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Make your own LED tilt-lamp

Learn how to wire together your own tilt-activated LED lamp, perfect as an accent light or gift.<p>In a recent issue of Make Magazine, David Bakker shares a tutorial on how to make an LED tilt lamp, called a "draailampje," which he says is Dutch for "flip light." Flip it one way to turn it on, flip it …

Lifeguard Drone Ready For Mass Production [Video]

This quadcopter can deliver life preservers a full minute faster than a human lifeguard<p>In the not too distant future, swimmers in distress may look up to the sky for help and find, not a lifeguard, but a drone, delivering a life preserver in their moment of need. Designed by Amin Rigi and RTS Labs …

Drones

Natural Swimming Pools for Passive Holistic Education, Increased Diversity, and Health

Where I grew up, I had two swimming choices. The first was in various rivers and ‘swimming holes’ (deeper parts of rivers, where the shape of the …

How to Make a Human Tape Sculpture

Introduction: How to Make a Human Tape Sculpture<p>These are human-mold sculptures made out of plastic wrap and packing tape.<br>They are fun, easy to make, …

One spoonful of this stuff could turn you into Aquaman

A crystalline substance that can absorb and release oxygen in large quantities could one day lead to tankless underwater breathing a la one water-loving superhero.<p>It sounds like a substance Lex Luthor could have invented -- a crystal so powerful that just a spoon-size chunk of it could suck all the …

Comic Books

Out with the air: Bridgestone shows off tires you never have to inflate

Bringing new meaning to the term flat tire, the Japanese company shows a second-generation prototype of its airless tires at the Paris Motor Show.<p>PARIS -- Maybe it's time to move beyond those donut-shaped balloons that connect our cars to the road.<p>At the Paris Motor Show here, Bridgestone showed …

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Lasers Reveal Underground 'Super Henge'

The mysteries surrounding Stonehenge just got deeper. Literally.<p>Near the prehistoric Stonehenge monument, archeologists have found the buried traces of a "super henge" more than 4,900 feet in circumference. That's about as big around as the Astrodome and Cowboys Stadium combined -- and 14 times …

Archaeology

Soap Making – Carrot, Cucumber and Aloe

Love the look of this Rustic Carrot and Cucumber Soap from EssentiallyEclectic.com. The base recipe is a simple melt and pour combination. The …

There are extreme selfies, and then there's this

Four adventurers and filmmakers went to the world's most dangerous and inaccessible volcano, and lived to tell about it. Oh, and they took a few selfies.<p>The battle for the world's most dangerous selfie is heating up, and this one taken at the bottom of the world's most dangerous and inaccessible …

After Germany's rout of Brazil, jokes fly on Facebook, Twitter

No stranger to insensitivity, social media pours some salt in Brazil's wounds with a deluge of wisecracks.<p>In a crushing defeat Tuesday, home team Brazil lost its semi-final game to Germany with a stunning 7-1 score. While Germans are partying, Brazilians are sadly coming to terms with their team's …

Social Media

Ants Playing Chess Find New Solutions To Old Problem

Step aside, Bobby Fischer.<p>Remove all the pieces from a chess board except for one knight. Then try to move the knight across all 64 squares of the board, touching each once. (As a reminder, knights move in a L-shape, two spaces in one direction, and then one space left or right, or up or down, at a …

Mathematics

There Are 177,147 Ways To Tie A Tie

Thanks, math!<p>Mikael Vejdemo-Johansson, a mathematician in Stockholm, recently led a small team on a quest to discern how many tie knots are possible. Their results, uploaded to arXiv, say there are 177,147 different ways to tie the knot of a necktie. That is 177,062 more ways than were found in …

Cat Parasite Found In Arctic Beluga Whales

As ice barriers melt, pathogens expand their ranges.<p>The parasite <i>Toxoplasma gondii</i> can cause heart, brain, nervous system or eye damage in people with weakened immune systems, and harm or kill developing fetuses in pregnant women. Over 60 million people in the United States carry the the parasite, …

Whales

Video: A Winter Tire With Retractable Studs

With the push of a button, a new concept from Nokian Tyres changes from a regular treaded winter tire to a studded one.<p>Modern technology can make some of James Bond's gadgets from just a decade ago look distinctly old-hat. But one Q-brand trick we've not seen yet is winter tires with retractable …

Monoprice MHD Sport Wifi gives a lot for a little (pictures)

Published: February 13, 2014 / Caption: Joshua Goldman / Photo: Sarah Tew/CNET<p>Easy-to-read OLED<p>Published: February 13, 2014 / Caption: Joshua Goldman / Photo: Sarah Tew/CNET<p>T-tip quick connect mounts<p>Published: February 13, 2014 / Caption: Joshua Goldman / Photo: Sarah Tew/CNET<p>Right side in …

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Mathematicians find 177,147 ways to tie a necktie

Tired of your boring old Half Windsor? Turns out there are enough ways to tie a necktie to last more than a lifetime.<p>The Windsor or the Half Windsor are the two most-used necktie knots, pretty much the standard for day-to-day school and business attire. Chances are, you are taught how to do it …

A Motorcycle Helmet For The Digital World

The P-1's head-up display is a live GPS.<p>At a time when screens are being integrated into everything, Skully engineers saw an opportunity to upgrade something that’s remained largely unchanged for decades: the motorcycle helmet. The P-1 is the first helmet with a digital head-up display. The …

Helmets

Your Body Can Kill Cancer. It Just Needs Better Instructions.

Researchers have been programming peoples' immune systems to recognize and destory cancer.<p>Part of what makes cancers so insidious is that they’re not invaders: They’re our own cells turned against us. That means the body usually doesn’t see them as a threat. But over the last few years, teams at …

Cancer

Find out (some of) what one big data broker knows about you

Leading data broker Acxiom's free AboutTheData.com service offers a glimpse of the ad-targeting information the company has collected about you. But opting out of targeted ads may not be so simple.<p>At least one big-name data broker thinks I'm an Asian who owns a cat and a boat and loves to travel. …

Privacy

Don't Believe Your Eyes

Intense Acrylic Storm Paintings Portray the Power of Nature

Texas-based artist Michelle Manley explores the intensity of nature through dramatic acrylic paintings. In her <i>Storm</i> series, she uses earthy color palettes to create landscapes filled with dark clouds swirling together into distant and powerful storms. As the severe weather overtakes the atmosphere, …

Art

Articles about 8 inspiring minimalist bathrooms on Dwell.com - Dwell

Streamline your plumbing and simplify your bathing ritual with inspiration from these minimalist bathrooms in the Dwell canon.<p>For the bathroom inside a renovated Hollywood bungalow, architect Noah Walker used a simple palette of gray and white tile, black...<p>Clean lines meet earth tones in this …

Storage Ideas

Rosie's Buttermilk Biscuits

<i>Every week, we’re unearthing Heirloom Recipes -- dishes that have made their way from one generation's kitchen to the next.</i><p><i>Today: Heather Baird of SprinkleBakes lets us in on her grandmother's secrets for making perfect buttermilk biscuits.</i><p>As a child, my grandparents' farm was my favorite place on …

Breakfast

Get 50GB of AT&T Locker cloud storage for free

The service gives you a home for your music, movies, and photos, which you can upload and access via your smartphone or tablet. But it's a little buggy.<p>AT&T is getting into the cloud-storage game -- and giving away free upgrades to entice new customers.<p>Normally, signing up for an AT&T Locker …

Apps

Explore The Digital Life of Real Cities in Chilling, Creepy Detail

There's a video game called Watch_Dogs which views Chicago as a city where everyone and everything is linked through a central network—like something …

Your Phone Is the Key to the New August Smart Lock

Of all the mechanical gadgets in our homes that could be improved by adding an electronic component, the lowly door lock seems the most ripe for …

SmartThings opens up its home automation platform to developers

To say SmartThings' Kickstarter campaign was a success is an understatement: the Internet of Things outfit, which offers a clever array of home automation sensors, routers and smartphone apps, raised more than $1.2 million (over four times the company's original goal), nabbed over 6,000 backers and …