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Here's a first look at the Tesla statue in Palo Alto

A statue of famed scientists Nikola Tesla is being unveiled today in Palo Alto after the successful completion of a six-figure Kickstarter campaign.<p>Here’s a first look at the seven-foot-tall monument, which is equipped with free Wi-Fi and a time capsule to be opened in 2043:<p>Gallery: Gallery<p><i>Image</i> …

Why The Next Big Thing In Computing Is Conversation

Now, however, those assumptions are all out the window. Starting with the introduction of the original iPhone, every few years has brought not only …

The 17 Designs That Bell Almost Used for the Layout of Telephone Buttons

Among them: "the ten-pin," "the cross," and "the rainbow"<p>If you look at the number buttons on a phone -- smart, cell, landline, what have you -- those number buttons will feature, almost inevitably, a uniform layout. Ten digits, laid out on a three-by-three grid, with the tenth tacked on on the …

Signals sent through internet connect brain of 1 person to another

1st human brain-to-brain interface conducted, say researchers<p>American researchers say they’ve performed what they believe is the first ever …

These Crazy Photos Reveal The Hidden World Of Clear Water

Israeli artist Moses Hacmon displays a hidden, beautiful world of water by recording its detailed movement as still images.<p>Water is the most basic resource on the planet. But how often do we stop to consider it in its elemental form?<p>With “The Faces of Water,” Israeli artist Moses Hacmon has given …

Google is reportedly designing its own self-driving car

Fleets of self-driving taxis could pick city goers up on demand<p>Self-driving taxis could become a reality. Google is reportedly now designing and developing its own self-driving car, instead of solely modifying existing vehicles as it's done up to this point, reports the recently departed <i>Wall Street</i> …

Help Judge This Amazing Art–Created By Chimps

Six chimpanzees from around the country have bravely entered an art contest to win prizes for their home sanctuaries, and they need you to judge.<p>Chimpanzees, as anyone who bawled their eyes out watching <i>Project Nim</i> can attest, are not people, but our genetically almost identical cousins have a lot …

Where We’re Going, We Don’t Need Batteries: These Devices Power Themselves With Radio Waves

What if we could power the “Internet of things” simply by remixing existing electromagnetic signals?<p>If you’re living in a city, or any somewhat densely populated area, you’re likely cloaked in TV and radio waves invisible to the naked eye. But what if our devices could harness this ambient energy? …

These Stunning Paintings Are Made From Coal Mine Sludge

The toxic, acidic runoff from mines operating in the 1970s is still a problem. An Ohio engineer and an artist have joined together to clean up the sludge and create beautiful paintings in the process.<p>In the foothills of southeastern Ohio, where ghost towns are all that’s left of what was once a …

Climate Change Is Making Apples Mushier

Fond of Fujis? Partial to pears? Scientists are busy mapping out how rising temperatures are affecting the quality of fruits we all know and love, and it’s not pretty.<p>There are few worse feelings in the world (hold off on bad breakups, addiction recovery, and puberty for a second) than biting into …

Artist Spends 50 Years Creating Massive Map Of Imaginary Cities

In 1963, a man named Jerry Gretzinger began sketching and painting a map for a fictional world, populated by land masses and buildings that originated in his mind. Every day he would add to the expanding map, crafting green spaces and neighborhoods that eventually grew into made-up cities like …

'MyShelter Foundation' And Brazilian Mechanic Alfredo Moser Bring Light To 1 Million Poor Homes With Water, Bleach, Bottles

Using just three simple ingredients found in nearly every kitchen, Alfredo Moser will soon be able to bring light to 1 million poor homes.<p>The innovative Brazilian mechanic first dreamed up an alternative to the standard light bulb back in 2002 when he was enduring a routine blackout and noticed …

YC startup Swiftype raises $1.7M seed round from Andreessen; NEA; Kleiner

Swiftype has raised $1.7 million from venture capital bigwigs for its search engine software.<p>The Y Combinator company provides solutions that help companies integrate search engines into their websites, no coding required. You enter a URL and Swiftype’s technology will crawl the site and quickly …

The surreal genius of Hugo Barros' handcrafted collages

Something of a rarity in the field, Portuguese artist Hugo Barros manipulates images not with digital tools like Photoshop, but instead using the collage skills you learnt as a kid. Barros began making his mind-bending collages three or four years ago, taking inspiration from musicians like Animal …

BP: Say It, We’re Not Spraying It

The oil giant denies claims that it continues to secretly spray that cancer-causing dispersant on the Gulf slick.<p>The BP oil disaster media response has softened to a dull roar in recent weeks, thanks largely to a government report claiming that three quarters of all leaked oil has been burned off, …

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3-D Cosmic Map Helps You Wrap Your Brain Around the Universe's Weirdness

As someone who writes about astronomy, I know that figuring out the universe is tough. There's all these weird things — dark matter, quasars, …

Now you can even buy original Warhols and Monets on Amazon

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>It sells just about everything else, so why not art, too?<p>Advertisement<p>Amazon on Tuesday opened its Amazon Art store. The …

Video Pioneers OK GO Team With Saatchi & Saatchi, Possibly You, For Next Video

The band most known for its videos is looking for videos.<p>OK Go is a band famous for its intensely innovative videos. From its breakthrough treadmill trickery for “Here It Goes Again” to its automotive symphony for “Needing/Getting” or its paint-splashed Rube Goldberg extravaganza “This Too Shall …

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RebelMouse vs. WordPress VIP

After building the product for Huffington Post, and owning the product and engineering groups at AOL after we were acquired, it was clear to me there …

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The short story of Longreads, according to founder Mark Armstrong

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>Mark Armstrong, like many people in New York City, was a commuter — he commuted to Time Inc.’s midtown Manhattan offices from …

No more kids stuff in your Netflix list

Netflix is rolling out a much-requested feature that should please users with kids and those who share their account with others.<p>And the video streaming company is teasing that the feature most often demanded by Canadian users is coming soon.<p>On Thursday, Netflix began officially rolling out the …

Why AngelList will become the Android of venture capital

<i>Gaurav Jain is a Principal at Founder Collective and previously was a Product Manager for Android. He or his firm are not investors in AngelList. Follow him on twitter @gjain.</i><p>Just as Google’s Android operating system has disrupted mobile rivals, I think AngelList will do the same to most incumbent …

A Bible Of Color Theory Is Now An App

On the 50th anniversary of Josef Albers’s Interaction of Color, Yale University Press has released the work as an interactive teaching tool along the lines of what the Bauhaus master originally intended.<p>Josef Albers, one of the best-known painters and educators to emerge from the German Bauhaus, …

Simulating 1 second of real brain activity takes 40 minutes and 83K processors

Advertisement<p>32 Comments<p>Credit: Shutterstock / StudioSmart<p>A team of Japanese and German researchers have carried out the largest-ever simulation of …

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As it turns 15, the ESO's Very Large Telescope captures another interstellar stunner

The Very Large Telescope is about to turn 15, and to celebrate the European Southern Observatory has released a spectacular image of a radiant pink gas cloud. Naturally the shot you see above — showcasing just one nursery (IC 2944, according to Phys.org) where stars are born in spectacular fashion …

Scientists release plans for new largest particle accelerator, designed to find dark matter

One of the biggest science projects in human history is ready to begin. Scientists from around the world announced today that they have completed the final design specs for what will become the largest particle accelerator ever built, the International Linear Collider, a planned 19.3-mile-long (31 …

Tiny winglet retrofit will cut United's fuel bills by millions

A successful test flight this week by a Boeing 737-800 equipped with a shiny new set of split scimitar winglets has given the green light for United's plans to install them widely across its 737 fleet. Designed to improve the plane's aerodynamic efficiency by routing air around it, winglets have …