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Scientists in South Africa have discovered a compound that could end malaria

Scientists at the University of Cape Town’s Drug Discovery and Development Centre (H3D) say they have found a new anti-malaria compound “with potential for both treatment and prevention of malaria.”<p>The compound, which is set to be developed and is referred to as ‘UCT943’, is the second candidate …

Public Health

Scientists still have questions about the mysterious Eye of the Sahara

For millennia, the Eye of the Sahara was hiding in plain sight.<p>That's because this huge and mysterious geologic formation is hard to spot from ground level, walking around on Earth.<p>It turns out that we really discovered this incredible bull's-eye in the sand only when we began sending humans into …

How to Build a DIY Camera Stabilizer Using LEGO

Advanced camera stabilizers are becoming cheaper and cheaper these days, but if you’re the type of person who enjoys building the things you use, …

Selfie Fans Regularly Overestimate How Attractive They Are, Scientists Find

We were all thinking it...<p>If you’re a fan of filling up your Instagram and Snapchat feeds with selfies, you might want to reconsider - a new study …

New Robot-Fabricated Building Material Is 100 Times Lighter Than Brick

The Elytra Filament Pavilion is made from a glass and carbon fiber filament that mimics the shell of beetle wings, and no two elements are the same.<p>This week, the Victoria & Albert museum in London unveiled the robot-fabricated Elytra Filament Pavilion to open the museum’s first ever Engineering …

Einstein's Theory of Relativity Holds True for Early Universe, 3D Map Confirms

Just over one hundred years after Albert Einstein proposed his general theory of relativity, scientists have mapped nearly 3,000 ancient galaxies to …

Universe

Experts Doubt That a Teen Found a Lost Maya City

A Canadian teen says he discovered a lost Maya city using ancient star maps and satellite images provided by NASA and Google. As the remarkable story …

What the designer of the old Instagram icon thinks of the new one

Plenty of people are complaining about the new Instagram logo and want it changed back to the "original." But wrap your mind around this little-known …

You'll Soon Have to Hand Over Your DNA if You Want to Visit Kuwait

Nah, I'm good.<p>Kuwait has announced that, this year, it'll become the first nation in the world to make it mandatory for anyone visiting or living in …

Watch How Dead Silent an Owl Flies Compared to Other Birds

When a pigeon flies, you can hear it sloppily slap its wings as it makes its way through the air. When a peregrine falcon flies, the flight is …

Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane to star in new space exploration TV series

MacFarlane is also writing and producing<p>Seth MacFarlane, the man behind <i>Family Guy</i> and <i>Ted</i>, is creating and starring in an entirely new series set in space, 300 years in the future.<p>The show, which doesn't have a title yet, has been a dream project of MacFarlane's since he was a kid. In a press …

SpaceX Just Landed a Rocket on a Drone Ship

Minutes after a smooth launch of its Dragon spacecraft this afternoon, SpaceX hit a long-standing, elusive goal: It neatly landed the Falcon 9 rocket …

Homo sapiens' sex with extinct species was no one-night stand | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Our species, Homo sapiens, has a more adventurous sexual history than previously realized, and all that bed-hopping long ago has left an indelible mark on the human genome.<p>An exhibit shows the life of a neanderthal family in a cave in the new Neanderthal Museum in the …

Melanesia

NYC's New Public Wifi Is Obscenely Fast

Today, the first of New York City’s public, gigabit wifi hotspots opened to the public. I tried them, so take it from me: They’re insanely fast. How …

Giant supernova in the sky smashes previous record, stuns scientists

There's breaking a record, and then there's blowing it to smithereens. Astronomers using relatively small telescopes around the globe have spotted the brightest supernova ever seen, shining about 20 times brighter than the 100 billion stars in the entire Milky Way galaxy — or, put another way, as …

NVIDIA's Drive PX 2 is a liquid-cooled supercomputer for cars

NVIDIA's sequel to the Drive PX in-car computer it debuted last year is a liquid-cooled beast with the power equivalent to 150 MacBook Pros. Say hello to the Drive PX 2. It sports 12 CPU cores and has 8 teraflops worth of processing power -- similar to about 6 Titan X video cards. NVIDIA also …

Airbus has engineered a new passenger plane that fights jet lag while you fly

Most airplane design improvements focus on enhancements to either safety or passenger comfort, but a new line of Airbus jets has done a little bit of both. Believe it or not, the company's latest aircraft line is specifically designed to alleviate the effects of jet lag. The new line of A350 XWB …

The Childhood's End Miniseries Has Given Us Some Utterly Superb Spaceship Art

Syfy’s ambitious miniseries based on Arthur C. Clarke’s <i>Childhood’s End</i> served up some beautiful spaceship visuals. Including the alien mothership, …

Scientists create variable vectoring technique for propeller-powered unmanned aerial vehicles

The unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) designed for plateau missions are usually installed with high span chord ratio wings, which provide more lifting …

Scientists combine coal waste and algae to create a new super-clean fuel

Scientists have discovered a new, clean-burning fuel made from unlikely ingredients: coal dust and algae. Coalgae is easy to produce, low in cost, …

Biofuel

X-Carve machines custom 3D pieces from wood, metal or plastic

The X-Carve is produced by a Chicago-based company called Inventables, and although a multi-axis milling machine (which is essentially what the …

hobbyist

A Revealing Look at Bullets Precisely Split in Half

<i>Ammo</i> is a series of portraits featuring bullets cut in half, revealing what this powerful object looks like on the inside. With over 900 specimen in her collection, Pearlman displays the projectiles in a simple format, against a blank background, to draw the focus on the objects themselves. Each …

Ammunition

New Form Of Carbon Is Harder Than Diamonds, And Glows

Q-carbon is a girl's new best friend<p>Diamonds might be forever, but they're no longer the hardest form of carbon on the planet. Sorry, diamonds.<p>In a series of recently published papers, including a paper published this week in the <i>Journal of Applied Physics</i>, researchers from North Carolina State …

North Carolina

'Small spelunkers required': the ad that led to the discovery of Homo naledi

The advertisement on social media called for “tiny and small specialised cavers and spelunkers with excellent archaeological, palaeontological and excavation skills”. And there was a catch: they would work for no pay.<p>“Why wouldn’t you apply, with an advert like that?” recalled successful applicant …

Numb

Giant Dinosaur Sculptures Made of Recycled Rice Straw Pop Up in Japan

September in rural Japan means two things: farmers are harvesting their rice and the leftover straw is being used to make extraordinary works of art. Specifically, the resulting material is serving as a tool for an artist Amy Goda, who's creating some pretty terrifying dinosaur sculptures. The …

Sculpture

Hipster Barbie Pokes Fun at Artsy Instagram Photos

There’s a new rising star on Instagram. A clever account called Socality Barbie is attracting quite a bit of attention for posting satirical hipster …

New Amazingly Intricate, Laser-Cut Wood Relief Silhouettes by Gabriel Schama

Oakland, CA-based artist Gabriel Schama layers thin sheets of laser-cut wood to create amazingly intricate wood relief sculptures made up of dizzying patterns and textures. While known for his geometric, mandala-like compositions, several of the artist's most recent works fill elegant silhouettes …

Sculpture

Architizer

Five foot seven and claws out of its head: meet Earth's first big predator

Earth’s first big predatory monster was a giant underwater scorpion that reigned in the ocean almost half a billion years ago, well before the dinosaurs, scientists have discovered.<p>The creature grew to 170 centimtres (5ft 7in) and had a dozen claw arms sprouting from its head, as well as a spiked …

Dinosaurs

12 Astoundingly Perfect LEGO Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

The new book The Art of LEGO Modeling by Dennis Glaasker and Dennis Bosman (out in September on No Starch Press) is chock-full of F-14s, Alfa Romeos, and other mechanical wonders rendered perfectly in blocks.<p>The new book <i>The Art of LEGO Modeling</i> by Dennis Glaasker and Dennis Bosman (out in September …