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Improbable Thruster Seems to Work by Violating Known Laws of Physics — NOVA Next

Every action creates an equal and opposite reaction. It’s perhaps the best known law of physics, and Guido Fetta thinks he’s found a way around …

Physics

Ten Things You Probably Didn’t Know About The Mask

The Jim Carrey film <i>The Mask</i> was released twenty years ago this week. Really? Has it been that long? Yep, 1994, which seems like just yesterday. It …

The Numbers Are In: NVIDIA's SHIELD Tablet Smokes The Competition

NVIDIA made news last week with the official announcement of its SHIELD Tablet and companion SHIELD Wireless Controller. If you remember, the original SHIELD Portable was an all-in-one type device, powered by NVIDIA’s own Tegra 4 SoC (system on a chip). When it arrived at exactly this time last …

26 Kooky & Weird Vintage Photos You'll Struggle To Explain

Context is everything, without it, ones imagination is able to wander and create all manner of strange scenarios and possible outcomes.<p>Unfortunately, …

10 Scientific Images That Changed How We Looked at the World

The most important images in history<p>Whether it was a drawing or photograph, these images changed the course of human understanding, and science itself, forever.

33 Pictures Taken at Just the Right Moment

Image: Imgur<p>People who take a ton of pictures know all too well that snapping the shot at the right split second is imperative when it comes to …

Career Arc: Tom Petty

Taking stock of the legendary rocker’s steady, stunning 40-year career<p>Who is Tom Petty? Naturally I’m asking this because there’s a pretty good …

Could We Ever Build an Artificial World?

In our cosmic megastructures series, PM explores some of the key engineering and design challenges in constructing gigantic structures for use by humankind in space. Today: the Death Star and replica planets.<p><b>Name:</b> Artificial world<p><b>Selected Science Fiction Portrayals:</b> The two Death Stars from the <i>Star</i> …

10 Real Words For Things You've Never Been Able To Describe

We all know the feeling of having an indescribable event where no matter what you just can’t seem to get the word to perfectly fit the situation. Did …

What Happens When Mice Eat Nothing But Powdered Food

Possible hints of the consequences of a long-term Soylent diet<p>A new study has found that eating powdered food for weeks on end gave mice higher blood pressure, higher levels of glucose in the blood, and higher levels of certain hormones in the blood. That's compared to mice who ate the exact same …

Nutrition

IBM’s $3 Billion Investment In Synthetic Brains And Quantum Computing

IBM thinks the future belongs to computers that mimic the human brain and use quantum physics…and they’re betting $3 billion on it.<p>IBM is unveiling a massive $3 billion research and development round on Wednesday, investing in weird, science fiction-like technologies–and, in the process, …

Quantum Computing

The US government wants to create an experimental city for testing wireless tech

Like Rapture, but for spectrum sharing<p>The US government has for years been trying to encourage "spectrum sharing" as a way of getting more and faster wireless connections around the country. The idea is to convince the organizations that own rights to transmit data over specific airwaves — such as …

The Most Ambitious Artificial Intelligence Project In The World Has Been Operating In Near Secrecy For 30 Years

IBM's Watson and Apple's Siri stirred up a hunger and awareness throughout the U.S. for something like a Star Trek computer that really worked — an artificially intelligent system that could receive instructions in plain, spoken language, make the appropriate inferences, and carry out its …

Artificial Intelligence

5 Countries You Can Visit for Less than $50 a Day

There are too many travel myths out there. Probably the most common one is that international travel is too expensive for the average person -- It's just not true.<p>Dedicated travelers and backpackers everywhere know that finding the right deal and being open to compromise can make practically any …

Sri Lanka

6 Lessons Travel Teaches You That College Never Will

(Photo: Getty Images)<p>Travel versus college: the eternal debate rages on with no clear-cut winner. Faced with rising tuition costs and a less than satisfying job market, many would-be college students are ditching their knapsacks and textbooks for rucksacks and guidebooks. But is putting your future …

Numb

5 Applications For Graphene, The 'Wonder Material,' That Could Change The Way We Live

Graphene, the pure carbon material that's just one atom thick and nearly transparent when laid out in sheets, manages to be roughly 200 times stronger than steel, even though it's 60,000 times thinner than Saran Wrap.<p>Graphene is also an excellent conductor of energy, can be synthesized from unique …

Nanotech

ISIS Militants Are Trolling The White House With A Photoshop Mocking Michelle Obama

Besides taking over a significant portion of Iraq, radical militants are now trolling the White House.<p>Patrick Baz, a photo manager for Agence France Presse, spotted a photo being passed around by militants of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) meant to mock First Lady Michelle …

Michelle Obama

Brain games that could pay off in retirement

We all know that exercise helps keep our hearts healthy, but what keeps our brains in top form? Researchers are working overtime to answer this …

Humanity

The rise of the super-fast industrial 3D printer

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Credit: Cincinnati Inc.<p>3D printers are slow; so slow that in the time it would take to print a screwdriver, you could just …

61 Ways to Lose Weight

Small changes can lead to really great results<p>A few years ago, one of my friends at <i>Men's Health</i> stepped on the scale and was horrified by the result. He'd somehow managed to pack 20 pounds of flab onto his previously skinny frame. When he looked into the mirror, he saw a fat guy staring back. He …

Nutrition

27 Tips for Mastering Anything

This story originally appeared on Business Insider<p>What does it take to become a master at your craft? Is genius innate, or can it be learned?<p>In his book, "<i>Mastery</i>," Robert Greene draws from the latest research, interviews modern masters, and examines the lives of former greats like Albert Einstein, …

Creativity

Pushup Circuit for Strong Shoulders

The circuit works like this: Do each exercise—the pushup, the side pushup to your right, and the side pushup to your left—for 30 seconds, and then move on to the next one. Rest 15 seconds between each exercise. That's one round. Rest one minute, and repeat.<p>"You'll not only ignite muscle growth and …

Portuguese Baked Eggs

6 Servings<p>Baked eggs are great for brunch, and this recipe is no exception. But with a green salad, it’s also hearty and satisfying enough to double as dinner.<p>October 2013Print<p>Ingredients<p>¼ cup olive oil<p>3 bell peppers, any color, thinly sliced<p>1 medium red onion, thinly sliced<p>2 beefsteak tomatoes, …

Eggs

The Bungle Bungle Mountain Range Is Something Out Of A Dr. Seuss Book

If Dr. Seuss could live anywhere, he'd probably pick this place.<p>Australia's Purnululu National Park is a whimsical place that belongs in a picture book. It's home to the Bungle Bungle Mountain Range, a collection of astounding sandstone towers. These beehive-y peaks eroded over 20 million years and …

Are you ready for the next chapter of Wi-Fi? Meet 802.11ax

Advertisement<p>9 Comments<p>Credit: Shutterstock / Sputanski<p>Now that the first wave of 802.11ac Wi-Fi routers and devices are making their way out the …

Found! Hidden Ocean Locked Up Deep in Earth's Mantle

Deep within the Earth's rocky mantle lies oceans' worth of water locked up in a type of mineral called ringwoodite, new research shows.<p>The results of …

Aviation

The Sleep Schedules Of 27 Of History’s Greatest Minds

The science of sleep and its glorious effects on creativity, productivity, and sanity gets a lot of press these days. That said, the sleep habits of some of your favorite writers, musicians, and artists may surprise you a little.<p>The bedtimes and rising times of history’s greatest minds are …

Genius

10 Books That Could Change the Way You Understand Modern Cities

We have just entered the Urban Age, when the majority of the world's population lives in cities. Most of us may live in the metropolis, but these …

Aerofex hoverbike could be yours by 2017

The Aero-X hoverbike from Aerofex is slated for a commercial release in 2017 for just $85,000. Chump change, right?<p>Aerofex's hoverbike made a pretty big splash when the Californian company showed off its working prototype all the way back in 2012, but then it went eerily silent. Now, Aerofex has …

Carbon Fiber