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What is the Brocken Spectre?

The Brocken Spectre is your own shadow, cast on mists below you, when you are mountain climbing. The shadow may appear enormous and has a ring around …

The Science Behind The Summer's Biggest Blockbusters

The answers to the most nagging, fascinating, and bizarre questions of the summer movie season.<p>How Strong Can Someone Become?<p><b>Inspired By Man Of Steel</b><p><b>THE PLOT:</b> In the latest remake of the 75-year-old comic franchise, Superman, an innocent farmer's son, discovers his powers and saves the planet from …

How I Tried Turning My Off-The-Shelf Drone Into A Weapon

The unregulated, slightly terrifying frontier of personal flight<p>My contact was a gruff, swarthy man, wearing a couple days' stubble, an immaculate black shirt, and a scowl. He looked me up and down sourly, then exhaled as if weary. He'd done this before. Too many times, perhaps.<p>His name was Mario. …

LG Display unveils the "World's Slimmest Full HD LCD Panel for Smartphones" at 2.2mm

Smartphones are becoming bigger, more powerful and thinner. LG Display is producing some solid results by not only teasing the upcoming release of a …

Should you trust Bitcoin? It depends on what you think the virtual currency is for

There is a future when the City of London <i>really</i> doesn't sleep:<p>Trading still stops on the Stock Exchange at five sharp, but the banker doesn't stop. …

DIY Bullet Time Using a Ceiling Fan

The original “bullet time” special effect from <i>the Matrix</i> was created with a series of cameras in a circle, each triggered in turn. Mark Rober (who has been featured on the blog before) created a cool hack to create the bullet time effect with a ceiling fan. Jeremiah Warren created his own rig based …

Volvo's self-parking car on video

Volvo has developed new technology that allows a driver to park their car using a mobile phone app.<p><b>Volvo</b> has showcased new technology that allows drivers to park their car using only a mobile phone app.<p>Its new "Autonomous Parking " feature combines sensors and cameras with a system that activates …

Mad science: Developers turn to science to build a better apocalypse

How real-life science impacted games like BioShock Infinite, The Last of Us and Deus Ex: Human Revolution.<p>Mackenzie Van Camp is the kind of scientist alarmists worry might one day blow up the planet. "All the freakiest, weirdest stuff that quantum mechanics predicts, that's what I try to realize in …

£50bn question: do we want faster trains or limitless clean energy?

In among a raft of new infrastructure spending announced by the UK government in the wake of last week's spending review, it was revealed that the …