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Like a flock of (metal) birds! See every plane landing at New York's LaGuardia Airport in one HOUR in a single amazing image

• <b>Photographer Paul Ker snapped a photo of every plane landing on a recent summer day between 1pm and 2pm</b>• <b><br>He photographed the passenger jets from his</b> …

UFOs

Mobile payments — not that big sapphire screen — will be the iPhone 6's killer app

Mobile payments is an idea that sounds much better than it is in practice. At least for right now.<p>The despite the efforts of PayPal, Square, and even Google Wallet, few people have actually replaced their wallets with their smartphones, which was the original idea behind mobile payments: Since most …

20 Essential Life Lessons For Happiness And Success

A recent birthday got me reflecting on my journey to this age, and I’m happy to say that, compared with the younger me, I’m much more at peace with myself, content with my life, confident of what I want and sure of how to get there.<p>I often write about how to attain career and money success, and …

Overstock’s Bitcoin Purchases Account For Less Than 1% Of Revenue, But It’s Growing

Since Overstock.com started to accept Bitcoin as a purchase currency, the company has received a good press for its efforts to support the nascent cryptocurrency. Working with Coinbase to process Bitcoin, Overstock.com announced that it crossed the million-dollar sale mark in the currency earlier …

7 Factors That Change Your Sense Of Taste

Take a bite out of that<p>The tongue recognizes five basic tastes: sweet, salty, sour, bitter, and umami—a savory aspect associated with meat and mushrooms. But the taste you actually experience isn’t that simple. In recent years, a growing number of studies have shown that taste can be influenced by …

Scotch Whisky

8 Steps To Sustainable Meat And Milk

Put down the bologna: "Quality, not quantity" is just one strategy that could make meat available to all while protecting the environment.<p>Meals featuring meats and dairy often come with a side order of guilt these days, because industrial-scale animal husbandry, better known as factory farming, can …

The AIDS Cure

Reservoirs of HIV hide deep within the body. Scientists are now closing in on methods to wipe them out.<p><b>In 2007</b>, a little-known German doctor applied to speak at a prestigious AIDS conference, claiming to have cured a single case of the disease. He described a 41-year-old man, dubbed the “Berlin …

Immunotherapy

Watch A Stun Gun Drone Tase An Intern

It's exactly what it sounds like<p>Chaotic Moon Studios, a startup making, uh, about anything you can think of, invited me to their Austin offices today during South By Southwest to check out a live demonstration of a stun gun-loaded drone. Obviously, I came.<p>The gentleman here is an intern named …

Drones

Stained Glass Windows That Double As Solar Panels

Transparent, colorful cells could decorate, and power, churches one day.<p>Solar panels usually get placed somewhere in the sun, but out of sight. Rooftops, deserts, mausoleums. But what if they were so beautiful we wanted to put them everywhere?<p>That could happen! Maybe. We've at least got the …

Solar Panels

When Sleep Goes Terribly Wrong

A story of lost time<p>Chris Stimac was a typical high school freshman: athletic, friendly, into science. He loved football and hoped to play it in college. But in the winter of 2003, he got a flu-like illness, which left him somehow changed. Stimac descended into a dark, foul mood, and he couldn’t …

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 …

Nanotech

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 …

Particles

A Solar-Powered Drone Designed To Fly For Five Years Nonstop

Titan Aerospace will test a drone that could track hurricanes, spot pirates, and more.<p>If a drone never had to land, it could track hurricanes, spot pirates and smugglers, follow animal migrations, and even act as an auxiliary GPS. In essence, it would be a geostationary satellite without the …

Drones

Modular Phones Are A Brilliant Idea. It’s Too Bad We May Never Have Them.

Open-source hardware is tricky.<p>In October, Motorola unveiled Project Ara, a development initiative aimed at creating modular smartphones that snap together as easily as LEGOs. Users will mix and match the modules they want—screens, batteries, cameras, keyboards—and connect them to a standard phone …

The Woman Who Can Will Herself Out Of Her Body

The case of the voluntary out-of-body experience.<p>After a class on out-of-body experiences, a psychology graduate student at the University of Ottawa came forward to researchers to say that she could have these voluntarily, usually before sleep. "She appeared surprised that not everyone could …

The Brain

VW CEO: Yes To Big Data, No To Big Brother

Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn called on auto manufacturers to team up with computer and legal specialists and politicians to ensure the privacy and security of drivers’ information as cars become increasingly digitalized.<p>“Our cars are already mobile computer centers, with 1.5 km of cables, more …

Groundbreaking Blood Test Successfully Predicts Onset Of Alzheimer's Disease

Their study, <i>Plasma phospholipids identify antecedent memory impairment in older adults,</i> is published in today's online issue of <i>Nature Medicine,</i> …

Compound in fruits and vegetables prevents symptoms of Alzheimer's disease in mice

Alzheimer's disease represents the most common form of dementia, with the early stages of the disease generally characterized with short term memory …

LABONFOIL: Portable Bond-style lab promises low-cost detection and diagnosis

A European project coordinated by Ikerlan and CIC microGUNE is developing a James Bond-style automated laboratory called "LABoratory skin patches and …

Portable

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"Print the Legend" tells the story of the biggest, little companies in 3D printing

Gizmag spoke to directors, Luis Lopez and Clay Tweel, and one of the producers, Steven Klein, about the making of the film.<p>The trio see what they …

3D Printing

This Wearable Robot Lifts 110 Pounds In Each Hand

It's not exactly "Iron Man," but then again, it is real.<p>The days of idling wishing for a wearable robot are gone. Researchers at the Perceptual Robotics Laboratory in San Giuliano Terme, Italy, have created a "robo-suit" that is capable of lifting 50 kilograms (110 pounds) with each of its arms.<p>The …

Robotics

How where an owner stands gives dogs cause to pause

Dogs with a preference to use one paw over another perform better in agility trials – but where their owner stands is also crucial, scientists find<p>Those looking to enter their dogs at this year’s Crufts could do well to look out where they stand during the competition.<p>Scientists have found that …

Opinion

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Diets high in meat, eggs and dairy could be as harmful to health as smoking

People under 65 who eat a lot of meat, eggs and dairy are four times as likely to die from cancer or diabetes, study suggests<p>A diet rich in meat, eggs, milk and cheese could be as harmful to health as smoking, according to a controversial study into the impact of protein consumption on …

How to Wash Wearable Electronics

Becky Stern, Director of Wearable Electronics at Adafruit, walks through one of the most commonly asked questions about wearable electronics: how do …

How to Make a Miniature Crossbow Out of Household Items

Dave Hax demonstrates how to create a miniature crossbow out of a plastic bottle cap, popsicle sticks, and a rubber band in his latest video. In …

Nokian Winter Tire Concept Features Retractable Studs

Finnish tire manufacturer Nokian Tyres has created a winter tire concept that features retractable studs. The retractable stud system—Nokian says it …