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Scientists Are Using Metamaterials To Build Everything From Wireless Phone Chargers To Invisibility Cloaks

While the holy grail of metamaterials is still to make objects and people invisible to the eye, they are set to have a more tangible commercial impact playing more mundane roles - from satellite antennas to wirelessly charging cellphones.<p>Metamaterials are simply materials that exhibit properties …

How the “internet of things” will replace the web

<i>The second in a series.</i><p>We’ve already written about why 2014 is really, finally the year that the “internet of things”—that effort to remotely control every object on earth—becomes visible in our everyday lives.<p>But most of us don’t recognize just how far the internet of things will go, from …

Internet of Things

Yahoo’s Geek Goddess

As one of Google’s highest-ranking women, Marissa Mayer became a Silicon Valley superstar, but inside the search giant her dazzle sometimes wore thin, with colleagues rebelling against her imperious style. In the wake of Mayer’s jump to run the struggling Yahoo, Bethany McLean asks whether she will …

Forget Small, Medium, And Large: This Shirt Comes In 50 Sizes

Realizing flaws in the existing sizing system, Stantt used 3-D body scans of more than 1,000 men to create a line of casual shirts that fit like they’re tailored.<p>When sizing garments, most companies divide people into three broad categories: small, medium, and large. But a quick look around reveals …

What your Facebook friends list reveals about your love life

Facebook can isolate your spouse or partner based on your network of friends. In a fascinating paper to be published next year, Facebook social scientist Lars Backstrom and Cornell University professor Jon Kleinberg reveal just how much insight can be gleaned from the structure of a network, …

Unique Vintage-Inspired Wall Art & Decor

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The 11 Paint Colors That Will Be Hot Next

The most popular paint colors now.<p>We went straight to the source — the paint companies — to find out what's happening now. Find out the popular paint color trends before anyone else does.

Home Decorating

These colorful hexagonal wall tiles are made from sound-absorbing "wood wool"

These colorful hexagonal wall tiles by Form Us With Love strike a brilliant balance between sustainable materials, economy and functionality. The …

Furniture

DIY Pipe Bar Cart

Look what I made! My first piece of furniture that I designed and built all by my lonesome!<p>Life Designed<p>When my friend said she needed a bar cart for …

Mygola could (at last) be the startup to make your travel planning dreams come true

We wait all year to take a vacation and jet off someplace exotic for a week or two of glorious relaxation and adventure.<p>Unfortunately, the process of planning a trip sucks.<p>Travel startup Mygola has raised $1.5 million for its platform that CEO Anshuman Bapna said is the “world’s best travel …

Skulls A to Z – Alphabet Print by 67 Inc

Skulls Print<p>Skulls, skulls, lots of skulls. The guys of 67 Inc have created another a to z alphabet print. This time, skulls of various species are …

Blind Man Regains Sight by Having His Tooth Implanted in His Eye

A blind man in Britain, Ian Tibbetts, recently had his sight restored through a bizarre medical procedure in which one of his teeth was implanted …

50 Foreign-Language Films Everyone Needs to See, 1963-2013

It’s true that American filmmaking inspired a global appreciation of the cinematic art form, but it’s impossible to deny the international influence …

House Republican Hostage Takers Are Unfit to Govern

They’re threatening a calamitous shutdown. So let’s call these House Republicans what they are, says Jon Favreau.<p>The most terrifying speech I ever …

Damn Mother Nature, CALM DOWN: Eagle Kills Deer

Warning: The shots below the article are a little graphic (think the beginning of <i>Bambi</i> but with way more deer staring into your soul) depending on …

Creativity Is Really Just Persistence, And Science Can Prove It

We already knew that, as Woody Allen has pointed out, success is overwhelmingly about showing up. Now fresh studies help us understand why that is.<p>If we want to be super creative, we have to learn to be super dedicated. It’s a hardworking thing, as <i>War of Art</i> scribe Steven Pressfield has …

Time Travel Is Possible But Only To The Future, English Physicist Says

We may be able to book our ticket to the future someday -- it'll just be a one-way trip.<p>In a presentation at the British Science Festival, particle physicist Brian Cox said that time travel is possible but only in one direction.<p>"The central question is, can you build a time machine? The answer is …

30 Books You Should Read Before You're 30

The best books aren't static stories, but living entities with meanings that change and grow along with you. That's why we strongly recommend rereading the classics that were assigned to you in high school; you may find that they're nothing like they were before.<p>Still, some books are best …

A Web Designer's Note-Taking System to Stay Organized

(Video Link)<p>When I arrive at work, the first thing do is create a to-do list, combing through my Outlook email, calendar and task entries. When I get …

A Field Guide to Procrastinators

This comic from twenty Pixels came out a couple of weeks ago, but I'm just now getting around to sharing it with you. But that's nothing compared to …

Europe's Most Beautifully Precarious Villages

Europe is home to some of the world's most enchanting villages; small, rustic towns where time seems to slow down and travelers can explore narrow streets, ancient buildings, and farm-fresh country taverns to really soak up the local flavor. Europe is also home to some of the most unusual villages …

Small Scale Paintings by Jacob van Loon

Abstraction and Geometric Shapes.<p>This is a selection of small-scale paintings by artist Jacob van Loon. His artworks combine abstraction with linear …

Here Are The 43% Of Americans Who Don't Pay Federal Income Tax

Since 2009, the percentage of Americans who pay no federal income taxes has fallen from 47% to 43%, according to a recent report by the Tax Policy Center. The catalyst for the drop is due to two factors — federal tax cuts that expired after the Great Recession and an improving economy.<p>These charts …

Incredibly Expressive Owl Photography

Is that little owl yawning or singing? Belgian-based photographer Yves Adams has the answer as he's the one behind the adorable shot. “Little owls are CUTE!,” he states. “They make you laugh with whatever they do! But when they start to yawn, my heart melts! This picture has been taken in Spain, …

Here’s why India is never going to be safe for women

A few days ago, after news of the sexual assault case in Mumbai broke out, someone on Twitter said something that got me thinking. A female resident of Mumbai, presumably, lashed out after seeing the umpteenth tweet asking women in Mumbai to “take care” and “be safe.”<p>Enough of this patronizing …

India

Incredible paintings of sci-fi suburbia will make you wish you were Swedish

Welcome to rural Sweden, sometime in the late '80s. Citizens go about their mundane lives and children explore the countryside. But something isn't quite right. Robots and hovercrafts are commonplace, and decaying science facilities sprout from the harsh Scandinavian landscape. There's even a rumor …

The Imaginary Factories Inside All Our Gadgets

What if an iPhone wasn’t just a gadget but a place where tiny people worked? The Imaginary Factory series explores the inner life of our technology.<p>The problem of explaining how technology works to an inquisitive kid can befuddle the best of parents. It’s easier to explain to a kid how a radio …