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Electric Animals That Aren’t Eels

Eels aren't the only creatures that can deliver a painful zap of electricity. In fact, not all of them are even marine animals. Here are some others.<p><b>Deep-sea microbes:</b> At the bottom of the ocean, these "living batteries" move electrons across the metals on which they live.<p><b>Oriental hornet:</b> Brown …

Listen To A Crazy Piano Invented By Leonardo Da Vinci

The "viola organista" gets built and played after 500 years.<p>Leonardo da Vinci, in between doing stuff like painting the best-known piece of art in the world, apparently had time to sketch up a quick blueprint for an instrument: the "viola organista," a piano-violin hybrid that he never built. It …

Crazy Bio-Hacks: A Mouse Cloned From Elvis’s DNA And A Human-Born Dolphin

Grow Your Own, a new exhibition about synthetic biology, features mindblowing bio-hacked creations.<p>This just in from science: One far-off day, a human woman might be able to incubate and give birth to a dolphin. This isn’t a sea-world sequel to <i>Stuart Little</i>, but one of the subjects explored in …

Build This Beautiful Table for Two

An updated version of a 1939 PopMech project, this chic table can be built with scrap wood.<p>An updated version of a 1939 PopMech project, this chic table can be built with scrap wood.<p>PRINTABLE PLANS<p>Lunch Table Plans

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Incredibly Surreal Scenes Where Women Defy Gravity

In this project called <i>Zero Gravity</i>, Moscow-based photographer Nikolay Tikhomirov creates dramatic portraits that feature elegant female figures casually drifting into the air while everything around them stands still. The artist's surreal worlds are a creative blend between dreams and reality that …

31 Haunting Images of Abandoned Places That Will Give You Goose Bumps

They say that the only permanent thing in the world is change. History books are one way to understand the passage of time, but there are also some …

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The Art of Renting an Exotic Sports Car

Okay, maybe you're not among the lucky few who can afford to buy a Lamborghini Aventador. You can still be a high roller for day.<p><b>Back in 1988, you could rent a 1953 MG TD</b>, unrestored, from National Car Rental's Emerald Club fleet at the San Francisco airport, as well as a handful of Ferrari 328s …

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Immanuel Kant shooting: should rubber-bullet weapons be banned in Russia?

Last week, it was reported that a Russian man had been shot with a rubber bullet in an argument over the philosopher Immanuel Kant. The motive might have been unusual, but the shooting was not: rubber-bullet guns, known as "non-lethal" or "trauma" pistols, are gaining popularity in the country. In …

9 Must-Have Motorcycle Tools

Without the right tools, easy jobs can get complicated. A stuck bolt gets stripped, or a carefully balanced bike falls off a makeshift stand. On the other hand, working on a motorcycle with the right toolslike thesecan be a pleasure.<p>Without the right tools, easy jobs can get complicated. A stuck …

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Getting to Know Autodesk Homestyler 3D Floor Planner

Autodesk, the makers of the AutoCAD professional computer design software, has a free Web app that could be handy for homeowners thinking about a remodeling job.<p>Homestyler 3D Floor Planner by Autodesk (makers of the industry-standard AutoCAD) is a free Web app intended for those residential and …

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Sea-Doo Spark: A Throwback Watercraft You Can Actually Afford

Affordable, small, and fun, the new Spark by Sea-Doo is a modern take on an old idea.<p><b>On Sale Date:</b> Now<p><b>Base Price:</b> $4999<p><b>Competitors:</b> None<p><b>Powertrain:</b> 900-cc I-3, 60 hp or 90 hp<p><b>Fuel Economy (est.):</b> 1.94 gallons per hour<p><b>What's New:</b> The all-new Sea-Doo Spark just might be the world's first retro …

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