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Kepler telescope identifies ancient solar system

<b>An ancient solar system similar to our own has been discovered by scientists.</b><p>Studying data from the Kepler telescope, the team, led by the University of Birmingham, found a star orbited by five planets similar in size to Earth.<p>The system, 117 light-years away, is the oldest known of its kind, …

Here's What a 3D-Printed Mansion Looks Like

Chinese construction company Winsun is building proof-of-concept houses to show how 3D printing could work with home construction.<p>3D printing can be used for practically anything these days—even in construction, it seems.<p>Chinese construction company Winsun has recently unveiled a mansion and a …

10 designs for the future of space travel

As advances in technology put space travel back on the agenda, we've rounded up some of the best interstellar design from the pages of …

Space Travel

Queen of the Underworld Sheds New Light on Greek Tomb

Newly revealed mosaic may hold key to unlocking mystery: Who was buried in the massive mound?<p><b>Greek archaeologists have discovered the image of a young, red-haired goddess being swept off to the underworld inside a 2,300-year-old tomb near the ancient site of Amphipolis in northern Greece.</b> …

Artist Creates Mind-Blowing Illusion of a Levitating Building in London

This surreal architectural sculpture, entitled <i>Take My Lightning But Don't Steal My Thunder</i>, is a mind-blowing piece in which a section of a building appears to be levitating in mid-air. Created by British artist and designer Alex Chinneck, the large-scale optical illusion sits directly in Covent …

The Berlin Wall Is Going Back Up

But it’ll be made of balloons, not barbed wire.<p>When the Berlin Wall was built back in 1961, it literally went up overnight. Constructed first out of just barbed wire, then supplemented with concrete walls, landmines, and watch towers, the <i>mauer</i> split Berlin in half for nearly 30 years, until it one …

Berlin Wall

What The Top 1% Of Software Engineers Do That The Other 99% Do Not

<i>Answer by Michael O. Church, functional programmer and machine learning engineer, on Quora</i><p>My first inclination was to disclaim, “I’m not top 1%, maybe top <i>N</i>%” where N is some slightly higher integer, because false precision makes great humble-brags. In reality, I have a hard time identifying “top …

Could A Nobel Prize-Winning Innovation Have Almost Been Overlooked By Silicon Valley?

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Vinod Khosla is an entrepreneur and investor. He is the founder of Khosla Ventures, which is focused on impactful sustainable energy and information technology investments.</i><p>I want to congratulate Shuji Nakamura (pictured above), the founder of Khosla Ventures portfolio company Soraa, …

Steve Ballmer and Bill Gates Don't Talk Anymore, Report Says

The recent upheaval at Microsoft has poisoned the decades-long friendship between cofounder Bill Gates and former CEO Steve Ballmer to the point that …

Digital Dark Matter: The Unseen Forces That Influence Innovation

<i>Editor’s note: Christian Cantrell is a software developer and science fiction writer. He has written two novels and several short stories, and his third novel will be out early next year.</i><p>Around AD 150, the Egyptian astronomer Claudius Ptolemy compiled a model of the universe that accurately …

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Elon Musk believes colonizing Mars will save humanity

You'd be excused for thinking Elon Musk is crazy. Even with his unlikely successes in rethinking electric vehicles and commercial spaceflight, the man's steadfast beliefs in the face of incredible challenges can make him seem like a blind visionary. If you're of that mindset, Musk's latest …

Luminous Abstract Paintings Filled with the Energy of NYC Nightlife

We were excited when New York-based artist Alexandra Pacula contacted us to share information about her first solo show, <i>Luminous Heights</i>, at Gallery Henoch. The collection features rare and stunning cityscape paintings of New York City, with a bit of a twist. The artist beautifully blurs city …

Surreal Photo Collages & Mixed Media Artworks by Matthieu Bourel

Some surreal photo collages and mixed media artworks by Matthieu Bourel.<p>Matthieu Bourel is a French artist currently living and working in Berlin, …

Art

Beautifully Meditative Study of Monochromatic Water in Motion

This untitled work by photographer Arno de Pooter is a beautiful study of liquid movement that reveals the amazingly subtle details and differences of splashing water. Viewers may find themselves mesmerized by the monochromatic textures, patterns, and forms that occur throughout each unique …