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Big Pic: Check Out This Jumping Spider's Death Stare

Hello, hairy little guy<p>Meet <i>Phidippus clarus</i>, a common species of jumping spider uncommonly photographed in a portrait style by USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring researcher Sam Droege.<p>Droege runs a Flickr page with photos of other animals done in a similar style, and they're consistently …

Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum to Display Leonardo da Vinci's Codex on the Flight of Birds

Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum will display Leonardo da Vinci's <i>Codex on the Flight of Birds</i> from September 13 through October 22, 2013. …

FYI: Just How Old is Dirt?

Really, really old<p>"It depends on what you mean by dirt," says Milan Pavich, a research geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey.<p>"The oldest sedimentary rocks are about 3.9 billion years old—they're in Greenland—and at one time, they were dirt. That's pretty close to the time the Earth formed."<p>But …

Made You Look by Shari Graydon | Book Review

Advertising: we all love to hate it. As American humourist, actor and cowboy Will Rogers wryly observed long ago: "Advertising is the art of convincing people to spend money they don't have for something they don't need."<p>But I wonder if Mr Rogers might have been astonished -- ok, maybe just a …

What Pangaea Would Look Like With Today's Political Boundaries [Infographic]

Goodbye, East Coast.<p>About 300 million years ago, the supercontinent of Pangaea started to break apart into the continents we live on today. An Italian designer who goes by the name Massimo put Pangaea back together, then added on modern political boundaries, creating the map you see here. Brazil …

7 World-Saving Inventions From Art School Kids

The concepts and prototypes include a hand-powered washing machine, a landmine-removal kit, and more<p>Each year, graduates from London's Royal College of Art--the U.K.'s preeminent art school--show off projects at the SustainRCA Show. The idea is to give the spotlight to innovative concepts and …

5 Sneaky Ways The NSA Spies On Americans

The U.S. government needs only three degrees of separation to look at Kevin Bacon's phone records.<p>The U.S. National Security Agency remains at the center of controversy this summer, nine weeks after <i>The Guardian</i> and the <i>Washington Post</i> broke the news about its PRISM online data-mining program. While …

Religions asking if test-tube burgers allow them to keep the faith

PARIS (Reuters) - When the world’s first test-tube beef burger was cooked and eaten this week, food critics all asked about its taste. For many Jews, Muslims and Hindus, the first question was whether their faith allowed them to try it.<p>Religious websites were abuzz with questions and opinions this …

NASA Ponders Life-Seeking Mission to Europa Moon

<b>With tantalizing hints of a global salty ocean lying beneath a layer of fractured ice, Jupiter‘s moon Europa has been catapulted to the top of the list of suitable homes for ETs in the solar system.</b><p>Now NASA has begun mapping out what a future mission to this intriguing worldlet may look like.<p>A new …

AT&T lowers Next device pricing, just happens to trump Verizon

Competition can be a beautiful thing. AT&T's Next upgrade pricing hasn't looked good when compared against Verizon Edge in the weeks since launch, but today is a different story: the carrier has quietly lowered the monthly payments for some devices. While the company hasn't said which hardware is …

Steve Jobs Once Considered Killing Apple's Pro Products

Ken Segall, the creative director behind the Think Different campaign and author of <i>Insanely Simple</i>, a book about his experiences creating advertising for Apple, writes in a blog post about Apple's "evolving view of 'Pro'" that Steve Jobs once considered killing Apple's entire line of Pro …

Google Tests Internet-Filled Balloon in California As Bill Gates Criticizes the Project

With its Project Loon Google has grand plans to bring the Internet to the developing world with balloons. The company first began testing the large …