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The Mystery of Go, the Ancient Game That Computers Still Can't Win

TOKYO, JAPAN — Rémi Coulom is sitting in a rolling desk chair, hunched over a battered Macbook laptop, hoping it will do something no machine has …

Meet the BAT, an airborne wind turbine

The first time you see this bizarre aircraft floating high above the horizon, you may be confused. It looks kind of like a giant, winged doughnut.<p>It's 35 feet wide, and inventors call it the BAT.<p>It's an unmanned, helium-filled, cylindrical blimp wrapped around three spinning blades that turn wind …

Why I Won't Be a Bridesmaid

Don't say "yes" to the puffy pastel dress.<p>"I'm sorry. I can't. Don't hate me."<p>You know that line from an infamous post-it note. But I know it from the multiple times I've used it to say that no, I won't be your bridesmaid.<p>It's not that I don't love you. (I do.)<p>It's not that I despise your fiancé. …

What is the Funny Bone, and Why Does Hitting It Hurt So Much?

The "funny bone" is neither funny (when you whack it on the edge of a piece of furniture), nor a bone (whether you whack it or not). Where'd the …

Tired? Wired? This Bulb Can Help.

Light it up<p>The Promise<p>It might shine like any other bulb, but the Rhythm Downlight LED from Lighting Science (price not set; available summer) can make users feel energized or sleepy on cue. NASA plans to deploy similar technology on the International Space Station to help astronauts regulate their …

Watch the unseen artistry of road sign painters

Walking around London, you're likely to see the words "bus stop" plastered over the road thousands of times. Given the uniformity of these visual warnings, you'd be forgiven for assuming all the city's street typography was created using a stencil. You'd be wrong. London-based designer Tom Williams …

How the rolling hills of 'Bliss' changed desktop backgrounds forever

As Microsoft prepares to end support for Windows XP on April 8, one part of the operating system will never die: the iconic photograph of green hills known as <i>Bliss</i>. The picture was taken — and left untouched — by photographer Charles O'Rear as he drove through California wine country on his way to …

Driven: how Zipcar's founders built and lost a car-sharing empire

In the late ’90s, Antje Danielson’s son Max and Robin Chase’s daughter Linnea often played together on a tire swing in Cambridge, Massachusetts' Dana Park. The two women had met at their kids’ kindergarten, but supervising the playground is how they got to know each other. As Danielson, a Harvard …

Harvard University

Reviewed by<br>Natalie Akers<p>Road Warrior<br>• 371 Reviews<br>• 117 Helpful<p>September 02, 2014<p>Rated 5.0<p>It's pretty amazing to see the oldest college in America. It's …

Modified DVD drive analyzes blood and performs quick HIV tests for $200

A DVD drive could be the next revolution in blood analysis, according to a team of researchers who have turned the mundane object into a laser scanning microscope, reports <i>PhysOrg</i>. The "Lab on a DVD" technology repurposes the laser, normally used to scan physical media like CDs and DVDs, into a cost …

Prometheus in the desert: from atom bombs to radio astronomy, New Mexico's scientific legacy

<i>Taken as a story of human achievement, and human blindness, the discoveries in the sciences are among the great epics.</i> — Robert Oppenheimer<p>In the telling it has the contours of a creation myth: At a time of great evil and great terror, a small group of scientists, among the world’s greatest minds, …

Nearly all animal species in America mapped by US Geological Survey

The US Geological Survey (USGS) late last week released a powerful new tool for conservationists and anyone with a passing interest in America's animal populations. Biodiversity Information Serving Our Nation (BISON) is a Web-based map with search functionality that contains more than 100 million …

Flying forever, one day at a time: solar-powered airplane embarks on coast-to-coast voyage

The 21 Best YA Books Of 2013

Whether you're actually a young adult or not, these books captivated us in 2013. Ranked in no particular order.

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Looking For Love Again: Abandoned Buildings That Ask Cities For Renewal

By Morgan Clendaniel1 minute Read<p>The streets of Fairbanks, Alaska, aren’t where you would normally expect to find public art. But residents of the …

Abandoned Buildings

This Small Brick-Shaped Device Can Help Get Millions Of Africans Online

“In this part of the world, one of our constant challenges is that at any moment, the Internet can go out,” says BRCK’s chief operating officer …

This 300-Foot Water Slide Is A New Way To Commute To Work

“This project is about getting the public and the city to think about the architecture and infrastructure that we have in a new way,” says Jerram. …

A Huge Collection of Embroidered Temari Spheres by an 88-Year-Old Grandmother | Colossal

<p>Temari balls are a form of folk art that originated in China and were introduced to Japan in the 7th century. The carefully hand-embroidered balls …

The Beauty of Japan’s Artistic Manhole Covers | Colossal

<p>Japan is a country full of amazing art. Some of it is housed within museums and galleries while others are right underneath our feet. I’m talking, …

Discount Trans Siberian railway tickets as well as packaged tours and visas. Free Schedules and Timetables.

<b>One of the largest accomplishments of the 19th and early 20th centuries was the construction of the Trans Siberian railway</b><i><br>Learn about the history of</i> …

Mythbusting 'the place where two oceans meet' in the Gulf of Alaska

A picture from the Gulf of Alaska that has been making the rounds on the Internet for the last few years -- though particularly in recent weeks -- …

Kinetic Light Sculptures By Paul Friedlander Merge Science & Art (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Incredible kinetic light sculptures from scientific artist Paul Friedlander are dazzling examples of what happens when science and art collide.<p>Friedlander, who was "raised in Cambridge on a diet of relativity and cosmology," studied math and physics at Sussex University under Nobel-Prize winning …

Record-Breaking Expedition To The World's Deepest Cave Known As ‘Everest Of The Caves’

Share this:<p><b>MessageToEagle.com –</b> A wonderful and considered the deepest cave in the world was recently visited and explored by cave explorers of the …

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The big energy problem that happens while you’re sleeping

When we were young, our mothers would tell us to turn off the lights before going to bed. But our mothers’ best efforts to encourage conservation at …

Take a deep breath: the stethoscope is dying

If you Google "Hugh Laurie" and "stethoscope", you will come up with a clutch of stories from February 2012 about how everybody's favourite pill-popping misanthropic physician is "hanging up his stethoscope" after eight seasons on the hit show House.<p>This underlines a more general truth: doctors …

Girl Power: GoldieBlox and the Giant Rube Goldberg Machine

In a world where only 11% of engineers are female, toy company GoldieBlox is on a mission to “disturb the pink aisle” and get young girls interested …

Ask Yourself the Right Questions to Get Over a Fear of Failure

No matter who you are, you've failed plenty of times in your life. Chances are, you're afraid of doing it again. Over at Fast Company, author Warren …

Schadenfreude

"How Do I Stop Saying 'Um'?" and Other FAQs About Presentations

Anyone who wants to be successful needs to learn how to present. It doesn't matter if you're sharing information online using software like join.me …