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Tech Tattoos Could Be the Next Thing in Wearables

Are you the Keymaster?<p>The company behind the Fitbit, NewDealDesign, has answered a conceptual design challenge with what it sees as the next step in …

Stunning Visuals of Japan's Cherry Blossoms in Full Bloom

The prospect of spring is a rather thrilling reality for the many who endured a particularly bitter winter, and that is perhaps no more manifest than …

Japan

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Jan 20, 2018<p>NASA’s Planetary Science Division Director, Jim Green, talks to planetary scientist Dr Jared Espley of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.<p>…

Icy rings found around tiny space rock

All of the giant planets in our solar system — Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune — are adorned with rings. Now a much smaller planetoid can take …

Studies of Extreme Earth Life Can Aid Search for Alien Lifeforms, Scientists Say

Until we understand the limits of life, it will be difficult to determine if alien planets can host any living beings, scientists say.<p>By studying …

Lego Cubestormer robot solves Rubik's Cube in less time than it takes to read this headline

Until yesterday, the world record for fastest time in solving a Rubik's Cube was 5.27 seconds, which was set in the fall of 2011 by a Lego robot named Cubestormer 2. Thanks to the machine's successor (aptly named Cubestormer 3), the time to beat is now <i>3.253 seconds.</i> The robot, which is the third in …

Someday, you may store your solar or wind power in a 'rhubarb battery' from Harvard

One of the biggest problems with renewable energy, like solar or wind power, is that it comes and goes. That's why a team at Harvard is excited about its rhubarb battery.<p>One of the greatest technical problems facing the development of renewable sources is storing the collected energy for later use. …

Switzerland to host the first Cybathlon, an Olympics for bionic athletes

A coalition of Swiss robotics labs has announced the Cybathlon, the first-ever international competition for athletes who use prosthetics and other aids, will be held in October of 2016.<p>The competition is modeled after the Olympics and will feature six events: a bike race, leg race, wheelchair …

26 Light, Fresh Seafood Recipes for Spring

Delicate, green, springy flavors pair particularly well with seafood, so check out these 26 light recipes for ocean-dwellers like shrimp, clams, salmon, halibut, and more.<p>It's only the second week of March, but we're already looking toward spring produce—and those delicate, green flavors pair …

Seafood

5 Fast, Easy, Fresh Comfort Food Recipes for Dinner

From shrimp to lamb stir-fry, these five quick, easy comfort food recipes will become weeknight dinner staples.<p>It's March, which means we're almost out of the woods—the snow is thawing (mostly), we're creeping up to 40 degrees in the daytime (in the northeast), and it's no longer dark at 5 p.m. But …

Cooking

17 Power Snacks For Studying

Snack smart and study hard. That exam will be a piece of cake.

Stunning High-Rise Tower Mimics a Tree with Branches

The second architectural folly of the 21st century is upon us. Sou Fujimoto, Nicolas Laisn Associs and Oxo Architects, have crafted an imaginative structure named <i>White Tree</i> in Montpellier, France that dazzles us with its unusual stair-step shape and how it fans into the open sky. For something to …

Architecture

Modern Home Modeled After Native American Pit Hut

Bercy Chen Studio is giving land in Austin, Texas a second chance. Taking what was once an industrial site, they designed the Edgeland House, a structure that's built into the landscape and keeps its carbon footprint small. The triangular roof is lined with lush green sod and the house is designed …

Architecture

After two weeks of anarchy, 100,000 simultaneous 'Pokémon' players may actually beat the game

We still don't know if infinite monkeys on infinite typewriters can produce the complete works of Shakespeare, but it appears that tens of thousands of people collectively controlling a <i>single</i> Game Boy can beat a famous game. Two weeks ago, viewers of game streaming site Twitch.tv started playing a …

Is Venezuela's Government Tightening Its Grip on the Internet?

While protests sweep the streets of Venezuela, the nation's government is quietly taking measures to quell the uprising in cyberspace, reportedly …

Bored at Your Desk? Kill Time Feeding Some Real Fish via This Web App

Sometimes it can be relaxing to peer into a fish tank and just pass a few minutes in quiet contemplation. Just you and the fish. But if you’re at work, this isn’t really a very practical way of de-stressing.<p>Luckily for you, Mindworks Innovation Lab has created Aquard.io – a virtual aquarium Web app …

Beautiful Deer Silhouettes Set within Misty Landscapes

Like a hunter lurking in the forest, London-based photographer Sirli Raitma sat ready and waiting for the deer to emerge. When she spotted them, the self-taught photographer magically documented the peaceful creatures through her camera lens. The hauntingly beautiful compositions feature misty …

Photography

These Spas Will Make You Wanna...

...book a couple's massage! Although not all of us can afford to run off to Europe and splurge on an all-day couple's spa treatment, these heavenly hotels will sure get you in the mood. Hotel search trivago has put together a collection of 10 stunning properties that house even more impressive …

Swimming Pools

Amazing Cityscape Views from the Rooftops of Dubai

Photographer Karim Nafatni gives new energy to the glowing lights of bustling Dubai in his stunning series of cityscapes, simply called <i>Rooftop Photography</i>. As we have seen before, the Dubai-based photographer and major airline pilot is certainly not afraid of heights! In his ongoing series, Nafatni …

Photography

Asteroid Mining To Become A Two-Horse Race

Deep Space Industries is due to reveal its plans to mine asteroids. The announcement will occur later today in Santa Monica’s Museum of Flying. Within just two years Deep Space Industries says it will send drones called FireFly to examine asteroids reachable in near-Earth space. Once is has proven …

Space Exploration

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Cats That Pose Like Pin Up Girls From the 1940s and 1950s

Right after we showed you some hilarious photos of sexy men and adorable cats in similar poses, we knew it was just a matter of time before we found the female equivalent. <i>Cats That Look Like Pin Up Girls</i> is a funny Tumblr blog that pairs the scintillating ladies found in 1940s and '50s calendars …

Our Big Beautiful Planet: Breathtaking Views of ‘Earth From Space’ (Photos)

A new book collects satellite images of places around the earth, giving a breathtaking look at the extraordinary planet on which we live our ordinary …

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28 solar flares in the last seven days, and more may be coming

The sun has erupted more than two dozen times over the last week, sending radiation and solar material hurtling through space - and scientists say more eruptions may be coming.<p>This shouldn't be unusual. After all, we are technically at solar maximum, the peak of the 11-year cycle of the sun's …