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The most ridiculous (real) complaints made by tourists

24 of the most exciting science fiction and fantasy books to read this September

Stories with strange abilities, adventures in distant galaxies, and quests in fantastic worlds<p>It’s a new month, which means that it’s a good time to look forward to the coming onslaught of science fiction, fantasy, and horror novels (as well as some cool nonfiction books) hitting bookstores over …

Books

Better To Reign In Hell: Literature's Unpunished Villains

Snidely Whiplash may have been famous for yelling, "Curses, foiled again!" And those "meddling kids" have spoiled many a villainous plot.<p>But sometimes, good doesn't win the day. Sometimes the bad guys get away with it.<p>And if we're going to talk about villains, let's talk about the biggest of the …

Comics

Netgear Orbi promises to rid your home of WiFi dead zones

One of the most frustrating first world problems today is not being able to connect to your home WiFi network in spots that are farther away from your router. Netgear believes it can get rid of that problem with its latest product: a WiFi system called Orbi. The $400 basic kit comprises of a router …

18 incredible photos of India by Steve McCurry

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9 School Buildings That Will Have Students Skipping Back to Class

As September approaches, that <i>“back to school”</i> sensation grows more and more apparent. New uniforms, bags, books and stationery are a must, but when …

Architecture

Physicists discover 'apparent departure from the laws of thermodynamics'

According to the basic laws of thermodynamics, if you leave a warm apple pie in a winter window eventually the pie would cool down to the same …

Physics

Bot Creates Beautiful Maps of Fantasy Novel Worlds and Then Tweets Them Every Hour

Forget Middle-earth and Westeros. It's all about the Shore of Old Naykirp.<p>Is the task of coming up with all those names for regions and cities preventing you from writing that epic fantasy trilogy? Well you're in luck, because there is a Twitter bot that generates thousands of fantasy novel-style …

Home Decor Trends for 2017: Get the Glamour of Mineral Grey

Home Decorating

3D Upcycling: The Answer to All Your Home Junk?

Have you ever turned an old 2 Liter bottle of soda into a terrarium? Does your workshop have glass jars that are full of nuts, bolts, screws, and …

3D Printing

Ted Hughes on How to Be a Writer: A Letter of Advice to His 18-Year-Old Daughter

“The first sign of disintegration — in a writer — is that the writing loses the unique stamp of his/her character, & loses its inner light.”<p><i>“Read good books, have good sentences in your ears,”</i> the poet Jane Kenyon counseled in what remains some of the sagest advice to write and live by. But if …

The 25 Best Books of 2016

A collection of the best novels, non-fiction, and memoirs from the past year.<p>At a time when politics have dominated the national conversation in a way that can often feel overwhelming, the best books of 2016 so far have provided escapism and comfort. They've shown us that empathy is a great virtue, …

Books

Airbus is building a high-speed flying taxi fleet so you never have to sit in traffic again

The aircraft manufacturer is designing a flying taxi, named CityAirbus, that can fly itself to make commuting easier in traffic-heavy cities. Airbus wrote on its website that the flying taxi will be part of a fleet so you can summon it on your smartphone.<p>"Techies in Silicon Valley invent high-tech …

Airbus

11 DIY Projects to Turn Your House Into a Smart Home

The smart home revolution definitely isn’t happening overnight. Even with a flood of new devices and platforms available, most of us are still only …

New Study Suggests We Might Have Spotted a Fifth Force of Nature

The Universe just keeps getting stranger.<p>As far as we know, there are four fundamental forces that hold our Universe together - gravity, …

Physics

Audi to sell cars that talk to traffic lights

Select models sold in US will show countdown to signals turning green – and warn when it’s too late to beat a red<p>The German carmaker Audi is rolling out technology that will allow its vehicles to communicate with traffic lights.<p>Audi of America, which is owned by Volkswagen, said select 2017 Q7 and …

Autonomous Cars

How to brainwash an heiress: the Patty Hearst affair

<i>Paranoid revolutionary or just a great pretender? Duncan White is still perplexed by Patty Hearst’s blank gaze</i><p>On May 16 1974, Tony Shepherd, an assistant at Mel’s Sporting Goods in Los Angeles, saw a customer hiding something inside his jacket. A trained cop, Shepherd tackled the shoplifter as he …

Meet the Reactors Accelerating Us Toward Fusion Energy

The old joke about fusion is that it is 30 years from becoming a reality — and that’s been the case for the last 50 years or more. It’s a joke that …

The Greatest New Innovative Technologies of 2016

The World Economic Forum (WEF) and Scientific American have recently joined forces and devised a list of the top ten most innovative technologies of …

Object in weird orbit beyond Neptune

ASTRONOMERS are confused by the recent discovery of a mystery object orbiting around the sun in an opposite direction to the rest of the planets.

Universe

Bulgarian werewolves and Byzantine eunuchs: 12 historical lives that should be novelised

<i>Minoo Dinshaw on 12 unfamiliar lives – from a Byzantine eunuch to a Turkish arms dealer – that deserve to be novelised</i><p>British historical fiction is thriving, but its readers might be forgiven for seeking fresher banquets. The wild boar at the Henrician court grows overcooked. Hilary Mantel herself …

13 Things Interior Designers Notice In Your Home

It only takes minutes for them to reshuffle all of your furniture in their minds.<p>The first rule of design is: everyone's taste is different. But interior designers know so much about trends and style that they can't help but make some judgments (good and bad!) when they enter someone's home. In …

Home Decorating

Michael Phelps uses cupping to ease his muscle pain. What does science say?

When Michael Phelps took to the water to swim in the 4x100-meter relay Sunday, many noticed weird purple circles covering his right shoulder. The dots are the result of cupping, the latest alternative therapy elite athletes are using to try to recover faster and perform better.<p>But as with a lot of …

Michael Phelps

NASA's new camera makes rocket engines look like Hollywood CGI

HDR video of a seriously powerful booster<p>NASA has created a camera that can film slow motion footage of booming rocket engines with higher dynamic range than ever before. It’s called the High Dynamic Range Stereo X camera, or HiDyRS-X, and late last week the agency released some of its footage to …

Space Exploration

Lost cities #1: Babylon – how war almost erased ‘mankind’s greatest heritage site’

In the first of a 10-part series, Justin Marozzi tells the story of this once-mighty city in Iraq – a microcosm of human history. Besieged by wars and weather, ‘restored’ by Saddam Hussein, what has become of mystical Babylon?<p>Of all the world’s lost cities, none surely can compete for evocative …

Ancient History

There's Mounting Evidence That Venus Was Once Habitable

Earth’s twin is just next door.<p>With its acid thunderclouds, scorching surface, and atmospheric pressure that would crush your bones, the oppressive …

Astronomy

Cyborg stingray swims toward light, breaks new ground

The idea of taking apart a rat's heart and transforming it into a tissue-engineered stingray first came to Kevin Kit Parker during a trip to the New …

Fish

Trafficking of Nigerian women into prostitution in Europe 'at crisis level'

UN says 80% of the Nigerian women who came to Italy by boat in the first half of 2016 will be trafficked into prostitution<p>The trafficking of Nigerian women from Libya to Italy by boat is reaching “crisis” levels, with traffickers using migrant reception centres as holding pens for women who are …

North Africa