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Zach Braff's Kickstarter-funded film 'Wish I Was Here' is going to Sundance

This has been the year that high-profile filmmakers turned to Kickstarter to help fund their movies — and one of the more controversial examples will be debuting at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. Zach Braff (<i>Scrubs</i>, <i>Garden State</i>) co-wrote and directed <i>Wish I Was Here</i>, in which he plays a struggling …

Sundance

Ghost Caught in Photo is Obviously a Ghost (Obviously)

If there's one problem I have with photos of ghosts, it's that often they're just too obviously photos of ghosts. Take, for instance, this photo showing an apparition that is quite obviously the ghost of a very sexy young man who was murdered before his time:<p>But we all know that things are spookier …

FYI: Can Wireless Electricity Kill People?

Probably not. Even when it's nipping at our toes, wireless electricity is pretty safe. In 1899, Serbian engineer Nikola Tesla built a 142-foot-tall, 12-million-volt electric coil in Colorado Springs and transmitted electricity wirelessly across 25 miles, illuminating 200 lamps with the charge. …

Understanding anxiety and mental health stigma

On the one hand, anxiety is a serious and debilitating disorder. On the other, it can be a useful evolutionary response to threat. Understanding how anxiety works might help to destigmatise mental health issues<p>If you look at the facts and figures on the mental health charity Mind's website, you'll …

Ten Prehistoric Artifacts and Sites in America

The realm of prehistory remains largely untouched by the scientific community, yet sites and artifacts have emerged around the world, nullifying …

Why we live in 3D

Scientists Make Photons Act Like Real-Life Light Saber

Photons are particles without mass; until now, our understanding has been that they do not interact with each other at all. That's why, when you shine two lights at each other, they don't bounce off and throw light all over the place; the photos simply pass right through. But new research from …

This Jacket Keeps Warmth In, While Letting Sweat Out

The Army-approved Polartec Alpha does what down and synthetic materials can't.<p>In 2010, the U.S. Army went to textile manufacturer Polartec with a problem: Troops needed a jacket that would breathe when they worked up a sweat but would also hold onto warmth when they sat still. Down and synthetic …

Watch: The Best Science Vines

Amazing science videos, in six-second bites.<p>On August 15th, GE put forth a call: make the best science-themed Vine video you can. Vines are short, 6-second clips, often looping, made with a simple app and very little editing features. Pause and record are pretty much all you get. But the responses …

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Good Job, Humanity: As Of Today We Are Consuming More Than Earth Can Replenish This Year

Cue the slow clapping.<p>Today is Earth Overshoot Day. Happy Earth Overshoot Day! Except, well, we don't much feel like celebrating.<p>That's because Earth Overshoot Day is the day each year when we've consumed natural resources at a rate beyond which our planet can replenish, and have produced more …

Watch A Homemade Coilgun Destroy A Laptop

It's an electric gun, boogie woogie woogie.<p>This homemade gun uses electromagnetic coils to send steel rods flying at a speed of 138 feet per second. Pressing the trigger loads a steel rod into the barrel, where the first electromagnetic coil pulls the rod forward via magnetism, then turns off. The …

Flying Robot Prototype Uses Its Wings to Walk on the Ground

Engineers at the Laboratory of Intelligent Systems have developed a flying robot that uses its wings to walk on the ground. The walking flying robot …

How Tom West Built A Pirate-Proof Yacht

The 30-ton vessel, Faith, is armored to keep out unwanted guests.<p>Tom West has tackled some impressive builds over the years, including telescopes, a sawmill, and his house in Poland, Indiana. But West, a retired teacher, recently completed his swan song: a 30-ton, 56-foot-long sailboat named <i>Faith</i>. …

A 360TB disc that holds data for more than 1 million years?

A major breakthrough in storage technology could dramatically change our perception of data preservation.<p>In the future, we might be able to save our history to a glass storage medium that could potentially outlive humankind. The new type of memory also touts mind-blowing specifications, such as …

Zombies roam the animal kingdom — and some of them may be after us - Cosmic Log

One fungus took over the brain of this zombified ant, but the first fungus was sabotaged by a different type of parasitic fungus.<p>The zombies in "World War Z" are just actors — but in the animal world, zombies are a fact of life. Evolution can come up with some fiendish twists: For example, there …

Cleaner air linked to more hurricanes

Efforts to improve the quality of our air could be causing more hurricanes as a sideeffect, according to a new study.<p>Researchers from the Met Office established a direct link between levels of industrial pollution and the frequency of hurricanes in the North Atlantic.<p>For much of the 20th century, …

Climate Change

What is a Dyson sphere?

Are some advanced civilizations in our galaxy now collecting all of the energy emitted by their stars? If so, we would call their energy-collecting …

ELON MUSK: The 'Hyperloop' Would Be 10 Times Cheaper Than High-Speed Rail

Musk did not elaborate on an earlier description of the Hyperloop as a "cross between a Concorde, a railgun, and an air hockey table," but said it would be far faster and less expensive per mile than California's $69 billion, 520-mile project.<p>Musk said that once it's in place, that railway, …

Elon Musk

This 18-Year-Old's Invention Could Make Your Future Phone Instacharge

While you are hanging out on the Internet (in your underwear, maybe?) on a Saturday, kids that are smarter than either of us are out there getting …

How to Build a Starship

PopMech designs a craft that can deliver passengers to a distant star. Launch date: 2112. Hop in.

Universe

Unreliable neuroscience? Why power matters

When I started my PhD a few years ago, I thought that certain psychological findings were established fact. The next four years were an exercise in …

Clinical Trials

3D printer produces synthetic tissue capable of transmitting signals like nerves

Scientists have used a custom-made 3D printer to make a synthetic tissue that could have a variety of applications — including the ability to transmit long-distance electric signals much like nerves. The process, published in <i>Science</i> by an Oxford University team led by Hagan Bayley, prints a network …

Breakthrough in neuroscience could help re-wire appetite control

Researchers have made a discovery in neuroscience that could offer a long-lasting solution to eating disorders such as obesity.<p>It was previously …

Aggressive secularisation: the new tyranny

Lord Carey is no stranger to making inflammatory comments based on what he sees as the increasing persecution of Christians in modern society (which …

Birdbooker Report 264 | @GrrlScientist

<i>Books to the ceiling,<br>Books to the sky,<br>My pile of books is a mile high.<br>How I love them! How I need them!<br>I'll have a long beard by the time I read them.</i><p>…