Cecily Mak

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3D Fashion Technology Brings Sci-Fi to the Runways

<b>An Eagle Borg costume made of leatherette and plastic turned fashion designer Monica Vaverová into a 3D printing pioneer in the Czech Republic.</b><p>Once …

Intel Corporation

NASA has released 3 million images of Earth - these are 6 of the best

The Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) has been taking stunning photos of the earth’s surface since 1999.<p>Aster is …

After Tens of Thousands of Pigeons Vanish, One Comes Back – Phenomena: Curiously Krulwich

At first the whole thing seemed preposterous. No way this could happen. Tom Roden, 66 at the time, was standing at the door of his home near Manchester, England. “I was just setting out on a walk with my dog when I saw him,” he told a reporter. “I recognized him straight away because of his white …

Cool Stuff

An astronaut just deployed the Space Station's first inflatable habitat

The International Space Station has a brand new astronaut hangout.<p>On Saturday, NASA astronaut Jeff Williams, with the help of mission controllers, expanded the new Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM), a 13-foot-long by 10.5-foot-wide room now attached to the outside of the Space …

NASA

Copyright questions remain after Google’s fair use victory

If you didn’t already know the jury’s decision in Oracle’s long-running lawsuit against Google, you wouldn’t have been able to guess it from looking at either company’s legal team yesterday. Moments after the verdict was read, both sets of high-powered intellectual property lawyers huddled up and …

Copyright

New Zealand Has A Cave Full Of Glowworms, And It's Wholly Surreal

Nature's light shows are the best.<p>Anyone with a bucket list is probably familiar with the glowworm caves of Waitomo, New Zealand.<p>Thousands of tiny, glistening glowworms inhabit these subterranean caverns, making for a light show that's beyond memorable. Travelers can take a floating tour inside the …

New Zealand

'Biodegradable' Plastics Are A Big Fat Lie

A new U.N. report says the supposed greener technology is anything but.<p>A prediction that the world's oceans will contain more plastic than fish by 2050 is likely to intensify the push for sustainable, environmentally friendly alternatives.<p>Biodegradable plastics have long been touted as a "greener" …

Plastic

4 ways Elon Musk's proposed Hyperloop will change how we travel

If you are like most, you probably find air travel to be a stressful experience.<p>There’s the commute to the airport, the long lines to check your bag, the security check, and then once you’re finally on the plane, there’s the tight squeeze of sitting for several hours with barely any legroom.<p>And …

Elon Musk

How to Start a Great Business at Any Age

You dream about it.<p>Starting your own business.<p>On your long commute or when you struggle through another meeting, it's on your mind. Like a little flicker of flame ready to burst into a full-on fire.<p>You know you can find more purpose and meaning in your work. Maybe you even have an idea for your new …

Startups

India joins the space race, successfully launching its first reusable shuttle

The space race is on, and India is its latest participant. On Monday, India’s space agency announced the successful launch of a prototype of its …

India

Base Camp's Expedition Trailer Is Built For Off The Grid Adventure

Whether you are looking for a go-to trailer for your regular camping trips or are hoping for something you can use in an emergency situation – the …

Trailers

These Hypnotic Animations Deform Geometry | The Creators Project

<i>Images courtesy the artist</i><p>Known for elegant loops of geometric objects to biological beings that mutate, Mathew Lucas is a multitalented designer who makes incredibly mesmerizing GIFs. The UK-based creator's works seem to fold into themselves in neat orders or spin with the self-awareness of a …

Mathematics

French Billionaire Opens Free Coding University '42' In Silicon Valley

French technology entrepreneur and billionaire Xavier Niel (#129 in 2016 and #7 in France with a net worth of $8 billion) is investing $100 million of his own money to bring his Paris-based ’42′ coding school to Silicon Valley.<p>The name ’42′ is a nod to Douglas Adams’ science-fiction series <i>The</i> …

Silicon Valley

A man-made meteor shower launched by satellite could open the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo

Japanese research company ALE is bidding to create an artificial meteor shower for the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2020. The project, Sky Canvas, goes beyond your average fireworks display: It involves launching a satellite into space “loaded with about 500 to 1,000 ‘source …

Tokyo

The 20 Most Beautiful Places in California

Traveling through California is like getting a crash course in America's natural beauty: the windswept deserts, Redwood forests, rocky coastlines, …

California

NASA And Australia Successfully Test A Hypersonic Rocket

It could revolutionize warfare, air travel, and space travel<p>Humans have only flown for a few centuries. Balloons, the earliest human fliers, were not what anyone would call fast. Airplanes, first flown in 1903, started slow, and even now, the majority of human flight is subsonic, with only the …

NASA

PrettyTechie

A Tiny Carnivore Plant

One of the 10 award-winning science visualizations from the 2016 Vizzies<p>The common bladderwort is a diminutive aquatic plant with fetching yellow flowers that lives on ponds and lakes in Asia and Europe. But under the surface, it hides a carnivorous secret: 1-inch chambers—or bladders—along its …

University of Illinois

Adventures on the edge of the world: exploring East Iceland

Iceland, a sparsely populated island with the North Atlantic all around it and magma bubbling through its crust, is a wild and remote place. That hasn’t stopped tourists flocking to pint-sized Reykjavík or the natural wonders of the Golden Circle.<p>The east of the country, hemmed between the …

Iceland

What Was the Greatest Era for American Innovation? A Brief Guided Tour

We’re in the golden age of innovation, an era in which digital technology is transforming the underpinnings of human existence. Or so a techno-optimist might argue.<p>We’re in a depressing era in which innovation has slowed and living standards are barely rising. That’s what some skeptical economists …

Problem-solving

Beginner’s Guide To The Best 9 Hikes On The Planet

Erik Sandybaev, Unsplash<p>One foot in front of the other. You trudge. The frozen snow cracks under your boots. The air gradually thins. Up.<p>One foot in front of the other, that’s the key. The peripheral edema causes your hands to swell in your gloves. Your cheeks start to redden. Up. Up.<p>One foot in …

Robert Louis Stevenson

No One Has Ever Done Anything Like This On Stage. These Girls Blew Away Everyone!

Advertisement<p>Dance is a delicate practice – a craft that artists study for their entire lives to master. While I’ve seen some extremely talented …

The Arts

5 Ways Mindfulness Can Make Your Brain Healthier

Mindfulness is a simple, research-proven technique that physically alters your brain. Learn how to use it to become more effective and less stressed.<p>There's no shortage of advice out there claiming to make you better, but mindfulness meditation is the rare, research-proven technique that boosts …

The Brain

Elon Musk's Hyperloop vision races toward first public test

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Elon Musk

One Month of Tiny Living in our Airstream

Steve, myself, and the girls have lived in our Airstream for a little over one month now. <i>I thought I would share what we’ve learned in our one month</i> …

Airstream

Everest summit reached for first time in two years

<b>(CNN) —</b> For the first time in two years, climbers have reached the summit of Mount Everest, the world's tallest mountain.<p>On Thursday, "9 Sherpa using supplemental oxygen became the first to summit on the South Side of Everest in the past 3 years [sic]," climber Adrian Balinger posted on …

Mountains

Star pupil finds lost Mayan city by studying ancient charts of the night sky from his bedroom

A Canadian schoolboy appears to have discovered a lost Mayan city hidden deep in the jungles of Mexico using a new method of matching stars to the location of temples on earth.<p>William Gadoury, 15, was fascinated by the ancient Central American civilization and spent hours poring over diagrams of …

Mexico

A Bank of England analyst wants people to use mindfulness to be happier with less

Economics, they say (paywall), is all about consumption. But what if there’s a way to consume less while increasing your wellbeing? That’s the question posed by a Bank of England analyst, who believes that mindfulness could transform spending and upend basic economic principles.<p>In a a post on Bank …

Bank of England

Google and Oracle's $9.3 Billion Fair Use Fight Starts Today, Here's a Guide

What you need to know. In plain English.<p>Gather round tech folks, it’s time for an epic rematch between two industry giants. At stake is not just billions of dollars in copyright claims, but also a controversial legal concept that could roil the entire software industry.<p>It all begins on Monday in …

Copyright

Station to station: the best train journeys you’ve never heard of

Famous railways – from America’s California Zephyr to Switzerland’s Glacier Express – are rightly celebrated in travellers’ lore. But the most iconic journeys tend to have popularity and prices to match their fame. Look a little closer into the world of train travel, however, and there are dozens …

Travel (New Zealand)