Mridul Garg

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What makes some people so suspicious of the findings of science?

Photograph: Columbia TriStar/Getty<p>Group Captain Lionel Mandrake, left, and General Jack D Ripper discuss the pros and cons of water fluoridisation in Stanley Kubrick’s Dr. …

Seeing red? The mind-bending power of colour

One person sees a blue and black dress, another a white and gold one. Why? Once dismissed as hippyish, the science of colour is finally being taken seriously<p>If you give the patient one pill, he perks up. If you give him another pill, he calms down. That might not surprise you. What might, though, …

How To Turn A Clothespin Into A Matchstick Gun

Update your desktop arsenal with this creation<p>DIY enthusiast Grant Thompson, who previously made a 10-penny battery that powered a small light for almost two weeks, is at it again. Inspired by another project tutorial, Thompson created seven variations of a mini-pistol that can fire matches over 20 …

Crafting

Larry Page’s lost decade was the best thing to ever happen to Google

Nearly a decade passed between Google co-founder Larry Page’s two stints as the company’s CEO. He stepped down to a diminished role when he ceded the job to Eric Schmidt in 2001, then took it back in 2010. In between, he was often unhappy, and frequently disconnected from the company. But that time …

Demonstration

Unseen interviews with WW1 veterans recount the horror of the trenches

Precious cache of previously unseen interviews emerges, in which veterans recount their First World War experience in their own words<p>They are regarded as the silent generation; the soldiers who fought the First World War but, in its aftermath, seldom chose to talk about the horrors they had …

Remembrance Day

Colorful Pipes In The Dalles

These pipes carry water in and out of Google's The Dalles, Ore., data center. The blue pipes supply cold water and the red pipes return the warm water back to be cooled.

Associated Press News

Farewell Greenwich Mean Time (see you in October)

It has become something of a tradition on this blog to mark the biannual change of the clocks and, although I no longer work at the Royal Observatory Greenwich, it’s a habit that sticks. This time, as we say farewell to it until the autumn, it seems a good opportunity to reminisce about Greenwich …

Facebook to use drones and satellites to bring internet to remote regions

Facebook has unveiled plans to use specially designed aircraft and satellites to connect remote parts of the the world to the internet<p>Facebook plans to send drones and satellites to remote parts of the world to connect them to the internet using laser technology, its founder Mark Zuckerberg …

The Most Unusual Boy Band In The World

If this were a movie pitch, nobody would buy it: Two guys decide to woo a lady. The lady they choose loves dancing, so they invent a dance — not a polite, gentle prance, not a foxtrot or a waltz, but a crazy, go-for-the-rafters series of leaps, where one of them flings himself up over the other, …

Mars One To Build Simulated Colony For One-Way Astronauts

People selected to live on the Red Planet will train inside an earthbound outpost. If they don't go crazy, they just might make the real trip.<p>Creating a permanent human settlement on Mars by 2025 will require serious training. To prepare its future astronauts for the task, the Netherlands-based …

Space Science

Here’s how Pixar animated Monsters University (behind-the-scenes)

Pixar’s animated films feature magical characters like Sully, the furry 1,000-pound beast from Monsters University. Building those computer-animated characters takes years of work, but studio engineers showed how they streamlined that process with the latest high-end graphics computers at Nvidia’s …

Animals could help reveal why humans fall for optical illusions | Laura and Jennifer Kelley

Understanding whether different species are prey to the same illusions could provide clues about how evolution shapes visual perception<p>Visual illusions, such as the rabbit-duck (shown above) and café wall (shown below) are fascinating because they remind us of the discrepancy between perception and …

Tech and Science

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This list is brought to you by 25 years of the world wide web

When Tim Berners-Lee penned a memo to his boss at CERN in March 1989, he was looking for a better way to manage information about complex evolving systems. He proposed an interconnected network of information that would improve communication at the facility, but there was no way of knowing what a …

25 things you might not know about the web on its 25th birthday

It sprang from the brain of one man, Tim Berners-Lee, and is the fastest-growing communication medium of all time. A quarter-century on, we examine how the web has transformed our lives<p>The thing that is most extraordinary about the internet is the way it enables <i>permissionless</i> innovation. This stems …

Dude Risks Life to Save Xbox from House Fire

The impressive thing about this story out of Olathe, Kans., is not that simply that a man saved his Xbox from a house fire. It’s that he successfully …

The Elegant Secrets Of Flying Snakes

Flying snakes are mysterious. How do they soar? Without wings or other helpful appendages, how do they glide from tree to tree?<p>A team of American scientists, including Lorena Barba of George Washington University and Jake Socha of Virginia Tech, has been studying the small flying snake – about a …