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Helping monarch butterflies rule

Every winter a fluttering blizzard of orange-and-black monarch butterflies settles in Mexican mountain forests after a 2,500-mile trek through the U.S. and Canada. Every spring, gardeners and butterfly enthusiasts across the Midwest cultivate milkweed plants that beckon the butterflies to alight on …

Dutch family of four living in experimental urban greenhouse home

People living in northern climes don't have the year-round greenery that people living in the tropics can enjoy. Unless they live in a greenhouse, …

Architecture

whoa, cool gif of how a chain is made -->

Kinetic Sculpture Replicates a Bird Flapping Its Wings Using Popsicle Sticks

Design student Joyce Lin replicated a bird flapping its wings using simple machines and materials. The kinetic sculpture is entitled <i>Study in Bird Motion</i> and is made with popsicle sticks and mylar that resembles feathers. It's activated by a hand crank, which sets the entire thing in motion and …

Sculpture

Yes, You Can Pickle That

<i>Cooking on the cheap shouldn't mean minute rice and buttered pasta every night. With a little creativity and a little planning, Gabriella Paiella shows us how to make the most of a tight budget -- without sacrificing flavor or variety.</i><p><i>Today: Pickling is so hot right now. And when done at home, it's</i> …

Gardening

Introducing Steam Gauge: Ars reveals Steam’s most popular games | Ars Technica

We sampled public data to estimate sales and gameplay info for every Steam game.<p>Right now, I can tell you that about 37 percent of the roughly 781 …

Open source comes to farms with restriction-free seeds | Ars Technica

29 crop varieties are now distributed under an open source license.<p>There are now 29 kinds of plant varieties that are available under an open source …

Mission-critical satellite communications wide open to malicious hacking | Ars Technica

Weaknesses from a host of makers pose risks to military, aviation, shipping.<p>Mission-critical satellite communications relied on by Western militaries …

Monowheels: The coolest deathtrap on one wheel | Ars Technica

Build a big wheel, put a rider and motor inside, and it's time to roll.<p>Well sir, there's nothing on earth like a genuine, bona fide, electrified, …

See the U.S. military's stealth dirt bike - CNN Video