Brendan Barber

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The science of sexiness: why some people are just more attractive

A new study suggests that long-distance runners are more attractive because they have greater levels of testosterone which makes them more manly and fertile.<p>But there are other biological and evolutionary triggers which are constantly drawing us to certain individuals, even if we don’t realise it …

Robo Brain Project Wants To Turn the Internet into a Robotic Hivemind

Robo Brain isn’t exactly feasting on the internet. That implies a level of choice, or agency. What’s happening to Robo Brain is closer to force-feeding, as researchers from four different universities regularly cram its cloud-based computational system with data collected from the internet. So far, …

Robotics

Study Suggests Exercise Boosts Pain Tolerance

The saying goes “no pain, no gain.” But new research suggests the saying “gain to feel less pain” is also true.<p>A study published in <i>Medicine & Science</i> …

A Single Thread Wrapped Around Thousands of Nails

Kumi Yamashita, whose mind-blowing shadow artworks have been featured before, uses a single, unbroken thread wrapped around thousands of nails to …

Bluetooth Speaker Is A Levitating Death Star Of Sound

The Om One is a Bluetooth speaker with an anti-gravitational twist. It hovers and spins in mid-air, spitting out tunes like some sleek Death Star of sound.<p>Weighing just three-quarters of a pound, this black sphere maintains its position in the air with the help of a magnetic base. But the Om One …

A Lick Of The Tongue Changes This Ice Cream’s Color

By the time you're done, it's like a whole new ice cream.<p>At first, it’s a delightful shade of periwinkle blue. Then, it turns into a lilac purple before settling on a vibrant magenta.<p>No, these aren’t the stages of your old mood ring. Believe it or not, this is the colorful transformation of the new …

Willy Wonka

100 Best Albums of the ’90s

50<p>2Pac, ‘All Eyez on Me’<p>All eyes were on him before he even said it. After a slew of arrests on both coasts elevated him to icon, and a near-death …

Fight Club 2 Is Happening

We know because Chuck Palahniuk is breaking the first rule.<p><b>Chuck Palahniuk is making a sequel</b> to the schizo-trippy novel on contemporary manhood that inspired teenaged boys everywhere to fistfight in the name of anarchy. Instead of traditional fiction, the second installment will be a maxiseries by …

Robot solves Rubik's Cube in record time

The Cubestormer III robot breaks the Guinness World Record by solving a Rubik's Cube in just 3.253 seconds<p>The Cubestormer III robot which uses ARM processor technology smashed the Guinness World Record title for solving a Rubik's Cube, recording a time of 3.253 seconds at the <b>Big Bang Fair</b> in …

Spectacular Time-Lapse GIFs of Flowers Blooming

These breathtaking gifs of different species of blooming flowers are from a time-lapse video shot by Japanese artist Yutaka Kitamura. Entitled <i>Touched by Strangers</i>, the flowering gifs, whose original video is part of a performance art collaboration with Alexander Reeder, is taken and separated from …

Time-lapse Photography

Watch the Chevy Corvette dismiss its Euro rivals at the hands of a Brit magazine

European auto writers, especially the British, have a bit of a reputation for favoring their own domestic cars over foreign rivals in comparison tests. Just think about how many times you've heard Jeremy Clarkson deify the latest product of UK loins while denigrating an American rival as a hopeless …

Hand-Built Table Generates Power by Simply Pedaling a "Bike"

NY-based Pedal Power designs and builds pedal-powered machines that allow users to generate their own energy while reaping the health benefits of an active lifestyle. Founded in 2008, the company is run by two best friends Andy (engineer, entrepreneur, and bicyclist) and Steve (programmer and …

Ecology

How A Simple New Invention Seals A Gunshot Wound In 15 Seconds

An Oregon startup has developed a pocket-size device that uses tiny sponges to stop bleeding fast.<p>When a soldier is shot on the battlefield, the emergency treatment can seem as brutal as the injury itself. A medic must pack gauze directly into the wound cavity, sometimes as deep as 5 inches into …

U.S. Army

Mapping Emotions On The Body: Love Makes Us Warm All Over

Close your eyes and imagine the last time you fell in love. Maybe you were walking next to your sweetheart in a park or staring into each other's eyes over a latte.<p>Where did you feel the love? Perhaps you got butterflies in your stomach or your heart raced with excitement.<p>When a team of scientists …

Watch This Magnet Fall Slowly Through Air

It's witchcraft science.<p>This video from 2012 is making the rounds right now--with good reason. Drop whatever you're doing, leave your desk, quit your job, and find a magnet and copper tube, because, wow. Look at this! It's a _Matrix _time-freeze in your hands.<p>The video is showing a demonstration of …

Magnetism

Watch Flying Snakes: They Don't Need A Plane

Popular Science Blogs<p>Eek Squad<p>The extraordinary science of spiders, bats, snakes, and other creepy creatures. By Rebecca Boyle<p>Researchers study flying snakes by using a 3-D printed model of their flight configuration.<p>Snakes don’t always fly, but when they do, they glide with a grace unparalleled in …

Zoology

After Genetic Tweaks, Fruit Flies Glow When They Sense Cancer

The genetically engineered _Drosophila melanogaster _can even signal for different types of breast cancer cells.<p>Fruit flies are able to distinguish breast cancer cells from healthy mammary tissue, according to a new study. The humble fly joins dogs and honeybees as members of the animal kingdom …

Cancer Cells

Vertigo

Old Shipping Crate Converted Into Sustainable Guest House

Old shipping containers can be an eyesore but not when they are transformed into contemporary, functional living spaces. Texas-based firm Poteet Architects, a company that strives to continue a sustainable revitalization of downtown San Antonio, recently developed this <i>Container Guest House</i> using an …

Suck It, Polar Vortex: 9 Vehicles for Surviving a Snowpocalypse ¬– Feature

Thanks to the polar vortex—or more accurately, <i>vortices</i>—this winter is the harshest that many parts of the country have seen in decades. As icy doom continues to close schools and turn roadways into skating rinks, it’s only natural that talk in the <i>C/D</i> office turned to the ultimate vehicles to get us …

Audi Says Synthetic 'E-Fuel' From Microorganisms Is Better Than Gas Or Diesel

Hydrogen and natural gas are among the alternative fuels starting to get more attention as car companies work to reduce emissions. But Audi is exploring another option that you may not have heard much about yet: e-fuels.<p>The German automaker, which aims to develop synthetically engineered e-fuels as …

Arresting Photos of Indonesia's Erupting Mount Sinabung

Incredible Photos Emerge of the 1986 Challenger Shuttle Disaster

Many people watched the <i>Challenger</i> Space Shuttle take off on January 28, 1986 and tragically combust less than two minutes into its flight. Now, nearly 28 years since the catastrophic event, photos of the shuttle's takeoff and unexpected explosion have emerged via Michael Hindes. While rummaging …

Space Exploration