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Scientists Say They've Created A Freaky New Form Of Light

It's easy to shine light <i>through</i> a crystal, but researchers at Princeton University are turning light <i>into</i> crystals--essentially creating "solid light."<p>"It's something that we have never seen before," Dr. Andrew Houck, associate professor of electrical engineering and one of the researchers, said in …

New Time Travel Simulation May Resolve 'Grandfather Paradox'

On June 28, 2009, the world-famous physicist Stephen Hawking threw a party at the University of Cambridge, complete with balloons, hors d'oeuvres and iced champagne. Everyone was invited but no one showed up. Hawking had expected as much, because he only sent out invitations after his party had …

IBM's Watson Can Now Argue For You

The supercomputer has been programmed to lay out the pros and cons of an argument. Thanksgiving is saved!<p>IBM's Watson supercomputer has already mastered <i>Jeopardy!</i> and can even whip up an innovative recipe. Next step: it'll be elected to the presidency after dominating against humans in a series of …

15 Whimsically Surreal GIFs To Get Lost In

These amazing GIFs, created by artist Romain Laurent, will definitely bring a smile to your face.

600-Person Brawl Erupts Outside Florida Theater Christmas Day

Five teenagers were arrested outside a Jacksonville, Florida theater on Christmas Day after a brawl erupted that reportedly involved 600 people. Apparently the fight, which sounds more like a riot, started when some people tried to get into the movie theater for free by bum rushing the entrance, …

Scientists Discover a Jewel at the Heart of Quantum Physics

Physicists reported this week the discovery of a jewel-like geometric object that dramatically simplifies calculations of particle interactions and …

25 Books That Changed The Course Of History

But what about the lives of an entire generation? Can a book change the future?<p>Miriam Tuliao, assistant director of central collection development at the New York Public Library, helped us come up with a list of 25 books that changed the course of history.<p>From the Torah to Orwell's "1984," these 25 …

Literature

Russian photographer Alexey Kljatov devised a clever way to bring us closer to the tiny world of snowflakes -- the end results are breathtaking: http://huff.to/1avPjae Photo: Alexey Kljatov

This 'Thor' Ad Featuring Loki Arguing With Kids Is Absolutely Brilliant

Marketing for a film doesn't get much better — or creative — than this.<p>Comedy Central put together an ad which mirrors one of those AT&T open forum commercials with kids. In place of "Saturday Night Live" actor Beck Bennett, Tom Hiddleston fills in as mischievous Loki to ask children a very …

Comedy Central

Local News Anchor Does His Entire Report As Ron Burgundy

Paul Gerke of Boise's KIVI Channel 6 is kind of a big deal.<p>He did his entire Halloween night sports broadcast in Ron Burgundy character, interweaving funny lines from "Anchorman" amongst news about Boise State University's basketball program and video clips of Colorado State University football.<p>He …

College & University

A Space Laser Designed To Vaporize Dangerous Asteroids

DE-STAR could vaporize asteroids that threaten Earth in less than an hour.<p>DE-STAR is designed to vaporize or divert asteroids that threaten Earth. This isn't science fiction—I build things that have to work in practice. DE-STAR stands for Directed Energy Solar Targeting of Asteroids and …

Big nanotech: an unexpected future | Eric Drexler

How we deal with atomically precise manufacturing will reframe the future for human life and global society<p>In my initial post in this series, I asked, "What if nanotechnology could deliver on its original promise, not only new, useful, nanoscale products, but a new, transformative production …

Get Access To 43 Gorgeous Wallpapers Hidden In OS X Mavericks

With the release of OS X Mavericks, Apple has hidden away a bunch of gorgeous, high resolution wallpapers in a secret location, which are actually …

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

In the movie <i>Labyrinth</i>, David Bowie stars as Jareth the Goblin King, stealing babies and casually punting his subjects during musical numbers. He …

Big nanotech: building a new world with atomic precision

Suppose we could build everything that today's industry can, more cleanly and efficiently, starting with materials as common as sand and carbon dioxide. Cars, aircraft, computers, photovoltaics – all these and much more would be within the scope of this new mode of production, and at low cost.<p>As I …

Ray Kurzweil's journey towards the end of dying

Can humans live forever? Ray Kurzweil, noted author, futurist, and Google's director of engineering, sees immortality as a series of bridges, each leg working to expand life a little longer. In an interview with <i>Maclean</i>'s, Kurzweil described taking 150 supplements per day, which he credits for …

Magnetic pen in $790K fundraiser may face ban

Ontario designer Andrew Gardner says he was just trying to a raise a little money online to manufacture his magnetic pen creation, and within two …

Banksy: Why A Million-Dollar Artist's Work Sold For $60

Branding is everything. It can make or break your business.<p>Companies that get this, spend millions in cultivating strong brands that secure them a loyal following. If you think about what consumers need vs. want, the majority of purchases fall in the “wants” category. Those desires are influenced …

Scientists Recreate The Sense Of Touch With Direct-To-Brain Electrical Signals

These findings could help researchers make prosthetic arms that have a lifelike sense of touch.<p>We've seen some very cool prosthetic arms recently, including ones people are able to control—just as they control biological arms—with their thoughts. So what's one of the next great frontiers for …

Tech and Science

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Eating popcorn in the cinema makes people immune to advertising

Eating popcorn in the cinema may be irritating not just for fellow movie goers, but for advertisers: a group of researchers from Cologne University has concluded that chewing makes us immune to film advertising.<p>The reason why adverts manage to imprint brand names on our brains is that our lips and …

Craig Venter: 'This isn't a fantasy look at the future. We are doing the future'

Craig Venter reclines in his chair, puts his feet up on his desk and – gently stroking his milk chocolate-coloured miniature poodle, Darwin, asleep in his arms – shares his vision of the household appliance of the future. It is a box attached to a computer that would receive DNA sequences over the …

Benefits of Slowing Aging Could Outweigh the Costs

Humans have been looking for a way to slow aging likely since the first person got wrinkles. A new study shows that the quest could be worthwhile. …

Real-life 'Iron Man' suit commissioned by US military

The technology in <i>Iron Man</i> is getting a step closer to reality thanks to the United States military. The Army has commissioned a Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit, which would provide the wearer with superhuman abilities like night vision, enhanced strength, and protection from gunfire.<p>It would …

The 10 Worst Places To Live In The Universe

And you thought 97 degrees F was bad.<p>Recently, we told you about an exoplanet that rains glass. <i>Sideways</i>. Which got us thinking: 1.) we will never complain about the weather here on Earth again and 2.) surely that's got to be the worst place to live in the entire universe. But no! With the help of …

This Water Droplet Maze Is Mesmerizing

Watch it in action. Plus: learn something about the Leidenfrost effect.<p>Have you heard of the Leidenfrost effect? If not, it's about to be your favorite effect. If yes, same.<p>The basic idea is, when a liquid comes in contact with something really hot--about twice as hot as the liquid's boiling point, …