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The Two Greatest Flyfishing Knots, and How to Tie Them

Besides not working equally well with all types of line, knots also don’t perform alike in different diameters of the same line type. For example, a …

8 Essential Rules of Flyfishing for Bass

Largemouth bass are the most popular gamefish in the country. But among flyfishing circles, trout no doubt reign supreme. I love flyfishing for …

How to Spot-and-Stalk Monster Trout

The secret to catching big, wild trout often comes down to identifying a single target, then dissecting the fish’s feeding rhythm. Fishing as focused …

Fishing

Three Secrets of Hooking Fat Spring Trout on Streamers

Taking trout on flies in the cold waters of early spring is like trying to get an overfed fat man to take yet another morsel. He doesn’t really want …

How to Make the Perfect Tailrace Jig

Vertical jigging for saugers and walleyes in tailraces is a productive wintertime technique. But finicky saugers are notorious short-strikers. …

Fish

Flyfishing: Three Tips for Casting Into the Wind

Any flyfisherman can cast well on a calm day. It’s how you deal with wind that separates the men from the boys. Here are three tips that can help you …

Fishing

Dredging with Flies

I got hooked on dredging while fly fishing a Miami roadside canal many moons ago. The canal in question was deep, and aside from holding the usual …

Fishing

Week in Geek: The atomic science of fireworks

Every wonder how they make all those gorgeous explosions we all enjoyed yesterday? You guessed it – SCIENCE.<p>The color you see is a result of the …

Two giant black holes might crash into each other in 21 years

In the center of most galaxies (ours included) there is a supermassive black hole that holds everything together. However, one galaxy 10.5 billion …

Black Holes

Best Solar Panels; Canadian, SolarWorld, Panasonic, QCELLS Modules

Mono VS Poly, What's the Difference? Which One is Best?<p>Multicrystalline solar cells are semiconductor photovoltaic (fancy word for solar) material …

Gotta make sure

‘Throwaway ticketing,’ the controversial money-saving trick that airlines don’t want you to know about

The reporter for Think Progress and author of the e-books "How To Fly For Free" and "How To Find Cheap Flights" is so good at it that he has planned a world trip that will take him more than 20,000 miles to 13 countries, all for free.<p>When Business Insider spoke with Keyes, he said one of his …

Flying

Make it so!: NASA engineers say they successfully tested a real 'warp drive'

NASA has successfully tested a type of drive that could eventually take the concept of “warp drive” from science-fiction to reality, <i>CNET</i> reported.<p>The …

Space Travel

OMGFacts

Rory McIlroy plays with 13 clubs

DORAL, Fla. -- The 3-iron Rory McIlroy tossed into a pond at Trump National Doral on Friday was retrieved by a scuba diver Saturday during the third …

Golf

Intriguing.

Cartoonist Chuck Jones' rules for Wild E. Coyote and the Roadrunner

Texting this phone number will get you 'anything you want as long as it's not illegal'

What if you could text a number and get anything you want?<p>That's the ambitious goal of a new startup called Magic, a text-messaging-based concierge service that promises to pull strings, place orders, and schedule deliveries all so you don't have to.<p>Magic doesn't have a dedicated app. It instead …

Apps

7 Easy Ways to Learn Coding and Computer Science for Free

These days it seems like people fall into one of three categories: people who know how to code, people who want to learn how to code and people who …

Science Increasingly Makes the Case for God

The odds of life existing on another planet grow ever longer. Intelligent design, anyone?<p>In 1966 Time magazine ran a cover story asking: Is God Dead? Many have accepted the cultural narrative that he’s obsolete—that as science progresses, there is less need for a “God” to explain the universe. Yet …

Science

Having Problems With The New Halo Collection? Check Out Bungie's Marathon Trilogy Instead

If you’re having problems with the new <i>Halo Collection</i> then in the interim, as the various problems are dutifully fixed, you should check out Bungie’s original <i>Marathon</i> trilogy.<p>The first <i>Marathon</i> game was an early FPS on Mac which pitted the player as a mysterious cyborg on a huge generational …

Chemists Find A New Chemical Bond

Forming it requires replacing atoms' electrons with more exotic sub-atomic particles.<p>Fresh evidence suggests there exists a type of chemical bond that nobody has ever seen before, <i>Chemistry World</i> reports.<p>Not that they haven't looked. In the early 1980s, chemists searched for--but couldn't …

Chemistry

How To Stop Light and Make Objects Transparent

New research offers hope for optical cloaking and much more.<p>We see colour in objects because of the way light interacts with them. Different surfaces scatter or emit different wavelengths of light, giving us quantitative colour information in the process. So if colour is, arguably, a matter of …

Quantum Mechanics

14 Out-Of-This-World Chemical Reactions That Look Like They Could Be Art

Science is beautiful.<p>These awesome chemical reactions were created by a group of scientists from the University of Science and Technology of China.<p>The first step in their process was researching and selecting the potential reactions. After finding the chemicals that reacted, they refined their …

Science communication: could you explain it to your granny?

You don’t really understand something unless you can explain it to your grandmother.<p>This quote, attributed to Albert Einstein, should be the motto of all professional communicators, and especially those who earn a living communicating the tricky business of science.<p>Scientists such as Brian Cox and …

Getting sharp images from dull detectors: Operating in the fuzzy area between classical and quantum light

In the case of coherent light, a coordinated train of waves approach a baffle with two openings (figure, top). The light waves passing through will …