of ice cores drilled through a glacier on top of Mount Ortles, in the Italian Alps.<p>It lay about 80 metres below the glacial surface, encased in solid ice, and carbon dating …

Why the future of the light bulb is flat

Philips launched a dimmable, LED lightbulb Monday with a completely different shape. Instead of a round bulb-shape, this lightbulb is a relatively …

21 Science Fictions That Became Science Facts In 2013

If only Isaac Asimov could see us now. There's an old saying that science fiction is really just predicting — or helping prevent — the future.

Cassini Photo: Stunning New Views of Saturn’s Hexagon Storm

Wildlife<p>NASA this week released the highest-resolution view yet of the unique, six-sided jet stream circling Saturn’s north pole—known as “the hexagon.” This movie (click image to run), made from images obtained by Cassini’s imaging cameras, is the first to show the hexagon in color filters. …

The Combined Value Of The World's Stock Markets Has Reached A Record High

But what about the rest of the world?<p>According to new data from the World Federation of Exchanges (WFE), the combined market cap of the world's major stock markets hit an all-time high in November.<p>We first read about this on Professor Mark Perry's Carpe Diem blog. Here's Perry:<p>As of the end of …

Stock Markets

Watch China’s Moon Lander Touch Down

A lander's eye view<p>China’s Chang’e 3 spacecraft landed on the surface of the moon Saturday night, Beijing time. The craft is China’s first to land on the surface of the moon. This is a video of the landing, taken by cameras installed on Chang’e 3. At first, you'll see the lunar landscape unspooling …

Long Night Moon of December 16

Daylight is fleeting in the Northern Hemisphere now, but the December 16 full moon helps light up the long, dark night.<p>All full moons have many …

Astronomy

Khan Academy & Comcast team up to bring affordable Internet to low-income families

The problem with online education is that it’s so limited to people with high-speed Internet access.<p>The poorest and most rural communities, who could stand to benefit most from free online education, often lack reliable broadband. So Comcast, the maligned cable company, is making its largest …