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By Craig Cmehil | a different view before the weekend

Newly Discovered, Unnamed Deep Sea Creatures Found Off The Coast Of Puerto Rico

Exploring the murky depths of the Puerto Rican sea, scientists from around the world have found many previously undiscovered marine creatures.

The …

Deep Sea

This Lamp Doesn't Need Batteries, Fuel Or Even The Sun

Technology Photo credit: GravityLight's Indiegogo pageIn the vast majority of developing countries without electricity, kerosene lamps are the go-to …


Believe It Or Not, This Isn't A Snake. So What Is It?

Plants and Animals Photo credit: Andreas Kay via Flickr. CC BY-NC-SA 2.0Meet the snake-mimicking butterfly (Dynastor darius). While this slick master …


There's An Effective Vaccine For Lyme Disease - But You Can't Get It, Thanks To Anti-Vaxxers

It’s that time of year again: days are growing longer, trees are blossoming, birds are tweeting, and the ticks are biting. Spring may bring about …

Lyme Disease

Google I/O proves a gender-inclusive tech event is possible

When Cheryl Jerozal first attended Google’s I/O developer conference four years ago, she felt isolated.

“I didn’t think about it at the time, but…the low number of fellow women then was probably a big reason for that,” Jerozal, an Oakland-based startup founder, tells Quartz. “I’m not calling out …


Water Revolution in Israel Overcomes Any Threat of Drought

JERUSALEM — At the peak of the drought, Shabi Zvieli, an Israeli gardener, feared for his livelihood.

A hefty tax was placed on excessive household water consumption, penalizing families with lawns, swimming pools or leaky pipes. So many of Mr. Zvieli’s clients went over to synthetic grass and d …

Middle East

Mystery solved: Apple vans gathering next-gen Maps data, grabbing Street View storefronts + 3D images

Three years after Apple launched its own iOS Maps app to replace Google as its iPhone and iPad map provider, the Cupertino company is readying its first major enhancements to the service. While Apple was known to be gearing up for the launch of a mass transit directions service this fall in a …


Google's Project Vault is a security system disguised as a microSD card

The search giant's new project aims to make phones more secure by loading a microSD card that serves as a security powerhouse.



Google's Solar-Powered Internet Plane Crashed in New Mexico

The crash, just now coming to light, occurred on May 1

Google has been researching a solar-cell plane named Solara 50 for the past few months, testing it for an ambitious internet connectivity project. Apparently, though, the plane crashed in the desert on May 1, a fact that has been kept quiet but …


Google's latest Cardboard app is a how-to guide for good VR design

There's one very simple rule in virtual reality development: don't make people sick. But when it comes to making suggestions instead of prohibitions, we're still formulating the guidelines for everything — sound, motion, interaction, even text. It's a problem that Google Cardboard designers Jon …

Virtual Reality

Apple's mysterious vans are reportedly part of a project to make 3D maps

Mysterious vans owned by Apple have been popping up in cities across the US, and now we may finally know why. 9to5Mac reports that Apple is using the vans to collect mapping data for a much-needed overhaul to Apple Maps. The project is apparently meant to give Apple three things: high-quality …


With Project Vault, Google wants to make you the password

“Passwords suck”. Google’s Regina Duggan said as much on-stage this morning at an ATAP session at Google I/O. We’ve got plenty of ways to manage passwords, but ATAP wants to turn your device use into the password with Project Vault.

ATAP wants to trade “human cycles for machine cycles”. Sounds …


What Google Just Announced Is a Bombshell

What Google just announced at its I/O developer conference is a bombshell for the future of the company. For years the search giant has witnessed the …


Google unveils Project Soli, a radar-based wearable to control anything

Leading into Google I/O, one session caught everyone’s attention. Google ATAP — the company’s skunkworks division tasked with creating cool new things we’ll all actually use — teased their session with talk of a new wearable that would “literally” blow our socks off.

Project Soli is that wearable, …


Which is More Technologically Advanced–Star Wars or Star Trek?

Let’s compare the two, side-by-side.

Star Wars

Britain Sent Thousands of Its Convicts to America, Not Just Australia

The joke about Australia is that it was founded by a bunch of criminals. And from 1788 until 1868, Britain did send roughly 164,000 convicts to the …

United Kingdom

This Tiny Self-Folding Robot Will Destroy Itself When Its Job Is Done

Not content with creating a robot cheetah that can run and jumpover obstacles at astonishing speeds, researchers at MIT have also developed this …


Watch A Tiny Robot Perform Surgery On A Grape

Designed for delicate, minimally invasive surgery, this tiny robot (or da Vinci Surgical System) is operated by a regular-sized human being.

Using …


They Just Released This Drone Footage Of The Himalayas… And It’s Jaw Dropping.

The aerial cinema experts at Teton Gravity Research release the first ultra HD footage of the Himalayas shot from above 20,000 ft. with the GSS C520 …


What Happens When You Crack An Egg Underwater?

Released by the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences, this video shows what happens when a diver cracks a raw egg 20 meters (60 feet) underwater.

The …

Lava Lamp

These Creepy X-Rays Will Make You Look At People In A Whole New Light

Normal, everyday gestures can look really strange when you get down to the bones of it all. Artist in residence Hugh Turvey at the British Institute …


Recently-Discovered Wasp Species Named For Harry Potter Creature

If you are familiar with the Harry Potter series, you probably remember the dementors: dark, ghost-like beings that suck every positive feeling away …

Harry Potter

Hubble spots a high-speed collision in an extragalactic jet

A high-speed, extragalactic jet of high velocity plasma has grown brighter over the last 20 years, and now scientists know why.

Using data collected by the Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers were able to show that over the last two decades one glowing knot of material in the jet slammed into …


Memory alloy bounces back into shape 10 million times

Engineers have produced an alloy that springs back into shape even after it is bent more than 10 million times.

"Memory shape alloys" like this have many potential uses, but present incarnations are prone to wearing out.

The new material - made from nickel, titanium and copper - shatters previous …

Public Broadcasters

12 Things No One Told You About People Who Grew Up Abroad

Have you ever dreamed about moving abroad? To a place more exotic and exciting, where you can live an adventurous lifestyle? You’ve probably met …


Watch The Most Insane Kung Fu Film Ever Made—Packed With Nazis And Dinos


Here's Where We'll Build Our First Space Mines, According to the Miners

There’s gold in them thar’ space rocks, say the miners of the future. There’s also platinum, rare earth elements, and even water. Mining in space may …


Google's Project Jacquard wants to put a trackpad on your pants

The ATAP division of Google is known for some the most innovative ideas to come out of Silicon Valley. It's the home of the Project Ara modular phone and Project Tango. So it's no surprise to find that Project Jacquard has a large single piece of fabric with conductive yarn woven in that works like …


10 supposedly futuristic technologies in movies that look so dated now

Movies—no matter how groundbreaking or vision changing or future defining—are trapped under the limitations of the technology of their time. Which …