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Plank position for beginners

We all know plank position is good for us. But. Um. What if you lack the core strength needed to suck in the gut and engage the back, glutes and quad muscles — all while balancing between your toes and elbows?<p>Answer: You slowly and carefully work your way up to it, says fitness expert Tosca Reno, …

How to Make ‘Star Wars’ Death Star LED Ornaments That Light Up

“<i>That’s no Moon!</i>”<p>Nashville-based craftycounterpart demonstrates how to make <i>Star Wars</i> Death Star LED ornaments that light up in their step-by-step …

Why Doctors Are Testing An Epilepsy Drug For Alcoholism

In the hunt for new ways to help people fight alcoholism, doctors are studying gabapentin, a generic drug that's commonly used to treat epilepsy and fibromyalgia.<p>In a 12-week clinical trial conducted by the Scripps Research Institute, people taking taking gabapentin were much better at reducing …

Nexus 5 review

In this review of the Nexus 5, I will attempt to answer one simple question: is Google capable of making a flagship, best-in-class smartphone it can sell for $349 off-contract? And I don't just mean a nice, okay, swell, good, decent, better-than-the-last-one phone. I mean a phone that stacks up …

Android 4.4 KitKat review: designed by Google, for Google

In 2011, Google introduced Android 4.0 "Ice Cream Sandwich," which took some of the design direction it had begun on tablets and moved it to phones. In the intervening two years, we've only seen "point" updates for the platform: some subtle refinements and a few big new features, but never a big …

What Happens When You Stop Eating?

What to know before you download Windows 8.1

When Microsoft launched Windows 8 (and Windows RT 8), reactions ranged from enthusiasm to cautious interest to total bafflement – not exactly what the company wanted to hear.<p>Fast forward almost a year, and with Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1, Microsoft is addressing a lot of the issues while …

Is Nestle teasing that Android OS 4.4 KitKat will arrive on October 28th?

The Nexus 5 is the rumoured next-gen collaboration between Google and LG — heavily leaked, but still rumoured. Dates flying around the internet …

Scientists Recreate The Sense Of Touch With Direct-To-Brain Electrical Signals

These findings could help researchers make prosthetic arms that have a lifelike sense of touch.<p>We've seen some very cool prosthetic arms recently, including ones people are able to control—just as they control biological arms—with their thoughts. So what's one of the next great frontiers for …

Could ‘Iron Man’ Become a Reality? US Army Working on Smart Battlesuits, TALOS

Although fan-made gadgets replicating some of the Iron Man character's various abilities (and even some pretty authentic cosplay creations) attempt …

Iron Man

Sheer Brilliance: Star Wars' Emperor voiced by Mark Hamill's Joker

Mark Hamill is best known for being the voice of the Joker in various Batman animated TV shows. But long before that, he played another role, that of …

Tumbleweed-1 (A Series Inspired by Red Dead Redemption)

Gunk-Proof Everything

This coating can keep you grime-free. And it lasts at least a year, to boot.<p>Anyone who's worn waterproof boots knows that although they shed moisture, they're magnets for grime. Most water-repelling treatments still allow for surface friction, so particles of mud, soot, oil, or wine stick right …

Farmer loses land battle, though military grants him one last harvest

Fighting to save his beloved farm from Canada’s elite soldiers, Frank Meyers is finally forced to surrender<p>In Frank Meyers’s eyes, the view from his …

Elephant Says Goodbye To An Old Friend (PHOTO)

"There is one universal experience, that's death. That is something we are all going to experience at some distance in the lives of loved ones, strangers and friends, people around us and certainly our own."<p>Journalist Scott Simon's words are probably some of the most poignant when paired with this …

Conan O’Brien Parody: Why the Gold iPhone 5s Shortage is Ending Soon

<i>“Gold is best.” -Raffi Jaharian, VP, Gold</i><p>This is from yesterday but if you haven’t seen it yet, it’s a great way to end your Friday. Conan O’Brien …

See the world's first mind-controlled prosthetic leg in action

Prosthetic legs have gotten smarter and smarter thanks to advanced sensors and lightweight motors, but this week they're getting their biggest overhaul yet: the latest bionic leg can be controlled entirely by its wearer's mind. Though the mind-controlled prosthetic leg has been in the works for …

A Crazy Size Comparison Of Sci-Fi's Greatest Ships [Infographic]

The _Star Wars _vessels are puny compared to the ship from _Independence Day. _<p>Being a small child, I often think to myself: <i>What if the _Star Wars _spaceships got into a fight with the ships from _Star Troopers</i>? _Thanks to this infographic from DeviantART user Dirk Loechel, I finally have an …

Science Fiction

Microsoft unveils new Surface tablets

Microsoft refreshed its Surface tablet computers Monday, giving them longer battery life and better comfort on laps as the software giant continues …

Valve Announces 'SteamOS' Operating System For The Living Room

<i>The Half-Life 2 developer is launching their own Steam-based operating system.</i><p>In the first of three announcements, game publisher and developer Valve revealed a new Linux-based operating system, SteamOS designed to bring the Steam platform and PC gaming to the living room.<p>“As we’ve been working on …

John Potter, WWII Veteran, Avoids Eviction By Daughter

A World War II Ohio veteran who has lived in his current home for 56 years faced eviction from his home. The landlord? His own daughter.<p>John Potter, the 92-year-old veteran, turned to his granddaughter for help after his daughter, Janice Cottrill, said he had terminated his "existing lease," ABC …

How STAR WARS 1313 Game Project Could Revolutionize Filmmaking

11 Terrifying Childcare Inventions From The Early 20th Century

Enjoy the motorized hanging cradle, the baby gas mask, the UV-ray baby branding prod, and more "infant-friendly" gadgets from the Popular Science archives.<p>Updated:<p>There are certain areas of expertise that came naturally to us over the years: cars, space, aviation, and computers, to name a few. …

Jerk Cats Love Knocking Sh*t Over

In case you haven't heard: cats are jerks. And what's the first phase in a cat's campaign of terror? Why, pushing all of your belongings off of flat surfaces, of course.<p>Some people might say that is just how a cat "plays" with you, that he's just being "friendly." Those people haven't looked into …

How to pick up women (with science)

It's a sad fact, but women lack free will. Although they appear as complex and individual as any male (often much more so), it seems women are slaves to inherent biological "programming" which means they will be physically intimate with any man who employs a specific set of behaviours and phrases. …

Mark Hamill uses force of the gym to shape up for Star Wars: Episode VII

Mark Hamill is getting in shape to return to his role as Jedi knight Luke Skywalker in the forthcoming Star Wars: Episode VII, according to his friend Robert Englund.<p>The Nightmare on Elm Street actor, who is credited with inspiring Hamill to try out for the role in 1977's Star Wars, said the new …