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Vibrating Wand Makes Your Guitar Sound Like a Different Instrument

Inventor Paul Vo's latest crazy musical innovation is a hand-held wand that changes the sound of guitars like magic.<p>Hold it up to a guitar string, …

Your favorite metal album covers reimagined as classic jazz records

Metal album covers, like the music itself, can be harsh. But what if they mellowed out a bit, say with some jazz? That's the idea Brazilian designer Rafael Melandi had when he decided to reimagine his favorite 1980s metal album covers with the style of 1950s jazz classics. "The result is that the …

New Algorithm Helps Computers Think More Like Humans

The short-term benefit: better brownies<p>Humans and machines organize the world in very different ways. People are good at fitting small data sets into larger patterns: <i>Eggs, chocolate, butter, sugar, and flour? Sounds like a brownie mix.</i> Computers, on the other hand, are good at sorting huge data …

The Best Easter Eggs On The Internet

I have a lot of sympathy for web designers and programmers. Although they slave away to create incredible software used by millions (or, at least, …

A Brief History of Scientists Hunting for Time Travelers

Time travel is possible—or at least a lot of serious physicists say so. It's probably not possible to pull it off in a souped-up Delorean, but there …

NASA: New "impossible" engine works, could change space travel forever

Until yesterday, every physicist was laughing at this engine and its inventor, Roger Shawyer. It's called the EmDrive and everyone said it was …

​How To Be Your Own Goddamn Doctor

Dr. James Hubbard doesn't want to treat your injury. He wants to teach everyone how to deal with their own medical emergencies. Here's how to avoid …

NASA's new flying saucer could help us land on Mars

Landing the car-sized Curiosity rover on Mars was difficult enough, but what about when you want to go bigger? What about when you want to carry people to Mars? To test landing a larger payload on the red planet, NASA yesterday sent a flying saucer-like craft called the Low Density Supersonic …

World of Warcraft Player Hits Level 90 Without Leaving Starting Zone

Talk about the ultimate grind: a World of Warcraft player managed to reached the highest level in the game, 90, without ever leaving the starting …

These Scientists Just Sent Smells Via Smartphone

We all agree that the main thing missing from your smartphone experience is the ability to send smells.<p>Right?<p>Well, anyway, a startup called oPhone …

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NASA's real life Enterprise may take us to other star systems one day

This is NASA's idea for a warp drive spaceship, <i>capable of interstellar travel.</i> It's not a fantasy sci-fi ship but a concept based on the equations of …

Need a Business Idea? This Is Where You Should Be Looking

<i>Rahul Varshneya is the co-founder of</i> <i>Arkenea Technologies</i> <i>and a mobile strategy advisor. He can be contacted via Twitter</i> <i>@rahulvarshneya</i><i>.</i><p>If you’re looking for a startup idea, most entrepreneurs will advise you to look at problems – ones that you can solve creatively and most effectively. A problem so …

Doctors will place patients between life and death in suspended animation trials

For the first time ever, surgeons at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh could save patients by putting them between life and death. They're ready to test a technique that would place patients in a state of "suspended animation," giving surgeons enough time to operate on injuries that would …

The Best Typefaces from February 2014

<i>Sean Mitchell is an interactive designer based in Vancouver, British Columbia, and the editor of TypeRelease.</i><p>February may have been a short month, but with it came a slew of new typefaces that we just had to share. Let’s take a look.<p>Fontfabric: Glober<p>Glober is characterized by excellent legibility …

9 Changes to Expect at Midnight on Jan. 1

Changes in 2014<p>1. Marijuana will sell for recreational use in Colorado.<p>2. New gun laws will take effect in New York and Connecticut.<p>3. Openly gay …

28 Ways To Live Life Like Lucille Bluth

Because we all want to be like Lucille when we grow up.

Water on the red planet: more findings point to flowing liquid on Mars

Is water seeping out of Martian soil?<p><i>Dark streaks in images from Mars, seen above, suggest flowing water. (NASA)</i><p>During spring months on Earth, the ground thaws and new life abounds. On Mars, scientists have observed activity of a different sort — water that seems to bleed from the ground.<p>Mars is …

10 Absolutely Effortless Halloween Costume Ideas

You have plenty of options when you need a last-minute Halloween costume, but what about when you don't have any time left?<p>For the get-together you …

The alarm clock for women who want to get up by getting off

For those women who would like to wake up in the morning with a smile on their faces, then look no further than the <i>Little Rooster</i> the world’s first …

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155 Years Before the First Animated Gif, Joseph Plateau Set Images in Motion with the Phenakistoscope | Colossal

<p>Nearly 155 years before CompuServe debuted the first animated gif in 1987, Belgian physicist Joseph Plateau unveiled an invention called the …

Killer Lip Dub Turns 'Game of Thrones' Into Medieval Theme Park Sitcom

<i>Game of Thrones</i> is a dark and complicated TV show about power, death and betrayal.<p>But for those of you who wish the houses of Westeros could just get …

Clean Stubborn Stains Off Your Hands with Shaving Cream

You probably already knew that you could clean up various food stains or carpet with shaving cream, but WonderHowTo notes that it's surprisingly good …

22 Chinese Signs That Got Seriously Lost In Translation

<b>Seriously.</b>

Craziest Things In Nature You Won't Believe Actually Exist

Mother Nature is one busy lady.

The GooBuntu Desktop

If you combine a little Ubuntu with a little Google Now, you get reader Chris Klepka's desktop. It's fun, functional, and best of all, it's easy to …

Atlas Virtual Reality Turns Any Room Into A Holodeck You Can Run Around In

Archenemies for decades, video games and exercise are about to unite. Atlas is a cheap, new “walk-around” virtual reality system that uses markers you put on the ground to track your movements as you play with an Oculus Rift headset. Protagonist is Kickstarting Atlas to get real-space VR into the …

Six games that will look great on your Nexus 7

With its full-HD screen, upgraded processor, and Open GL ES 3.0 support, the new Nexus 7 tablet is a beast when it comes to running games, specifically those with rich graphics. It handles lens flares, shadows, and other shader effects with ease, and its blacks and colors show up significantly …

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10 Secret Sites Of New York City

Whether you're an adventurous New Yorker or a tourist looking to make a few unconventional stops, consider paying a visit to some of the city's little-known gems.

How to Trick Your Brain Into Banishing Bad Money Habits

If you’ve been making excuses for your lack of financial resolve, science may have your back: Believe it or not, researchers have identified a gene …

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14 Marvel Heroes Before They Were Heroes

Even mutants and super-geniuses go to high school. And they have the embarrassing photos to prove it