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1/2 Of Earth's Population Lives In This Circle

This map blew my mind. Look at what a tiny region of the planet contains more than HALF the living people! I then learned that if you took the whole …

Human or Robot? Harder to Tell In Latest Bipedal Robot PETMAN Video

Boston Dynamics is no Geppetto and PETMAN no Pinnochio, but someone must have wished on a phosphorous flare—decked out in chem-resistant camo and a …

Scientists make 'laboratory-grown' kidney

The rat kidney was grown in the laboratory<p><b>A kidney "grown" in the laboratory has been transplanted into animals where it started to produce urine, US scientists say.</b><p>Similar techniques to make simple body parts have already been used in patients, but the kidney is one of the most complicated organs …

Researchers May Have Finally Detected a Dark Matter Particle

Dark matter: it’s invisible, it’s elusive, it’s controversial… and it’s <i>everywhere</i> — in the Universe, yes, but especially in the world of …

Dark Matter

How much gold is there in the world?

<b>Imagine if you were a super-villain who had taken control of all the world's gold, and had decided to melt it down to make a cube. How long would the sides be? Hundreds of metres, thousands even?</b><p>Actually, it's unlikely to be anything like that size.<p>Warren Buffett, one of the world's richest …

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Did Da Vinci Invent Google Glass?

Leonardo Da Vinci, the 15th-century Renaissance man, is credited with envisioning or outright inventing hundreds of modern-day devices; facsimiles of …

This Weird Green Rock Is From Mercury

Well, Mercury or a "Mercury-like body." It's unlike any other meteorite ever found on Earth.<p>Last year, a group of 35 meteorite samples was found in Morocco. One of them was this guy, a curiously green sample given the name NWA 7325. Further analysis indicates that its color isn't the only unusual …

Festo Unveils BionicOpter, a Robotic Dragonfly

Festo has unveiled BionicOpter, its impressive blue dragonfly robot. The four winged robot has a wingspan of 70 centimeters (27.5 inches) and a body …

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North Korea enters 'state of war' with South

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/966000/966258_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524661590_7089d7d012e5e37368ec757601336764<p><b>North Korea has said it is entering a "state of war" with South Korea in the latest escalation of rhetoric against its neighbour and the US.</b><p>A statement …

Robotic jellyfish could one day patrol oceans, clean oil spills, and detect pollutants

Researchers are working on a multi-university, nationwide project for the U.S. Navy that one day will put life-like autonomous robot jellyfish in …

Virginia Tech

Steve Jobs' 2005 Stanford Commencement Address

British Teen Photographs Mysterious Apelike Creature In Public Park

A case of confusion? A hoax? Or the emergence of a new, adorable little cousin to Sasquatch? The Telegraph reports:<p>Terri Leigh Cox, 17, says that she …

New DNA-Based Transistor Brings Us One Step Closer To True Human Computers

The increasingly ambiguous divide between man and machine just got blurred that much more with Stanford's recent announcement: scientists have …

CHAOS | Chaos

Ordering the Heavens: A Visual History of Mapping the Universe

The love of maps is a running theme here at <i>Brain Pickings</i>, from these 7 must-read books on creative cartography to, most recently, BBC’s fantastic documentary on important medieval maps. Humanity’s long history of visual sensemaking is as much a source of timeless inspiration as a living record of …

How Pi Was Nearly Changed to 3.2 … and Copyrighted!

The story above---from our old friend James Grime of Numberphile and Cambridge University---has all the makings of weirdo Americana: bad amateur …

BMW Forecasts Cars Will Be Highly Automated by 2020, Driverless by 2025.

The latest in a slew of press from major automakers, BMW and automotive supplier Continental recently announced a partnership to develop new …

Wildlife photos that blur the line between reality and fantasy

Polish photographer Magda Wasiczek isn't interested in showing the world exactly as it is. Instead, her unique vision presents nature as an idyllic …

Photography

NASA said to request $100 million for plan to capture near-Earth asteroid

NASA is taking a plan to send an unmanned spacecraft to capture an asteroid and bring it into orbit around the Moon seriously. <i>Aviation Week</i> reports that NASA's budget request for fiscal 2014 will include $100 million to help fund the asteroid retrieval mission. A feasibility study looking into the …