In The Desert

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Coffee In Yemen: Past, Present And Future

On a cold spring morning in Seattle, my parents took me to breakfast at a cafe they had heard some good things about. I was groggy and bumbling my …

Stephen Hawking explains how to (sort-of) escape a black hole

<i>This post has been corrected.</i><p>If you find yourself stuck inside a black hole, Stephen Hawking says not to panic: You may die, but all traces of your existence may not be lost forever.<p>Current science suggests that a black hole’s gravity is so strong that absolutely nothing—not even light—can escape …

Astrophysics

Arrival of the Tall Ships at Sail Amsterdam

Netherlands

10 Fascinating Facts About Ravens

Edgar Allan Poe knew what he was doing when he used the raven instead of some other bird to croak out “nevermore” in his famous poem. The raven has …

Ancient History

Secondhand Novels Are Carved into Extraordinary Mountainous Landscapes

Artist Guy Laramee has made a name for himself through his incredible ability to transform encyclopedias, dictionaries, and secondhand novels into extraordinary mountain landscapes. Drawing inspiration from places that he's visited, the artist carves away at printed materials that have been …

Artists

Trekking Australia’s Last Frontier: One Woman’s 500-Mile Survivalist Adventure

Sarah Marquis is drawn to solitude. That’s why she spent three years walking the estimated 10,000 miles from Siberia to Australia, and then across that continent’s big, empty backyard. And that’s why she’s on a four-month survivalist adventure in Australia’s Kimberley region she’s calling her …

Nature

Mountain

Vane TGS 2014 Teaser Trailer - IGN Video

Check out this gorgeous first footage from former members of The Last Guardian team.

Trailers

The 'Extremely Deep Hidden Theme' of Borderlands

Cat herding, world building, and Robocop: Gearbox's Matt Armstrong outlines the origins of Borderlands’ massive universe.<p>When IGN interviewed …

Borderlands

Paradise Lost: The Portal in California City

"The Portal."<p>"Welcome to California City: Land of the Sun," reads a sign on the side of the road. The surrounding terrain is bordered by an expansive …

Inventories of war: soldiers' kit from 1066 to 2014

This App Generates Hidden-Message Orbs Your Friends Must Physically Locate

Designed by brain scientists, "Traces" seeks to make messaging more meaningful.<p>In the not-too-distant future, here's how you tell a friend that you made them a surprise.<p>You don't write an email, simple as that would be. Instead, you send your friends a notification that directs them to go …

The Bizarre Attraction That Is New York City's Boat Graveyard

It's where ships in New York City go to die-- and it's become a tourist attraction.<p><i>(Photo by @giseled)</i><p>Located on Staten Island's south shore near Fresh Kills landfill, the marine scrapyard is the city's official dumping ground for decommissioned ferries, tugboats and barges. Some of the ships have …

Travel

Aha Moment: Carl Zimmer on Giant Sandworms - Studio 360 - WNYC

Micro fungi of Australia - in pictures

Photographer Stephen Axford forages for fungi in the forests of New South Wales in Australia. He doesn't harvest them, he captures their beauty on camera

Ecology

Playing A Mountain, Playing God In David OReilly's New Game - ANIMAL

Yesterday, artist David OReilly released Mountain, a simulator-style $1.00 game for Mac/PC/Linux/iOS. Upon install, some are asked to scribble …

The five most disruptive ideas in video game design

This month, the E3 video game exhibition showcased not only hundreds of new video games, but also the trends set to change the way we play<p>Wandering the densely packed showfloor at E3 this month, it was tempting to think that nothing about video games has changed much over the past few years. This …

Game Design

You've Never Seen Anything Like This Hand-Drawn Video Game

If your grandparents had video games, we now know how they would have looked.<p>A new game called "Cuphead," which is set to be released in 2015, is animated in the style of a 1930s cartoon. In fact, it was created the same way that cartoons were created back then, using hand-drawn cel animation and …

Snow White

Google's hacking game trades exploits for cake

Everyone knows the best way to teach children is to make the learning process fun and engaging; and if we're honest, that methodology works just as well on us big kids, too. Now, even hunting through code for cross-site scripting (XSS) bugs can be entertaining, thanks to a game developed by a …

Cross Site Scripting

How We'll Talk To Aliens

New NASA book looks beyond astrophysics to figure out how we'll communicate with extraterrestrials<p>Assuming we one day contact aliens, how will we communicate with them? That's the subject of a new book from NASA called <i>Archaeology, Anthropology and Interstellar Communication. _(Kudos to Jesus Diaz</i> …

Aliens

A Gaming System Starring... Microbes

Pac-Man, but with microbes<p>Videogames may seem like the last place for fruitful work in biotechnology, but Stanford University bioengineer Ingmar Riedel-Kruse has reinvented 1980s classics to enlist living microbes. His custom electronics and augmented-reality software coax microorganisms to play …

Pacman

MIT Students Invent A Universal Language Made Of GIFs

Created by MIT Media Lab, GIFGIF is a new project that tries to analyze the emotive power of GIFs.<p>Which GIF better expresses happiness? This one of Ren and Stimpy bouncing up and down, or this one of <i>Lost’s</i> John Locke grinning with an orange slice in his mouth? Does your opinion change if Grumpy Cat …

Photographer's Sleep Paralysis Inspires Dark and Surreal Images

Photographer Nicolas Bruno has been haunted by episodes of sleep paralysis since he was 15-years-old. To understand his trauma, imagine waking up but being unable to move. While your mind is caught between sleeping and waking, you are confronted with terrifying visions such as an intruder in the …

Sleep Paralysis

Flour Experiment Helps Explain Strange Lights Preceding Earthquakes

There are now several theories to explain the existence of pre-earthquake lights.<p>Scientists have recently shown that strange lights, such as those described as "glowing orbs," have indeed appeared before major earthquakes, for example in Japan and L’Aquila, Italy. But how?<p>U.S. scientists propose a …

Science

Survival 101: What To Do If You Fall Through The Ice

en_US<p>article<p>How to survive falling through …