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How to build the world's most amazing space telescope

The Hubble Telescope has given us astonishing images of distant stars, but despite its accomplishments, it has a limited view of the heavens. Scientists and engineers are hard at work on a larger, more powerful successor — the James Webb Space Telescope. Hubble has had an impressive run — it’s been …

Gorgeous glass sculptures let you see into the world's most deadly viruses

Viruses are usually depicted as ugly, scary, almost weapon-like blobs just waiting to meddle inside of your body, but Luke Jerram sees them as something different. There isn't really a color to viruses after all — they're smaller than the wavelength of visible light — and as mere smears when viewed …

Airship of Dreams: Lighter-Than-Air Travel Is Back

With technology borrowed from submarines, a scrappy California company is attempting to resurrect a century-long dream of building huge airships to carry freight—and people—across the skies.<p><b>On a Thursday morning last January a team</b> of engineers gathered in a hulking concrete hangar in the Orange …

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10 Geeky Gifts for Last-Minute Shoppers

You're an 11th hour Christmas shopper? No problem. Use the remaining shopping days to grab this gear for your favorite geek.

Shopping

Live From the DARPA Robotics Challenge

DARPAs two-day Robotics Challenge (DRC) aims to develop robots that could one day come to the aid of humans in crisis situations. The winning team, which will be decided at the DRC Finals in 2014, will win $2 million.

Robotics

Rawlemon's New Betaray Crystal Ball Harvests Light From The Sun, Moon and Clouds!

In 2012, Inhabitat featured an invention that promised to turn the world of solar power generation upside down. Rawlemon‘s spherical solar …

Entrepreneur finds remedy for water-damaged phones

Ever dropped your smartphone down the loo? Last year, 900,000 people did just that, according to gadget site Gizmodo. But water-damaged phones will soon be a thing of the past.<p>Oliver Murphy, a 20-year-old inventor turned entrepreneur has devised an ingenious system for bringing phones that have …

Snorkeling

Scientists Turn To The Crowd In Quest For New Antibiotics

Could you dig up the next antibiotic in your backyard? Two scientists would like you and, if they're lucky, millions of other people to give it a try.<p>The researchers hope that lots of do-it-yourself scientists around the world can come up with the next big idea for much-needed drugs.<p>There are …

A gorgeous, colorful look at the cellphone signals we never see

Invisible signals are all around us, and now we can finally see what we've been missing. Data visualization artist Nickolay Lamm created psychedelic images of the cellphone signals that live in the air, but are invisible to us.<p>At first glance, the visualizations look like tiny mountains illuminated …

How to Take a Picture of a Single, Ultra-Magnified Snow Flake

You—yes, you!—can help prove that no two flurries are alike. All you need is a good camera, a plastic bag, and some tape.<p>No two snowflakes are alike, they say. And yet: We rarely get proof of that. Our eyes perceive snow not as individual, idiosyncratic crystals ... but rather as uniformly fluffy …

You Built What?! A Supersize Robotic Chess Set

Inspired by Harry Potter's magic chessboard, a Lego roboticist takes his creations to the next level<p>A veteran designer of Lego robots (he built one that plays Connect Four), Indiana programmer Steve Hassenplug was looking for something still grander. When he watched the first Harry Potter movie …

National Geographic puts more than 500 historic maps on Google

National Geographic and Google are trying to recreate the thrill of cracking open one of the magazine's signature paper maps, but in the digital world. A new project puts more than 500 of National Geographic's 800 historic maps online using Google's Maps Engine platform.<p>"People have collected our …

How Bars Are Using High-Tech Equipment To Make Better Drinks

Cocktail engineers on the cutting edge are borrowing tools from laboratories and industry.<p>As cocktails in top bars become increasingly sophisticated, more work is required to perfect them, and much of that preparation now happens behind the scenes. Rather than infusing fruit into vodka in a big jar …

Your Shop Needs This Immaculate Tool Infographic

The latest print from Pop Chart Lab maps out every hand tool a DIYer could dream of.<p>Your dad owns every tool under the sun. But does he own a beautifully illustrated family tree of every tool under the sun?<p>PopChartLab, makers of completist prints and apparel that map out the connectedness of coffee …

Infographics

What's Wolfram Up To With New Programming Language?

In a mysterious blog post Wolfram Alpha founder Stephen Wolfram promises a knowledge-based programming language that can do just about anything under the sun.<p><b>Wolfram Research is famous for its</b> Mathematica scientific computational language, which gave rise to the Wolfram Alpha answer engine. But …

Language Learning

The 8 Greatest GIFs Of BigDog In Action

Our favorite shambling robotic pack mule has come a long way over the years.<p>The BigDog family of robots, developed by Boston Dynamics, has come a long way since it was first created in 2005. To celebrate some of the headless robot's coolest technological achievements, I made these eight GIFs. Enjoy.<p>…

How Scientists Are Learning To Shape Our Memory

The next treatment for trauma could be spotless minds.<p>Roadside bombs, childhood abuse, car accidents—they form memories that can shape (and damage) us for a lifetime. Now, a handful of studies have shown that we’re on the verge of erasing and even rewriting memories. The hope is that this research …

Seedrs becomes first equity crowdfunding platform to operate across Europe

Advertisement<p>9 Comments<p>The British crowdfunding platform Seedrs, which offers investors equity rather than “perks”, has become the first of its kind …

Graphene - the new wonder material

Scientific interest rolls in for a material that is more solid than steel and a better conductor than copper<p>The molecule is priceless but it is not a matter of cost – a few hundred dollars per kilo. The value lies in its potential. The molecule in question is called graphene and the EU is prepared …

Google could end China's web censorship in 10 days – why doesn't it?

Google is too big for China to block. Just two simple steps and Eric Schmidt will have done something we can all celebrate<p>This week, Eric Schmidt, Google's executive chairman, was quoted as saying during a speech in Washington: "We can end government censorship in a decade. The solution to …

Gymkhana 6: Ken Block is Back With a Custom Track

Pro rally driver Ken Block pushes his Ford Fiesta to the limit in his new Gymkhana video.<p>In a display of tire tread terror and peak auto performance, Ken Block showcases the adrenaline-pumping pastime of Gymkhana, an increasingly popular motorsport requiring a driver to traverse a complex course of …

Ford Fiesta

Ten of the world's most mind-blowing landscapes

Gazing at a remarkable view for the first time is one of travel’s greatest thrills – and these 10 landscapes are among the most mind-blowing we’ve ever seen.<p>Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA<p>Yellowstone National Park has an embarrassment of astonishing sights, from the thundering waterfalls of …

10 of the most Jaw-Dropping Hotel Photos EVER

By Kristen McKenzie, HotelsCombined.com<p>Here at the HotelsCombined office, we've all gotten pretty used to staring at stunning hotel images -- with over 400,000 hotels in our database, sorting through scenic pics of luxury villas and infinity-edge pools has become standard daily fare.<p>However, there …

Alcohol without the hangover? It's closer than you think

Science now allows us to develop a safer way to get drunk. But before we can sober up in minutes, the drinks industry needs to embrace this healthier approach<p>Imagine enjoying a seasonal drink at a Christmas party without the risk of a hangover the next day, or being able then to take an antidote …

Alcohol Substitute Promises All the Buzz, None of the Hangover

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