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Adjustable Desk Accessory Transforms a Sitting Desk into a Standing One

Many of us spend most of our day sitting down and have probably heard about how detrimental it is to our health. A standing desk is great way to combat the negative effects of sitting, but not everyone wants to buy an entirely new piece of furniture. The <i>LIFT</i> by Phoenix-based company iSkelter is a …

Furniture

A Portuguese U-Shaped House Built with the Elements in Mind

ColectivArquitectura designed the U-shaped Aroeira III House in Herdade da Aroeira – Alamada, Portugal to work with the elements of the land it’s …

The World’s First Floating Outdoor Living Room

DEDON had our hearts first with the Daniel Pouzet-designed Swingrest and they’re expanding the awesome with SwingMe and SwingUs, creating the world’s …

This Portable Standing Desk Lets You Stand And Work Anywhere You Bring Your Laptop

Picture yourself being “that standing desk guy” not just at the office, but at a coffee shop, library, and wherever else you happen to be.<p>There are a lot of standing desks on the market these days. But most of them are pretty stationary. They assume you have the sort of job where staying in place …

Sexy Heat For Indoors

The ‘Panel Heater Triplet’ is a sexy carbon fiber construction that follows the minimalist design language of a modern home. Functioning as an indoor …

Help Scientists By Marking Penguins In Pictures

All while simultaneously training an AI program<p>Check out this latest citizen-science project. It's a site where you can look at photos gathered by an Antarctic network of wildlife cameras and mark if there are penguins in the photos. In other words you get to look at cute animals online and help …

Tangible Play's Osmo opens up new ways for kids to play with an iPad

When kids play with iPads, parents aren’t happy because they see the youngsters disengaging from the rest of the world. As a parent, Pramod Sharma shared that view, and he did something about it.<p>Today, Sharma’s startup, Tangible Play, is unveiling a new kind of gaming device called Osmo that uses …

How to Make a Vinaigrette Without a Recipe

<i>Here at Food52, we love recipes -- but do we always use them? Of course not. Because once you realize you don't always need a recipe, you'll make your favorite dishes a lot more often.</i><p><i>Today: Food52's Associate Editor Kenzi Wilbur holds vinaigrettes near and dear to her heart. This is how she makes</i> …

Spices

Where to Find Free Food at the Supermarket

<i>by Kemp Minifie</i><p>Check out the beautiful greens in the photo above. Gorgeous, right? Would you believe I pulled those greens right out of a trash can in the produce section of my local supermarket this morning? Workers there were systematically chopping the bushy greens from bunches of beets and no …

Crows' reasoning ability rivals that of seven-year-old humans

New Caledonian crows are as good at reasoning as a human seven-year-old, claim researchers.<p>The scientists subjected six wild crows to a battery of tests designed to challenge their understanding of causal relationships. The "water displacement" tasks were all variations of an Aesop's fable in which …

Viking 'Compass' Suggests Medieval Mariners Could Navigate After Sunset

Often regarded as ruthless robbers, the Vikings were also impressive mariners capable of traversing the North Atlantic along a nearly straight line. Now, new interpretations of a medieval compass suggest the sea robbers may have skillfully used the sun to operate the compass even when the sun had …

Advantages of glass bottles over plastic become clear

There's a reason wine and spirits are stored in glass: purity of taste. Plastic (and, to a lesser degree, metal) can impart various "flavors" into the liquids it comes into contact with. But that's just one reason that glass is an increasingly popular alternative to plastic and aluminum or …

Flavors

Work begins on the world's first 3D-printed house

Treacle-black plastic oozes from a nozzle at the bottom of a small tower in Amsterdam, depositing layer upon layer of glistening black worms in an orderly grid. With a knot of pipes and wires rising up to a big hopper, it looks like a high-tech liquorice production line. But this could be the …

Goats Found To Be Much Smarter Than Previously Believed

New research shows goats can quickly learn a puzzle, and remember how to solve it.<p>You think goats are dumb? Think again.<p>New research found that most goats tested could quickly figure out how to solve a "mechanical puzzle" that yielded a delicious piece of fruit. In this case they had to pull on and …

Goats

Library of Science and Medical Illustrations

By<p>somersault18:24<p>We're passionate about science and will bring this passion to you!<p>Follow for updates on what somersault18:24 is creating.<p>Leverage …

High School

Can technology kill off the exam?

We have the technology to get rid of final exams and assess students differently, says Colin Barras, but are we ready yet?<p>Major exams are the bane of many a student’s life. They represent a one-off chance to scribble months or years of learning onto paper, and can make or break future career …

Education

Can you learn to be creative?

Is creativity magical? Not according to those now teaching it as a skill, discovers Colin Barras. Are there really secrets to unlocking your imagination?<p>Is it possible to be learn what it takes to be creative? If you look at great artists, musicians or entrepreneurs, it can seem that creativity is …

Creativity

A natural glow: these plants produce their own light

Daan Roosegaarde invites me into a cramped, pitch-black photo booth no more than a couple feet wide. "Hold on," the Dutch designer whispers into my ear. "Just give it a minute." Soon, the tiny cucumber plant in his hand begins to emit a faint glow.<p>As my eyes adjust, it gets brighter. Roosegaarde’s …

A Message From Your Brain: I'm Not Good At Remembering What I Hear

A new study shows that we are far better at remembering what we see and touch than what we hear.<p>Next time something you hear goes in one ear and out the other, you have a built-in excuse. Just blame it on your Achilles' ear—a weakness that lies not in a mythical hero's heel, but in the real-life …

Practice Not As Important As Believed For Success

But don't use this as an excuse when you mess up at your piano recital.<p>You may have heard of the "10,000 hour rule," popularized in Malcolm Gladwell's book <i>Outliers</i>, which suggests that many people who have reached the top of their fields got there, in large part, due to practicing for 10,000 hours. …

Google Scholar

Raise Chickens in the City with This Urban Chicken Coop

With more and more people wanting a piece of the urban farming pie, more options for making it happen are starting to become available. The latest is …

'Smart' Windows Lighten And Darken On Cue

A Wi-Fi-connected window accessory will make your pane listen to your commands<p>Call it the curse of the picture window. Big panes may light up a home, but they also let in enough heat to drive up the temperature by several degrees, raising cooling costs. Self-tinting windows solve the problem, …

Home Automation

Where And How To Sift For Your Own Fossils

A simple tool you can make yourself, and 27 great locations to try it out<p>You don’t need to be a paleontologist or travel through remote canyons to find exquisite fossils. The teeth, shells, and bones of ancient animals could lurk in a creek, quarry, or on a beach near you. Once you find a good …

Death Row Inmates' Last Meals Signal Attitudes Towards Sentences

Inmates who haven't made peace with their verdict are likely to decline a final dinner.<p>A recent study from Cornell University gives insight into what those on death row request for their last meal before execution. Over five years, researchers examined what these individuals asked for, along with …

Asking the right questions

It was French philosopher Claude Lévi-Strauss who once said: "The scientist is not a person who gives the right answers, he is one who asks the right questions."<p>And he was right. Asking the right questions is the essence of good science. Insightful questions can challenge accepted models, and turn …

White Roofs Keep Cities Cooler Than 'Green' Ones, Study Finds

Both are better than traditional black roofs, which drive up summertime temperatures and energy use in cities.<p>What's the greenest roof? A white one. White-painted roofs are three times more efficient than "green roofs"—rooftops that are planted over with grass or other greenery—at countering global …

Green Roofs

Gossiping benefits society, study claims

Gossiping can have a positive impact on society by helping encourage co-operation and reform bullies, a new study found<p>Gossip can benefit society by preventing bullying and encouraging co-operation, a new study suggests.<p>In contrast to the conventional belief that gossip and social exclusion are …

Psychology

How It Works: The Earthquake Machine

The fundamentals of earthquake mechanics are simple: Pieces of rock slip past one another along a fault to release pent-up energy. Some of that energy ripples outward, causing seismic waves that shake the earth. But how long it takes and exactly how the energy dissipates has remained elusive. To …