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MIT’s Self-Assembling Table Could Change The Way You Build Ikea Furniture

Imagine never having to waste a day interpreting confusing instructions again.<p>We’ve seen the remarkable programmable materials coming out of MIT’s Self-Assembly Lab for years–things like magnetic chairs that could snap together in a fish tank, or textiles that could flex themselves into various …

Scenes of Spring

Temperatures in the northern hemisphere are finally warming, flowers are blooming, and the sunshine beckons us outside once again. On a nice spring day like today, I thought I'd share some recent colorful images of the season from Germany, Japan, Scotland, the United States, and more.

The 'Zero-Emission' Engine Is Almost Ready for Prime Time

STUTTGART, Germany — At the Mercedes-Benz headquarters here, a showroom display illustrates the rapid evolution of the iconic luxury brand’s hydrogen-fueled cars.<p>In a 1992 prototype, the fuel cell takes up the entire cargo area of a delivery van. Across the room, today's model — now merely the size …

The World of Japanese Vending Machines

For decades now, Japanese vending machines have served up an array of interesting, mundane, and useful things. Things like manga. Or bread in a can. …

Missing plane MH370: HMS Echo in 'black box' search

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1068000/1068802_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1534615968_98ce728c241b915cfd323e4a87a79d5e<p><b>The crew of a Royal Navy ship are "working 24/7" to hunt for flight recorders from the missing Malaysian plane, their commander has said.</b><p>HMS Echo is …

Airplanes

Twitter mom Kelly Oxford's essays full of wit and charm, but lack heart

Alberta-born writer Kelly Oxford generally causes people to fall into the two standard categories that emerge when evaluating funny, provocative women: those who are titillated and grateful for the coming of a new female clown Christ, a person to say all the things they're too afraid to utter …

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Kinect Sports Rivals review – pretty, if a bit overwhelming

Motion control systems all need a killer app to prove their worth, so it's unsurprising that Microsoft are looking to <i>Sports Rivals</i> to step up for Xbox One. But while it makes a decent fist of ensuring that lurching about in front of the telly is fun, it's not there quite yet. With an island setting …

Devil's tower under storm