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Scroguard, Galactic Cap, and More: Will Anyone Wear Normal Condoms In the Future?

A better-designed condom is hot business right now—even Bill Gates has invested seed money (the puns write themselves). Is the regular old condom as …

The Fastest Protein-Packed Meal You Must Try

Sometimes your muscles just need to feed<p>“Hunger is the best sauce in the world.” —Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra<p>Without seeming disrespectful to the <i>Don Quixote</i> author, I have a slight tweak to his legendary quotation.<p>“Post-workout hunger is the best sauce in the world.” —Paul Kita<p>Whether you’re a …

Sodium Citrate Will Turn A Block Of Cheese Into The Creamiest Nacho Sauce Ever. Get Some.

There will be a nacho cheese fountain at my wedding reception someday. <i>(If a wedding never happens, this is a formal request that there</i> at least <i>be one at my funeral.)</i> Knowing this, you should now understand that the importance of nacho cheese in my life is paramount. So heed my advice: Sodium …

10 Things You Didn't Know Your Microwave Could Do

It goes way beyond just heating up your food.<p><b>1. Give your plants a boost</b>Sterilize soil for growing seedlings by heating it up in the microwave first. Colorado State University horticulturist Laura Pottorff suggests filling plastic containers with a thin layer of soil and microwaving them for 90 …

Remarkable Latte Art Featuring Photorealistic Cats Looks Too Impressive to Sip

Japan seems to be on the cutting edge of the quirky genre known as latte art; the latest trend features sepia-toned, photorealistic drawings of cats that are captured in the foam of an espresso beverage. Twitter user @dongurinekobei is responsible for these extremely-detailed creations that …

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13 Super Scary Staircases

If heights, stairs, or steep slopes make you squeamish, consider this fair warning.<p>The artistic merit of these stairways cannot be denied. But if heights, stairs, or steep slopes make you squeamish, consider this fair warning. This piece originally appeared on ELLEDECOR.com.

This Spooky-Looking Kentucky Mansion Sold for $1

We have a hunch it's already occupied.<p>'Tis the season for haunted houses, and this one — which recently sold for the whopping sum of $1 — is downright spine-tingling.<p>Known as the Ouerbacker-Clement House, this Romanesque-style mansion was built for a prominent coffee merchant named Samuel …

Exoskeleton for your hand lets you feel virtual objects and control robots

Chinese company Dexta Robotics set out to develop a hand motion-capturing device last year, but instead of creating a glove like everybody else, they designed an impressively affordable exoskeleton. This device called Dexmo -- available in classic and F2 variants -- can be used as a virtual reality …

Carmakers prepare to shift to hydrogen fuel cells

Concerned about slow sales of electric cars and plug-in hybrids, automakers are increasingly betting the future of green cars on hydrogen fuel cell technology.<p>Even Toyota Motor Corp., maker of the popular Prius gas-electric hybrid, will use hydrogen instead of batteries to power its next generation …

These robots use static electricity to move boxes, fruits, and iPads

Did you know that the same forces that generate static electricity can be strong enough to pick up and move boxes, crates, and other objects? A robot startup named GrabIt is making mechanical "hands" that use electrostatic attraction to gently pick up and transport objects. Powered electrodes, …