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Wizard's Tomb (scan gray-levels 300 dpi) The dungeon was made for 1st-level ...

Wizard's Tomb (scan gray-levels 300 dpi)<p>The dungeon was made for 1st-level player/characters using Moldvay's Basic D&D. In particular, "Unguarded …

6 Ed Tech Tools to Try in 2018

<b>Listen to this post as a podcast:</b><p>Sponsored by Kiddom<p><b>Around October of every year,</b> while teachers are waist-deep in curriculum, kids are thinking …

Education Technology

Honey, who shrunk the proton?

An ongoing mystery in sizing up this basic subatomic particle may lead to a major new discovery in physics<p>Imagine waking up one morning to find that your meter stick had shrunk, overnight, by exactly four centimeters. That difference sounds small, yet it is still dramatic enough to thoroughly muck …

Physics

This electronic skin for robots can feel things and heal itself

Guys, you clicked on this headline, so I’m going to go ahead and assume you can handle the whole mind-blowing, terror-inducing …

Materials Science

Man ends up with two hearts after surgery

It was meant to be just another cardiac surgery, adding to the growing number of heart transplants in the country, but at the end of it, the patient …

Orange crocodiles that swim in bat poop are turning into a new species

A very special kind of crocodile calls the Abanda caves in Gabon, Africa, home. The creatures are African dwarf crocodiles, but they might not be for …

MIT Engineers Have Designed a Chip That Behaves Just Like Brain Cell Connections

The most promising artificial synapse to date.<p>For those working in the field of advanced artificial intelligence, getting a computer to simulate …

Tesla’s massive battery in Australia was paid up to $1000/MWh to charge itself

Yesterday, Saturday 13th, in South Australia the Tesla battery at Hornsdale Power Reserve was paid AU$1,000/MWh (USD$790/MWh) to absorb excess electricity from the power grid. The battery owners will later be able to sell this energy also.<p>The battery has become famous for coming online in under 100 …

Clean Energy

It's Scientifically Possible to Boil Water Until It Freezes Solid

Wait, what?<p>If you feel like having one of your fundamental beliefs thrown out the window, try this on for size - under the right conditions, you can …

Alberta renewable revolution begins with launch of largest solar project in Western Canada

$30-million solar array will power 3,000 homes in southeast Alberta<p>There usually isn't much to look at driving the Trans-Canada Highway through …

Canada

Scientists Discover 'Miracle' Mineral That Could Make Internet 1,000-times Faster

A rare mineral discovered in Russia in the 1830′s could hold the key to boosting internet speeds 1,000 times faster than today. The mineral, perovskite, has a number of incredible properties, many of which scientists are now realizing.<p>Perovskite (CaTiO3) is a calcium titanium oxide mineral, but the …

Perovskite

Two Teams Have Simultaneously Unearthed Evidence of an Exotic New Particle

A few months ago, physicists observed a new subatomic particle—essentially an awkwardly-named, crazy cousin of the proton. Its mere existence has …

Physics

MIT Achieves Breakthrough in Nuclear Fusion

New experiments with helium-3 in a magnetic confinement tokamak have produced exciting results for the future of fusion energy, including a tenfold increase in ion energy.<p>Researchers operating fusion reactor experiments at MIT, along with partnered scientists in Brussels and the U.K., have …

Wyrmwood’s new gaming tables are the ultimate extravagance

Costly, hand-made furniture also contains a massive innovation<p>A spectacular new gaming table was unveiled at this year’s Gen Con in Indianapolis. It’s called The Prophecy, and if you thought the stuff from Geek Chic was over the top wait until you get a load of this.<p>Wyrmwood Gaming has made a name …

GM salmon hits shelves in Canada – but people may not know they're buying it

AquaBounty salmon was approved for sale in Canada in 2016, paving the way for it to become the first genetically engineered animal to enter the food supply<p>Canadian supermarkets have become the first in the world to stock genetically modified fish, and about five tonnes of GM salmon have been sold …

Aquaculture

It May Actually Be Possible to Learn in Your Sleep

There are some pieces of dubious science whose debunkings are also real bummers. Brain training games, for example. Power posing, or the idea that …

Researchers Unveil Battery-Free Mobile Phone Prototype

A group of researchers at the University of Washington in Seattle have unveiled a prototype of a battery-free mobile phone, using technology they …

Surprise! The Universe Has A Third Way To Form Black Holes

When a massive enough star runs out of fuel in its core and collapses, the resulting Type II supernova will produce a black hole.<p>Supernovae that aren’t quite massive enough will produce neutron stars instead, which themselves will make black holes if they either accrete more matter or collide with …

Universe

Crowdsourced Science Finds Four Candidates For Planet Nine

Ever since Pluto was reclassified as a dwarf planet, there have been eight known planets in our solar system. We have found countless smaller bodies, and even several Pluto-like bodies beyond the orbit of Neptune, but nothing that would meet the criteria of being a planet. But recently there has …

Universe

The Truth about Time Crystals

Many people in the science world are getting very excited about the fact that we’ve just observed time crystals. And as cool as that sounds, there’s …

Stars Born Inside Violent Black Hole Jets Spotted for the 1st Time

Infant stars have been discovered inside raging streams of material spewed into space by a monstrous black hole, according to a new study.<p>The rather …

Universe

Nasa scientist floats idea of putting a magnetic shield around Mars to make it habitable

If living on Mars is of the realm of sci-fi fantasy, one Nasa scientist has an idea, which could make it possible in a matter of years.<p>Speaking at …

Everyone who is tall has this bizarre thing in common

And you might not like it...<p>Are you tall? Towering over your friends even when they're in heels? Well, you might be interested to hear that you and …

Evolution

Oh, You Didn't Hear? NASA Dropped the Hottest Mixtape of 2016

While you were busy celebrating the holidays, NASA dropped the hottest mixtape of 2016. The Goddard Space Flight Center—where engineers and …

Miniature Painting Masters: Alfonso Giraldes

<b>Tyler: Can you name one major change in the painting world that has impacted you the most since you started (basing changing from green flock to an</b> …

Art

Mystic Portals - There's Something Strangely Familiar About This Scene

Mystic Portals by Itoko Design<p>Doctor Strange found it kind of funny to hear his young nephew talk about traveling through portals, and he …

T-shirts

“Doctor Strange” in 8 Bit Cinema is simple and delightful

All thanks goes to Cinefix for helping us relieve our childhood dreams! The production group “gamified” the ever-so popular <i>Doctor Strange,</i> and it’s …

3tags.org

Units of measure are getting a fundamental upgrade

If scientists had sacred objects, this would be one of them: a single, closely guarded 137-year-old cylinder of metal, housed in a vault outside of …

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