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Play this weird, low-fi peasant simulator from the designer of Threes

It's the classic rags to riches story: start out as a lowly peasant, but work your way up to take the throne through a combination of hard work and cunning. But just like in real life, in <i>Royals</i> — a new game from Asher Vollmer, the designer of <i>Threes</i> — it's never really clear what choices you should …

How Underwater Photography Works

Words like gobies, jawfish, ribbon eels and ghost pipefish might sound like creatures out of fantasy fiction. However, what may sound like beasts …

Underwater Photography

Century-old law cited in request to ban 136 porn sites from Republic of Tatarstan

Russian media watchdog Roskomnadzor has received a request to blacklist pornographic websites based on conventions signed by imperialist and Soviet governments. Meduza reports<p>A local court in Apastovsky district of Russia’s Republic of Tatarstan has ruled to block access to 136 websites featuring …

The Hummingbird Effect: How Galileo Invented Timekeeping and Forever Changed Modern Life

While we appreciate it in the abstract, few of us pause to grasp the miracles of modern life, from artificial light to air conditioning, as <b>Steven Johnson</b> puts it in the excellent <b>How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World</b> (<i>public library</i>), “how amazing it is that we drink water …

Landscape Photography Guide

I have been planning to write this landscape photography guide for a long time, but held it off for a while, thinking that I could do a better job …

Deep thrills: Crazy cave trampolines in Wales | CNN Travel

10 best apps to train your brain

Whether it's to focus at work, do better at school, or just stay sharp, there are various reasons for wanting to boost brainpower. But maintaining psychological well-being is equally as important.<p>"Stress and anxiety are among the most pressing and far-reaching public health problems we face," says …

High-Flying Highlights From The International Drone Photography Awards

From France to the Philippines, the winners of National Geographic and Dronestagram's International Drone Photography Awards.<p><i>Images via</i><p>On March 15, 2014, in association with National Geographic, drone-photography site Dronestagram announced their first-ever International Drone Photography Awards, …

MIT iPhone App Makes You Intimate With A Stranger

Over 20 days, MIT’s new app gives you a peek into someone’s life. Caveat: You never speak.<p>20 Day Stranger, an iPhone app by MIT Media Lab’s Playful Systems group, wants to burst the sociographic bubble of our “friend” network.<p>Our social media world, after all, is highly curated–it’s filled with …

Make It Rain – Indie app of the day

What is Make It Rain?<p>Make It Rain is a little time waster game where you make it rain digital money. The premise is very simple. You start with no money and then you end up making a bunch of money. It’s the polar opposite of games like Flappy Bird because it’s incredibly easy to play and you can’t …

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Toyota designs a combustion engine that generates electricity

Despite the recent advent of usable, talented electric vehicles, combustion engines are likely to persist for quite some time, often as a component in plug-in hybrid and range-extended electric vehicles.<p>The onus then is on refining combustion power to work harmoniously with increasingly electrified …

Girls Who Are Looking Up

Girls Who Didn't Read The Instructions

April 30, 2014

8<p>SHARES<p><b>Each week, we get sent literally millions (and by "literally millions" we mean "not actually literally at all, but still, you know, a lot") of</b> …

How 20 popular websites looked when they launched

From Google to youtube, from craigslist to flickr - how some of today's biggest sites looked back in the early days of their existence.<p>Remember the days when the word Google was not interchangeable with internet? Or when every site seemed to have a Netscape icon on it? Or when Flash was still …

Internet

20 Reasons to Love Your 50mm Lens

The 50mm lens is a favorite amongst many photographers. However, there are some that don’t warm up to this focal length as much as others. Either …

Air Force space plane X-37B passes 400 days in orbit

The U.S. Air Force's unmanned X-37B space plane has now circled Earth for more than 400 days on a hush-hush mission that is creeping closer and closer to the vehicle's orbital longevity record.<p>The X-37B spacecraft launched on Dec. 11, 2012, meaning that it has been aloft for 413 days as of Tuesday …

Insane New Footage Of Felix Baumgartner's Edge-Of-Space Jump Released

We're warning you now: This new video of Felix Baumgartner's record-setting leap from the edge of space just might make you feel a bit queasy.<p>The supersonic skydiver made history in October 2012 when he plunged more than 24 miles to Earth's surface, breaking three records in the process.<p>Now, nearly …

Russian spacewalkers forced to remove videocameras outside space station

Two Russian astronauts took a record-breaking seven and a half hour spacewalk outside of the International Space Station, but were unable to successfully complete their mission: installing cameras that will allow anyone, anywhere to watch the Earth lazily spin against the inky black emptiness of …

NPR Music's 100 Favorite Songs Of 2013

What do you have to do, as a song, to win our hearts? You have to sink in. You have to stop someone dead in her tracks. You need to cause that man to act a fool. Scrunch a nose, tense a shoulder, drop an ass.<p>We compile our 100 Favorite Songs much like we do the work on our 50 Favorite Albums list, …

Amazing Animated Optical Illusions! #6

The Insanity Of Bitcoin, Explained

There’s no better way to appreciate the trippiness of the digital currency Bitcoin than this hallucinatory animated video.<p>If you’ve been paying attention to the news, you might have heard that digital currency Bitcoin is currently the talk of Wall Street after skyrocketing in value to trade at over …

15 Breathtaking Images Of Cities Viewed From High Above

Whenever you visit a city anywhere in the world, some of the hardest shots to take are those sprawling images of the city beneath you.<p>Unless you’re …

The weekend in pictures

A selection of the best images from around the world this weekend

Incredible Panoramas Of The World's Most Beautiful Places

AirPano is made of eight team members, who have wide-ranging backgrounds (civil engineering and medical cybernetics, among others). The amateur photographers are currently traveling around the world, shooting major cities and other sites of interest.<p>The group mainly shoots from helicopters, using a …

Is it right to waste helium on party balloons?

<b>The US has been selling off its helium reserve, established in the 1920s to provide gas for airships - but even so, shortages have been occurring.</b><p>Some scientists believe a finite resource that could one day run out should not be used for party balloons.<p>In the universe as a whole, it is one of the …

When Size Matters: The Men Who Measure The World’s Tallest Buildings

By Jessica Leber5 minute Read<p>The proverbial question: Does size matter? If we’re talking about skyscrapers and a city’s fragile pride, it matters …