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Man impaled by a 4-foot pole through his groin is saved by doctors

Doctors in India saved a man who was impaled by a 4-foot poll that went through his groin and out his neck.<p>Salim Sheikh was working on a construction site when he slipped and fell, and a rod pierced him through the scrotum, going through the entire length of his body and emerging out his collar …


A robot can build this $10,000 house within 12 hours — take a look inside

Building a house by hand can be both time-consuming and costly, so some homebuilders are now automating part of the construction process.<p>The homebuilding startup ICON uses a 3D-printing robot that can make parts for houses. The machine can print the walls, roof, and floor of a 650-square-foot model …

El Salvador

The 15 Best Netflix Documentaries You Need To Stop Skipping Over

You always see them on Netflix, now it's time to watch them.

Santa Monica

The Death of DSLRs is Near

Two decades ago, DSLRs were introduced to replace film cameras. With only a few megapixels, very short battery life, and an overall low quality, it …


This Pocket-Sized Sensor Can Identify The Exact Color of Anything

Take the guesswork out of color-matching.<p>If you're upgrading your home and need to paint your walls to match a certain color, the human eyes has its limitations. That's where the Nix Mini Color Sensor comes in.<p>This pocket-sized spheroid capable of identifying colors instantaneously. Just place it …

Here's Why You Shouldn't Pay Off Your Mortgage Early

Eager to get rid of your mortgage? Think twice before paying it off ahead of schedule.<p>More than half of Americans own their homes rather than rent, …

Personal Finance

UPS Drivers Never Turn Left, and Neither Should You

UPS drivers will never turn left—and other drivers should consider doing the same.<p>If you follow a delivery truck along its route, you will see it …

Google Maps

Daylight saving time: Spring ahead? Not this year, not this guy

This Sunday morning a few of us will saunter into church, brunch or our golf games an hour late – much to the snickers of everyone else.<p>That’s because we are the ones who somehow didn’t get the memo about the time change. We were so retro as to rely on our old school alarm clocks instead of our …

New York Times

The 50 most dangerous cities on Earth revealed

A Mexico beachside town popular with American tourists has been named as the most violent city in the world.<p>Los Cabos, on the tip of the Baja …


Look, no lithium! First rechargeable proton battery created

Researchers say it’s a crucial step towards cheaper and more environmentally-friendly energy storage<p>Scientists have created the world’s first rechargeable proton battery, a crucial step towards cheaper and more environmentally-friendly energy storage.<p>While the battery is just a small-scale …

Clean Energy

He's 16 and he's gigantic: Meet world's tallest teenager

A British boy, who stands at 7 feet and 4 inches, is making headlines as the tallest teenager in the world, according to SWNS.<p>Brandon Marshall is 16 years old and is still growing.<p>"People stop him, asking for photos with him,” his mother, Lynne Quelch, told the news service.<p>Quelch said her son, who …

Extreme Sports

An even-weirder-than-usual tardigrade just turned up in a parking lot

A newfound species of tardigrade, or "water bear," with tendril-festooned eggs has been discovered in the parking lot of an apartment building in Japan.<p>The newfound tardigrade, <i>Macrobiotus shonaicus</i>, is the 168th species of this sturdy micro-animal ever discovered in Japan. Tardigrades are famous …


'I'm born to do this': Condemned by caste, India's sewer cleaners risk death daily

Hundreds of thousands of Indians still make their living as scavengers, emptying dry toilets by hand, or cleaning septic tanks without protection<p>Just before 7am one morning in Mumbai, three men clearing a sewer pipe were overcome by deadly fumes and collapsed. Their deaths sparked a cat-and-mouse …


Zuma’s final hours: Ex-journo reveals plan for state of emergency, army deployment

<i>JOHANNESBURG — History books, no doubt, will look back on the events of last month that led to President Jacob Zuma finally stepping down as an</i> …

South Africa

The 100 Best Free Google Chrome Extensions

These are some of the best extensions you can and should add to your Google browser.<p>PCMag reviews products independently, but we may earn affiliate …


Long quest to understand these bodies without identities

One in 10 people who pass through Gauteng’s mortuaries is not identified. Their bodies languish for months in overcrowded and under-resourced …

South Africa

Otter app transcribes conversations like it's no big deal

Every product here is independently selected by Mashable journalists. If you buy something featured, we may earn an affiliate commission which helps …

App Store

A fluke breakthrough could be the missing link for an electric car age

In the 1970s, Dr Donald Highgate found a way to make contact lenses more comfortable. With colleagues at the University of Surrey, he developed a …

Clean Energy

Maryland man convicted of rare attempted suicide charge

A Maryland man was convicted last week on a rare criminal charge of attempting suicide.<p>The Baltimore Sun reported that the 56-year-old man pleaded guilty last week and received a three-year suspended sentence and two years of probation.<p>The paper reported that the crime appears to stem from English …


Apple confirms it runs iCloud on Google's cloud

Ever wondered where Apple stores all your iCloud backups? Between photos, files, contacts, and other data for millions of customers, that’s a whole lot of storage space that the company would have to make room for and manage. Now, it’s confirmed that iCloud actually lives on Google Cloud …

Amazon Web Services

Photographers, Here’s How To Easily Remember The F-Stop Scale In One Minute

[Click here to view the video in this article] <br>Photographers, is the f-stop scale confounding you? If you’re a shutterbug who’s always had trouble …


An AI just beat top lawyers at their own game

The nation's top lawyers recently battled artificial intelligence in a competition to spot errors in contracts — and they lost.<p>A new study, conducted …

Artificial Intelligence

Icelandic language battles threat of 'digital extinction'

Iceland’s mother tongue and cultural identity is drowning in an online ocean of English<p>Unlike most languages, when Icelandic needs a new word it rarely imports one. Instead, enthusiasts coin a new term rooted in the tongue’s ancient Norse past: a neologism that looks, sounds and behaves like …

Language Learning

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Wisconsin student creates device in effort to prevent deaths in school shootings

In the wake of the Florida school shooting, a Wisconsin teen is hoping a device he invented last year will get into more classrooms to help prevent …


This inexpensive cross-country train route is *begging* to be your summer road trip

Sure, summer still feels about as far away as the next total solar eclipse, but it’s definitely not too soon to start planning a dreamy road trip. …


Kenyan tribe readies for the death of its native tongue

Fewer than 10 elders speak Yakunte, a language native to Kenya's Yaaku people that the UN has classified as 'extinct'.<p><b>Doldol, Kenya -</b> Rashid Njapaa bends down to check on a newborn sheep.<p>It's a windy Saturday morning and the father of seven, dressed in a faded, navy track jacket and printed yellow …


How a French 16-year-old is teaching the world to build VR headsets for $100

Palmer Luckey, the founder of Oculus and the inventor of arguably the most successful commercial virtual reality headset, was only 17 when he completed his first prototype for the device. Fast-forward to the present day, and Luckey is now worth roughly $750 million at the age of 25, having sold his …

Virtual Reality

On Mbeki, a R5 coin and the missing pages of history

Mukoni Ratshitanga writes in his own capacity. He is a former spokesperson for Thabo Mbeki. Read more from <b>Mukoni Ratshitanga</b>

Thabo Mbeki