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These Are the Most Bizarre Deadly Weapons in Human History

Weapon design is often meant to inspire fear, but occasionally it's just so goofy or strange that you wind up laughing. Such is the case with the …

How Soviet Artists Imagined Communist Life in Space

Artists from the Soviet Union didn't just imagine a worker's Utopia on Earth. They also thought that the great communist experiment would eventually …

Astronomers May Have Spotted Waves On Titan's Seas

Other than Earth, Titan is the only celestial object in the solar system capable of fostering stable liquids on the surface. But now, after years of …

Robotic Fish and Inflatable Tentacles: How MIT is Solving Hard Problems with Soft Robots

In the interest of not burying the lead: MIT is developing inflatable robotic tentacles, motor-free limbs that are able to flex and grip in response to targeted bursts of air. But the inspiration for those undulating components is a fish. And that’s the more appropriate bot to start with.<p>As robots …

Robotics

Meet the Teams Who Are Building the World's First Medical Tricorder

Wouldn't it be amazing if we all had a personal medical scanning device like <i>Star Trek</i>'s tricorder? Now the Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE is hoping to …

How NASA might build its very first warp drive

A few months ago, physicist Harold White stunned the aeronautics world when he announced that he and his team at NASA had begun work on the …

30 Cult Movies That Absolutely Everybody Must See

A great cult movie is like a weird underground discovery, that feels so strange and wonderful, you suspect that you're the first person ever to …

Horror

This mind-bending optical illusion is freaking the hell out of me

It may seem like this guy has a space-time bending black hole on his skull, which is about to swallow that guy's finger, but of course it's just an …

Optical Illusions

The Lotus C-01 is the Hyperbike from the Future

Here’s what we know about motorcycles: They go fast, have room for one or two, and if it snows, you’re f’ed. Here’s what we know about Lotus: They …

Control Your Devices Like a Wizard With This Ring

Ring is about to change the way you interact with and use your devices. When you’re wearing it, you can write and send text messages, turn on your …

Make Your Own Wine in Just a Few Days With The Miracle Machine

Making wine is an arduous process. It’s why home brewing has exploded, but home wine making hasn’t exactly followed suit. The Miracle Machine is …

Atlas

About Atlas<p>Atlas is the latest in a line of advanced humanoid robots we are developing. Atlas' control system coordinates motions of the arms, torso …

Order Pizza With Hand Motions Using Pizza Hut's New Interactive Tabletop

Acquire pizza with as little human interaction as possible.<p>Let's be real. It can be embarrassing to go to a pizza joint, walk up to the cashier, and order an extra large Hawaiian pizza with garlic bread crust and a side of extra spicy buffalo wings. But with Pizza Hut's new digital interactive …

NASA plans a robotic mission to search for life on Europa

It looks like it's finally going to happen, an actual mission to Jupiter's icy moon Europa — one of the the solar system's best candidates for …

Hubble telescope discovers alien 'deep blue' planet

The heavens are home to an alien world that shines a deep cobalt blue in a solar system far, far away from our own.<p>Astronomers used the ageing Hubble space telescope to determine the true colour of the distant world, the first time such a feat has been achieved for a planet that circles a star …

Die-Hard British Batman Fan Makes An Actual Working Batmobile

It's got an after-burner, flame-thrower and everything. Robin not included.

900-Year-Old Viking Message On Wood Decoded – It Says “Kiss Me”

Some people dismiss Valentine’s day as a “Hallmark Holiday” (a holiday created specifically to sell postcards), and they may or may not be right, but …

Archaeology

Forensic Artist Reconstructs Face From A Skull-Shaped Vodka Bottle

Nigel Cockerton, a forensic artist based in Scotland, has created a cool and creepy work of art that made use of his very rare set of skills. Instead …

Art

Steamplosion

Robot Nikes And Other Amazing Images From This Week

What Escapes A Black Hole?

Now that's dark<p>Black holes have a bad rap. They’re known for sucking in everything around them, but matter can actually break away from their grasp, in the form of jets. Although astronomers have been aware of this for half a century, they didn’t know what exactly the jets were made of until last …

A Waterwheel That Picks Up Floating Trash

Down, dirty, and wet<p>This spring, Baltimore’s Inner Harbor will become home to the first permanent waterwheel-powered trash interceptor. With energy from the Jones Falls River current and solar panels, the floating device sweeps litter up a conveyor belt and straight into a Dumpster for easy …

A Cheap, Promising Way to Filter Water: Through A Twig

Plant's xylem tissue could be an efficient, low-cost way to filter water.<p>One way to avoid getting sick while traveling is to only eat fruit that you peel yourself, since plants can filter out bacteria and prevent it from traveling throughout their tissues. Well, why not apply this principle to …

Facebook’s drones could bring internet to the developing world—and stick it to mobile carriers

Facebook is in talks to buy a drone company called Titan Aerospace for $60 million, according to TechCrunch. The New Mexico-based start-up is is developing autonomous solar-powered aircraft that can stay aloft for up to five years at near-orbital heights, which could make them ideal for beaming …

Emerging Markets

Nano-Tweezers Can Move Molecules With Light

Just in case you were getting bored with the world, we bring you a tiny tweezer made of light beams.<p>Scientists have created the tiniest "tweezers" known to date, which can move around objects the size of single molecules with a "bow tie" of light.<p>"To my knowledge these are the smallest tweezers …

Build Your Own Charging Dock from Lego Bricks

What do your smartphone and Legos have in common? You might reply “nothing,” and you are most likely right. But if you wish to be proven wrong, XDA …

This stunning animal looks like a glitch in reality's programming

It belongs to the genus <i>Sapphirina,</i> and its skin – which can flicker from brilliant blue to near-invisible in an instant – is something you truly need …

The most adorable Han Solo and Chewbacca are this kid and his dog

This is the cutest, and it'll fill your heart with joy for the rest of the day. Who doesn't want to dress up in costumes and take pictures with man's …