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Why a smart thermostat is a good investment

The average American household using natural gas is projected to spend $649 on heating this winter. Americans in the coldest states, and those who heat their homes with more expensive fuels like propane or heating oil, will pay a lot more than that.<p>These households can save around 10 percent on …

Home Automation

Batteriser is a $2.50 gadget that extends disposable battery life by 800 percent

Bob Roohparvar tells a killer story of industrial espionage. He says the robbery occurred last October at his Batteroo office space in a sprawling Silicon Valley office park. The target was intellectual property surrounding Batteriser, a simple metal sleeve that promises to give consumers up to</i> …

50 Powerful Tony Robbins Quotes That Have Changed My Life

For most of my life I was brought up off the teachings from the legendary life coach “<i>Tony Robbins</i>“. I had the opportunity to see Tony live on stage …

Tony Robbins

Lord save us!

Earth Unplugged films the northern goshawk’s magnificent speed and precision skills in slow motion as it aims for lures and water balloons

Earth Unplugged films the northern goshawk’s magnificent speed and precision skills in slow motion as it aims for lures and water balloons.<p>After this, watch an owl in slow motion, or <i>up the challenge:</i> How small of a space can a northern goshawk fly through?

Canadian astronaut Commander Chris Hadfield has made it a part of his five month mission to educate about space, science and the…

Canadian astronaut Commander Chris Hadfield has made it a part of his five month mission to educate about space, science and the International Space Station through a series of videos about daily life in space. In this one, he shows us how astronauts sleep on the ISS.<p>In case you’ve missed any of his fascinating reports, he’s also shown us how to wash our hands, brush our teeth, how we use math in space, how microgravity effects the body – how eyesight is affected and how food tastes – as well …

Watch Cirque de Soleil performer Adrienn Banhegyi demonstrate the skills that have earned her two world records and a few World and Europ…

Watch Cirque de Soleil performer Adrienn Banhegyi demonstrate the skills that have earned her two world records and a few World and European Jump Rope championships.

Even if you’ve seen This Too Shall Pass, the 2010 instant classic from inventive band Ok Go, it’s a great video to watch again (and again)

Even if you’ve seen This Too Shall Pass, the 2010 instant classic from inventive band Ok Go, it’s a great video to watch again (and again).<p>With the help of SyynLabs, director James Frost, and the support of almost 60 people (from core builders to people helping to reset machines) OK Go put together a massive Rube Goldberg setup that includes bowling balls, barrels, sledgehammers, umbrellas, legos, a car, an unfortunate piano, and paint cannons.<p>And of course, it’s fun to watch these related OK …

To celebrate Commander Chris Hadfield’s return to earth today, Monday, May 13, Scientific American has collected the Top 10 Commander…

To celebrate Commander Chris Hadfield’s return to earth today, Monday, May 13, Scientific American has collected the Top 10 Commander Hadfield Videos from the International Space Station. Excellent watching all around.<p>Above: the most popular video on their list, Wringing out Water on the ISS - For Science. And a just-released bonus vid below, the Commander's version of David Bowie’s 1969 Space Oddity:<p>It’s the first music video made in space.

The Canadian Space Agency has one of the better summary videos about Expedition 34/35’s return to Earth from the International Space Station

The Canadian Space Agency has one of the better summary videos about Expedition 34/35’s return to Earth from the International Space Station. Watch CSA Astronaut Chris Hadfield and his crewmates Tom Marshburn and Roman Romanenko climb into the Soyuz spacecraft, separate from ISS, and parachute down before getting extracted out of the amazingly small capsule that brought them safely home. Regarding Hadfield’s historic trip, CSA tweets:<p>144 days on the #ISS, 146 days in space, 2,336 orbits around …

Master juggler Michael Moschen weaves rhythm, physics, and hand-eye coordination into this wonderful performance called The Triangle. 

Master juggler Michael Moschen weaves rhythm, physics, and hand-eye coordination into this wonderful performance called The Triangle.<p>Thanks, Shonali.

We were just watching how wind (and so many other things) can get going with the spin of the Earth, now let’s go deeper and find out more…

We were just watching how wind (and so many other things) can get going with the spin of the Earth, now let’s go deeper and find out more about what wind is with PBS’ Dr. Joe Hanson of It’s Okay To Be Smart.<p>Then watch a surprising amount of videos about spinning and wind in the archives.

Akitoshi Tokubuchi is the 2013 Japan National Yo-Yo Champion and his winning routine makes it clear as to why

Akitoshi Tokubuchi is the 2013 Japan National Yo-Yo Champion and his winning routine makes it clear as to why.<p>YoyoRecreation’s Akitoshi Tokubuchi, who was the first runner-up last year, stepped up his game and is the 2013 Japan National Champion, beating Tatsuya Fujisaka by a hefty five point margin and Hiroyuki Suzuki by over ten points!<p>Go find some yo-yos. We’ve all got a lot of practicing to do.

Human-powered helicopters, thought-controlled helicopters, and now helicopter-bicycles! From PopSci: 

The helicopter-bike is a prototype developed by a team of three Czech companies, which just took it for a five-minute test flight inside a Prague exhibition hall. That’s actually a lightweight dummy in the driver’s seat, since those massive propellers make this thing weigh over 200 pounds, meaning it’s not yet flyable with the weight of a human on board.

We became interested in human-powered helicopters while watching NPR’s Human-Powered Helicopters: Straight Up Difficult! So seeing one of…

We became interested in human-powered helicopters while watching NPR’s Human-Powered Helicopters: Straight Up Difficult! So seeing one of the featured teams finally win the American Helicopter Society (AHS) Sikorsky Prize, after the competition first began in 1980 – 33 years ago – is pretty exciting stuff.<p>The goal of the competition: hover for 60 seconds, reach a height of 3 meters, and stay within a 10m x 10m area. Dozens of teams tried and hadn’t (yet) succeeded, until the AeroVelo Atlas team …

This rather extraordinary quadruple backflip by robot gymnast Hinamitetu may look perfectly executed now, but before the programming and…

This rather extraordinary quadruple backflip by robot gymnast Hinamitetu may look perfectly executed now, but before the programming and physics came together, it had a long history of trials and errors that are a great example of why practice and perseverance are key to getting it right. Please enjoy this Hinamitetu Blooper Reel:

In one of the more astonishing viral videos ever made with a skateboard, watch Bob Burnquist as he demonstrates that, with practice and…

In one of the more astonishing viral videos ever made with a skateboard, watch Bob Burnquist as he demonstrates that, with practice and safety gear, you can perhaps defy gravity.

Take a trip through The Solar System – our home in space in this animation by information designer Philipp Dettmer

Take a trip through The Solar System – our home in space in this animation by information designer Philipp Dettmer.<p>Related watching: design, planets, an animated explainer of DNA and the last five minutes of <i>Extreme Stars</i>.