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Scientists May Have Just Created the Most Absorbent Solar Cell Ever

The Solar Panel of the Future<p>Scientists have developed a solar cell that is capable of converting direct sunlight into electricity with 44.5 percent …

Clean Energy

Scientists Accidentally Discover Efficient Process to Turn CO2 Into Ethanol

The process is cheap, efficient, and scalable, meaning it could soon be used to remove large amounts of CO2 from the atmosphere.<p>Scientists at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee have discovered a chemical reaction to turn CO2 into ethanol, potentially creating a new technology to help …

Here’s what you’re entitled to if you get bumped off a flight

Chances are pretty high that you have, as overbooking has become standard practice thanks to airlines scrambling to post revenue, and no-shows being a common occurrence.<p>Luckily, the US Department of Transportation has been tightening requirements on what airlines need to do when overbooking a …

Compensation

Meet the Silicon Valley-ites taking tiny hits of LSD to boost performance

It's 7am on a sunny Friday in a shared house in the sleepy San Francisco neighbourhood of Richmond. Flatmates buzz in and out of the kitchen as Lily …

Consciousness

Flex, a tampon alternative you can wear during sex, just raised $1 million

The Flex Company, the makers of a disc-shaped tampon alternative, has raised $1 million from Y Combinator, Amplify.LA and several others and acquired menstrual disc competitor Softcup for an undisclosed amount.<p>Flex now owns all of the market’s menstrual disc products, which the company says are …

Menstruation

Here's the salary you need to be in the top 50% of earners in 50 major US cities

If you're working toward earning a salary that will deem you "rich" in your city, it may take some time.<p>One benchmark you can use on your way to wealth: Making it into the top 50% of earners.<p>If you're earning at least $71,897 in New York City, you make more money than half the population there. …

College Sports

The Most Productive Ways To Waste Your Time

<i>This post originally appeared on the Crew blog.</i><p>You’re a responsible adult.<p>Like most of us, you want to improve your personal and professional life and think about the things you could do to get there. But (like most of us) rather than working towards those goals the second you get home you post up …

How to Build a 3D Printer From Scratch

If you are reading this article that means that you’ve probably decided to join the community of 3d printing enthusiasts and find out more about 3d …

20+ Powerful Street Art Pieces That Tell The Uncomfortable Truth

As the world moves to cities, so does art. And just as art can inspire political action and resistance, so too do the walls of the city become …

This Solar-Powered Engine Can Be Made With A 3D Printer

Sunny with a chance of renewable energy<p>You can 3D print plenty of things these days, from candy to a model of an asteroid. And now, with the help of a 3D printer, you can produce most of the parts for a pretty simple engine. Recently, German engineer Andreas Haeuser built a solar-powered Stirling …

ARDUBOY

<b>ARDUBOY</b><p>Circuit board business card is a minimalist credit-card-sized handheld console which includes Tetris. Videos embedded below:<p>A revolution in minimalist circuit board art design.<p>Barebones Arduino<br>OLED Screen<br>Piezo Speaker<br>Capacitive Input Buttons<br>9+ Hours Playtime<br>1.6 millimeters total thickness<p>You can find out more about the project here

This Lego-Modded Glue Gun is A Handheld 3D Printer

Tired of the same old, boring laminated pattern that's in all of your 3D printed stuff? Industrial design student Vimal Patel was, and so he decided …

New invention could help the blind 'read'

A new invention could help blind people "read" books and other written text without the need for Braille. MIT researchers have created a prototype of a finger-mounted device that uses a camera to scan text, which is then converted to speech in real time.<p>"For visually impaired users, this is a …

Portable

Coachella Who? 16 of the Coolest, Most Affordable Summer Music Festivals

Music makes the world go ’round, making us feel productive, inspired and energized. We’re huge fans of powerhouse music festivals like Coachella and Bonnaroo, except for when tickets sell out fast and are oh-so expensive. This year, try switching up your music game and experiencing an …

Festivals
Solar Power

The Eiffel Tower has new wind turbines, and they're beautiful

The Eiffel Tower’s iron-clad frame turned slightly greener last week, with the installation of two new wind turbines along its lower deck. Perched some 400 feet above the ground, atop a ritzy, second-level restaurant, the slender turbines are part of a broader effort to make Paris’ most iconic …

Renewable Energy

Watch a self-aware Mario play Super Mario

In one more step to mankind's eventual enslavement by robots and AIs, programmers have written code that, when running alongside a version of Super Mario Bros., makes Mario self-aware.<p><b>Correction:</b> You may have noticed we've had some trouble identifying which version of Super Mario Bros. this is. The …

“The Daily Show” slams appalling Alabama law that appoints lawyers for fetuses

<b>Jessica Williams (Comedy Central)</b><p>“Oh shit! That’s how babies are made in Alabama!”<p>Sarah Gray<p>January 16, 2015 2:56pm (UTC)<p>Last night "The Daily Show's" Jessica Williams delved into a baffling Alabama law: HB 494. The law takes state funds -- funds that are scarce in the Alabama justice system -- to …

The Daily Show

Flying Lotus Plays Unreleased Tracks, New Thundercat on BBC Radio 1 Show

Flying Lotus hosted his first BBC Radio 1 Residency today, playing a mix of Young Thug, James Blake, Rae Sremmurd, War, Run the Jewels, Can, Pink Floyd, a guest mix from producer Jeremiah Jae, and much more.<p>He also played a new, unreleased Thundercat song, an unreleased edit of his <i>You're Dead!</i> …

Jewels

Why Iron man ditched iron for graphene

Graphene is a fascinating material, consisting of a layer of carbon only one atom thick. As such, it's not unusual for scientific journals to make it …

Nanotech

Intense Kettlebell Workouts Improve Aerobic Fitness

NCAA Division I soccer players improved VO2 max by 6% in four weeks.<p>Kettlebells are most often viewed as a strength-training tool, but they can also lead to significant gains in aerobic fitness, according to research published in the <i>Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research</i>.<p>In a small study …

Exercise

5 rad adventures 2 hours (or less) from LA

Los Angeles is a metropolis of millions, but it’s also basecamp for multitudes of rad adventures. Here are my five favorite, go-to spots for outdoor …

30 street artists that are blowing people’s minds around the world

During the last few decades there has been a dramatic increase in the number of talented artists making an impression in the street-art community. …

The Most Comfortable Outdoors Sleep System I've Found

By integrating the sleeping bag and sleeping pad into a single, cohesive unit, Big Agnes is able to offer a more spacious, more stable, more …

Backpacking

Oregon Trail And All Your Other Favorite Childhood Games Put Online For Free

The video games that defined your childhood are easily accessible again.<p>A non-profit library has put thousands of classic MS-DOS games online for free, including Oregon Trail, Tetris, Donkey Kong and SimCity. In total, 2,400 MS-DOS games and programs went live Monday on the Internet Archive, a …

Retrogaming

Calorie Crushing Combos

Calorie-Crushing Combos<p>Blast fat and boost your metabolism with these complex movements<p>This workout uses combination movements to blast every muscle from head to toe and deliver a serious blow to body fat. Here's how it works: You'll need a pair of dumbbells, a kettlebell, a pullup bar, and a wall. …

Indie Sofa Bed by Karup

Reimagine the living room decor of your home with a vintage spark by installing this Indie Sofa Bed from Karup. The design is extensively …

God is on the ropes: The brilliant new science that has creationists and the Christian right terrified

A young MIT professor is finishing Darwin’s task — and threatening to undo everything the wacky right holds dear<p>The Christian right’s obsessive hatred of Darwin is a wonder to behold, but it could someday be rivaled by the hatred of someone you’ve probably never even heard of. Darwin earned their …

Physics

The Only 12 Exercises You Need To Get In Shape

Learn these moves and you’ll never need to pay for a gym membership again.<p>You can work out pretty much anywhere using bodyweight exercise moves.<p>Bodyweight exercises are moves that use only your body’s weight as resistance, such as pushups and lunges — no equipment needed. They’re a staple in many …