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Could We Build a Ringworld?

In our cosmic megastructures series, PopMech explores some of the key engineering and design challenges in constructing gigantic structures for use by humankind in space. Today: a Niven Ring or Ringworld, an enormous slice of real estate encircling a star.<p><b>Name:</b> Niven Ring, or Ringworld<p><b>Named for:</b> …

Universe

Battleship beast: colossal dinosaur skeleton found in southern Patagonia

Dreadnoughtus schrani unearthed in Argentina is most complete skeleton of plant-eating titanosaur recovered anywhere in world<p>The spectacular remains of one of the largest beasts ever to walk the planet have been unearthed by fossil hunters in southern Patagonia.<p>The unique haul of bones includes a …

Samsung and Oculus offer first details on cellphone-powered VR headset, the Gear VR

The long-rumored collaboration between Oculus and Samsung has now been confirmed by both companies during a recent press event in Berlin.<p>"Samsung Gear VR delivers an unrivaled viewing experience with the 5.7-inch quad HD Super AMOLED display of Galaxy Note 4 providing stunning and engaging visuals …

A war game that actually feels like being in a war

"You always hear that war is never coming," says Michal Drozdowski, the design director for <i>This War of Mine</i>. "You always live in that feeling."<p>"Until it comes," says Przemyslaw Marszal, the game's art director.<p>I'm here in Warsaw, Poland, to preview the game, a daring attempt to tell the story of …

Yellowstone 'Super Eruption' Could Blanket U.S. in Ash, Study Finds

If Yellowstone erupted into a massive, ash-spewing volcano, how far might the plume travel across the continental United States? From coast to coast, …

Banjo-Kazooie rap song is absurd, dorky, catchy

Ontario hip-hop artist Erik the Dud has just released The Story About a Bear and a Bird," a <i>Banjo-Kazooie</i> fan rap. As the song itself proclaims in the hook, "you're in for a doozy."<p>It's a dorky, joyful celebration of the beloved Nintendo 64 platformer. Erik the Dud touches on the storyline of the …

National Geographic Travel

Atop Food Chain, Ospreys Ingest Many Poisons, Revealing Environmental Dangers

As apex predators, ospreys get a mega-dose of contaminants from their prey.<p>PITT MEADOWS, British Columbia—On an early spring morning, the Pitt River flows so calmly that the peaks of the Coast Range seem to admire themselves in its glassy waters. A motorboat lifts a wake, and the docks of the …

Birds

A Professor Created A Single Tree That Can Produce 40 Types Of Fruit

"The idea is that I could collapse a whole orchard and put it into one tree," he told Business Insider.<p>Each of the colors in the photo above represents a variety of flowering tree. Collectively, as one plant, they produce 40 different edible stone fruits (ones with pits, like peaches and plums). …

Botany

People Are Raving About This iPhone-Like Android Phone From China's Hottest Smartphone Company

The phone is less than a month old, but it already seems to be generating buzz among some tech bloggers who managed to get their hands on it.<p>The Mi4 comes with hardware that is impressive enough to go head to head with the likes of Apple and Samsung. It has a full HD 1080p 5-inch screen and a …

Mobile

White Whiskey's Fresh Appeal

The increasing popularity of un-aged, high-end corn liquor proves that it’s not all about the barrel.<p>0<p>SHARES<p>Many drinkers are probably seeing it on …

Alcohol

Short Film Showcase: Underwater Filmmaker Faces Off With Sharks

Changing Planet<p><b>Underwater filmmaker and artist Joe Romeiro saw his first shark when he was five, and he’s been hooked ever since. In a short portrait with extraordinary close-ups of sharks underwater, filmmakers Jon Betz and Matt Weiss capture Joe in action, filming and sketching the predator that</b> …

Filmmaking

Minke Whales Feast Under Antarctic Ice, Study Finds

Their frequent gulps for krill is fastest "lunge" rate ever observed.<p>Minke whales have been discovered feasting furiously under Antarctic sea ice in a hunting strategy not seen before, scientists report.<p>Tracked using digital tags, the whales gulped mouthfuls of krill nearly every 30 seconds-the …

Cognitive Science

Whales and Dolphins Squeal With Delight, Study Finds

<b>Beluga whales and bottlenose dolphins express their pleasure by squealing like children, a new study suggests for the first time.</b><p>The squeaky sounds, which are different from the echolocation buzzes some whales and dolphins use to home in on prey, suggest there’s yet another aspect of behavior that …

Free Diving World Record Will Soon Be Pushed to 1,000 Feet, Author Says

James Nestor says diving the ocean shows how much we can learn about our planet and its inhabitants—including us.<p>When James Nestor first witnessed free diving, he nearly threw up. Then he got hooked. He learned to hold his breath for four minutes, hung out with a “shark whisperer,” and even …

Extreme Sports

Mega-Ichthyosaur Discovery on Svalbard

Changing Planet<p><i>The hunt for fossils in the far-flung reaches of Svalbard is on! Jørn Hurum and his associates ply the arctic waters and snows of Svalbard to dig up some of the northernmost dinosaur fossils in the world. Their findings, particularly of ichthyosaurs, are some of the most unique on</i> …

Paleontology

Why Deadly Ebola Virus Is Likely to Hit the U.S. But Not Spread

The fatal virus rages in Africa, but the U.S. could contain its brutal effects.<p>As the worst Ebola outbreak in human history rages across West Africa, the obvious question Americans are asking is: Could it come here?<p>The answer is yes, it probably will. But it's not worth losing sleep over, experts …

Disease

16-foot Waves Measured in Arctic Ocean Where There Was Once Only Ice

Reduced sea ice allowed the buildup of huge waves in the Beaufort Sea.<p>Sixteen-foot waves are buffeting an area of the Arctic Ocean that until recently was permanently covered in sea ice—another sign of a warming climate, scientists say.<p>Because wave action breaks up sea ice, allowing more sunlight …

Global Warming

Defining Paradise

Changing Planet<p><i><br>Gregg Treinish and his team at Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation bring us stories from around the world about adventuring with purpose. Here, Aaron Teasdale writes about finding paradise—and helping save it.</i><p><b>Story by Aaron Teasdale</b><p>People have different definitions of …

Indigenous Peoples

“Killer Sperm” Found, Prevents Worms From Cross-Breeding

<b>Talk about tough love: Mating with a male of another species can be lethal, at least if you’re a nematode worm.</b><p>Scientists have found that female worms that mate with other nematode species often become infected by “killer sperm,” leading to sterility and an early death. The newfound phenomenon …

Pictures: The World's Tigers—There Are Only 3,200 Left in the Wild

Pictures to commemorate International Tiger Day showcase Asia's most iconic cat—which is perilously at risk of extinction.

Wildlife

Enough people to fill Centre Court are currently watching a fish play Pokémon

Fish Plays Pokémon is live gaming’s latest leviathan hit<p>Fifteen thousand people are currently watching a fish play Pokémon. Welcome to 2014, it’s weirder than we thought it was going to be.<p>The fish in question, Grayson Hopper, lives in a tank hooked up to a webcam. Depending on where in the tank he …

Brazil’s Neymar obsession cost them the World Cup

Brazil’s failed World Cup campaign will undoubtedly be a dark cloud that will hang over the unsettled nation for many a year to come.<p>Brazil’s Neymar obsession cost them the World Cup<p>07/29/2014<p>Brazil’s failed World Cup campaign will undoubtedly be a dark cloud that will hang over the unsettled …

Soccer

Asteroid's 'bad timing' killed off dinosaurs, new evidence shows

Edinburgh University experts say asteroid hit Earth at a time when ecosystems had been weakened by a loss of biodiversity<p>Dinosaurs might have survived the catastrophic impact that ended their reign had the devastating asteroid that slammed into the Earth arrived at a "more convenient time", a …

Rockets' Motiejunas questions Parsons getting Harden money

Houston big man Donatas Motiejunas spoke freely about the team in a Lithuanian interview.<p><b>Offseason: Free Agency | Latest from Ken Berger | …

14 Of The Coolest Video Game Easter Eggs In The World

Sometimes it's a secret room. Sometimes it's a whole playable level. Sometimes it's a secret message.<p>The first well-known Easter egg appeared in a video game called "Adventure," which was released in 1979 for the Atari 2600 console. The game's author was annoyed he didn't get credit for his work, …

Retrogaming

Want to win the console war? Here's how

Isn't it about time the console companies finally figured out the big, big secret about making a successful games console?<p>You and I know this secret, but if the likes of Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony understand it, they seem to let it slip their minds from time to time.<p>The trick is to make something …

Siberian Discovery Suggests Almost All Dinosaurs Were Feathered

Jurassic fossils may mean that feathers were all in the family.<p>Almost all dinosaurs were probably covered in feathers, Siberian fossils of a tufted, two-legged running dinosaur dating from roughly 160 million years ago suggest.<p>Over the past two decades, discoveries in China have produced at least …

Dinosaurs