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A big bet, finally paying off: Why the discovery of a second gravitational wave is such a huge deal

<i>When the first direct observation of gravitational waves was announced earlier this year, the physicist David Reitze said: “What’s really exciting is</i> …

Black Holes

Mother of seriously-ill boy cared more about diagnosis than child, murder trial hears

CALGARY — It is always the most wrenching detail, the most devastating, how the battered, maltreated and neglected kids love their parents, no matter …

Child Welfare

Honey, They Shrunk the AC Unit

We're losing our cool over Noria, the answer to our summer woes<p>Summertime is already in full swing in New York, and with that comes the dreaded air …

Intellectual Property

Anthropologist Discovers 100-Year-Old Graffiti By 'America's Most Famous Hobo'

Susan Phillips studies and writes about graffiti as an anthropologist. In 2000, while doing research for her book, <i>Wallbangin': Graffiti and Gangs in LA,</i> she stumbled upon some graffiti that stunned her.<p>Under a century-old bridge near the Los Angeles River, Phillips discovered what appeared to be …

New "Diverging Diamond" Intersection Design Cuts Crashes by Sixty Percent

It’s tempting to think of technological advancement in terms of radical new materials or near-magical computer science—for example, the way …

Everything you ever needed to know about shutter speed

There’s a lot more to shutter speed than simply filling in a part of the exposure triangle. The creative choices when it comes to shutter speed are …

Shutter Speed

FYI: The “Ugliest Color in the World” Is Pantone 448 C

Color can be both a great friend and a tremendous enemy for a photographer. Sometimes you get amazing colorful backdrops that make your subjects pop …

The Mathematics of Design

It is common for people to group themselves into two categories; those who are good at art or design, and those who are good at math or science. The …

The Food Lab: My 19 Favorite Summer Grilling Recipes

Even when I lived in a New York apartment, grilling (perhaps illegally, on my balcony) was my favorite way to spend a warm summer evening. Now that I'm out in the Bay Area, warm summer evenings don't really exist, but I've got far more room for grilling than I've ever had before, which means that …

How to Shoot Through Glass Without Unwanted Reflections

My name is Justin Tierney, and I’m a time-lapse photographer based in Japan. The opening section of my latest time-lapse project features nocturnal …

In run-up to iPhone 7, Nikkei reports Apple moving to 3-year major iPhone refresh cycle

Japanese newspaper <i>Nikkei</i> is claiming that Apple is moving from a tick-tock cycle with a major iPhone refresh every two years to a three-year cycle.<p>Apple will likely take three years between full-model changes of its iPhone devices, a year longer than the current cycle. In a typical two-year term, …

Puzzling Optical Illusion Makes a Cat in the Desert Look Hollow

Real world optical illusions—not the ones manufactured on posters or in books—add a delightful sense of mystery to our everyday lives. Since we were left puzzled over this brick wall, a Japanese photographer called Hanamomo has shared the strange visual conundrum that comes from a cat walking in a …

United Arab Emirates

Careful, the Sith Lord is Watching

Calling all Star Wars geeks! This twist on space movie swag doubles as a home camera for keeping an eye on things while you’re gone! Shaped like the …

The Secrets to Making Perfect Pizza at Home

Nina Clemente settled in at the recently revamped Plaza of the Standard, High Line, in New York City this month as its new chef-in-residence. Clemente, the daughter of famed painter Francesco Clemente and costume designer Alba Clemente (both of whom are Italian), infused the menu with Amalfi …

The True Story Behind Alice In Wonderland

The man behind <i>Alice In Wonderland</i> is much like the tales he wrote: an enigma that straddles the line between childlike innocence and darkness. Like …

How to Make an LED Sign, Build a Desk that Transforms Into a Dining Table and Learn Sanding Basics in This Week's Maker's Roundup

A Clever Clamp Hack<p>Here Izzy Swan demonstrates something the rest of us are idiots for not realizing: You can use an inexpensive caulking gun to …

How to Make a Bar Stool, a Hand Tool Storage Wall and a Loft Bed in This Week's Maker's Roundup

Loft Bed Build<p>Found another maker to add to the mix! Here Laura Kampf builds a loft bed for a friend, whose tiny room has an unneeded door that can …

Purism expands its line of privacy-focused devices to include a 2-in-1

If you're looking for a high-end tablet that also doubles as a laptop, your most obvious choices are the Microsoft Surface Pro and Apple iPad Pro. Purism -- a company already known for its security-focused laptops -- thinks there needs to be a third option. One that's packed with open-source …

Open Source Software

Stick-On Lenses Turn Your Phone Camera Into a Microscope

Lens accessories for smartphones are by no means a new idea, but they’re often clunky, awkward to use, and far from something you’d want to try and …

Microsoft is in bad shape — but it could have been much worse

That, in fact, may have been the chief reason former CEO Steve Ballmer lost his job.<p>The longtime executive failed to properly address the smartphone and tablet markets as they developed.<p>His inaction made it easier for Apple and Alphabet's Google to establish the iPhone, iPads, and the various …

Investing

B.J. Novak’s “The List App” rebrands to li.st, arrives on Android

When B.J. Novak, best known for exec producing, writing and starring as Ryan on “The Office,” teamed up with Dev Flaherty to create a mobile application that allowed people to create lists and share them with others, they gave it a playfully anti-tech name: “The List App.” But following its …

Apps

Stair-Climbing Wheel Design for Handtrucks

The Kickstarter failed, but the developers didn't give up and now it's on the market<p>Speaking of handtrucks, the UpCart can perform a trick that most …

Nasa releases 56 patented space and rocket technologies into public domain

Nasa has released 56 of its patented technologies into the public domain, in a move which could be a great help to private space companies like …

Quantum ‘spookiness’ passes toughest test yet

It’s a bad day both for Albert Einstein and for hackers. The most rigorous test of quantum theory ever carried out has confirmed that the ‘spooky …

Quantum Physics

Mesmerizing Animated GIFs

L’artiste David Szakaly, aka Davidope, est le directeur créatif et le fondateur de l’atelier de design <i>Fredlig</i>. Bilingue et biculturel, entre …

How to find out everything Google knows about you

In exchange, you agree to share information about yourself that Google can share with advertisers so their ads are more effective. For instance, airlines want to target people who love to travel. Children's clothing makers want to target parents.<p>Google uses a lot of methods to learn about you. …

Maps

2 huge reasons you need a VPN

While in Syria, Nouhran ran a blog under a hidden identity through which he examined the country’s situation from a liberal point of view and aimed to provide a voice for the millions of ethnic and religious minorities. Nouran used a VPN daily to unblock social media websites and stay anonymous …

Robot Performs Soft-Tissue Surgery By Itself

Doctor Robot, you're a new and better man.<p>With a bulky camera eye and spindly hydraulic arm, this medical robot looks like it could fit in on an automotive production line. This bot isn't building a Toyota, though. It carefully scans soft, sticky intestinal tissue and delicately weaves stitches …