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10 Epic Places You Can Visit On A Budget

Wanderlust knows no wallets. 💸<p>Traveling on the cheap doesn't have to mean seedy motels and a road trip across the U.S. (Though trust us, that's not a bad plan at all.)<p>But for the wanderluster who wants to go somewhere <i>truly</i> epic, there are a number of options you're probably failing to consider. …

Volvo Begins Testing to Mitigate Kangaroo/Car Strikes

You probably grew up thinking kangaroos were cute things, what with their big legs for leapin’ about and their short arms for boxin’. But really think about them for a second. Is there a nuttier commonplace beast? Deerlike head, oversized rabbit hindquarters, T-rex arms, and a freaking pouch to …

Australia

Toyota Teams With Ford To Stop Apple, Google From Dominating Dashboards

Car companies aren't known for creating awesome infotainment systems. In fact, though today's vehicles are mechanically very good, quality scores …

Car Tech

It’s Simple, Really: How a Differential Works, Explained in a Vintage Video

The standard open differential in most cars is a brilliant piece of engineering, allowing you to take the tightest turns without fighting your tires or tearing apart your drivetrain. But even if you understand implicitly how a car’s differential works, it’s kind of difficult to explain.<p>That’s why …

Ann Arbor

19 Pop Songs Fact-Checked By Professors

Does shaking it off actually work? Academics and other experts weigh in.

Science Seeks to Unlock Marijuana Secrets

As the once-vilified drug becomes more accepted, researchers around the world are trying to understand how it works and how it might fight disease.<p>There’s nothing new about cannabis, of course. It’s been around humankind pretty much forever.<p>In Siberia charred seeds have been found inside burial …

Cannabis

6 Charts That Show How Wealthy Tech Execs Actually Are

Keeping up with Kalanick.<p><i>Net worth data was collected during the week of 5/4/2015 from Forbes.com and celebritynetworth.com.</i>

Watch the incredible first test flight of Jeff Bezos's mysterious new rocket

Blue Origin, the commercial spaceflight company founded by Amazon entrepreneur Jeff Bezos, just tested its first suborbital rocket and the results were pretty impressive.<p>Just like SpaceX's Elon Musk, Bezos is trying to develop reusable rockets. Rockets that could be used over and over again would …

Space Travel

Dufl, A Service That Packs And Ships Your Suitcase, Is A Traveler’s Dream

The absolute worst part of traveling, whether it’s for business or for pleasure, is packing and unpacking a suitcase. The work it takes to pack a bag is negligible, but having a clean inventory of clothes each time you pack takes far more planning.<p>Dufl, a service that launches today, is looking to …

Zagat

Do We Live In A Hologram? It's More Likely Than You Might Think

Everything in our universe might be a lot flatter than it seems, at least, if you do the math.<p>If you’ve got a credit card in your wallet that has one of those little 3D holograms on it — a two-dimensional image that uses some tricks of light to appear three-dimensional — you can get a sense of how …

Physics

While you were sleeping, your brain was working overtime

Sleep has profound importance in our lives, such that we spend a considerable proportion of our time engaging in it. Sleep enables the body—including the brain—to recover metabolically, but contemporary research has been moving to focus on the active rather than recuperative role that sleep has on …

Sleep

Laser Chip Could Turn Smartphones Into Handheld 3D Scanners

Forget point and shoot, it's point and scan<p>Taking 2D photos with your phone is rather popular these days, but thanks to Caltech scientists, soon you may be able to wave your phone at an object and capture a 3D scan of it. You could scan a particularly nice coffee cup, and then instantly send the 3D …

How much do musicians really make from Spotify, iTunes and YouTube?

Plus Tidal, Deezer, Rhapsody, Beats Music, Google Play and other digital services, as Information Is Beautiful updates its 2010 infographic<p>In 2010, data journalist and information designer David McCandless published an infographic on his Information is Beautiful website showing how much musicians …

Doctors kill golden staph using a 1,000-year-old remedy

A recipe found in a ninth-century Anglo Saxon book of medical remedies has proven effective in killing methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus.<p>The key to killing methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus -- also known as MRSA or golden staph -- may not be new-fangled treatments after all, but …

Microbiology

Are you a snob or an idiot? The Apple Watch lets you choose!

If you buy an Apple Watch, prepare to be judged. Not because you’re an Apple fan, or that you’re embracing wearable tech, but because your choice of …

Smartwatches

Paranoid Android 5.0 Alpha 2 has arrived

One month on from the launch of Paranoid Android 5.0 Alpha 1, the development team now has a second alpha build rolling out to the public.<p>With Alpha 2, users will find that most of the changes have been spent improving the Theme Engine and updating it to match the latest CM release. The App Ops …

Gear & Gadgets

How Apple Will Make Superhard "Apple Gold" for Its Watches

Apple design VP Jony Ive told the <i>Financial Times</i> that Apple had invented a new kind of ultra-hard 18 karat gold for its line of luxury Apple Watches. …

Why Daylight Saving Time Is Pointless

Ugh. You’re up an hour early, your body hates you for it, and even a gallon of coffee can’t get your day on track. Daylight saving sucks. But you …

2015 Audi S3 meets its match on wild mountain roads

The quasi-Alpine uplands of Washington State can push any car to the breaking point. We took Audi's new S3 right past the limit.<p><b>If you're looking for a road to nowhere</b> in particular, you can hardly do better than Route 165 toward Carbonado, Washington. The narrow two-lane flirts with the Carbon …

False memories implanted into the brains of sleeping mice

Artificial memories implanted into sleeping mice influence the animals’ behaviour when they wake up<p>Neuroscientists in France have implanted false memories into the brains of sleeping mice. Using electrodes to directly stimulate and record the activity of nerve cells, they created artificial …

President Obama launches new training program for tech jobs

America is suffering from a lack of tech-savvy workers, and that's one of the reasons that wages are stagnant. It's enough of an issue that President Obama is launching TechHire, a program designed to get citizens into well-paid jobs in the technology sector. In short, the scheme is a way to …

Nanobomb Creates Massive Explosion On Tiny Scale

Buckminsterfullerene buckyballs become buckybombs<p>What the world needs most are more things that explode in more ways. A team of researchers from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, as well as one with Brazil’s Federal University of São Paulo, sought the answer to a simple …

How much does this game cost? Depends on the temperature

Finally, a game where the pricing structure is as clever as its mechanics. <i>A Good Snowman is Hard to Build</i> is an adorable puzzle game about a monster trying to make snowmen, from established puzzle-game designer Alan Hazelden, co-creator Benjamin Davis and composer Ryan Roth. It's charming, cute and …

Master of light: György Kepes's barrier-breaking camera-free photography – in pictures

A legend in visual design, Kepes fled Nazi Germany in 1935 then ran the Colour and Light department at the New Bauhaus school in Chicago, where he advised the US Army on camouflage. He spent years experimenting with ‘camera-less’ photograms and using high-tech devices such as X-ray machines to meld …

First full body transplant is two years away, surgeon claims

Doctor plans to graft a living person’s head on to a donor body using procedures he believes will soon be ready<p>A surgeon says full-body transplants could become a reality in just two years.<p>Sergio Canavero, a doctor in Turin, Italy, has drawn up plans to graft a living person’s head on to a donor …

8 Google Maps Hacks That Will Change The Way You Travel

We knew Google Maps could show us the world. But we didn't know the app could pull quite so many game-changing travel tricks.<p>From booking a black car to planning a ski route, this little tool is primed to completely revamp the way we travel. Here are some of the smartest Google Maps hacks to enjoy …

Google Street View maps Greenland

Google has extended its Street View feature to take in the scenes of sparsely populated Greenland.<p>The internet giant has published immersive images of some of the island's most impressive landscapes, including the Ilulissat Icefjord and the Nuutoqaq harbour.<p>The country is the 66th to be …

Google Street View

Explore the Scenery of Greenland Using Google's Street View

You can now explore spectacular 360-degree views of Greenland’s most-striking spots from the comfort of your home using Google Street View.<p>UNESCO World Heritage site and popular tourist destination, the Ilulissat icefjord and ruins of the first viking colony in Brattahlid, established by Erik the …

Google Street View

Samsung Promises Wireless Charging In New Galaxy Smartphones

Nikola Tesla fans have been waiting for this moment for decades. More than a century after the doomed inventor pioneered the technology, one of the world’s two largest smartphone makers is poised to roll out wireless power in a flagship product on a global scale.<p>In a blog post on Tuesday, Seho …

Electronics Industry