Mathew Collins

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This Water Droplet Maze Is Mesmerizing

Watch it in action. Plus: learn something about the Leidenfrost effect.<p>Have you heard of the Leidenfrost effect? If not, it's about to be your favorite effect. If yes, same.<p>The basic idea is, when a liquid comes in contact with something really hot--about twice as hot as the liquid's boiling point, …

Science

A Zoo For You

"Hey," says your mom. "Let's go to the zoo and see the animals," and right away, you know she's talking about monkeys swinging from ropes, lions and tigers pacing, seals diving into pools, stately giraffes, not animals with hats, coats, jackets and strollers who will be wandering the paths between …

Have scientists really invented a Star Wars-style lightsaber?

Good news and bad news for hard-core <i>Stars Wars</i> fans.<p>The good news: Scientists say they have finally taken the next step of turning science fiction into fact with the invention of a real-life lightsaber.<p>The bad news: The creation of the lightsaber was an accident and the result is nowhere near as …

Physics

Tesla Model S catches fire after battery puncture, Musk responds

A Tesla Model S caught fire on the highway recently after its bottom-mounted battery compartment was struck by a piece of metal. That piece of metal punched a three-inch hole through quarter-inch armor plating, impaling the car with a "peak force on the order of 25 tons" according to company CEO …

The Most Demonic KFC Ketchup Art

What did the Colonel say to your finger?<p><b>H/T</b>: Bits And Pieces.

29 Recipes für Oktoberfest

Gallery29 Recipes für Oktoberfest<p>The 180th annual Oktoberfest is currently underway in Munich, in all its heavy, beery glory. But if you're not able to make the flight over this year, here are 29 recipes that will help you recreate the bites from Bavaria's most famous beer festival in the comfort …

This botnet stole over a million Social Security numbers

The exposed.su website started drawing attention in March when it offered social security numbers and other information for everyone from Beyonce to Michelle Obama and the director of the CIA. Shocked by the breadth of data, both the FBI and Secret Service launched investigations — but today the …

Apple Maps leads drivers onto Alaska airport taxiway

Drivers using Apple Maps to get to the Fairbanks International Airport apparently followed directions that told them to turn onto a taxiway. The drivers then crossed a runway to get to the terminal.<p>According to Apple Maps, it's 3,550 miles from my house to the Fairbanks International Airport in …

Alaska

How To Become Indiana Jones With Online Courses [Infographic]

Or an alien hunter. Or Nate Silver. Or lots of other stuff.<p>The first massive open online course, or MOOC, launched in September 2008 at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg. Via the Web, anyone could attend the class on learning theory, and 2,300 people signed up. MOOCs quickly took off. In 2011, …

7 Fantastic Vintage Anatomy Drawings

Studies of the human body made by the intrepid scientists of the 1500s through the 1700s<p>Medicine in the Middle Ages wasn't the greatest: the leeches, the dirt, that whole four-humors thing. And yet physicians from all over the world made heroic efforts to develop and share their knowledge. Here, …

10 Of The Most Amazing Textiles Of The Future

A jacket that protects your personal space, wallpaper that lights up at your touch, and more<p>Textile design is one of those fields that seems like it never changes all that much. Wallpaper is wallpaper. A rug is a rug. Right?<p>Wrong. A new crop of tech-minded designers is adding futuristic spins on …

Big Pic: Blue Ripples In Martian Sand Dunes

Taken near the Martian Grand Canyon<p>The red planet's looking a little blue in the face. This image taken by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter at the end of August shows the ripples of wind-blown sediment on the dunes of Noctis Labyrinthus (the "labyrinth of the night") near the Martian equivalent …

Grand Canyon

These Are Some of the Most Otherworldly Creatures You’ll Find on Earth | WIRED

It’s said that we know more about the surface of the moon than our own oceans, and the same may be true of the lifeforms that inhabit them. Cold …

Scientists Unravel Secrets of Monster Black Hole at Center of Milky Way

Supermassive black hole last erupted two million years ago, and will again.<p><b>For years astronomers have been puzzled as to why our Milky Way galaxy's "volcano"—a supermassive black hole (SMBH) at its core—is dormant today.</b><p>It seems the answer may simply be that we didn't catch the cosmic …

Nasa hosts the Starship Project aiming for interstellar travel within 100 years

Scientists met in Houston last weekend, shortly after Voyager 1, the 1977 Earth-culture 'message in a bottle,' left the solar system<p>It would be hard enough these days to find a human capable of playing a 12-inch LP, let alone an alien. So perhaps it is time for Nasa to update its welcome pack for …

Densest galaxy is jam-packed with stars - Futurity

Astronomers have discovered the densest galaxy in the nearby universe. The stars are about 25 …

Turn A Heart On And Off With The Flick Of A Switch

Stanford scientists are working on a light-controlled pacemaker.<p>A heartbeat is really a pretty magical thing. Every time that beautiful little hunk of muscle in your chest wants to send blood rushing around your body, it requires an electrical signal generated by your body to tell it to do so. This …

Rooftop Farming Is Getting Off The Ground

From vacant lots to vertical "pinkhouses," urban farmers are scouring cities for spaces to grow food. But their options vary widely from place to place.<p>While farmers in post-industrial cities like Detroit and Cleveland are claiming unused land for cultivation, in New York and Chicago, land comes at …

Sea turtles nesting in record numbers

Large increases in endangered sea turtle nests were found at three southeastern U.S. National Wildlife Refuges during the summer of 2013.<p>Large …

Should your doctor consult the librarian? - Futurity

A new article argues that health science librarians should be part of patient-care teams. “Rather …

Librarianship

British firm brings 'God particle' technology to cancer patients

Technology from the quest to find the 'God particle' will soon be used to treat cancer patients after a British company acquired the first spin-off firm from the Large Hadron Collider.<p>The collaboration has slashed the cost of proton beam therapy, a type of cancer treatment that fires high-precision …

What's Up in Pizza: Pizzaioli Mafia, Grimaldi Wars, and More!

In a fascinating read, the <i>New York Post</i> adapted a segment from the soon-to-be-published <i>Mob Boss: The Life of Little Al D'Arco, the Man Who Brought Down the Mafia</i>, by Jerry Capeci and Tom Robbins. The excerpt dealt exclusively with the chef and owner of Ray's Pizza, Ralph "Raffie" Cuomo. Despite …

How Restaurant Chefs Are Using Turmeric Across the U.S.

From New York to California, restaurant chefs are turning to this vibrant rhizome and using it in ways that put curry powder to shame<p>It looks like a knob of ginger. A segmented bulb with papery brown skin, quietly unassuming until it is snapped open and a shock of orange detonates, a hue brighter …

Turmeric

London Restaurant Mo Pho Forced to Change Name

A south London noodle-soup shop announced it’s changing its name from Mo Pho to something else, not because outraged villagers found offense with a …

Man Makes Beard Into Bowl, Eats Ramen Out Of It, Disgusts World

Eww. Whyyyyy?