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Scientists have caught viruses talking to each other—and that could be the key to new anti-viral drugs

Some of the greatest scientific discoveries have been accidental. To that list, Israeli scientists have added one more. They’ve discovered for the first time an instance of viruses leaving messages for other viruses.<p>What makes the discovery remarkable is that scientists expect such communication …

Microbiology

Kodi wants to turn your Raspberry Pi into a tiny media center

Remember XBMC, or as it was known even longer ago, Xbox Media Center? It's been over a decade since the open-source software was used to turn the original Xbox into a media hub, but the software is still alive and well. It's continued along under a new name, Kodi, and works on Windows, OS X, and …

Raspberry Pi

Nikola Motor Company picks up 7,000 reservations for turbine-equipped electric semi truck cab

Last month, I wrote about Nikola Motor Company, a startup with a too-obvious name that is hoping to make its mark in the auto industry with a 1,200-mile, range-extended electric semi truck cab. It's hard to give a company with nothing but renderings the benefit of the doubt, but it appears at least …

Watch how to make a plasma ball out of a light bulb

If you've ever had aspirations to become a mad scientist, or just look like one, you not only need an impressive lab, but also fun and interesting gadgets to display. One such scientific-looking artifact is a plasma globe.<p>These illuminated spheres use various noble gases with a high-voltage …

Names of four new elements on periodic table presented for public review

International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry says names will pay tribute to Japan, Moscow, Tennessee and a Russian scientist<p>There will soon be four new names on the periodic table after scientists decided to use recently discovered elements to pay tribute to Japan, Moscow, Tennessee and a …

Chemistry

Father and His Tiny Astronaut Son Explore Earth Together in Adorable Photo Project

We tell kids that the sky's the limit when it comes to exploring the world's possibilities, but we tend to forget to embrace that wisdom in our own lives, as we get bogged down in the day-to-day responsibilities of adulthood. Photographer Aaron Sheldon has revived a starry-eyed, childlike curiosity …

Cute

10 Easy (and Cheap) Renovations That Will Instantly Boost the Value Of Your House

Any man can make these simple home improvements<p>A man’s home might be his castle, but few of us have the funds to live like kings.<p>“It’s easy to say ‘I’ve got what I’ve got, and that’s that,’” says Stephen Fanuka, host of DIY Network’s <i>Million Dollar Contractor</i>. But just because you can’t splurge on a …

What Musicians Were Wearing and Sharing on Instagram This Week 3/20

'Vogue' shoots, yoga, and a hero in a half-shell.<p><i>So I was going to post a SXSW Edition of this column this week—and there will be some of that—but considering the Fader Fort lost a day due to an electrical storm and there’s snow in the forecast on the East Coast when SPRING IS HERE, I’m not in the</i> …

DJ Khaled

Photoshop Master Seamlessly Combines Two Celebrities into One Famous Face

Hollywood has some of the world's most unmistakable faces. Thanks to their famous faces plastered on everything from magazine covers and movie posters to tabloid features, it's easily noticeable that there's something slightly off about these celebrity portraits by artist Gesichtermix. In fact, …

Claire Danes

BLU announces the Vivo 5 and Vivo XL at CES 2016

BLU normally has no problem releasing a number of premium smartphones at low price points, and it looks like the Florida-based smartphone maker has just unveiled two more. Here at CES 2016 in Las Vegas, BLU has just taken the wraps off the next two devices in the popular Vivo line – the Vivo 5 and …

Mobile Technology

Man Points a GoPro the Wrong Way During an Entire Vacation in Las Vegas

When Evan Griffin‘s dad visited Las Vegas recently, he borrowed his son’s GoPro camera to capture memories of the things he saw there.<p>“I did not, …

Quirky Photo-Manipulations That Remix the World in Creative Ways

Photographer James Popsys lives in London, one of the most photographed cities in the world. With so many people making virtually the same photos as …

The 15 best movies on Netflix you've probably never heard of

There are so many movies on Netflix, however, that it can be hard to sort through them all.<p>The streaming site does a great job picking up films beyond mainstream hits. A diverse number of overlooked films are available to just about anybody. Now is a better time than ever to catch films that may …

Entertainment

10 Things I Had to Learn in Order to Create a Happier Relationship

Moving in with your partner is a big life change. People say you don’t really know everything about your relationship until you live with your …

Relationships

‘Electric Universe’: A Light Painting Photo Straight Out of a Film Camera

Believe it or not, the image above isn’t a digital composite created in Photoshop — it’s a light painting photo captured using a film camera. …

This startup is looking to revolutionize lithium ion batteries

All eyes have been on Tesla’s planned massive battery factory, under construction just outside of Reno. But on the other side of the country, in …

Professional photographer and Instagram superstar Michael Christopher Brown (@michaelchristopherbrown) shares some wisdom with us about his outlook and technique. "Many times, but I prefer this. In general being identified as a photographer doesn’t interest me unless it increases access or is somehow significantly beneficial. I feel more like a collector, anyway, than a photographer." #iphoneonly #vantage #photography #photojournalism

Watching a Grown Man Unlearn How to Ride a Bicycle is Surprisingly Compelling

A prank played by a welder rewrites part of this man's brain<p>I had avoided watching this video because I assumed it was clickbait, but I was wrong. …

44 awesome forced perspective-shots every traveler needs in their photo albums

Let’s face it, you’ve seen a million photos of people holding up the Leaning Tower of Pisa, and for good reason. They’re super easy to set up, you …

17 Funny Animals Appear to Be Taking Photos with Cameras

Watch out, photographers! Looks like someone is trying to take your job! Over the past few years we've seen a number of hilarious photos of animals looking as if they're about to take pictures. Rather than being the subject of a photo, they want to be the one snapping it. And we're not just talking …

Cute

5 Steps to Creating a Dreamlike Gown in Photoshop

Today, I’m going to show you how to create a dress from scratch out of something that was not a dress… at all. Here are five steps to creating a gown …

Adorable Photos of a Little Trio’s Daily Nap Time

In Jessica Shyba‘s home, nap time is a sacred ritual. At the same time every day, her son Beau, baby Evangeline, and dog Theo take a cuddly nap …

Photographer in New Jersey Arrested After Refusing to Hand Over Camera

23-year-old freelance news photographer Andrew Flinchbaugh was arrested late last week in Lacey Township, New Jersey after capturing video of an …

Stop threats to Canada's online pirates, rights holders told

TORONTO (Reuters) - Media companies must back off from threatening Canadians who illegally download movies, music and books with penalties that do not exist in Canadian law, the government said on Friday.<p>“These notices are misleading and companies cannot use them to demand money from Canadians,” …

Canada

Take Selfies to the Next Level With “Phonies”

In today’s connected world, celebrity selfies are as common as traffic jams and viral cat videos. There are a variety of ways to take a selfie on …

13 Photo Books for Your Stocking Stuffers

In the age of the iPad, there still is something glorious about a photo book. Here are a few of our favorites from 2014, so send Santa (or Hanukah …

Young Self-Taught Photographer Captures Wanderers Against Magnificent Landscapes

Self-taught Canadian photographer Elizabeth Gadd described her photography niche better, perhaps, than anybody else when she said, “I, uh… shoot …

Why Beppi Crosariol rates this wine a rare 98

How would you describe a person willing to spend $250 on a bottle of wine? "Stupidly rich" might be an accurate answer in most cases. But I suspect the sanest among you would generally be more inclined simply to go with "stupid." I've been there (not the "rich" part), though rarely. And while I …

5 immigration myths debunked

President Obama is taking executive action to protect millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation.<p>His plan has been a tough sell to the American people, especially with the new Republican-controlled Congress. But many experts agree that some of the arguments against immigration are based …